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First published in 1978, this collection of nineteen of Ballard's best short stories is as timely and informed as ever. His tales of the human psyche and its relationship to nature and technology, as viewed through a strong microscope, were eerily prescient and now provide greater perspective on our computer-dominated culture. Ballard's voice and vision have long served as a font of inspiration for today's cyber-punks, the authors and futurist who brought the information age into the mainstream.

J.G. Ballard was the author of numerous books, including Empire of the Sun, the underground classic Crash, and The Kindness of Women. He was revered as one of the most important writers of fiction to address the consequences of twentieth-century technology.
First published in 1978, this collection of nineteen of Ballard's best short stories is as timely and informed as ever. His tales of the human psyche and its relationship to nature and technology, as viewed through a strong microscope, were eerily prescient and now provide greater perspective on our computer-dominated culture. Ballard's voice and vision have long served as a font of inspiration for today's cyber-punks, the authors and futurist who brought the information age into the mainstream.

"A visionary in both style and substance . . .The literary equivalent of Salvador Dalí or Max Ernst."The Washington Post Book World

"A writer of enormous inventive powers. Ballard has, like Calvino, a remarkable gift for filling the empty, deprived spaces of modern life with the invisible cities and the wonder worlds of the imagination."Malcolm Bradbury, The New York Times Book Review

"Complex, obsessive, frequently poetic, and always disquieting chronicles of nature rebelling against humans, of the survival of barbarism in a world of mechanical efficieny, of entropy, anomie, breakdown, ruin . . . The blasted landscapes that his characters inhabit are both external settings and states of mind."Luc Sante

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"Ballard is among our finest writers of fiction." Anthony Burgess

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"A visionary in both style and substance....The literary equivalent of Salvador Dali or Max Ernst." The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"A writer of enormous inventive powers. Ballard has, like Calvino, a remarkable gift for filling the empty, deprived spaces of modern life with the invisible cities and the wonder worlds of the imagination." Malcolm Bradbury, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Complex, obsessive, frequently poetic, and always disquieting chronicles of nature rebelling against humans, of the survival of barbarism in a world of mechanical efficiency, of entropy, anomie, breakdown, ruin....The blasted landscapes that his characters inhabit are both external settings and states of mind." Luc Sante

Synopsis:

First published in 1978, this collection of nineteen of Ballard's best short stories is as timely and informed as ever. His tales of the human psyche and its relationship to nature and technology, as viewed through a strong microscope, were eerily prescient and now provide greater perspective on our computer-dominated culture. Ballard's voice and vision have long served as a font of inspiration for today's cyber-punks, the authors and futurist who brought the information age into the mainstream.

About the Author

J.G. Ballard is the author of numerous books, including Empire of the Sun, the underground classic Crash, and The Kindness of Women. He is revered as one of the most important writers of fiction to address the consequences of twentieth-century technology. His latest book is Super-Cannes. He died in 2009.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Concentration City

Manhole

Chronopolis

The Voices of Time

Deep End

The Overloaded Man

Billennium

The Garden of the 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 Reagen

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312278441
Introduction by:
Burgess, Anthony
Publisher:
Picador USA
Introduction by:
BURGESS, ANTHONY
Introduction:
BURGESS, ANTHONY
Author:
BURGESS, ANTHONY
Author:
Ballard, J. G.
Author:
Burges, Anthony
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Picador USA ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
#1817
Publication Date:
July 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.4 x 1.3 in 0.6 lb

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"Review" by , "A visionary in both style and substance....The literary equivalent of Salvador Dali or Max Ernst."
"Review" by , "A writer of enormous inventive powers. Ballard has, like Calvino, a remarkable gift for filling the empty, deprived spaces of modern life with the invisible cities and the wonder worlds of the imagination."
"Review" by , "Complex, obsessive, frequently poetic, and always disquieting chronicles of nature rebelling against humans, of the survival of barbarism in a world of mechanical efficiency, of entropy, anomie, breakdown, ruin....The blasted landscapes that his characters inhabit are both external settings and states of mind."
"Synopsis" by ,
First published in 1978, this collection of nineteen of Ballard's best short stories is as timely and informed as ever. His tales of the human psyche and its relationship to nature and technology, as viewed through a strong microscope, were eerily prescient and now provide greater perspective on our computer-dominated culture. Ballard's voice and vision have long served as a font of inspiration for today's cyber-punks, the authors and futurist who brought the information age into the mainstream.

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