Many English or American authors offer little difficulty to the collector, since their publications consist in the main of a series of novels, with first publication in hardback in their own country followed by paperback editions and by hardback editions on the other side of the Atlantic. Ballard is, from a bibliographic perspective, much more interesting. Firstly, some of his books were only ever issued in the U.S., and others had their first publication as a paperback. In addition, he has written around 100 short stories, which have appeared in a wide variety of magazines, and has also produced a number of pieces that cannot be easily categorized as either fiction or non-
Here's what's covered in the JGB Collectors Guide:
Books, i.e. novels, short story collections, and non-
Short stories. I have given details of first publication in any format, as well as some other interesting or collectable appearances.
Miscellaneous media. This section covers Ballard's work that is not easily classifiable as either fiction or non-
Books about Ballard. Books that are wholly or mainly about Ballard and his work: bibliographies, critical appreciations, etc.
And here's what's not covered:
Translations. The focus of the site is the English language, so I haven't included translations into other languages. David Pringle's 1984 bibliography contains details of a selection of translations of Ballard's books up to 1982. And Herve Lagoguey has put together a cover gallery with details of French editions of JGB's books.
Subsequent editions and re-
Proof copies, and advance reading copies. Most books will have had proof copies or ARCs, so these are not separately dealt with, unless they are of special interest.
Letters, manuscripts, and other ephemera.
Interviews with Ballard in magazines, newspapers, etc. Rick McGrath's website contains a list of over 200 interviews with Ballard, covering the period 1967 to 2008, and details of most pre-
Articles about Ballard in magazines, newspapers, etc. Pringle (1984) has details of significant articles about Ballard up to 1982. In addition, Umberto Rossi has compiled The Critical Exhibition, a listing of secondary literature on Ballard, both books and articles.