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J.G. Ballard Bibliography

Author: • Oct 17th, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, bibliography

I’ve reproduced publishers’ synopses and added links to essays and reviews for most works; many thanks to Rick McGrath for the first-edition scans, much more evocative than the current crop of covers (but that’s another story). I’ve also added some rudimentary thoughts — placeholders — of my own, and will flesh these out as I re-read each book (a little task I’ve set myself over the coming months). Feel free to add your own thoughts on each book in the comments sections, or contact me directly if you’d like to write something more substantial. In the near future, I’ll add a filmography, covering short films and documentaries alongside the major feature-film adaptations, as well as an artography, covering Ballard’s exhibitions and visual work.


The Wind from Nowhere (1961)
The Drowned World (1962)
The Burning World (1964) (aka The Drought)
The Crystal World (1966)
The Atrocity Exhibition (1970) (aka Love and Napalm: Export USA)
Crash (1973)
Concrete Island (1974)
High-Rise (1975)
The Unlimited Dream Company (1979)
Hello America (1981)
Empire of the Sun (1984)
The Day of Creation (1987)
Running Wild (1988)
The Kindness of Women (1991)
Rushing to Paradise (1994)
Cocaine Nights (1996)
Super-Cannes (2000)
Millennium People (2003)
Kingdom Come (2006)

Short Stories
I’m only covering the major collections, here.
The Atrocity Exhibition (1970) (aka Love and Napalm: Export USA) (1972)
Vermilion Sands (1971)
J.G. Ballard: The Complete Short Stories (2001)

A User’s Guide to the Millennium (1996)
Miracles of Life (2008)
Extreme Metaphors: Interviews with J.G. Ballard 1967–2008 (2012)

..:: MORE
• Filmography (coming soon)
• Artography (coming soon)

Secondary bibliography (off site; compiled by Umberto Rossi).

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  1. Are you going to add details of all the short story collections? I know it can be hellishly confusing (with some collections being slightly revised and republished under different titles) but it would be a useful addition, especially for those of us who still find these things at secondhand shops. The Re/Search book has full details of what was published when and in what variations.

  2. I don’t know if I will, Tim. This was exhausting enough as it is…maybe after I get some sleep.

  3. Ballard will never be a Giant or a Colossus of the fantastic (as H.G. Wells, Maupassant, etc…) because he is very psychopath and a bad taste writer.
    Probably if he were born during the XIX century he would be a great writer but he is another mad writer.

  4. For f***’s sake…maybe i should start moderating comments.

  5. Come on, Simon – that’s funny! I suspect our MR B would be charmed to be called ‘very psychopath’.

    I’m now intrigued by the thought of a XIXth century Ballard – ‘Low-Flying Airships’, perhaps. Or the dystopian psychoarchitectonics of ‘Terrace’. I’ve been reading too many Bryan Talbot comics…

  6. I was not talking about Ballard as a XIXth century writer. I would say that Ballard is a bad taste writer and some times infantile, ridiculous and absurd because during the second half of the XXth century literature has degenerate and Ballard is a clear proof of that.
    Of course I´m not agree about the detestable censure of the XIXth century.
    But I think the literature of the XIXth century is the best literature of all history.
    And I don´t like Ballard´s literature because his books (not all his books) are insane. But it´s just my opinion.
    I like Harold Pinter, V.S. Naipaul, Robert Graves… and other english modern writers.

  7. if yours is ‘good’ taste, i’d rather have it ‘bad’.

    as for the way you write english, it says it all about the way you must read it.

  8. I like Ballard´s writtings, even if some people feel they are insane.
    My be I like the insane travels into the mind.
    The short stories I like to re-read are: “Passport to Eternity”, “Billenium” “Thirteen to Centauri” and the novel “The Drowned world”. I think this last novel is a kind of utopia.

  9. Ha! That’s hilarious Pearl/Anonymous! Ballard, with respect to science fiction, is one of the leading writers of the genre. He pushed the envelope of sci fi from the physical into the psychological. Certainly he’s challenging – particularly with works like Crash, but he always has something interesting to say. When I compare him to earlier writers such as Asimov or Bradbury (both of whom I enjoy) his books are more complex and arguably more relevent to the modern experience.

    Nice website by the way! Keep up the good work.

  10. I notice you have included ‘The kindness of women’ as fiction. Surely this is a mistake as it is obviously another autobiography.

    Keep up the good work!

  11. The Kindness of Women is a novel – a sequel to Empire of the Sun – which was also a novel. J G Ballard has only ever written one book-length autobiography: Miracles of Life.

  12. […] anniversario della morte di J.G.Ballard, visionario autore britannico che ha firmato svariate opere letterarie che si possono far rientrare nel genere di “fantascienza“. In onore dello scrittore […]

  13. […] anniversario della morte di J.G.Ballard, visionario autore britannico che ha firmato svariate opere letterarie che si possono far rientrare nel genere di “fantascienza“. In onore dello scrittore […]

  14. Is there a list of translations of Ballard’s books available anywhere? Thanks!

  15. Hello there,

    As many people I am (re)discovering JGB with the Radio4 series currently on air.
    It makes me think that I read a short story long time ago, about an enclosed suburban hamlet where families keep their kids in closed walls and it all end up with them killing their parents in a well designed plot. A sort of “perfect world” of middle class life, turned nightmare.

    This stuff gave me bad dreams for a decade 🙂 – alongside “roots of evil” by M.G. Dantec… (I had to throw that one 🙂 )

    I’d like to find that book, to read it again, but for the life of me, I can’t remenber the title.

    Would anybody help?


  16. Hi Sandrine,

    The story is Running Wild, Ballard’s 1988 novella. Great book, highly recommended!


  17. Well, Mr. Ballard wrote from a highly unique inner vision. If you can tune in to it, it will literally change your existence. What more can one ask of a writer?

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