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- Empire of the Sun 2,393 copies, 47 reviews
- Crash 2,288 copies, 49 reviews
- The Drowned World 1,392 copies, 25 reviews
- The Atrocity Exhibition 1,033 copies, 19 reviews
- High-Rise 984 copies, 21 reviews
- Super-Cannes 878 copies, 18 reviews
- Cocaine Nights 823 copies, 9 reviews
- Concrete Island 743 copies, 11 reviews
- The Crystal World 717 copies, 15 reviews
- The Drought 576 copies, 11 reviews
- Millennium People 558 copies, 15 reviews
- The Kindness of Women 503 copies, 7 reviews
- The Day of Creation 477 copies, 6 reviews
- Kingdom Come 432 copies, 9 reviews
- The Best Short Stories of J. G. Ballard 415 copies, 2 reviews
- The Terminal Beach 389 copies, 6 reviews
- The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard 384 copies, 4 reviews
- The Unlimited Dream Company (Author) 375 copies, 9 reviews
- Hello America (Author) 338 copies, 2 reviews
- Vermilion Sands 335 copies, 4 reviews
- Running Wild 328 copies, 12 reviews
- Rushing to Paradise 299 copies, 4 reviews
- Miracles of Life 289 copies, 14 reviews
- War Fever 254 copies, 4 reviews
- The Wind from Nowhere 240 copies, 1 review
- The Four-Dimensional Nightmare 210 copies, 4 reviews
- A User's Guide to the Millennium: Essays and Reviews 183 copies, 3 reviews
- The Disaster Area 181 copies, 1 review
- Myths of the Near Future 177 copies, 2 reviews
- Chronopolis 160 copies, 2 reviews
- Low-flying Aircraft and Other Stories 122 copies
- Naked Lunch (Introduction, some editions) 7,498 copies, 68 reviews
- Dangerous Visions (Contributor) 1,174 copies, 18 reviews
- The World Treasury of Science Fiction (Contributor) 539 copies, 3 reviews
- Shudder Again (Contributor) 170 copies, 1 review
- The Fantasy Hall of Fame (Author, some editions) 167 copies, 3 reviews
- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus (Contributor) 166 copies, 4 reviews
- Nebula Award Stories 1965 (Contributor) 143 copies, 2 reviews
- The 1990 Annual World's Best SF (Contributor) 140 copies, 2 reviews
- 10th Annual Edition: The Year's Best S-F (Contributor) 133 copies
- Dangerous Visions 3 (Contributor) 107 copies, 2 reviews
- Connoisseur's Science Fiction (Contributor) 98 copies, 1 review
- 5th Annual Edition: The Year's Best S-F (Contributor) 94 copies, 3 reviews
- SF12 (Contributor) 89 copies, 1 review
- Cyber-killers (Contributor, some editions) 87 copies, 2 reviews
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Born and brought up in colonial Shanghai comfort, young James Graham Ballard saw his life change forever when, in the aftermath of Pearl Harbour, Japanese forces swept into the city. The three years he spent in an internment camp moulded his view of "a world turned up-side down" and have constantly influenced his fiction.
Back in Britain, he abandoned his medical studies at Cambridge to become a full-time writer, and his first novel, The Drowned World, was published in 1962. As with many of his works, the wanderings of his characters' minds are charted as minutely as the external world they inhabit. The Drought, The Wind from Nowhere and The Crystal World all strengthened his reputation for bleak but beautiful chronicles of a post-Hiroshima age.
After the death of his wife in 1964, Ballard retreated to Shepperton by the River Thames to raise his three children. But if his surroundings were sleepy and suburban, his imagination remained at the cutting edge. When he produced Crash in 1973, legend has it that one publisher marked in her notes, "writer beyond psychiatric help". Crash, dealing with the erotic possibilities of car accidents, was well ahead of its time. Ballard himself called it "the first pornographic book based on technology" and David Cronenberg's film version in 1996 provoked six months' deliberation for the British censor.
Steven Spielberg's lavish production of Empire of the Sun, Ballard's autobiographical account of his childhood, brought the author financial security and public clamour for his earlier works. At this point, Ballard could have easily put down his pen.
Instead, he has continued to chart the struggle of a restless society, one caught between a need for security and a craving for the reckless. His latest novel, Millennium People, once again describes characters drawn to violence through technologically-induced boredom.
He once called himself "an architect of dreams, sometimes nightmares" and his seeming obsession with disaster, depravity and dystopia is not to everyone's taste. But, in this pop-bang throwaway age, JG Ballard remains curious and alert, reminding us, too, that "imagination itself is an endangered species".
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