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J G BALLARD: A COLLECTORS’ GUIDE

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With the publication of The Complete Short Stories, it doesn't really seem necessary for a collector to know which stories appeared in each of the original collections of Ballard's short stories. And in any case the details are rather complicated and, frankly, tedious.

Nevertheless, for those that just have to know, here they are. (The main sources are Pringle 1984 and Russell's Guide; I have mostly assumed that, unless differences are noted in either of these sources, later paperback editions retain the contents of earlier editions.)


THE VOICES OF TIME AND OTHER STORIES (1962): The Voices of Time; The Sound-Sweep; The Overloaded Man; Zone of Terror; Manhole 69; The Waiting Grounds; Deep End. Published as a U.S. paperback by Berkley. Note that the title The Voices of Time was used for an entirely different U.K. collection more than two decades later – see The Four-Dimensional Nightmare.

BILLENIUM (1962): Billenium; The Insane Ones; Studio 5, the Stars; The Gentle Assassin; Build-up; Now: Zero; Mobile; Chronopolis; Prima Belladonna; The Garden of Time. Published as a U.S. paperback by Berkley.

THE FOUR-DIMENSIONAL NIGHTMARE (1963): The Voices of Time; The Sound-Sweep; Prima Belladonna; Studio 5, the Stars; The Garden of Time; The Cage of Sand; The Watch-Towers; Chronopolis. Published as a U.K hardback by Gollancz and as a U.K. paperback by Penguin. Gollancz re-issued the book in 1974, dropping Prima Belladonna and Studio 5, the Stars, and replacing them with The Overloaded Man, and Thirteen to Centaurus. There was a U.K. paperback edition from Dent in 1984 plus a second Gollancz hardback re-issue in 1985, both having the same contents as the 1974 edition but bearing the title The Voices of Time. Subsequent U.K. paperback editions have retained the revised contents and title.

PASSPORT TO ETERNITY (1963): The Man on the 99th Floor; Thirteen to Centaurus; Track 12; The Watch­Towers; A Question of Re-Entry; Escapement; The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista; The Cage of Sand; Passport to Eternity. Published as a U.S. paperback by Berkley.

TERMINAL BEACH (1964): End-Game; The Subliminal Man; The Last World of Mr. Goddard; The Time-Tombs; Now Wakes the Sea; The Venus Hunters; Minus One; The Sudden Afternoon; The Terminal Beach. Published as a U.S. paperback by Berkley. It should not to be confused with the similarly titled U.K. collection, with which it shared only two stories.

THE TERMINAL BEACH (1964): A Question of Re-Entry; The Drowned Giant; End-Game; The Illuminated Man; The Reptile Enclosure; The Delta at Sunset; The Terminal Beach; Deep End; The Volcano Dances; Billenium; The Gioconda of the Twilight Noon; The Lost Leonardo. Published as a U.K. hardback by Gollancz and as a U.K. paperback by Penguin; Carroll & Graf issued a U.S. paperback in 1987.

THE IMPOSSIBLE MAN AND OTHER STORIES (1966): The Drowned Giant; The Reptile Enclosure; The Delta at Sunset; Storm-Bird, Storm-Dreamer; The Screen Game; The Day of Forever; Time of Passage; The Gioconda of the Twilight Noon; The Impossible Man. Published as a U.S. paperback by Berkley.

THE DAY OF FOREVER (1967): The Day of Forever; Prisoner of the Coral Deep; Tomorrow is a Million Years; The Man on the 99th Floor; The Waiting Grounds; The Last World of Mr. Goddard; The Gentle Assassin; The Sudden Afternoon; The Insane Ones; The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Considered as a Downhill Motor Race. Published as a U.K. paperback by Panther. It was re-issued in 1971, dropping The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Considered as a Downhill Motor Race and replacing it with The Killing Ground. Subsequent editions, including the Gollancz re-issue in 1986, apparently revert to the original contents.

THE DISASTER AREA (1967): Storm-Bird, Storm-Dreamer; The Concentration City; The Subliminal Man; Now Wakes the Sea; Minus One; Mr. F is Mr. F; Zone of Terror; Manhole 69; The Impossible Man. Published as a U.K. hardback by Cape, and as a paperback by Panther.

THE OVERLOADED MAN (1967): Now: Zero; The Time-Tombs; Thirteen to Centaurus; Track 12; Passport to Eternity; Escapement; Time of Passage; The Venus Hunters; The Coming of the Unconscious [nonfiction]; The Overloaded Man. Published as a U.K. paperback by Panther. The later collection The Venus Hunters is a revised version of this collection.

THE ATROCITY EXHIBITION (1970): The Atrocity Exhibition; The University of Death; The Assassination Weapon; You: Coma: Marilyn Monroe; Notes Towards a Mental Breakdown; The Great American Nude; The Summer Cannibals; Tolerances of the Human Face; You and Me and the Continuum; Plan for the Assassination of Jacqueline Kennedy; Love and Napalm: Export USA; Crash!; The Generations of America; Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan; The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Considered as a Downhill Motor Race. Published by Cape as a U.K. hardback, by Panther as a U.K. paperback, and by Grove Press as a U.S. hardback with the title Love and Napalm: Export USA. The 1990 re-issue by Re/Search was a U.S. large format paperback, adding annotations by Ballard and four additional pieces: Princess Margaret's Facelift, Mae West's Reduction Mamoplasty, Queen Elizabeth's Rhinoplasty, and The Secret History of World War 3. Subsequent U.K. paperback editions by Harper Collins/Flamingo included the annotations and two of the additional stories: Princess Margaret's Facelift, and Mae West's Reduction Mamoplasty.

VERMILION SANDS (1971): Prima Belladonna; The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista; Cry Hope, Cry Fury!; Venus Smiles; Studio 5, the Stars; The Cloud Sculptors of Coral D; Say Goodbye to the Wind; The Screen Game. Published by Berkley as a U.S. paperback. In 1973 Cape issued a U.K. hardback, adding The Singing Statues, and incorporating minor textual changes, mainly to obtain a more consistent style for stories that had been written several years apart. A subsequent U.K. paperback by Panther follows the Cape edition.

CHRONOPOLIS AND OTHER STORIES (1971): The Voices of Time; The Drowned Giant; The Terminal Beach; Manhole 69; Storm-Bird, Storm-Dreamer; The Sound-Sweep; Billenium; Chronopolis; Build-up; The Garden of Time; End-Game; The Watch-Towers; Now Wakes the Sea; Zone of Terror; The Cage of Sand; Deep End. Published by Putnam as a U.S. hardback, and by Berkley as a U.S. paperback.

LOW-FLYING AIRCRAFT AND OTHER STORIES (1976): The Ultimate City; Low-Flying Aircraft; The Dead Astronaut; My Dream of Flying to Wake Island; The Life and Death of God; The Greatest Television Show on Earth; A Place and a Time to Die; The Comsat Angels; The Beach Murders. Published by Cape as a U.K. hardback and by Triad Panther as a U.K. paperback.

THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION OF J.G. BALLARD (1977): The Concentration City; Manhole 69; The Waiting Grounds; The Sound­Sweep; Chronopolis; The Voices of Time; The Overloaded Man; Billenium; The Insane Ones; The Garden of Time; Thirteen to Centaurus; The Subliminal Man; Passport to Eternity; The Cage of Sand; A Question of Re-Entry; The Terminal Beach; The Day of Forever. Each story was prefaced with a brief note by Ballard. Published as a U.K. paperback by Futura.

THE BEST SHORT STORIES OF J.G. BALLARD (1978): The Concentration City; Manhole 69; Chronopolis; The Voices of Time; Deep End; The Overloaded Man; Billenium; The Garden of Time; Thirteen for Centaurus (sic); The Subliminal Man; The Cage of Sand; End-Game; The Drowned Giant; The Terminal Beach; The Cloud-Sculptors of Coral D; The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Considered as a Downhill Motor Race; The Atrocity Exhibition; Plan for the Assassination of Jacqueline Kennedy; Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan. Issued in the U.S. in both hardback and paperback by Holt Rinehart.

THE VENUS HUNTERS (1980): Now: Zero; The Time-Tombs; Track 12; Passport to Eternity; Escapement; Time of Passage; The Venus Hunters; The Killing Ground; One Afternoon at Utah Beach; The 60 Minute Zoom. Issued as a U.K. paperback by Granada, and then as a U.K. hardback by Gollancz in 1986. This is in fact a revised version of the earlier collection The Overloaded Man with which it shares seven stories.

MYTHS OF THE NEAR FUTURE (1982): Myths of the Near Future; Having a Wonderful Time; A Host of Furious Fancies; Zodiac 2000; News from the Sun; Theatre of War; The Dead Time; The Smile; Motel Architecture; The Intensive Care Unit. Published as a U.K. hardback by Cape and a U.K. paperback by Triad Panther.

MEMORIES OF THE SPACE AGE (1988): a themed short story collection of Ballard’s ‘astronaut’ stories; The Cage of Sand; A Question of Re-Entry; The Dead Astronaut; My Dream of Flying to Wake Island; News from the Sun; Memories of the Space Age; Myths of the Near Future; The Man Who Walked on the Moon. Published as a U.S. hardback by Arkham House.

WAR FEVER (1990): War Fever; The Secret History of World War 3; Dream Cargoes; The Object of the Attack; Love in a Colder Climate; The Largest Theme Park in the World; Answers to a Questionnaire; The Air Disaster; Report on an Unidentified Space Station; The Man Who Walked on the Moon; The Enormous Space; Memories of the Space Age; Notes Toward a Mental Breakdown; The Index. Published as a U.K. hardback by Collins, as a U.K. paperback by Paladin, and by Farrar Straus as a U.S. hardback and a U.S. paperback.

LIST OF STORIES IN COLLECTIONS