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J. G. Ballard




(image credit: Vladimir Kush)

"The Air Disaster"
© 1975, Bananas
War Fever, 1991
--/ cool sf story
--/ emotion award

"Answers to a Questionnaire"
© 1985, Ambit
War Fever, 1991
--/ cool sf story

"The Beach Murders"
(also as "Confetti Royale")
© New Worlds, Apr 1969
also in - Rogue, Jan 1966

Low-Flying Aircraft and Other Stories, 1976
--/ style award

"Billenium"
© New Worlds, Nov 1961
Billenium, 1962
The Terminal Beach, 1964
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ adventure award


"Build-Up"
(also as "The Concentration City")
© New Worlds, Jan 1957
Billenium, 1962
The Disaster Area,1967
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ emotion award
--/ style award


"The Cage of Sand"
© New Worlds, Jun 1962
Passport to Eternity, 1963
The Four-Dimensional Nightmare, 1963
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"Chronopolis"
© New Worlds, Jun 1960
Billenium, 1962
The Four-Dimensional Nightmare, 1963
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award


"Chronopolis" (coll)
(part of "The Disaster Area" coll)
© Putnam, 1971
--/ second place sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ emotion award
--/ style award

"The Cloud-Sculptors of Coral D"
(Vermillion Sands)
© F&SF, Dec 1967
Vermillion Sands, 1971
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


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"Coming of the Unconscious"
© New Worlds, Jul 1966
The Overloaded Man, 1967 UK
--/ cool article
--/ rare find

Oh, I loved this article. This discourse on surrealism pulled all the right strings of my heart, made me nostalgic of all the avantgarde museums I visited in Europe, and affirmed my sensibilities of what's cool and crazy in the art sub-genre of "the delusional and obscured". Many thanks to the Good Master.
review by AA: 10-Jul-06 (read in 2006)

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"The Comsat Angels"
© IF, Dec 1968
Low-Flying Aircraft, 1976
--/ style award

"The Concentration City"
(also as "Build-Up" )
© New Worlds, Jan 1957
Billenium, 1962
The Disaster Area,1967
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ emotion award
--/ style award


"Confetti Royale"
(also as "The Beach Murders")
© New Worlds, Apr 1969
Rogue, Jan 1966

Low-Flying Aircraft and Other Stories, 1976
--/ style award

"The Crystal World" (nv)
© 1966, Farrar Straus & Giroux
--foreign novel : 1970 Seiun W
--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"The Day Of Forever"
© The Impossible Man, 1966
The Impossible Man, 1966
The Day Of Forever, 1967 UK
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ idea award: stopped earth

"The Dead Astronaut"
© Playboy, May 1968
Low-Flying Aircraft, 1976
--/ cool sf story
--/ emotion award

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"The Death Module"
(also as "Notes Towards a Mental Breakdown")
(part of "The Atrocity Expedition")
© New Worlds, July 1967
Bananas, Jul 1976

War Fever, 1991
--/ style award
--/ emotion award

Here Ballard clinically observes the breakdown of the modern psyche, no less. This story subsequently been incorporated into "The Atrocity Exhibition", fix-up novel. The whole story consists of a single sentence... with a footnote written for every word; these footnotes make up the narrative. In 1992, Murry C. Christensen created one of the first "hyperbooks" from this story by combining its text with illustrations from Max Ernst's Une Semaine de Bont? (1934), see illustration above.
review by AA: 09-Jul-06 (read in 1992)

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"Deep End"
© New Worlds, May 1961
The Voices of Time, 1962
The Terminal Beach, 1964
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Delta at Sunset"
© The Terminal Beach, 1964
The Impossible Man, 1966
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

"Dream Cargoes"
© 1991, OMNI
--short story : 1992 Locus /11
--short story : 1992 SF Chronicle /2

--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Disaster Area" (coll)
(also as "Chronopolis" coll)
© 1967, Cape UK
--/ second place sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award


"The Drowned Giant"
(also as "Souvenir")
© The Terminal Beach, 1964
also in - Playboy, May 1965

The Impossible Man, 1966
--short story : 1966 Nebula
--/ cool f story
--/ idea award
--/ style award


"The Drowned World" (nv)
© Science Fiction Adventures (UK), 1962
book : Berkley, 1962
--/ fourth place apocalyptic sf novel
--/ adventure award

"The Encounter"
(also as "The Venus Hunters")
© Amazing, Jun 1963
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"End-Game"
© New Worlds, Jun 1963
Terminal Beach, 1964
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Enormous Space"
© Interzone, Feb 1989
War Fever, 1991
--short story : 1990 Locus /15
--fiction : 1990 Interzone Poll /4

--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"Escapement"
© New Worlds, Dec 1956
Passport To Eternity, 1963
The Overloaded Man, 1967 UK
--/ second place time sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea: small time loops
--/ style award
--/ humour award
--/ emotion award

"The Four-Dimensional Nightmare" (coll)
© 1963, Gollancz
--/ fourth place sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


"The Garden of Time"
© F&SF, Feb 1962
Billenium, 1962
The Four-Dimensional Nightmare, 1963
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"The Gentle Assassin"
© New Worlds, Dec 1961
Billenium, 1962

"Gioconda Of The Twilight Moon"
© The Terminal Beach, 1964
The Impossible Man, 1966
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"The Greatest Television Show on Earth"
© Ambit # 53, 1972
Low-Flying Aircraft, 1976
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"Having a Wonderful Time"
© Bananas, 1978
Myths of the Near Future, 1982

"The Illuminated Man"
© F&SF, May 1964
The Terminal Beach, UK 1964
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"The Impossible Man"
© The Impossible Man, 1966
The Disaster Area, 1967
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"The Impossible Man" (coll)
© Berkley Books, 1966
--/ third place sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ idea award
--/ emotion award

"The Insane Ones"
© Amazing Stories, Jan 1962
Billenium, 1962
The Day of Forever, 1967
--/ cool sf story

"The Largest Theme-Park In The World"
© The Guardian, Jul 1989
War Fever, 1991
--/ cool sf story

"The Lost Leonardo"
© F&SF, Mar 1964
The Terminal Beach, 1964 UK
New Worlds of Fantasy # 1, 1967
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"Love in a Colder Climate"
© 1989, Interview
War Fever, 1991

"Low-Flying Aircraft"
© Bananas, Sum 1975
Low-Flying Aircraft and Other Stories, 1976
Antaeus # 25, 1977
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


"Low-Flying Aircraft and Other Stories" (coll)
© 1976, Cape
--/ cool sf collection
--/ style award

"The Man Who Walked on the Moon"
© Interzone, Aut 1985
Memories of the Space Age, 1988
War Fever, 1991
--fiction : 1987 Interzone Poll /2
--/ cool sf story
--/ emotion award

"Manhole 69"
© New Worlds, Nov 1957
The Voices of Time, 1962
The Disaster Area, 1967
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award


"Memories of the Space Age"
© Interzone, Sum 1982
Memories of the Space Age, 1988
War Fever, 1991
--fiction : 1984 Interzone Poll /2
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"The Message From Mars"
© Interzone, Apr 1992
Tales In Space, 1998
--short story : 1993 Locus/9
--fiction : 1993 Interzone Poll/2

--/ third place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ shock value
--/ emotion award
--/ rare find


"Minus One"
© Science Fantasy, 1963
Terminal Beach, 1964 US
The Disaster Area, 1967
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"Mr. F Is Mr. F"
© Science Fantasy, Nov 1961
The Disaster Area, 1967
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"My Dream of Flying to Wake Island"
© Ambit # 60, 1974
Low-Flying Aircraft, 1976
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


"Myths of the Near Future"
© F&SF, Oct 1982
Myths of the Near Future, 1982
--novelette : 1983 Nebula
--novelette : 1983 Locus /3
--short fiction : 1983 British SF

--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award


"Myths of the Near Future" (coll)
© 1982, Gollancz
--author collection : 1983 Locus /13
--/ cool sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


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"Notes Towards a Mental Breakdown"
(also as "The Death Module")
(part of "The Atrocity Expedition")
© New Worlds, July 1967
Bananas, Jul 1976

War Fever, 1991
--/ style award
--/ emotion award

Here Ballard clinically observes the breakdown of the modern psyche, no less. This story subsequently been incorporated into "The Atrocity Exhibition", fix-up novel. The whole story consists of a single sentence... with a footnote written for every word; these footnotes make up the narrative. In 1992, Murry C. Christensen created one of the first "hyperbooks" from this story by combining its text with illustrations from Max Ernst's Une Semaine de Bont? (1934), see illustration above.
review by AA: 09-Jul-06 (read in 1992)

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"Now Wakes the Sea"
© F&SF, May 1963
Terminal Beach, US 1964
The Disaster Area, 1967
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"Now: Zero"
© Science Fantasy, Jan 1959
Billenium, 1962
The Overloaded Man, 1967 UK
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ shock value

"The Object of the Attack"
© Interzone, Aut 1984
War Fever, 1991
--short fiction : 1985 British SF
--fiction : 1986 Interzone Poll W

--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"The Overloaded Man"
© New Worlds, Jul 1961
The Voices of Time, 1962
The Overloaded Man, 1967
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award


"The Overloaded Man" (coll)
© Panther Books, 1967
--/ fourth place sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award

"Passport to Eternity"
© Amazing, Jun 1962
Passport to Eternity, 1963
The Overloaded Man, 1967
--/ cool sf story

"A Place and a Time to Die"
© New Worlds, Sep 1969
New Worlds Quarterly, 1971
Low-Flying Aircraft, 1976
--/ cool sf story

"Prima Belladonna"
(Vermillion Sands)
© Science Fantasy, 1956
Billenium, 1962
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"A Question of Re-Entry"
© Fantastic, Mar 1963
Passport to Eternity, 1963
The Terminal Beach, UK 1964
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


"The Recognition"
© Dangerous Visions, ed. H. Ellison, 1967

"Report on an Unidentified Space Station"
© City Limits, 1982
Lands Of Never, 1982
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ awesome scale


"The Reptile Enclosure"
(also as "The Sherrington Theory")
© Amazing, Mar 1963
The Terminal Beach, UK 1964
The Impossible Man, 1966
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Salvador Dali"
© New Worlds, Feb 1969
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award
--/ rare find


"Say Good-Bye to the Wind"
(Vermillion Sands)
© Fantastic Stories, Aug 1970
Vermilion Sands, 1971
New Worlds of Fantasy No. 3, 1971
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Screen Game"
(Vermillion Sands series)
© Fantastic, Oct 1963
The Impossible Man, 1966
Vermillion Sands, 1971
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ rare find

"Secret History Of World War Three"
© Orbit Yearbook # 2, 1989
also - Ambit, 1988

War Fever, 1991

"The Sherrington Theory"
(also as "The Reptile Enclosure")
© Amazing, Mar 1963
The Terminal Beach, UK 1964
The Impossible Man, 1966
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Singing Statues"
(Vermillion Sands)
© Fantastic, Jul 1962
Vermillion Sands, 1973
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ idea award


"The Smile"
© Bananas, 1976
Myths of the Near Future, 1982

"The Sound-Sweep"
© Science Fantasy # 39, 1960
The Voices of Time, 1962
The Four-Dimensional Nightmare, 1963
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award


"Souvenir"
(also as "The Drowned Giant")
© The Terminal Beach, 1964
also in - Playboy, May 1965

The Impossible Man, 1966
--short story : 1966 Nebula
--/ cool f story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"Storm Bird, Storm Dreamer"
© The Impossible Man, 1966
The Disaster Area, 1967
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"Storm-Wind"
(exp into "The Wind from Nowhere")
© New Worlds, Sep 1961
--/ cool sf novella
--/ adventure award

"The Subliminal Man"
© New Worlds, Jan 1963
Terminal Beach, 1964 US
The Disaster Area, 1967
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


"The Terminal Beach"
© New Worlds, Mar 1964
Terminal Beach, 1964
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


"The Terminal Beach" (coll)
© 1964, Gollancz
--/ fourth place sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


"Thirteen to Centaurus"
© Amazing, Apr 1962
Passport to Eternity, 1963
The Overloaded Man, 1967
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista"
(Vermillion Sands)
© Amazing, Mar 1962
Passport to Eternity, 1963
Vermillion Sands, 1971
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award


"Time Of Passage"
© Science Fantasy, Jul 1964
The Impossible Man, 1966
The Overloaded Man, 1967 UK
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ idea award: life backwards

"The Time-Tombs"
© IF, Mar 1963
Terminal Beach, 1964
The Overloaded Man, 1967 UK
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea: preserved individuality
--/ style award: surrealism

"Track 12"
© New Worlds, Apr 1958
Passport To Eternity, 1963
The Overloaded Man, 1967
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"The Ultimate City"
© Low-Flying Aircraft and Other Stories, 1976
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"The Venus Hunters"
(also as "The Encounter")
© Amazing, Jun 1963
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

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"Vermillion Sands" (coll)
© Berkley /Jonathan Cape, 1971
--/ third place sf collection
--/ third place sf series
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


I want to live in Vermillion Sands. I want to wake up in the morning and look out my bedroom window at the hypnotic world J.G. Ballard has created.

A collection of short stories, Vermillion Sands is set, mostly, in a Palm Springs-type vacation resort. There are two kinds of people there: the rich and the people who serve the rich. More importantly, though, the resort is a way for Ballard – in these stories – to explore the artistic process via a whole plethora of new technologies, from cloud sculpting to sound jewelry and more.

But Ballard is Ballard, so just writing stories about a resort, the people enjoying it or working there, or even the arts, is not enough: each of the stories in Vermillion Sands is also laced with his trademark psychological depth and lyrical subtlety. Sure, the stories might not be as subversively perverse, emotionally enigmatic, psychedelically strange, or horrifically languid as some of his other books and stories, but these light and almost funny tales are still J.G. Ballard – and that means they will always be as a brilliant and elusive as the landscape outside of Vermillion Sands.
(review by M. Christian)

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"The Voices Of Time" (coll)
© Berkley Books, 1962
--/ fourth place sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ emotion award
--/ style award

"The Voices of Time"
© New Worlds, Oct 1960
The Voices of Time, 1962
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"The Volcano Dances"
© The Terminal Beach, 1964

"The Waiting Grounds"
© New Worlds, Nov 1959
The Voices Of Time, 1962
The Day Of Forever, 1967 UK
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ emotion award
--/ awesome scale
--/ idea: waiting for Messiah

"War Fever"
© F&SF, Oct 1989
War Fever, 1991
--novelette : 1990 Locus /10
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"War Fever" (coll)
© Doubleday, 1991
--collection : 1991 Locus /16
--/ cool sf collection
--/ style award

"The Watch-Towers"
© Science Fantasy # 53, 1962
The Four-Dimensional Nightmare,1963
Passport to Eternity, 1963
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"The Wind from Nowhere" (nv)
(exp. from "Storm-Wind")
© New Worlds, Sep 1961
novel: Berkley, 1961
--/ fourth place apocalyptic sf novel
--/ adventure award

"You: Coma: Marilyn Monroe"
© Ambit # 27, 1966
New Worlds, Jun 1966
Atrocity Exhibition, 1970
Love & Napalm: Export U.S.A., 1972
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"Zone of Terror"
© New Worlds, Mar 1960
The Voices of Time, 1962
The Disaster Area, 1967
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

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Also, there are our personal STYLE / GENRE SPECIFIC AWARDS. These reflect the story's content and the lasting impression on the reader:

--/ wonder award
sense-of-wonder, "visual intensity" and inventiveness

--/ idea award
originality of idea / concept

--/ adventure award
exhilarating plot, excitement / action

--/ style award
outstanding literary qualities, inimitable style

--/ romance award
intense and beautiful love / relationships

--/ humour award
funny and cool

--/ emotion award
touching, lasting impression, sensitivity

--/ shock value
altogether wild

--/ awesome scale
mind-boggling; further enhances sense-of-wonder

--/ rare find
very hard to locate, mostly from old pulps, never reprinted, etc.

Again, please feel free to leave your own review or comment under every writer's entry; also recommend us other stories you liked.