James Graham Ballard


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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).
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  • ''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/Search (San Francisco) no. 8/9 (1984). Ballard continued: "Even the worst science fiction is better ... than the best conventional fiction. The future is a better key to the present than the past."
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  • ''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 1971).
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  • ''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 referring to an incident involving the Queen of England in 1981.
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  • ''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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  • ''Electronic aids, particularly domestic computers, will help the inner migration, the opting out of reality. Reality is no longer going to be the stuff out there, but the stuff inside your head. It's going to be commercial and nasty at the same time.''
    J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. repr. in Re/Search, no. 8/9 (San Francisco, 1984). Interview in Heavy Metal (April 1971).
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  • ''The American Dream has run out of gas. The car has stopped. It no longer supplies the world with its images, its dreams, its fantasies. No more. It's over. It supplies the world with its nightmares now: the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, Vietnam.''
    J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. repr. in Re/Search, no. 8/9, San Francisco (1984). interview in Métaphors, no. 7 (1983).
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  • ''People will begin to explore all the sidestreets of sexual experience, but they will do it intellectually.... Sex won't take place in the bed, necessarily—it'll take place in the head!''
    J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. repr. in Re/Search, no. 8/9, San Francisco (1984). Interview in Penthouse (London, Sept. 1970).
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  • ''I would sum up my fear about the future in one word: boring. And that's my one fear: that everything has happened; nothing exciting or new or interesting is ever going to happen again ... the future is just going to be a vast, conforming suburb of the soul.''
    J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. interview, Oct. 30, 1982, no. 8/9, Re/Search (San Francisco, 1984).
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  • ''In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom!''
    J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. interview, Oct. 30, 1982, in Re/Search, no. 8/9 (San Francisco, 1984).
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