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J G Ballard


(James Graham Ballard)
UK (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.
 
Series
Empire of the SunThe Kindness of Women
 
Non fiction
A User's Guide to the Millennium: Essays and ReviewsTacita DeanQuotesInterviews
Miracles of LifeExtreme Metaphors: Interviews with J.G. Ballard 1967-2008
 
Anthologies containing stories by J G Ballard
Best Tales of Terror (1962)
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 12th Series (1963)
Spectrum 3 (1963)
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 13th Series (1964)
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 14th Series (1965)
The Unfriendly Future (1965)
Best SF 6 (1966)
Nebula Award Stories 1 (1966)
The Playboy Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy (1966)
Dangerous Visions 3 (1967)
Nebula Award Stories 3 (1967)
New Worlds of Fantasy (1967)
     aka Step Outside Your Mind
One Hundred Years of Science Fiction (1968)
The Stars and Under (1968)
Best SF Stories from New Worlds (1969)
Best SF: 1969 (1969)
     aka The Year's Best Science Fiction 3
Mind at Bay (1969)
The Hollywood Nightmare (1970)
Mind in Chains (1970)
The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus (1973)
Into the Unknown (1973)
Modern Science Fiction (1974)
The Star Book of Horror 1 (1975)
The Best Science Fiction Stories (1977)
Anticipations (1978)
The Golden Age of Science Fiction (1981)
The Slaying of the Dragon: Modern Tales of the Playful Imagination (1984)
Top Fantasy (1984)
Afterlives (1986)
The Book of Fantasy (1988)
The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories (1992)
Simulations: 15 Tales of Virtual Reality (1993)
The Ascent of Wonder (1994)
Tales in Space (1995)
The Best of Interzone (1997)
Cyber-Killers (1997)
UFOs: The Greatest Stories (1997)
The Mammoth Book of Fantasy All-Time Greats (1998)
     aka The Fantasy Hall of Fame
The Playboy Book of Science Fiction (1998)
The Road to Science Fiction 5: The British Way (1998)
The Unexplained: Stories of the Paranormal (1998)
Bangs and Whimpers: Stories About the End of the World (1999)
Best Tales of TerrorThe Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 12th SeriesSpectrum 3The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 13th Series
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 14th SeriesThe Unfriendly FutureNebula Award Stories 1The Playboy Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Dangerous Visions 3Nebula Award Stories 3New Worlds of FantasyOne Hundred Years of Science Fiction
The Stars and UnderBest SF Stories from New WorldsBest SF: 1969Mind at Bay
The Hollywood NightmareThe Penguin Science Fiction OmnibusInto the UnknownModern Science Fiction
The Star Book of Horror 1The Best Science Fiction StoriesAnticipationsThe Golden Age of Science Fiction
Top FantasyAfterlivesThe Book of FantasyThe Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
Simulations: 15 Tales of Virtual RealityThe Ascent of WonderTales in SpaceThe Best of Interzone
Cyber-KillersUFOs: The Greatest StoriesThe Mammoth Book of Fantasy All-Time GreatsThe Playboy Book of Science Fiction
The Road to Science Fiction 5: The British WayThe Unexplained: Stories of the ParanormalBangs and Whimpers: Stories About the End of the World
 
Short stories
1969
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 (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 (nominee)
Report on an Unidentified Space Station (1982)
The Object of Attack (1984)
A Guide to Virtual Death (1992)
The Message from Mars (1992)


Awards
Nebula Best Short story nominee (1966) : The Drowned Giant
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (1980) : The Unlimited Dream Company
Nebula nominee (1983) : Myths of the Near Future [short story]
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 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
The First Twenty YearsEarth Is the Alien Planet: J.G. Ballard's Four-dimensional NightmareJ.G. BallardJ.G Ballard
The Inner Man: The Life of J.G. Ballard
 
J G Ballard recommends
The Day of the Locust
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
The Stochastic Man (1975)
Robert Silverberg
"An engaging tale ... fast and literate."
Other People
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
Books of Blood Volume 3 (1986)
Clive Barker
"A powerful and fascinating writer with a brilliant imagination...Clive Barker [is] an outstanding storyteller."
Weaveworld
Weaveworld (1987)
Clive Barker
"A powerful and fascinating writer with a brilliant imagination. Weaveworld reveals Clive Barker as an outstanding storyteller."
The Alternative Detective
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
The Parson (1995)
Anna Kavan
"Few contemporary novelists could match the fierce intensity of her vision."
The Pleasure Chateau
The Pleasure Chateau (1995)
Jeremy Reed
"A cross between Rimbaud with a PC, Max Ernst and Helmut Newton... the most imaginative writer today."
Dining on Stones
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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