J.G. Ballard
Dedicated to the work & life of J.G. Ballard: November 15, 1930 - April 19, 2009
The Terminal Collection

Hello, and welcome to my JG Ballard collection and archive. I think I have all of JGB's print output from 1951 to the present. This link will take you to the Terminal Collection index page, where you can see all JG's output in one file -- The Terminal Timeline -- or go to specific years.

JG Ballard Interviews

This bibliography lists over 150 JG Ballard interviews over the years.

Various Ballard Bibliographies

Start with The James Graham Ballard Secondary Literature Online Bibliography
by Umberto Rossi. Over 150 essays and articles from over 140 writers and critics are currently listed. Other lists include the complete bibliography of all of JGB's short stories, JGB's early secondary sources, and Dave Pringle's fascinating study of what JGB read as a youth.

JG Ballard's Shanghai Days

Lots of photos of JGB's Shanghai neighbourhood and childhood haunts, the Lunghua Camp, and a whole section of interviews with other Lunghua internees.

Deep Ends

Here you'll find little oddities, stories, reviews, maxims, notes, etc, from or about The Man that have popped up along the way, but were too odd to list on their own.

Non-Fiction by JG Ballard

From 1963 to 1971 JGB wrote a number of "editorials" explaining his position on "Inner Space". Here they are, as well as a number of old journalistic pieces that are fascinating.

Articles & Essays About JG Ballard

Scholarly and interesting articles from such critical luminaries as Scott Bukatman, Paul Crosthwaite, Mike Holliday, Sarah Blandy, Matt Smith, Jerome Tarshis, John Boston, David Pringle, Benjamin Noys, Peter Brigg, Richard Walls and Luc Sante. To name a few.

The Complete Run of David Pringle's News from The Sun and JGB News

David Pringle has generously allowed all 25 issues of his JGB newsletters to be reprinted. They stretch from 1981 to 1996, and report on a fascinating period of JGB's career. Text transcribed by Mike Holliday and David Pringle.

JG Ballard: Autopsy Of The New Millennium Exhibition in Barcelona's CCCB Museum

Hola, and buenos dias from Barcelona. It's 24 July 2008 and I’m currently standing in the Carrer de Montalegre, a narrow street outside the ancient CCCB Museum.

The JG Ballard Memorial at the Tate Modern

My full report on this heartwarming event has been posted as Letter From London at Simon Sellar's Ballardian site, but this is an excuse to post more of the photos I took during the mingling part after the formal ceremonies were complete. Yes, quite a few name brands showed up.

JG Ballard Short Stories Dramatized on The Vanishing Point

In 1988, Canada's national radio corporation broadcast a series of 30-minute radio dramas, based on the short stories of JG Ballard, for its long-running program, "The Vanishing Point".

The Shanghai To Shepperton International Conference on JG Ballard

This conference was held at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom, on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th May 2007. I was there with my camera & recorder, and managed to catch a number of very interesting presentations.

The Ballardian Videos of Jesús Olmo

It is always an exciting and happy time to introduce and help disseminate the work of a young artist entranced with and influenced by the ideas of JG Ballard.
UPDATED: 28 September 2013
POSTED: 4 July 2013

The JG Ballard Book is now available on Amazon & eBay

Wow! A great review from V. VALE’s RE/SEARCH NEWSLETTER #120, NOVEMBER 2013:

"Rick McGrath of Canada has produced his own JG BALLARD Anthology book; – it features photos by Ana Barrado!

JG Ballard expert Rick McGrath sent us his new 8.5x11“ hardback on JG Ballard and it is beautiful (also rare, hard to find) and for us, totally engrossing. Every night we read ourselves to sleep with it. Fun to read the color reproductions (60 pages!!) of actual bibliographies, letters, an interview with additions/emendations/corrections by JGB himself - more challenging and fun than reading ”normal“ typeset words on pages. Also, the fact that this is not a corporately-published book but a labor of love, makes the experience of owning this actual physical object much more ”poignant.“ In fact, we at RE/Search need to find out the nuts-and-bolts of how this book was physically produced, and how long it took. This is now one of our favorite books of all time! Beautifully produced; a rare “niche” item and object."


Yes, if you're a JG Ballard fan, you'll quite like The JG Ballard Book, an oversized collection of articles, ideas, interviews, insights and a travelogue... as well as uniquely featuring hi-rez reproductions of over 60 pages of handwritten and typed letters from JG Ballard himself. That's right! James Goddard contributes actual Ballard documents from his extensive collection, a total of 56 pages of Ballard’s handwritten text, interview corrections, lists and more from JGB's intense and experimental late 1960s and 1970s… as a bonus you also receive Goddard's seminal and very rare 1970 Ballard bibliography -- complete with JG Ballard's own handwritten comments and corrections. It's amazing!

The JG Ballard Book features contributions from some well-known denizens of the Ballardian universe: 

Toby Litt humourously suggests Ballard’s political ideology may be as inverted as his plots 
David Pringle offers up his thoughtful 1984 interview, "J.G. Ballard: Psychoanalyst of the Electronic Age," in which JG discusses his psychological interests…  
Michael Bonsall offers up the incredible "JG Ballard in the Dissecting Room" -- Mike found the same Cunningham's Anatomy as JGB used at Cambridge, and has matched anatomy art with Ballard's text.  
Michael Holliday stitches together all the disconnected Atrocity Exhibition bits in "Desperate Measures: A History of the Atrocity Exhibition" -- you'd be surprised how convoluted that path is...
Rick Poynor draws a complete and critical picture of how the covers of Ballard's novels have been treated by the visual media in "What Does J.G. Ballard Look Like?"… 
Sam Francis, fresh from his acclaimed study, The Psychological Fictions of J.G. Ballard, amuses us with the handwritten text of an unpublished 2005 Ballard interview with some rather odd answers...
Peter Brigg clocks in with "JG Ballard: Time Out of Mind", a study of Ballard's use of time in The Crystal World, "News From the Sun" and "The Voices of Time"… 
Jordi Costa, the creative force behind the JGB exhibition in Barcelona, takes a big screen movie star look with "Ballardoscope: Some Attempts at Approaching the Writer as a Visionary"... 
"Brother" Paul Green amazingly paints a pure Ballard pastiche with "The Impossibility Exhibition" -- you'll have to keep checking that JGB didn't write it himself...
Rick McGrath re-imagines his 2007 journey to Shanghai to visit the few remains of JG Ballard’s youth in the “wicked city”, with original letters, maps and drawings by Ballard, plus many pictures of the Amherst Avenue house and Lunghua Camp… 

The book also features original cover art by Luca del Baldo and 10 delicious photographs by Ana Barrado

The JG Ballard Book is a large format, must-have collection for any Ballard fan!

JG Ballard WebLinks

Simon Sellars.
The Man.

JG Ballard:
A Collector's Guide

Mike Holliday.
The Sleuth.

Mike shows and tells with tips for anyone interested in collecting books, stories, and other material by and about JGB.

The JG Ballard Concordance
Mike Bonsall.
The Scanner.

An amazing site in which Mike's scanned every word used by JGB in all his short stories and novels. Yes, all two million of them!

JGB Chat Group
Join in the fun, or voyeuristically eavesdrop on a buncha JGB fans.

RE/Search Publications
V. Vale has lots of great Ballard books.

Chris Mitchell.
The Link.

Dan O'Hara
Dan teaches literature & philosophy at a university in Germany.

JG Ballard: 20th Century Chronicler
Jim Goddard runs this site as an offshoot to his Solaris bookstore, but it doesn't look like he's paid much attention to it recently.

99 Stella Vista
Cronenberg’s Crash
Who2 Profile
The Metro-Centre

jgballard.ca was born on March 4, 2009 and is administered by
Rick McGrath
POSTED: 16 October 2012

1993 JG Ballard interview with
Eleanor Wachtel of the CBC... and,
JG reads The Enormous Space!

Who knew? Turns out CBC Radio One’s Writers & Company has an interview with, and a short story by J.G Ballard. Starting off with an interesting interview -- The Kindness of Women had recently been published -- by the CBC's Eleanor Wachtel, we once again hear the story of much of Ballard’s history, including how he found Science Fiction in Canada, at an RCAF Station in Moose Jaw. After the interview Ballard himself reads his short story, The Enormous Space, from the War Fever collection. Hear more...
POSTED: 8 October 2012

Daytripping Ballardland

Join Saul Franks as he recalls his recent pilgrimage to the Shepperton house, street, town and general environs of JG Ballard. "
Fictional associations transmute the mundane into the meaningful, fostering a search for significance in the minutest things. Probably one just can't help finding what one’s looking for, particularly when what one’s looking for are traces of the uncanny vision of a departed Surrealist psychopomp and shaman of the Surrey suburbs." Saul Franks finds lots of what he's looking for, and thankfully shares with us the traces he perceives. A great little story, complete with photos! Read more...
POSTED: 21 September 2012

Extreme Metaphors now on sale... order yours today!

It's been a long time coming, but
this long-anticipated collection of Ballard's seminal interviews is now available in the UK through the usual outlets. Edited by our longtime friends Dan O'Hara and Simon Sellars (of ballardian fame), they also contribute fore and aft essays. From the HarperCollins website: A startling and at times unsettlingly prescient collection of J.G. Ballard’s greatest interviews... for the first time, ‘Extreme Metaphors’ collects the finest interviews of his career... cultural figureheads such as Will Self, Jon Savage, Iain Sinclair and John Gray, and collaborators like David Cronenberg, are a reminder of his wit and humanity, testament to Ballard’s profound worldliness as much as his otherworldly imagination. This collection is an indispensable tribute to one of recent history’s most incisive and original thinkers.
POSTED: 25 July 2012

An Hour With Desmond Power

In July of 2012 I met with Lunghua Civilian Assembly Centre internee Desmond Power at his home in Vancouver, Canada. Desmond was born in Tientsin, Hopei Province, China, in 1923, and by 1937 Desmond and his family were caught up in the Japanese invasion of China. By 1942 Desmond had missed all his chances to leave China via Shanghai, and like so many other "foreign devils", he was collected and interned at a number of Japanese civilian camps, including Lunghua.
POSTED: 19 January 2010
UPDATED: 9 April 2010
UPDATED: 3 September 2010
UPDATED: 9 May 2011

Images of the destruction of the JG Ballard Home in Shanghai.

This started with two photographs of the reconstruction going on at the Ballard family home on Amherst Avenue in Shanghai, but recent update posts from Shanghai reveal the home has basically been destroyed, not redone. The latest update comes from Ben Lin, who visited the new restaurant and sent a number of new photos. See more...