J.G. Ballard

in Shanghai, China
November 15, 1930

April 19, 2009



James Graham "J. G." Ballard (15 November 1930 – 19 April 2009) was an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Ballard came to be associated with the New Wave of science fiction early in his career with apocalyptic (or post-apocalyptic) novels such as The Drowned World (1962), The Burning World (1964), and The Crystal World (1966). In the late 1960s and early 1970s Ballard focused on an eclectic variety of short stories (or "condensed novels") such as The Atrocity Exhibition (1970), which drew closer comparison with the work of postmodernist writers such as William S. Burroughs. In 1973 the highly controversial novel Crash was published, a story about symphorophilia and car crash fetishism; the protagonist becomes sexually arous ...more

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“I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen.”
J.G. Ballard

“Perhaps the future belongs to magic, and it's we women who control magic.”
J. G. Ballard, Rushing to Paradise

“Civilised life, you know, is based on a huge number of illusions in which we all collaborate willingly. The trouble is we forget after a while that they are illusions and we are deeply shocked when reality is torn down around us.”
J.G. Ballard


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The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
1962, 198 pages, 3.48 stars
$8.55 Kindle, very cheap used print, probably at library.

  7 votes, 43.8%

Winter World by A.G. Riddle
2019, 418 pages, 4.25 stars
$1.99 Kindle, print starting at 12+, not at library, Kindle Unlimited "free".

  3 votes, 18.8%

Global Burning: A Post-Apocalyptic Novel by Jonathan Sturak
2017, 245 pages, 4.08 stars
$2.99 Kindle, print $10.94 and up, not library, Kindle Unlimited "free".

  3 votes, 18.8%

Rivers by Michael Farris Smith
2013, 337 pages, 3.73 stars
$12.99 Kindle, very cheap used print, probably not at library.

  2 votes, 12.5%

FantasticLand by Mike Bockoven
2016, 272 pages, 4.25 stars
$12.99 Kindle, cheap used paperback, not at library

  1 vote, 6.3%


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