Popular Books by J.G. Ballard Best Selling Author of Empire of the Sun

Popular Books by J.G. Ballard Best Selling Author of Empire of the Sun

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Title: Rushing to Paradise

"[A] chilling . . . tale about humans who gamely follow their own worst instincts.”—Chicago Tribune

Led by a charismatic and slightly unhinged woman, a group of environmentalists wrest control over a small South Pacific island in hopes of cultivating it into their own private Eden. But paradise is not quite what it seems in this “searing” (Kirkus Reviews) send-up of environmentalism, feminism, and extremism of all sorts.

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780871403377
Pages: 272
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Title: Hello America: A Novel

"This fable lifts a great freight of ideas effortlessly…The story of an expedition driven on by wishes of possession and power but guided internally by myths of America whose sources lie in the late 20th century." —Guardian

Following the energy crisis of the late twentieth century, America has been abandoned. Now, a century later, a small group of European explorers returns to the now climatically mutated continent. But America is unrecognizable—the Bering Strait has been dammed and much of the country has become a desert, populated by isolated natives and the bizarre remnants of a disintegrated culture. The expedition sets off from Manhattan on a cross-country journey, through Holiday Inns and abandoned theme parks, to uncover a shocking new power in the heart of Las Vegas.

A perilous journey to rediscover America a century after a climatic upheaval leaves it a huge desert.

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780871404183
Pages: 240
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Title: The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780393339291
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Title: Concrete Island

On a day in April, just after three o'clock in the afternoon, Robert Maitland's car crashes over the concrete parapet of a high-speed highway onto the island below, where he is injured and, finally, trapped. What begins as an almost ludicrous predicament soon turns into horror as Maitland—a wickedly modern Robinson Crusoe—realizes that, despite evidence of other inhabitants, this doomed terrain has become a mirror of his own mind. Seeking the dark outer rim of the everyday, Ballard weaves private catastrophe into an intensely specular allegory.

"This is the excellent stuff of classic castaway adventure, stiffened here by contemporary overtones that call into question social values." San Francisco Chronicle

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780312420345
Pages: 176
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Title: Cocaine Nights

In Cocaine Nights, the setting is the Costa del Sol, and the stylish resort of Estrella de Mar, where young retirees from Europe's chillier climes bask in a lifestyle of endless leisure. Into the queasy beauty of this artificial environment steps Charles Prentice, a travel writer from London who has come to visit his brother Frank, manager of the resort's Club Nautico - tennis and swim club by day, coked-up discotheque by night. Frank is in jail, having confessed to setting an explosive fire that has taken five lives. Certain that the confession was coerced, Charles wants to launch his own investigation. But Frank isn't interested in salvation, and the Spanish police don't want their open-and-shut case corrupted by a meddling Brit. Charles insists on continuing his crusade, though his life is threatened.
Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9781582435701
Pages: 332
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Title: The Drought

An apocalyptic dystopia like no other, one whose "originality and power [of] vision can be felt" (Times Literary Supplement).

Weird and mesmerizingly grotesque, The Drought tells the chilling story of the world on the brink of extinction, where a global drought, brought on by industrial waste, has left mankind in a life-or-death search for water. Violence erupts and insanity reigns as the human race struggles for survival in a worldwide desert of despair.

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780871404015
Pages: 240
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Title: The Unlimited Dream Company: A Novel

"A remarkable piece of invention, a flight from the world of the familiar and the real into the exotic universe of dream and desire." —New York Times Book Review

When a light aircraft crashes into the Thames at Shepperton, the young pilot who struggles to the surface minutes later seems to have come back from the dead. Within hours everything in the dormitory suburb is transformed. Vultures invade rooftops, luxuriant tropical vegetation overruns the quiet avenues, and the local inhabitants are propelled by the young man’s urgent visions through ecstatic sexual celebrations toward an apocalyptic climax. In this characteristically inventive novel Ballard displays to devastating effect the extraordinary imagination that has established him as one of the twentieth century’s most visionary writers.

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780871404190
Pages: 240
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Title: Kingdom Come: A Novel

“J.G. Ballard is the undisputed laureate of suburban psychosis. . . . A brilliant novel.”—Literary Review

A violent novel filled with insidious twists, Kingdom Come follows the exploits of Richard Pearson, a rebellious, unemployed advertising executive, whose father is gunned down by a deranged mental patient in a vast shopping mall outside Heathrow Airport. When the prime suspect is released without charge, Richard’s suspicions are aroused. Investigating the mystery, Richard uncovers at the Metro-Centre mall a neo-fascist world whose charismatic spokesperson is whipping up the masses into a state of unsustainable frenzy. Riots frequently terrorize the complex, immigrant communities are attacked by hooligans, and sports events mushroom into jingoistic political rallies. In this gripping, dystopian tour de force, J.G. Ballard holds up a mirror to suburban mind rot, revealing the darker forces at work beneath the gloss of consumerism and flag-waving patriotism.

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780871403193
Pages: 320
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Title: Crash

In this hallucinatory novel, an automobile provides the hellish tableau in which Vaughan, a "TV scientist" turned "nightmare angel of the highways," experiments with erotic atrocities among auto crash victims, each more sinister than the last. James Ballard, his friend and fellow obsessive, tells the story of this twisted visionary as he careens rapidly toward his own demise in an internationally orchestrated car crash with Elizabeth Taylor.

A classic work of cutting-edge fiction, Crash explores both the disturbing implications and horrific possibilities of contemporary society's increasing dependence on technology as intermediary in human relations.

A realist fantasy that blends violence and sexuality.

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780312420338
Pages: 224
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Title: The Crystal World

J. G. Ballard’s fourth novel, which established his reputation as a writer of extraordinary talent and imaginative powers, tells the story of a physician specializing in the treatment of leprosy who is invited to a small outpost in the interior of Africa. Finding the roadways blocked, he takes to the river, and embarks on a frightening journey through a strange petrified forest whose area expands daily, affecting not only the physical environment but also its inhabitants.

The forces of nature are pitted against humanity when Dr. Edward Sanders discovers strangely luminous jewels, which threaten to petrify the inhabitants of an African jungle.

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780374520960
Pages: 216
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Title: The Atrocity Exhibition: Annotated (Flamingo Modern Classics)

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780007116867
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Title: Empire of the Sun

The classic, award-winning novel, made famous by Steven Spielberg's film, tells of a young boy's struggle to survive World War II in China.

Jim is separated from his parents in a world at war. To survive, he must find a strength greater than all the events that surround him.

Shanghai, 1941 — a city aflame from the fateful torch of Pearl Harbor. In streets full of chaos and corpses, a young British boy searches in vain for his parents. Imprisoned in a Japanese concentration camp, he is witness to the fierce white flash of Nagasaki, as the bomb bellows the end of the war...and the dawn of a blighted world.

Ballard's enduring novel of war and deprivation, internment camps and death marches, and starvation and survival is an honest coming-of-age tale set in a world thrown utterly out of joint.

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780743265232
Pages: 288
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Title: The Day of Creation: A Novel

"Compulsively absorbing: the white heat of its images seems to burn off the page, and the surreal landscapes linger on in the mind." —Independent

On the arid, war-plagued terrain of central Africa, a manic doctor is consumed with visions of transforming the Sahara into a land of abundance. But Dr. Mallory’s obsession quickly spirals dangerously out of control. First published in 1987, this classic Ballard thriller continues to resonate “with dark implications for the future of humanity” (Publishers Weekly).

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780871404046
Pages: 288
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Title: The Drowned World: A Novel

A thrilling adventure with “an oppressive power reminiscent of Conrad” (Kingsley Amis), considered by many to be Ballard’s finest.

In the novel that catapulted him to international acclaim upon its publication in 1962, J.G. Ballard’s mesmerizing and ferociously prescient The Drowned World imagines a terrifying future in which solar radiation and global warming has melted the ice caps, and Triassic-era jungles have overrun a submerged and tropical London. Set during the year 2145, the novel follows biologist Dr. Robert Kerans and his team of scientists as they confront a surreal cityscape populated by giant iguanas, albino alligators, and endless swarms of malarial insects. Nature has swallowed all but a few remnants of human civilization, and slowly, Kearns and his companions are transformed—both physically and psychologically—by this prehistoric environment. The Drowned World is both a thrilling adventure and haunting examination of the effects of environmental collapse on the human mind.

Selected by David Pringle as one of the 100 best Science Fiction novels.

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780871403629
Pages: 208
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Title: Super-Cannes: A Novel

Eden-Olympia is more than just a multinational business park, it is a virtual city-state in itself, built for the most elite high-tech industries. Isolated and secure, the residents lack nothing, yet one day, a doctor at the clinic goes on a suicidal shooting spree. Dr. Jane Sinclair is hired as his replacement, and her husband Paul uncovers the dangerous psychological vents that maintain Eden-Olympia’s smoothly-running surface.

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780312306090
Pages: 400
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Title: The Drowned World: A Novel

A thrilling adventure with “an oppressive power reminiscent of Conrad” (Kingsley Amis), considered by many to be Ballard’s finest.

In the novel that catapulted him to international acclaim upon its publication in 1962, J.G. Ballard’s mesmerizing and ferociously prescient The Drowned World imagines a terrifying future in which solar radiation and global warming has melted the ice caps, and Triassic-era jungles have overrun a submerged and tropical London. Set during the year 2145, the novel follows biologist Dr. Robert Kerans and his team of scientists as they confront a surreal cityscape populated by giant iguanas, albino alligators, and endless swarms of malarial insects. Nature has swallowed all but a few remnants of human civilization, and slowly, Kearns and his companions are transformed—both physically and psychologically—by this prehistoric environment. The Drowned World is both a thrilling adventure and haunting examination of the effects of environmental collapse on the human mind.

Selected by David Pringle as one of the 100 best Science Fiction novels.

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780871403629
Pages: 208
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Title: High Rise

"Harsh and ingenious! High Rise is an intense and vivid bestiary, which lingers unsettlingly in the mind." —Martin Amis, New Statesman

When a class war erupts inside a luxurious apartment block, modern elevators become violent battlegrounds and cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on “enemy” floors. In this visionary tale, human society slips into violent reverse as once-peaceful residents, driven by primal urges, re-create a world ruled by the laws of the jungle.

This gripping novel, a sort of Lord of the Flies, tells a prescient story.

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780871404022
Pages: 208
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Title: Voices Of Time

Author(s): J.G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780575401303
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Title: A User's Guide To The Millennium

Over the course of his career, J.G. Ballard has revealed hidden truths about the modern world. The essays, reviews, and ruminations gathered here—spanning the breadth of this long career—approach reality with the same sharp prose and sharper vision that distinguish his fiction. Ballard's fascination for and fixation upon this century take him from Mickey Mouse to Salvador Dali, from Los Angeles to Shanghai, from William Burroughs to Winnie the Pooh, from the future to today.

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780312156831
Pages: 320
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Title: The Drought (Paladin Books)

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780586089965
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Title: Millennium People

Author(s): Ballard, J. G.
ISBN 13: 9780871404053
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Title: J. G. Ballard: Quotes: Does the Future Have a Future?


Cultural Writing. Reference. "One needs to continually make sense of a baffingly complex, constantly changing environment. Brief, succinct quotes can quickly produce clarity amid moral murkiness"--V.Vale. Deriving quotations from Hegel, Goethe, Gracian, Lichtenberg, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Lao-Tzu, Warhol and a multitude of other prophetic sources, J.G. BALLARD QUOTES exists as the perfect pocket-guide of enlightentment for those in need of a quick philisophical fix. Divided into easily accesible categories, this book aims to "expand and illuminate the reader's consciousness as rapidly as possible"--V.Vale.
Author(s): J.G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9781889307121
Pages: 416
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Title: The Kindness of Women

In this sequel to his award-winning Empire of the Sun, young James returns to England at the end of World War II. He stumbles through medical study at Cambridge, trains briefly as an RAF pilot in Canada, and marries. When his wife dies suddenly, Jim is thrust into the violence and sexual promiscuity of the sixties. Penetrating and wise, J. G. Ballard's biting social commentary and pushing of boundaries make this semi-autobiographical novel a small classic.

In the haunting sequel to Empire of the Sun, Ballard puts his earlier account of a boy's experiences in Japanese-occupied Shanghai in the context of a lifetime. After the war, Ballard returns to England where he eventually settles into suburban married life--until his wife's accidental death. "Piercingly honest."--Publishers Weekly.

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780312422844
Pages: 352
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Title: Terminal Atrocity Zone

Author(s): Ballard, J. G./
ISBN 13: 9780985762513
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Title: Low-Flying Aircraft

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780586045039
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Title: Myths of the Near Future (Panther Books)

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780586058886
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Title: Passport to Eternity

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9784250081231
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Title: Cocaine Nights

In Cocaine Nights, the setting is the Costa del Sol, and the stylish resort of Estrella de Mar, where young retirees from Europe's chillier climes bask in a lifestyle of endless leisure. Into the queasy beauty of this artificial environment steps Charles Prentice, a travel writer from London who has come to visit his brother Frank, manager of the resort's Club Nautico - tennis and swim club by day, coked-up discotheque by night. Frank is in jail, having confessed to setting an explosive fire that has taken five lives. Certain that the confession was coerced, Charles wants to launch his own investigation. But Frank isn't interested in salvation, and the Spanish police don't want their open-and-shut case corrupted by a meddling Brit. Charles insists on continuing his crusade, though his life is threatened.
Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9781582435701
Pages: 332
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Title: Running Wild

The thirty-two adult members of an exclusive residential community in West London are brutally murdered, and their children are abducted, leaving no trace. Through the forensic diary of Dr. Richard Greville, Deputy Psychiatric Adviser to the London Metropolitan Police, the brutal details of the massacre that has baffled the entire police department unfold.

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780374525460
Pages: 112
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Title: Extreme Metaphors

This collection is an indispensable tribute to one of recent history s most original thinkers."
Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780007454860
Pages: 528
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Title: The Complete Short Stories

Originally published in 1 vol.: London: Flamingo, 2001.
Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780007245765
Pages: 775
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Title: Rushing To Paradise

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780312134150
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Title: The Complete Short Stories

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780007242290
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Title: Chronopolis and Other Stories

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780399101410
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Title: The Disaster Area

Author(s): J.G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780586028148
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Title: Miracles of Life

J. G. Ballard was, for over fifty years, one of this country's most significant writers.
Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780007272341
Pages: 278
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Title: The Day of Creation

Author(s): J.G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780312421281
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Title: J.G. Ballard : Conversations

Author(s): J. G. Ballard, V. Vale
ISBN 13: 9781889307138
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Title: War Fever

A war-ravaged Beirut is the setting for the title story of this visionary collection, a tale in which a young street fighter inadvertently discovers how to bring an to the bloodshed only to find that his solution is all too effective as far as some supposedly neutral observers are concerned. Other stories feature an assassination plot against an American astronaut, the leader of an authoritarian religious movement; a man who is destroyed by a car crash and resolves never to leave his apartment again; and the survivor of a toxic-waste ship wrecked on a deserted Caribbean island.

These 10 stories show the author at his best, displaying what Malcolm Bradbury calls his "remarkable gift for filling the empty, deprived spaces of modern life with the invisible cities and wonder world of imagination." Consider, for example, "The Secret History of World War 3," which concerns Ronald Reagan's return to the White House after too brief a retirement. Soon the country is oblivios to all except the ceaseless reports on his health, broadcast live from the Oval Office.

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780374525767
Pages: 176
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Title: Kingdom Come

Author(s): Ballard, J. G.
ISBN 13: 9780007232475
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Title: The Unlimited Dream Company (Paladin Books)

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780586089958
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Title: Hello America

Author(s): Ballard, J. G.
ISBN 13: 9780007287031
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Title: The Four-dimensional Nightmare (Penguin science fiction)

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780140023459
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Title: Crash !

Un roman d'une violence rare.
Author(s): James Graham Ballard
ISBN 13: 9782264024794
Pages: 253
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Title: The Venus Hunters

Author(s): J. G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780586051870
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Title: Best of J.G.Ballard (Orbit Books)

Author(s): J.G. Ballard
ISBN 13: 9780860079439
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