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.
James Graham Ballard (1930–2009) was a British novelist and short story writer who was a prominent part of the New Wave in science fiction in the mid- to late-1960s and whose work frequently focused on dystopian themes.
J. G. Ballard's best known books are the controversial novel Crash, an exploration of sexual fetishism connected to automobile accidents, and the semi-autobiographical novel Empire of the Sun, about his childhood internment by the Japanese during World War II after the invasion and conquest of Shanghai, where Ballard was born in the International Settlement. Both books were adapted into films, by David Cronenberg and Stephen Spielberg respectively.