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The Best Short Stories by J.G. Ballard
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Sep 06, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: sci-fi, short_story_collections
Recommended for: classic sci-fi fans and lovers of dystopian lit
Read in November, 2007

This collection of short stories is a wonderful example of dystopian literature. Ballard has earned a place among my top ranked authors; he really is an amazing writer. Although some of the technology used in his books is laughable (tape cassettes as a medium of data storage for example or the detrimental effects of subliminal advertising as another) the themes of the stories are still pertinent to today and include empty consumerism, blind reliance on technology and the fragility (or adaptability depending on your viewpoint) of the human mind.

My favorite stories were:

Top 3:
Chronopolis
Deep End
The Subliminal Man

Other Favorites:

The Concentration City
Thirteen for Centaurus
Billennium
Manhole 69

They really all are worth reading, which is why I have so many favorites.

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