J. G. BALLARD was born in 1930 in Shanghai. After internment in a civilian prison camp, his family returned to England in 1946. His 1984 bestseller Empire of the Sun won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. His controversial novel Crash was made into a film by David Cronenberg. His autobiography Miracles of Life was published in 2008, and a collection of interviews with the author, Extreme Metaphors, was published in 2012. J. G. Ballard passed away in 2009.
"In Ballard the dystopia is not hidden under anything. Nor is it (as with so many fictional dystopias) a vision of the future. It is not the subtext. It is the text...."--Zadie Smith, The New York Review of Books"A work of very powerful originality. Ballard is among our finest writers of fiction."--Anthony Burgess"Crash sensationally and scintillatingly succeeds."--Martin Amis"The last great English avatar of the avant-garde."--Will Self