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Applied Ballardianism forthcoming from Urbanomic in 2017

Author: • Jun 26th, 2017 •

Category: academia, alternate worlds, Applied Ballardianism, Australia, autobiography, Ballardosphere, biography, Bruce Sterling, CCTV, celebrity culture, Chris Marker, consumerism, cyberpunk, David Cronenberg, deep time, Dubai, dystopia, features, H.P. Lovecraft, inner space, Jean Baudrillard, Lead Story, Marion Shoard, media landscape, occult, Pacific, paranormal, Paul Virilio, William Burroughs, William Gibson, WWII

I’m excited to announce that my book, Applied Ballardianism: A Theory of Nothing, will be forthcoming from Urbanomic in late 2017. The publisher’s page for the book is here, and Urbanomic’s blurb is below, as is the first book trailer. I’ll have more news about the book as we inch closer to the pub date.

Excerpts are available at the Applied Ballardianism website, Facebook page and Instagram account.

‘Kick the Dog’: the first book trailer for Applied Ballardianism: A Theory of Nothing.

Applied Ballardianism: A Theory of Nothing

The mediascapes of late capitalism reconfigure erotic responses and trigger primal aggression; under constant surveillance, we occupy simulations of ourselves, private estates on a hyperconnected globe; fictions reprogram reality, memories are rewritten by the future.

Fleeing the excesses of 90s cyberculture, a young researcher sets out to systematically analyse the obsessively reiterated themes of a writer who prophesied the disorienting future we now inhabit. The story of his failure is as disturbingly psychotropic as those of his magus—J.G. Ballard, prophet of the post-postmodern, voluptuary of the car crash, surgeon of the pathological virtualities pulsing beneath the surface of reality.

Plagued by obsessive fears, defeated by the tedium of academia, yet still certain that everything connects to Ballard, his academic thesis collapses into a series of delirious travelogues, deranged speculations and tormented meditations on time, memory, and loss. Abandoning literary interpretation and renouncing all scholarly distance, he finally accepts the deep assignment that has run throughout his entire life, and embarks on a rogue fieldwork project: Applied Ballardianism, a new discipline and a new ideal for living. Only the darkest impulses, the most morbid obsessions, and the most apocalyptic paranoia, can uncover the technological mutations of inner space.

An existential odyssey inextricably weaving together lived experience and theoretical insight, this startling autobiographical hyperfiction surveys and dissects a world where everything connects and global technological delirium is the norm—a world become unmistakably Ballardian.



Part One

  1. Kick the Dog
  2. Roadkill
  3. Purple Skin
  4. Unfamiliar Planet
  5. Queens of the Cyber Age
  6. The War Inside Me
  7. Spatial Disorder
  8. This Alien Earth
  9. Paralipsis
  10. See Yourself Going By
  11. Threshold Moment
  12. Kill the Head and the Body Will Die
  13. Tohoku Rising
  14. The Man from Morioka
  15. Beset by Demons from the West
  16. Deep Assignments
  17. Dreams of the Weak and Puny
  18. Bunker Logic
  19. The Virilian Gaze
  20. Biomechanoid
  21. Replication
  22. Time Controller
  23. Scar Tissue
  24. Cartographies of the Infinite
  25. Cubist Dream
  26. Untourism

Part Two

  1. Reverse Angle
  2. New Victims
  3. Fugue State
  4. Stress Test
  5. Time Wars
  6. Metanoia
  7. Malign Potential
  8. Airless and Casino Black
  9. Signal Glitch
  10. Trip Wires
  11. Ballardcraft
  12. Black Shadow

Part Three

  1. Rocket Fuel
  2. Sick Music
  3. Dangerous Bends
  4. Suicide by Thug
  5. Hostile Takeover
  6. Applied Ballardianism
  7. Roaring Mice
  8. Alter Vu
  9. Vat-grown
  10. Sodium Ecstasy
  11. Hangar Three
  12. Monoslab
  13. Solace in Dystopia
  14. Ballardian Seed
  15. Fly-blown
  16. Kick Me
  17. State of Mind

Part Four

  1. Towards a Philosophy of Jet Lag
  2. Purple Light
  3. Photoreality
  4. Scalar
  5. Emergence
  6. Wire Music
  7. Memory Hole
  8. Project Cancelled
  9. Shadowplay
  10. James et Jim
  11. Negative Space
  12. Moebius Strip
  13. Sleepy Brain
  14. ‘…’
  15. Memory Hacker

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3 Responses »

  1. Bravo!

    Enjoyed the earlier excerpts on the site very much and look forward to the publication with great anticipation.


  2. Sounds pretty good, yet another Ballard-related book to purchase soonish ! Never heard of Urbanomic but they have quite an eclectic mix of books on their site – thanks for mentioning this new book as well as the site

  3. Pre-ordered on Amazon, just out of curiosity is there any update on this book as it is still forthcoming on their website

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