James Graham Ballard


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James Graham "J. G." Ballard (15 November 1930 – 19 April 2009) was an English novelist, short story writer, and prominent member of the New Wave movement in science fiction. His best-known books are Crash (1973), adapted into a film by David Cronenberg, and the semi-autobiographical Empire of the Sun (1984), made into a film by Steven Spielberg, based on Ballard's boyhood in the ... more »

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  • ''Science and technology multiply around us. To an increasing extent they dictate the languages in which we speak and think. Either we use those languages, or we remain mute.''
    J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British novelist. Crash, Introduction (1974), French edition (1973).
  • ''Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century.''
    J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. originally published in Books and Bookmen (London, Feb. 1971). Fictions of Every Kind, Re/Searc...
  • ''Pop artists deal with the lowly trivia of possessions and equipment that the present generation is lugging along with it on its safari into the future.''
    J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. repr. in Re/Search, no. 8/9 (San Francisco, 1984). Interview, Books and Bookmen (London, April ...
  • ''I thought it was a wonderfully conceptual act actually, to fire a replica pistol at a figurehead—the guy could have been working for Andy Warhol!''
    J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. Interview (October 30, 1982), Re/Search (no. 8/9, San Francisco, 1984). Ballard was referri...
  • ''Given that external reality is a fiction, the writer's role is almost superfluous. He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there.''
    J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. repr. in Re/Search, no. 8/9 (San Francisco, 1984). Interview in Friends (London, Oct. 30, 1970)...
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