The Best Short Stories of J. G. Ballard

J. G. Ballard
science fiction, short stories
The Best Short Stories of J. G. Ballard - J. G. Ballard

J.G. Ballard has been publishing his extraordinary fiction for over twenty years, in which time he has established a reputation without peer—as perhaps the foremost writer since George Orwell to project the consequences of twentieth-century technology into a post-atomic near future, a blasted landscape where man's survival is the central question. And it has been his short stories, so many now regarded as classics outside as well as within the science fiction world, that have been at the core of his influence and standing.

In such unforgettable tales as "The Voices of Time," "The Terminal Beach," "The Drowned Giant," "The Cloud-Sculptors of Coral D," and "The Garden of Time," he has created truly poetic images of an apocalypse all too foreseeable. While these and most all his other stories have been represented in scores of anthologies, they have never been brought together in one collection spanning all of Ballard's career. Here, then, is the cream of his short fiction, nineteen stories selected by Ballard himself as the best and most broadly representative of his work. It is a stunning collection, a book that must be considered mandatory for Ballard fans as well as the ideal introduction to his work for new readers.


  • Introduction by Anthony Burgess
  • The Concentration City
  • Manhole 69
  • Chronopolis
  • The Voices of Time
  • Deep End
  • The Overloaded Man
  • Billennium
  • The Garden of Time
  • Thirteen for Centaurus
  • The Subliminal Man
  • The Cage of Sand
  • End Game
  • The Drowned Giant
  • The Terminal Beach
  • The Cloud-Sculptors of Coral D
  • The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Considered as a Downhill Motor Race
  • The Atrocity Exhibition
  • Plan for the Assassination of Jacqueline Kennedy
  • Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan
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Release date: 1978
Genres: science fiction, short stories
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Updated: August 23, 2021