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J. G. Ballard

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Prophetic short stories and apocalyptic novels like The Crystal World made J. G. Ballard a foundational figure in the British New Wave. Rejecting the science fiction of rockets and aliens, he explored an inner space of humanity informed by psychiatry and biology and shaped by Surrealism. Later in his career, Ballard's combustible plots and violent imagery spurred controver ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published November 10th 2017 by University of Illinois Press
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Kate Sherrod
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A solid and thoughtful examination of the man and his work. Full review soon at Skiffy and Fanty.
J.D. DeHart
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am not sure now where or when I was in my life when I discovered JG Ballard. I do know that I'm glad I found this author, and this book drew me in from the start asa means of learning more.

Wilson gives us the biography of Ballard, and then goes further to examine Ballard's work and reflect on major themes. I liked this book as a comparative study of Ballard and other authors, as well as an opportunity to dive in and explore more of Ballard's work.

I will note most appreciatively that Wilson als
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Bill Reynolds
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent analysis of Ballard's work, giving special insight into novels not often discussed such as The Unlimited Dream Company and Hello, America. The author takes my (and others') position that all of JGB's writing is science fiction, what ever Ballard himself may have said on the matter. Well worth reading.
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I am reviewing this book for D. Harlan Wilson, University of Illinois Press, and NetGalley who gave me a copy of their book for an honest review.
This book gives you an insight in JG Ballard – both his life and his works including some ofhis shorter stories.
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