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tinian island and saipan

Some more J.G. Ballard-related news. Via barista, here's a piece by Simon Sellars on visiting Tinian, the island from where the aircraft that dropped the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were launched. He also visited Saipan:

The Lonely Planet guidebook touted this as a major hub, but things have obviously changed in the five years since the book was written. The La Fiesta was like San Francisco at the start of another '70s sci-fi flick, The Omega Man: there were cars and other technological signs of civilisation, but no indication whatsoever of human life. I wandered around for a good ten minutes, staring at abandoned Japanese restaurants and computer-less Internet cafes filled with wires and cables, before I saw another person.

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