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J G BALLARD: A COLLECTORS’ GUIDE

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A considerable volume of Ballard's writings during the first fifteen years of his career was published in the magazine New Worlds: not just short stories, but also book reviews, articles, editorials, and so on. This page details every appearance by Ballard in the magazine, so that the nature of each of his writings is clear. Unless otherwise noted, every appearance is a first publication. Details of Ballard's stories that were re-printed in the short-lived U.S. edition of New Worlds are also given.

The publishing history of New Worlds is rather complicated (see the magazine's entry at VISCO for details). For the collector of Ballard, the following summary should suffice. Issues up to and including #141 were in the normal 'digest' size that was common to SF magazines of the period. From issue #142 to issue #172, New Worlds was published in a thin paperback book format, though still as a monthly magazine. Issues #173 to #201 were large format magazines. New Worlds was then published as a paperback book, initially on a quarterly basis as New Worlds: The Science Fiction Quarterly; these issues have been subsequently treated as issues #202 to #211, although those numbers did not actually appear in the books at the time of publication. There was then a short series of large format issues in the late-1970s, numbered #212 to #216. Finally, there have been a number of one-off issues in the 1990s, numbered #217 to #222. 


ESCAPEMENT: New Worlds, #54, December 1956. A short story.


BUILD-UP: New Worlds, #55, January 1957. A short story, which was later revised and re-titled The Concentration City.


MANHOLE 69: New Worlds, #65, November 1957. A short story.


TRACK 12: New Worlds, #70, April, 1958. A short story.


THE WAITING GROUNDS: New Worlds, #88, November 1959. A short story.


ZONE OF TERROR: New Worlds, #92, March 1960. A short story.


CHRONOPOLIS: New Worlds, #95, June 1960. A short story.


THE VOICES OF TIME: New Worlds, #99, October 1960. A short story.


DEEP END: New Worlds, #106, May 1961. A short story.


THE OVERLOADED MAN: New Worlds, #108, July 1961. A short story.


STORM-WIND (Part 1): New Worlds, #110, September 1961. An early version of the novel The Wind from Nowhere. The serialized version contains a short epilogue that is missing from the novel. 


STORM-WIND (Part 2): New Worlds, #111, October 1961.


BILLENIUM: New Worlds, #112, November 1961. A short story.


THE GENTLE ASSASSIN: New Worlds, #113, December 1961. A short story.


WHICH WAY TO INNER SPACE?: New Worlds, #118, May 1962. A guest editorial; re-printed in A User's Guide to the Millennium.


THE CAGE OF SAND: New Worlds, #119, June 1962. A short story.


THE MAN ON THE 99th FLOOR: New Worlds, #120, July 1962. A short story.


THE SUBLIMINAL MAN: New Worlds, #126, January 1963. A short story.


END-GAME: New Worlds, #131, June 1963. A short story.


THE TERMINAL BEACH: New Worlds, #140, March 1964. A short story.


EQUINOX (Part 1): New Worlds, #142, May/June 1964. A short version of the novel The Crystal World, which was based on an earlier story, The Illuminated Man.


MYTH MAKER OF THE 20th CENTURY: New Worlds, #142, May/June 1964. An appreciation of William Burroughs; an edited-down version was included in A User's Guide to the Millennium.


EQUINOX (Part 2): New Worlds, #143, July/August 1964. 


DUNE LIMBO: New Worlds, #148, March 1965. An extract from Ballard's novel The Drought.


PRISONER OF THE CORAL DEEP: New Worlds, #150, May 1965. A short story that had first appeared in Argosy, March 1964.


VISIONS OF HELL: New Worlds, #160, March 1966. An appreciation of Wyndham Lewis's trilogy The Human Age; this review also appeared in New Worlds Quarterly 2 (1971), the paperback book version of New Worlds that was published in the early 1970s. The article was also re-printed in A User's Guide to the Millennium.


THE ASSASSINATION WEAPON: New Worlds, #161, April 1966. A short story.


YOU: COMA: MARILYN MONROE: New Worlds, #163, June 1966. A short story. This is its second publication, the first having been in Ambit, #27, Spring 1966.


THE COMING OF THE UNCONSCIOUS: New Worlds, #164, July 1966. An article on surrealism, re-printed in A User's Guide to the Millennium.


LA JETEE: ACADEMY ONE: New Worlds, #164, July 1966. A review of Chris Marker's film La Jetee, re-printed in A User's Guide to the Millennium.


THE ATROCITY EXHIBITION: New Worlds, #166, September 1966. A short story.


NOTES FROM NOWHERE: New Worlds, #167, October 1966. An article by Ballard discussing his latest fiction writings, particularly those that would eventually be collected in The Atrocity Exhibition. A significant piece of non-fiction that was not included in A User's Guide to the Millennium.


STORM BIRD, STORM DREAMER: New Worlds, #168, November 1966. A short story. This was its first magazine publication, the story having first appeared in the U.S. paperback collection The Impossible Man in April 1966.


TOMORROW IS A MILLION YEARS: New Worlds, #169, December 1966. This story had first appeared in Argosy, October 1966.


THE DAY OF FOREVER: New Worlds, #170, January 1967. The first magazine publication of a story that had originally appeared in the U.S. paperback collection The Impossible Man in April 1966.


THE ASSASSINATION OF JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY CONSIDERED AS A DOWNHILL MOTOR RACE: New Worlds, #171, March 1967. This short story had first appeared in Ambit, #29, Autumn 1966.


THE DEATH MODULE: New Worlds, #173, July 1967. A short story, which was retitled for inclusion in the collection The Atrocity Exhibition, appearing there as Notes Towards a Mental Breakdown.


HOMAGE TO CLAIRE CHURCHILL: New Worlds, #176, October 1967. The first of a series of what Ballard termed advertiser's announcements. This one had originally appeared in Ambit, #32, Summer 1967.


DOES THE ANGLE BETWEEN TWO WALLS HAVE A HAPPY ENDING?: New Worlds, #178, December 1967. The second 'advertiser's announcement', which had originally appeared in Ambit, #33, Autumn 1967. 


THE GENERATIONS OF AMERICA: New Worlds, #183, October 1968. A short story.


A NEURAL INTERVAL: New Worlds, #185, December 1968. A third 'advertiser's announcement', which had first appeared in Ambit, #36, Summer 1968. This is an extremely scarce issue of New Worlds, most copies having been destroyed by the distributors. 


THE SUMMER CANNIBALS: New Worlds, #186, January 1969. A short story.


THE THOUSAND WOUNDS AND FLOWERS: New Worlds, #186, January 1969. A review of J. T. Frazer's book about the theory of time, re-printed in A User's Guide to the Millennium.


HOW DR CHRISTOPHER EVANS LANDED ON THE MOON: New Worlds, #187, February 1969. A spoof computer printout.


SALVADOR DALI: THE INNOCENT AS PARANOID: New Worlds, #187, February 1969. Article on the paintings of Salvador Dali, which was re-printed (without the many illustrations) in A User's Guide to the Millennium.


THE KILLING GROUND: New Worlds, #188, March 1969. A short story.


THE BEACH MURDERS: New Worlds, #189, April 1969. Second publication for a short story which had first appeared as Confetti Royale in Rogue, February/March 1966.


USE YOUR VAGINA: New Worlds, #191, June 1969. Review of a sex manual; re-printed in A User's Guide to the Millennium.


A PLACE AND A TIME TO DIE: New Worlds, #194, September/October 1969. A short story, which was later re-printed in New Worlds Quarterly (1971), the paperback book version of New Worlds that succeeded the large format issues in the early 1970s.


ALPHABETS OF UNREASON: New Worlds, # 196, December 1969. A review of Hitler's Mein Kampf, re-printed in A User's Guide to the Millennium.


COITUS 80: A DESCRIPTION OF THE SEXUAL ACT IN 1980: New Worlds, #197, January 1970. A short story, and a predecessor of Ballard's so-called 'surgical fictions'.


JOURNEY ACROSS A CRATER: New Worlds, #198, February 1970. A short story, which was later re-printed in New Worlds Quarterly (1971).


PRINCESS MARGARET'S FACELIFT: AN INTERSECTION OF FICTION AND REALITY: New Worlds, #199, March 1970. This short story is one of the 'surgical fictions' .


A PLACE AND A TIME TO DIE: New Worlds 1: The Science Fiction Quarterly (1971), a paperback book which was subsequently assigned the issue number #202. This story had originally appeared in issue #194.


JOURNEY ACROSS A CRATER: New Worlds 1: The Science Fiction Quarterly (1971), a paperback book which was subsequently assigned the issue number #202. This story had originally appeared in issue #198.


VISIONS OF HELL: New Worlds 2: The Science Fiction Quarterly (1971), the second in the series of paperback books, which was subsequently assigned the issue number #203. This piece was an appreciation of Wyndham Lewis's trilogy The Human Age, which had originally appeared in issue #160.


[PROJECT FOR A NEW NOVEL]: New Worlds, #213, Summer 1978. A series of textual collages, originally put together by Ballard in the 1950s; published here without any title.



THE U.S. EDITION OF NEW WORLDS

New Worlds had a short-lived U.S. edition, the contents of which consisted entirely of stories reprinted from the U.K. edition. There were only five issues;  Ballard appeared in issue #4 (June 1960) with The Waiting Grounds, and issue #5 (July 1960) with Manhole 69.

BALLARD IN NEW WORLDS