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J G Ballard


(James Graham Ballard)
UK flag (1930 - 2009)

J.G. Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai, China where his father was a businessman. After the attack on Pearl Harbour, Ballard and his family were placed in a civilian prison camp. They returned to England in 1946. After two years at Cambridge, where he read medicine, Ballard worked as a copywriter and a Covent Garden porter before going to Canada with the RAF.

In 1956 his first short story was published in New Worlds and he took a full-time job on a technical journal, moving on to become assistant editor of a scientific journal, where he stayed until 1961. His first novel, 'The Drowned World', was written in the same year.
 

Genres: Science Fiction, Historical, Literary Fiction
 
Series
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Novels
   The Drowned World (1962)
   The Wind from Nowhere (1962)
   The Drought (1964)
     aka The Burning World
   The Assassination Weapon (1966)
   The Crystal World (1966)
   Love and Napalm (1968)
   Crash (1973)
   Concrete Island (1974)
   High-Rise (1975)
   The Unlimited Dream Company (1979)
   Hello America (1981)
   The Day of Creation (1987)
   Running Wild (1988)
   Rushing to Paradise (1994)
   Cocaine Nights (1996)
   Super-Cannes (2000)
   Millennium People (2003)
   Kingdom Come (2006)
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Collections
   Billenium (1962)
   The Voices of Time (1962)
     aka The Four-Dimensional Nightmare
   Passport to Eternity (1963)
   The Terminal Beach (1964)
   The Impossible Man (1966)
   The Day of Forever (1967)
   The Disaster Area (1967)
   The Venus Hunters (1967)
     aka The Overloaded Man
   Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan (1968)
   The Atrocity Exhibition (1969)
   The Inner Landscape (1969) (with Brian Aldiss and Mervyn Peake)
   Chronopolis (1971)
   Vermilion Sands (1971)
   Low-Flying Aircraft (1976)
   The Best Science Fiction of J. G. Ballard (1977)
   The Best Short Stories of J G Ballard (1978)
   News from the Sun (1982)
   Myths of the Near Future (1982)
   Memories of the Space Age (1988)
   War Fever (1990)
   The Complete Short Stories (2001)
   The Complete Short Stories: Volume 2 (2006)
   The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard (2009)
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Non fiction show
 
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J G Ballard recommends
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Dining on Stones (2004)
Iain Sinclair
"Brilliantly entertaining... the ultimate road novel... Sinclair is in the fast lane and novelist today can hope to overtake him."
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Serge Gainsbourg (2001)
Sylvie Simmons
"A highly entertaining biography of the French singer-songwriter and all-round scallywag."
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The Parson (1995)
Anna Kavan
"Few contemporary novelists could match the fierce intensity of her vision."

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Anthologies containing stories by J G Ballard
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Love, Death and Robots: Volumes 2 & 3 (2022)
(Love, Death and Robots, book 2)
edited by
Geoff Brown and Amanda J Spedding
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The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020)
edited by
Ann Vandermeer and Jeffrey S VanderMeer
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Lost Mars (2018)
The Golden Age of the Red Planet
edited by
Mike Ashley

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