A user's guide to the millennium: essays and reviews

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HarperCollins, Jan 1, 1996 - Social Science - 304 pages
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User Review  - Kent Winward - Goodreads

Ballard's essays and reviews are hit and miss as any collection like this tends to be. Yet, the authorial voice I find so compelling in his fiction shines through and illuminates enough diverse topics to make this an enjoyable, if fractured and scattered, read. Read full review

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User Review  - Ben Lovegrove - Goodreads

This is a collection of Ballard's essays and articles for magazines. They are interesting because they are quite candid, and there are rare film reviews and book reviews from newspapers. It's a very ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

J. G. Ballard was born to British parents in Shanghai, China on November 15, 1930. While a child during World War II, he spent four years in a Japanese POW camp. This experience was the basis for the emotionally moving novel Empire of the Sun, which he adapted into a successful movie, directed by Steven Spielberg. Before becoming a full-time writer, he studied medicine at Cambridge University and served as a pilot in the British Royal Air Force. Ballard is best known for his science fiction writings. His early works were heavily influenced by surrealism. Most of his novels deal with death and destruction of the human spirit. Novels such as Crash, Concrete Island, and High Rise portray a society that is devolving into barbaric chaos. Crash was made into a movie by David Cronenberg in 1996. The Drowned World describes an apocalyptic society, with a hero that ushers in the destruction of the world. In his more recent works, such as Empire of the Sun and its sequel, The Kindness of Women, Ballard moved away from science fiction, but he is still considered one of the leading authors of the genre. He died on April 19, 2009 at the age of 78.

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