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Extreme Metaphors: ‘A Launchpad for Other Explorations’

By • Feb 1st, 2014 •

Category: Extreme Metaphors, features, inner space, Lead Story, New Worlds, non-fiction, Salvador Dali, science fiction, Shanghai, Shepperton

To celebrate the new paperback edition of Extreme Metaphors: Selected Interviews with J.G. Ballard, here’s Simon Sellars’ introduction to the book, which explores the true power of Ballard’s conversational style.



Miracles nominated for Samuel Johnson prize

By • Apr 22nd, 2008 •

Category: autobiography, Ballardosphere, non-fiction

Miracles of Life is in the running for the £30,000 Samuel Johnson non-fiction prize.



Miracles of Life (2008)

By • Feb 2nd, 2008 •

Category: autobiography, bibliography, non-fiction, Shanghai, Shepperton, WWII

From amazon.co.uk: Synopsis ‘Miracles of Life’ opens and closes in Shanghai, the city where J.G.Ballard was born, and where he spent the most of the Second World War interned with his family in a Japanese concentration camp. In the intervening chapters Ballard creates a memoir that is both an enthralling narrative and a detailed examination […]



A User's Guide to the Millennium (1996)

By • Sep 5th, 2006 •

Category: advertising, architecture, bibliography, boredom, celebrity culture, consumerism, death of affect, deep time, dystopia, enviro-disaster, fashion, film, flying, humour, invisible literature, media landscape, medical procedure, non-fiction, photography, politics, psychogeography, psychology, Salvador Dali, science fiction, sexual politics, space relics, speed & violence, surrealism, television, urban decay, visual art, William Burroughs, WWII

OPENING LINE: “In his prime the Hollywood screenwriter was one of the tragic figures of our age, evoking the special anguish that arises from feeling sorry for oneself while making large amounts of money”. (from ‘The Sweet Smell of Excess’). From the 1996 Harper Collins edition: The first-ever collection of J.G. Ballard’s articles and reviews, […]



Ballard on Mondo Cane

By • May 27th, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, film, non-fiction

The new book Sweet and Savage: The World Through the Shockumentary Film Lens, by Mark Goodall has just been published by Headpress in the UK. The only blurb comes from Ballard and Goodall conducts a short interview with him on the subject: ‘An Exhibition of Atrocities’ excerpt: Goodall: Can you recall any critical or other […]



JGB Meets John Constable

By • May 14th, 2006 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, non-fiction, visual art

Mr Rent-A-Quote is at it again. “I prefer car washes and chinese takeaways” — another classic soundbite. From The Telegraph, 14/5/06. “Next month at Tate Britain, John Constable’s magnificent canvases of the English countryside will be shown together for the first time. J.G. Ballard, Jon Snow, Sir John Mortimer and others describe what his paintings […]



J.G. Ballard's Handful of Dust

By • Mar 20th, 2006 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, non-fiction

Here at Ballardian we’re going to be doing an interview soon with Geoff Manaugh from BLDG BLOG about the influence of Ballardian ideas in the architectural realm, but in the meantime whet your appetite with this latest piece from JGB in the Guardian, about the modernists and the ‘architecture of death’. A handful of dust […]