Writer J. G. Ballard died yesterday. 

He wrote in many genres, but frequented SF often, and appeared in the SF digests and other magazines from the '50's on.
He wrote numerous novels and short stories, and his novel Empire of the Son has much that is autobiographical.

Here is yesterdays announcment:

http://news. 1/hi/entertainme nt/8007331. stm

and Wikipedia entry

http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ J.G._Ballard# cite_note- 0