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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
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by J G Ballard
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Short stories
The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Considered as a Downhill
The Beach Murders
The Comsat Angels
Cry Hope, Cry Fury!
Danger: Religion! (with Brian Aldiss, Anonymous and Mervyn Peake)
The Dead Time
The Death Module
The Delta at Sunset
The Gioconda of the Twilight Noon
The Greatest Television Show on earth
Having a Wonderful Time
A Host of Furious Fancies
The Impossible Man [short story]
The Intensive Care Unit
Low-Flying Aircraft [short story]
Minus One
Motel Architecture
Mr F is Mr F
My Dream of Flying to Wake Island
News from the Sun [short story]
A Place and a Time to Die
The Reptile Enclosure
The Singing Statues
Theatre of War
The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista
Venus Smiles
The Volcano Dances
Zodiac 2000
Boy in Darkness [short story] (1956) (with Brian Aldiss, Anonymous and Mervyn Peake)
Prima Belladonna (1956)
Build-Up (1957)
The Concentration City (1957)
Manhole 69 (1957)
Mobile (1957)
Track 12 (1958)
Now: Zero (1959)
Chronopolis [short story] (1960)
The Sound-Sweep (1960)
The Voices of Time [short story] (1960) (with Brian Aldiss, Anonymous and Mervyn Peake)
Zone of Terror (1960)
Billenium [short story] (1961)
Billennium (1961)
Deep End (1961)
The Gentle Assassin (1961)
Studio 5, the Stars (1961)
The Cage of Sand (1962)
The Garden of Time (1962)
The Insane Ones (1962)
The Watch-Towers (1962)
The Encounter (1963)
End-Game (1963)
Now Wakes the Sea (1963)
A Question of Re-entry (1963)
The Screen Game (1963)
The Subliminal Man (1963)
The Venus Hunters (1963)
The Drowned Giant (1964)
     aka Souvenir
Nebula Awards (nominee)
The Illuminated Man (1964)
The Lost Leonardo (1964)
The Terminal Beach [short story] (1964)
Time of Passage (1964)
Storm-Bird, Storm-Dreamer (1966)
The Cloud-Sculptors of Coral D (1967)
The Recognition (1967)
The Dead Astronaut (1968)
The Assassination Weapon [short story] (1969)
The Atrocity Exhibition [short story] (1969)
Crash! [short story] (1969)
The Generations of America (1969)
The Great American Nude (1969)
The Killing Ground (1969)
Love and Napalm: Export USA (1969)
Notes Towards a Mental Breakdown (1969)
Plan for the Assassination of Jaqueline Kennedy (1969)
The Summer Cannibals (1969)
Tolerances of the Human Face (1969)
The University of Death (1969)
Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan [short story] (1969)
You and Me and the Continuum (1969)
You: Coma: Marilyn Munroe (1969)
Say Goodbye to the Wind (1970)
The Smile (1975)
The Life and Death of God (1978)
One Afternoon at Utah Beach (1978)
The Ultimate City (1978)
Myths of the Near Future [short story] (1982)Nebula Awards (nominee)
Report on an Unidentified Space Station (1982)
The Object of Attack (1984)
A Guide to Virtual Death (1992)
The Message from Mars (1992)

Nebula Awards Best Short Story nominee (1966) : The Drowned Giant
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (1980) : The Unlimited Dream Company
Nebula Awards Best Novellette nominee (1983) : Myths of the Near Future [short story]
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (1984) : Empire of the Sun
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1984) : Empire of the Sun
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1996) : Cocaine Nights
Whitbread Prize Best Novel nominee (1996) : Cocaine Nights

Books about J G Ballard
J G Ballard recommends
The Day of the Locust (1939)
Nathanael West
"The best of the Hollywood novels, a nightmare vision of humanity destroyed by its obsession with film."
The Stochastic Man (1975)
Robert Silverberg
"An engaging tale ... fast and literate."
Other People (1981)
Martin Amis
"Powerful and obsessive...Other People is a metaphysical thriller, Kafka reshot in the style of Psycho."
Books of Blood Volume 3 (1986)
(Books of Blood, book 3)
Clive Barker
"A powerful and fascinating writer with a brilliant imagination...Clive Barker [is] an outstanding storyteller."
The Alternative Detective (1993)
(Hob Draconian, book 1)
Robert Sheckley
"[Robert Sheckley is] witty and ingenious... a draught of pure Voltaire and tonic."
The Parson (1995)
Anna Kavan
"Few contemporary novelists could match the fierce intensity of her vision."
Serge Gainsbourg (2001)
Sylvie Simmons
"A highly entertaining biography of the French singer-songwriter and all-round scallywag."
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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