The Complete Stories of J. G. BallardJ. G. Ballard
science fiction, short stories
"More than one thousand compelling pages from one of the most haunting, cogent, and individual imaginations in contemporary literature." – William Boyd
J. G. Ballard should be recognized as one of the greatest and most prophetic writers in the world. Here, in his Complete Stories, readers can finally celebrate the unparalleled range and the mesmerizing cadences of a literary genius, who "like Calvino, [has] a remarkable gift for filling the empty, deprived spaces of modern life" (Malcolm Bradbury). With 92 enthralling and pulse-quickening stories, spanning five decades, and featuring such classics as "Prima Belladonna," "Dead Time," and "The Index," Ballard's Complete Stories evokes Kafka and Borges with its ability to render psychosis, modern paranoia, and fantastical creations on the page. Whether writing about musical orchids, human cannibalism, or the secret history of World War III, Ballard is one of the most inventive of twentieth-century writers, and has endowed the world with such a humanistic and transcendent vision that his influence will grow in years to come.
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.