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The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard


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J.G. Ballard was born in Shanghai in 1930 and lived in England from 1946 until his death in London in 2009. He is the author of nineteen novels, including Empire of the Sun, The Drought, and Crash, with many of them made into major films. Martin Amis is one of Britain's most prolific post-war writers and a professor of creative writing at the University of Manchester. His stories and essays explore the absurdity of the postmodern condition.


The author of well-regarded novels like Crash and Empire of the Sun, which were made into films, British author Ballard was (he died earlier this year) a master of dystopian sf. The 1,216 pages in this collection are an astonishing record of a vibrant and vital mind at work. This volume includes 92 stories, most of which are set in some kind of nightmarish future world or alternate "visionary present," to use Ballard's phrase from his introduction to the book. The variety of stories here is impressive, even dizzying: "Manhole 69," for example, is about a scientific experiment to free human beings from sleep. "Prima Belladonna" is a disturbing story about a relationship between a singing orchid (with a 24-four octave range) and a beautiful, mysterious mutant woman. "Zodiac 2000" updates the Zodiac signs to include "The Sign of the Clones" and "The Sign of the Cruise Missile." Ballard is every bit the equal of Vonnegut, Orwell, and Huxley. Verdict A revelation; essential reading. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/09.]-Patrick Sullivan, Manchester Community Coll., CT Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"Ballard is probably the most original English writer of the last century... the book is indispensable." -- China Mieville - The Nation "Eerie and melancholy, they unsettle like a Dali painting or a Helmut Newton photograph." -- Washington Post "A revelation; essential reading." -- Literary Journal "A master story writer-the maker of unforgettable artifacts in words, each as absolute and perplexing as sculptures unviewable from a single perspective." -- Jonathan Lethem - The New York Times Book Review

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