The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard

The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard


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A collection of 98 enthralling and pulse-quickening stories, spanning five decades, venerates the remarkable imagination of J. G. Ballard.

With a body of work unparalleled in twentieth-century literature, J. G. Ballard is recognized as one of the greatest and most prophetic writers in the world. With the much-hailed release of The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard, readers now have a means to celebrate the unmatched range and mesmerizing cadences of a literary genius. Whether writing about musical orchids, human cannibalism, or the secret history of World War III, Ballard's Complete Stories evokes the hallucinations of Kafka and Borges in its ability to render modern paranoia and fantastical creations on the page. A Washington Post Best Book of 2009, Boston Globe Best Book, Los Angeles Times Favorite Book, and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book.

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ISBN-13: 9780393339291
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/08/2010
Pages: 1199
Sales rank: 592,685
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

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.

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The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
literatureloverOR More than 1 year ago
Anyone who still thinks Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, or whatever you want to call it, is inferior to what is considered mainstream literature, must change their minds after reading even a small random selection of the short stories in this complete anthology.
Skyhorse More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad to see all these collected in one volume. I've been hoping to get this author's collected works for quite some time--especially now that he's passed on.
moonimal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'd never heard of Ballard when I read a review of this collection, so I approached this work as an introduction to him, which is precisely the wrong thing to do.It is the 'complete' stories, after all, which means there are gems and clunkers in here. I started out with 'The Drowned Giant', a story about how people react to the discovery of a giant washed up on shore. The story was a weird little portrait of a strange world, though not heavy on the characters. Still, I liked it enough to want to read more.But, what to read next?I opted for some help from the web, and found the excellent 'The Best Short Stories of J. G. Ballard', and I'm working through that one from front to back.If you're a Ballard fan, I'm sure this book is for you. If not, try the shorter collection, reviewed by me elsewhere on this site.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J.G. Ballard wrote for himself, even when he was crafting subversive, subtle science-fiction stories to sell to magazines whose readers found him the odd man out. I recommend this collection to anyone who is interested in human psychology: the changeling ego, the voracious but vacuous id, and the paralyzing superego that just steers everything back to a thanatotic surrender. Perhaps a PTSD sufferer, Ballard allowed his imagination to explode virtually all myths of human cosmic worth, through explorations of ambivalent reactions to the wondrous and dull alike. "Minus One" chronicles the sinister disappearance, and subsequent "nonexistence," of a mental patient at a home for affluent castoffs. When the non-man's wife shows up...guess the closing lines of the story (two words). Ballard went on to create the perverted psychiatrist Wilder Penrose in the novel Super-Cannes; I still find Penrose creepier and more haunting than Hannibal Lecter. Ballard's style is famously clinical and affectless, but he delivers the goods. He knew how chilling the very concept of time can be (as did Emily Dickinson). "End-Game" deals with a deposed despot trapped with a hulking chess partner who will be his executioner at an unspecified date--five seconds or five years from now. "Manhole 69" shows the Freudian results of a cure for sleep. You'll never take sleep for granted after reading this tale. Ballard never tells you what you already know. He doesn't spend 60% of a story telling you about the time period, its tastes, and the weather. With a humor you must find in his psychic explorations, he blasts you off to visits with the greatest, most unknowable alien of all--the self, a dark and fleeting shadow in innerspace.
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I usually do not go for short stories (except for maybe Donald Barthelme's short stories), but I am a JG Ballard fan after reading several of his novels many years ago. His writings seem to have a sort of conservative, Martian-like existence--they are that different than Earth-like, not always nice at all, but they are thought provoking. FA Hayek's economic nonfiction is so bizarre that it tends to drift into exposing the validity of the possible real existence of Ballard's scifi world. However, Hayek does it with never stating anything of the kind.