J. G. Ballard – The surrealists, and the modern…


“The surrealists, and the modern movement in painting as a whole, seemed to offer a key to the strange postwar world with its threat of nuclear war. The dislocations and ambiguities, in cubism and abstract art as well as the surrealists, reminded me of my childhood in Shanghai.”
-J. G. Ballard

J. G. Ballard – Writing a novel is one…


“Writing a novel is one of those modern rites of passage, I think, that lead us from an innocent world of contentment, drunkenness, and good humor, to a state of chronic edginess and the perpetual scanning of bank statements.”
-J. G. Ballard

J. G. Ballard – I came to live in…


“I came to live in Shepperton in 1960. I thought: the future isn’t in the metropolitan areas of London. I want to go out to the new suburbs, near the film studios. This was the England I wanted to write about, because this was the new world that was emerging.”
-J. G. Ballard

J. G. Ballard – I would sum up my…


“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. Ballard