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I was deeply influenced by the Ballard stories and novels up to the late 1960s. In so many of his works, everyday life is accompanied by hidden underlying forces that become visualized as numeric or geometric patterns with perceptible vectors on the matrix of reality.

This became, if not an obsession, at least one of the controlling themes of my life, with results beyond what I would have thought probable. When combined with hits from a variety of political and social thinkers, the result is a sort of "unified field" matrix for history and politics.

I call that Politicometrics, and it can be found online. Both intricate patterns of time, in interlocking cycles, and in recurring waveforms in voting statistics occur pretty universally.

But this is not about that; it is to recognize the part that Ballard had in that development.

John D. Froelich

Upper Darby, PA

Feb 26 2010 - 9:20pm

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