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Selected Nonfiction, 1962-2007

J. G. Ballard(Autor*in)
Mark Blacklock(Herausgeber*in)
MIT Press
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J. G. Ballard's collected nonfiction from 1962 to 2007, mapping the cultural obsessions, experiences, and insights of one of the most original minds of his generation.

J. G. Ballard was a colossal figure in English literature and an imaginative force of the twentieth century. Alongside seminal novels-from the notorious Crash (1973) to the semi-autobiographical Empire of the Sun (1984)-Ballard was a sought-after reviewer and commentator, publishing journalism, memoir, and cultural criticism in a variety of forms. The Selected Nonfiction of J. G. Ballard collects the most significant short nonfiction of Ballard's fifty-year career, extending the range of the only previous collection of his nonfiction, A User's Guide to the Millennium (1996), which selected essays and reviews published between 1962 and 1995.
A decade on from Ballard's death in 2009, a new generation of readers needs a new collection. In the period following A User's Guide, Ballard's writing addressed 9/11, British politics from New Labour onward, and what he termed "the rise of soft fascism"-a diagnosis that maintains its relevance amid a shift toward right populism in European and US politics. Beautifully edited by Ballard scholar and novelist Mark Blacklock, this volume includes Ballard's editorials and manifestos; commentaries on his own work; commentaries on the work of others; reviews; and more. Above all, it makes the case for the currency of Ballard's work at a contemporary juncture at which so many of his diagnoses concerning the media and politics have become apparent.
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James Graham "J.G." Ballard (1930-2009) was a British author and journalist. Best known for his dystopic works of science fiction, his novels include Crash (1973) and High-Rise (1975). His semi-autobiographicalnovel Empire of the Sun (1984) was adapted by Stephen Spielberg in the 1987 film of the same name. Luminous, wry, and arresting, Ballard's writing endures as a touchstone for popular conceptions of post-apocalyptic landscapes, mass media, and emergent technologies.

Mark Blacklock is Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of the cultural history The Emergence of the Fourth Dimension, and his most recent novel Hinton was longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction in 2021.
Which Way to Inner Space? (1962) 3
Notes from Nowhere (1966) 7
Introduction to the French Edition of Crash! (1974/1975) 10
What I Believe (1984) 15
Myth Maker of the 20th Century (1964) 23
La Jetée, Academy One (1966) 28
The Coming of the Unconscious (1966) 30
The Thousand Wounds and Flowers (1969) 35
Salvador Dali: The Innocent as Paranoid (1969) 38
Use Your Vagina (1969) 46
Alphabets of Unreason (1969) 50
On Own Work: Novels 56
The Drowned World (1963) 57
The Atrocity Exhibition (1969) 59
Concrete Island (1994) 60
Hello America (1994) 62
On Own Work: Stories and Collections 64
"Storm- Wind" (1961) 65
"You and Me and the Continuum" (1966) 65
"End- Game" (1968) 66
Vermilion Sands (1973/1992) 68
The Best Science Fiction of J. G. Ballard (1977) 70
Le livre d'or de la science- fiction: J. G. Ballard (1980) 76
Myths of the Near Future (1982) 78
"Report on an Unidentified Space Station" (1985) 80
J. G. Ballard: The Complete Short Stories (2001) 80
On Work of Others: Literature 82
"Cataclysms and Dooms" in The Visual Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1977) 83
Graham Greene (1978) 84
James Joyce (1990) 86
Nathanael West (1993) 87
Aldous Huxley (1994) 89
On Work of Others: Art 91
Eduardo Paolozzi (1970) 94
Ikko Narahara (1980) 94
Brigid Marlin (1990) 96
Paul Delvaux (1996) 97
Robert Smithson (1997) 99
Tacita Dean (2001) 100
Ed Ruscha (2001) 102
Francis Bacon (2004) 103
Fictions of Every Kind (1971) 108
The Consumer Consumed (1971) 111
The Car, the Future (1971) 113
The Future of the Future (1977) 119
The Diary of a Mad Space Wife (1979) 123
In the Voyeur's Gaze (1989) 127
The French Riviera Spoiled? Only by Fear and Snobbery (1995) 132
Airports: The Cities of the Future (1997) 136
Welcome to the Virtual City (2001) 139
The Prophet (2005) 141
A Handful of Dust (2006) 145
Shock and Gore (2007) 149
The Larval Stage of a New Kind of Architecture (2007) 152
Collector's Choice: Outer Limits (1987) 159
Project for a Glossary of the Twentieth Century (1992) 164
Impressions of Speed (1998) 170
What Makes a Classic? (1999) 174
Books 177
The Science of Dreams by Edwin Diamond (1963) 179
Down to Earth: Spectrum IV, edited by Kingsley Amis and Robert Conquest; Telepathist by John Brunner; I Love Galesburg in the Springtime by Jack Finney; An Arthur C. Clarke Omnibus (1965) 180
Into the Drop Zone: Beyond Time by Michel Siffre (1965) 182
The See- Through Brain: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (1970) 183
A Personal View: Billion Year Spree by Brian Aldiss (1974) 185
Zap Code: Approaching Oblivion by Harlan Ellison; Shadrach in the Furnace by Robert Silverberg; Medusa's Children by Bob Shaw (1977) 191
Killing Time: The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer (1979) 193
New Means Worse: The Golden Age of Science Fiction, edited by Kingsley Amis (1981) 195
Fallen Idol: Elvis by Albert Goldman (1981) 197
Legend of Regret: Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Matthew J. Bruccoli (1982) 199
Autopia or Autogeddon: Automania by Julian Pettifer and Nigel Turner; The Centenary of the Car, 1885- 1985 by Andrew Whyte; Rolls- Royce: The Complete Works by Mike Fox and Steve Smith (1984) 201
Escape into the Seraglio: Hockney on Photography: Conversations by Paul Joyce (1988) 203
Days Strung on a Syringe with a Thread of Blood: Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs by Ted Morgan (1991) 206
Chainsaw Biomassacre in Glorious Horoscope: Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography by Kitty Kelley (1991) 208
Sermons from the Mount: Fates Worse Than Death by Kurt Vonnegut (1991) 211
Rituals of a Skinny Dipper: Haunts of the Black Masseur: The Swimmer as Hero by Charles Sprawson (1992) 214
Was the Holocaust Scripted by This Man? Marquis de Sade: A Biography by Maurice Lever (1993) 215
Let the Women Have Lipstick and High Heels: Deng Xiaoping and the Making of Modern China by Richard Evans (1993) 217
Mouse That Bores: Walt Disney: Hollywood's Dark Prince by Marc Eliot (1994) 219
The Puccini of Cinema Grows Up: Steven Spielberg: The Unauthorised Biography by John Baxter (1996) 221
Weirdly Wise: Lynch on Lynch, edited by Chris Rodley (1997) 224
Return of the Future: The First Dozen Titles in the Predictions Series Published by Phoenix House, London (1997) 227
Sands of Time: The Beach: The History of Paradise on Earth by Lena Lincek and Gideon Bosker (1998) 230
They're Falling Out of the Sky: The Black Box: Cockpit Voice Recorder Accounts of In- Flight Accidents, edited by Malcolm MacPherson (1998) 233
Reach for the Sky: Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg (1998) 235
Analyst's Couch Potato: Woody Allen: A Biography by John Baxter (1998) 238
License to Kill: The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang (1999) 240
Fashion Victim: Pages from the Glossies: Facsimiles 1956- 1998 by Helmut Newton (1999) 244
The Maestro Who Campaigned Against His Greatest Work: The Enigma of
Giorgio de Chirico by Margaret Crosland (1999) 246
A Staircase of Corpses: Build My Gallows High by Geoffrey Homes (2001) 248
Prophet of Our Present: Aldous Huxley: An English Intellectual by Nicholas Murray (2002) 250
This Boy Does Talk. Who Is He? King of Cannes by Stephen Walker (2002) 253
The Unlimited Dream Company: The Bad and the Beautiful: A Chronicle of Hollywood in the Fifties by Sam Kashner and Jennifer MacNair (2002) 256
The Ultimate Sacrifice: Kamikaze: Japan's Suicide Gods by Albert Axell and Hideaki Kase (2002) 259
A World of Endless Summer: High Tide: News from a Warming World by Mark Lynas (2004) 261
Flush with Talent: Shepperton Babylon: The Lost Worlds of British Cinema by Matthew Sweet (2005) 263
The Day of Reckoning: A Woman in Berlin by Anonymous, and Germany: Jekyll and Hyde by Sebastian Haffner (2005) 265
Films 269
Hobbits in Space: Star Wars (1977) 270
Blue Velvet (1993) 273
The Third Man (2002) 274
In Modern America, No Nightmare Is Forbidden: The Day After Tomorrow (2004) 275
The Killer Inside: A History of Violence (2005) 276
Television 281
In Cold Blood: C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation (2005) 282
Diary (1999) 289
Diary (2001) 291
Now Parliament Is Just Another Hypermarket (2005) 294
Diary: A Fascist's Guide to the Premiership (2006) 297
The State of Fiction: A Symposium (1978) 303
Cyberpunk Forum (1988) 304
A Response to the Invitation to Respond (1991) 304
Nurse, the Screens (1998) 305
The Magnificent Seven (1994) 310
Apocalypse How? (1995) 310
The Westway (2001) 310
My Perfect Beach (2002) 311
Writer's Rooms (2007) 312
Remembering Crash (1990) 317
Unlocking the Past (1991) 318
My Favourite Books (1992) 323
Look Back at Empire (2006) 328
Eduardo Paolozzi (1987) 332
Brian Aldiss (1990) 333
Judith Merril (1992) 334
William S. Burroughs (1997) 337
Primary Sources 341
Suggested Further Reading 353

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