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Brief about J. G. Ballard: By info that we know J. G. Ballard was born at 1930-11-18. And also J. G. Ballard is British Author.

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Electronic aids, particularly domestic computers, will help the inner migration, the opting out of reality. Reality is no longer going to be the stuff out there, but the stuff inside your head. It's going to be commercial and nasty at the same time.

Tags: Computers, Help, Time

In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom.

Tags: Freedom, Madness, Sane

Any fool can write a novel but it takes real genius to sell it.

Tags: Fool, Real, Write

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.

Tags: Boring, Fear, Future

The American Dream has run out of gas. The car has stopped. It no longer supplies the world with its images, its dreams, its fantasies. No more. It's over. It supplies the world with its nightmares now: the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, Vietnam.

Tags: Car, Dream, Dreams

The chief role of the universities is to prolong adolescence into middle age, at which point early retirement ensures that we lack the means or the will to enforce significant change.

Tags: Age, Change, Means

Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century.

Tags: Almost, Reality, Science

An arts degree is like a diploma in origami. And about as much use.

Tags: Arts, Degree, Diploma

I don't think it's possible to touch people's imagination today by aesthetic means.

Tags: Means, Possible, Today

The Enlightenment view of mankind is a complete myth. It leads us into thinking we're sane and rational creatures most of the time, and we're not.

Tags: Thinking, Time, View

The entertainment medium of film is particularly tuned to the present imaginations of people at large. A lot of fiction is intensely nostalgic.

Tags: Film, Large, Present

The future is going to be boring. The suburbanisation of the planet will continue, and the suburbanisation of the soul will follow soon after.

Tags: After, Boring, Future

Yes, sometimes I think that all my writing is nothing more than the compensatory work of a frustrated painter.

Tags: Sometimes, Work, Writing

Science and technology multiply around us. To an increasing extent they dictate the languages in which we speak and think. Either we use those languages, or we remain mute.

Tags: Science, Speak, Technology

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.

Tags: Good, Humor, Writing

Given that external reality is a fiction, the writer's role is almost superfluous. He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there.

Tags: Almost, Reality, Writer

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.

Tags: Future, Thought, Wanted

I suspect that many of the great cultural shifts that prepare the way for political change are largely aesthetic. A Buick radiator grille is as much a political statement as a Rolls Royce radiator grille, one enshrining a machine aesthetic driven by a populist optimism, the other enshrining a hierarchical and exclusive social order.

Tags: Change, Great, Political

If you're against globalisation, it doesn't achieve much by sort of bombing the head offices of Shell or Nestle. You unsettle people much more by blowing up an Oxfam shop because people can't understand the motive.

Tags: Against, Head, Understand

It's true that I have very little idea what I shall be writing next, but at the same time I have a powerful premonition of everything that lies ahead of me, even ten years ahead.

Tags: Powerful, Time, True