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The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard (2009)

by J. G. Ballard

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sort of an awkward writer, but with ideas way ahead of his time.. which is roughly now ( )
1 vote romanccm | Jun 25, 2014 |
Ballard’s voice is unique and compelling. This massive volume offers story after story after story, most of them quite good and several of them astonishing. My favorites included “Prima Belladonna,” “The Watch-Towers,” “The Illuminated Man,” “The Day of Forever,” “Storm-Bird, Storm-Dreamer,” “The 60 Minute Zoom,” “The Smile,” and “The Ultimate City.”

These are stories of obsession and alienation, of humanity disoriented by a rapidly changing world. Many of them seem to tread the same conceptual ground over and over; many of them probe disturbed psychological ground in which time seems to slow or even stop. Many of them feature bloody ends to dysfunctional relationships. While many of them are set in a world changed by technology, very few of them feel anything like traditional science fiction.

Ballard’s settings are typically bizarre and often very dark. The early stories are occasionally quite funny, but the later stories are uniformly bleak. At times they are rather in your face. Everything about Jung that seems even remotely plausible turns up here again and again.

In other words, amazingly good stuff. ( )
  clong | Sep 1, 2013 |
Librarything cannot seem to access to the well-known Complete collection of Ballard's short stories published in two chunky volumes in 2001 (Flamingo) and again 2011 (Fourth Estate). This man's writing shaped me and my generation inside our heads. These stories were our future and they are our present. Ballard's imagination is still prescient today. The plots and characters may be somewhat (!) underdone, but the writing is often superb. I often see the world in the terms Ballard uses, from the displaced, not-even-alienated standpoint he adopts. I return to these stories as I do to Chekhov's (though in a very different way), always finding something new . ( )
1 vote Mijk | Jul 24, 2013 |
I'd never heard of Ballard when I read a review of this collection, so I approached this work as an introduction to him, which is precisely the wrong thing to do.

It is the 'complete' stories, after all, which means there are gems and clunkers in here. I started out with 'The Drowned Giant', a story about how people react to the discovery of a giant washed up on shore. The story was a weird little portrait of a strange world, though not heavy on the characters. Still, I liked it enough to want to read more.

But, what to read next?

I opted for some help from the web, and found the excellent 'The Best Short Stories of J. G. Ballard', and I'm working through that one from front to back.

If you're a Ballard fan, I'm sure this book is for you. If not, try the shorter collection, reviewed by me elsewhere on this site. ( )
  moonimal | May 7, 2010 |
A tome. Few writers deserve so many pages, Ballard does. ( )
1 vote bgbooks | Aug 6, 2006 |
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Contains

The Complete Short Stories Volume 1 by J. G. Ballard

The Complete Short Stories Volume 2 by J. G. Ballard

The Voices of Time and Other Stories by J. G. Ballard

The Terminal Beach by J. G. Ballard

The Disaster Area by J. G. Ballard

The Day of Forever by J. G. Ballard

The Atrocity Exhibition by J. G. Ballard

Vermilion Sands by J. G. Ballard

Low-flying Aircraft and Other Stories by J. G. Ballard

The Venus Hunters by J. G. Ballard

Myths of the Near Future by J. G. Ballard

War Fever by J. G. Ballard

The Recognition by J. G. Ballard

The Message From Mars by J. G. Ballard

The Dying Fall by J. G. Ballard

The Best Short Stories of J. G. Ballard by J. G. Ballard

Prima Belladonna by J. G. Ballard

Manhole 69 [short story] by J. G. Ballard

Build-Up by J. G. Ballard

Escapement [short story] by J. G. Ballard

Mobile [short story] by J. G. Ballard

Track 12 by J. G. Ballard

The Waiting Grounds [novelette] by J. G. Ballard

Now: Zero by J. G. Ballard

The Sound-Sweep by J. G. Ballard

Zone of Terror [short story] by J. G. Ballard

Chronopolis [novelette] by J. G. Ballard

The Last World of Mr. Goddard [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Voices of Time by J. G. Ballard

Studio 5, The Stars [novelette] by J. G. Ballard

Mr F. is Mr F. [short story] by J. G. Ballard

Deep End by J. G. Ballard

The Overloaded Man [short story] by J. G. Ballard

Billenium [short story] by J. G. Ballard

In tredici verso Centauro by James G. Ballard

The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista [novelette] by J. G. Ballard

Passport to Eternity [novelette] by J. G. Ballard

The Cage of Sand by J. G. Ballard

The Watch-Towers [novelette] by J. G. Ballard

The Garden of Time by J. G. Ballard

The Insane Ones [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Gentle Assassin [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Man on the 99th Floor [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Singing Statues [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Subliminal Man [short fiction] by J. G. Ballard

The Reptile Enclosure [short story] by J. G. Ballard

a question of reentry by J. G. Ballard

The Time-Tombs [novelette] by J. G. Ballard

Now Wakes the Sea [short story] by J. G. Ballard

Minus One [short story] by J. G. Ballard

End Game by J. G. Ballard

The Sudden Afternoon [short story] by J. G. Ballard

Prisoner of the Coral Deep [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Screen Game [novelette] by J. G. Ballard

Time of Passage [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Terminal Beach [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Lost Leonardo [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Illuminated Man [novelette] by J. G. Ballard

The Delta at Sunset [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Drowned Giant by J. G. Ballard

The Gioconda of the Twilight Noon [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Volcano Dances by J. G. Ballard

The Beach Murders [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Day of Forever [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Impossible Man [short story] by J. G. Ballard

Storm-Bird, Storm-Dreamer by J. G. Ballard

Tomorrow is a Million Years [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Assassination Of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Considered As A Downhill Motor Race by J. G. Ballard

Cry Hope, Cry Fury! [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Cloud Sculptors of Coral D by J. G. Ballard

Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Dead Astronaut [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Comsat Angels [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Killing Ground [short story] by J. G. Ballard

A Place and a Time to Die [short story] by J. G. Ballard

Say Goodbye to the Wind [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Greatest Television Show on Earth [short story] by J. G. Ballard

My Dream of Flying to Wake Island [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Air Disaster [short story] by J. G. Ballard

Low-Flying Aircraft [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Life and Death of God [short story] by J. G. Ballard

Notes Towards a Mental Breakdown (1976 version) [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The 60 Minute Zoom [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Smile [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Ultimate City [novella] by J. G. Ballard

The Dead Time [novelette] by J. G. Ballard

The Index [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Intensive Care Unit [short story] by J. G. Ballard

Theatre of War [novelette] by J. G. Ballard

Having a Wonderful Time [short story] by J. G. Ballard

One Afternoon at Utah Beach [short story] by J. G. Ballard

Zodiac 2000 [short story] by J. G. Ballard

Motel Architecture [short story] by J. G. Ballard

A Host of Furious Fancies [short story] by J. G. Ballard

News from the sun by J. G. Ballard

Memories Of The Space Age [short story] by J. G. Ballard

Myths Of The Near Future [short story] by J. G. Ballard

Report On An Unidentified Space Station by J. G. Ballard

The object of the attack [short fiction] by J. G. Ballard

Answers To A Questionnaire by J. G. Ballard

The Man Who Walked On The Moon by J. G. Ballard

The Secret History Of World War 3 by J. G. Ballard

Love in a Colder Climate [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The enormous space [short fiction] by J. G. Ballard

The Largest Theme Park in the World [short story] by J. G. Ballard

War Fever [novelette] by J. G. Ballard

Dream Cargoes [short story] by J. G. Ballard

A Guide to Virtual Death [short story] by J. G. Ballard

Report from an Obscure Planet [short story] by J. G. Ballard

The Secret Autobiography of J.G.B. [short story] by J. G. Ballard

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I first met Jane Ciracylides during the Recess, that world slump of boredom, lethargy and high summer which carried us all so blissfully through ten unforgettable years, and I supposed that may have had a lot to do with what went on between us.
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Collects all ninety-two of the late author's stories--including "Prima Belladonna, " "Dead Time, " and "The Index"-- which span five decades and explore everything from musical orchids to human cannibalism to the secret history of World War III.

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