Author JG Ballard has died aged 78 after a long illness.
His agent Margaret Hanbury said he had been ill "for several years" and died on Sunday morning.
Despite being referred to as a science fiction writer, Ballard said his books were instead "picturing the psychology of the future".
His most acclaimed novel was Empire of the Sun, based on his childhood in a Japanese prison camp in China. It was made into a film by Steven Spielberg.
Ballard grew up amongst the ex-patriot community in Shanghai. During World War II, at the age of 12, he was interned for three years in a camp run by the Japanese.
He later moved to Britain and became a full-time writer in the early 1960s.
His works included: Crash, Super-Cannes and Millennium People.