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The dividing line between Ballard's fiction and his non-
The first of a series of what Ballard termed 'advertiser's announcements', consisting of a photograph accompanied by some brief text. These appeared in Ambit and New Worlds, usually on the back cover, with Ballard purchasing the space in the magazine just as a normal advertiser would have done. This, the first in the series, also appeared in New Worlds (#176, October 1967).
DOES THE ANGLE BETWEEN TWO WALLS HAVE A HAPPY ENDING?: Ambit, #33, Autumn 1967
The second 'advertiser's announcement'; this one also appeared in New Worlds (#178, December 1967), and then a second time in Ambit some years later (#60, Autumn 1974).
A film review, of sorts, this was sufficiently 'impressionistic' for David Pringle to classify it as Miscellaneous Media rather than non-
A NEURAL INTERVAL: Ambit, #36, Summer 1968
A third 'advertiser's announcement'; also appeared in New Worlds (#185, December 1968). This issue of Ambit also contained Ballard's story The Great American Nude.
Ambit, #36, advertiser's announcement on back cover
This issue of Ambit was in a newspaper format; its 'Court Circular' was a collage, which included the concrete poem Love: A Printout for Claire Churchill, some 'found' artwork, and a series of drawings by Bruce Mclean. This newspaper issue of Ambit also contained a piece by William Burroughs. It should still be available from Ambit directly.
The 'Court Circular' was eventually reprinted in the catalogue for Crash: Homage to J. G. Ballard (2010).
HOW DR CHRISTOPHER EVANS LANDED ON THE MOON: New Worlds, #187, February 1969
A spoof computer printout.
This was one of the large format issues of New Worlds, albeit not one of the scarcest.
PLACENTAL INSUFFICIENCY: Ambit, #45, Autumn 1970
Another 'advertiser's announcement'.
VENUS SMILES: Ambit, #46, Winter 1970/1971
The final 'advertiser's announcement'.
The photo on the front cover of Ambit #50 was taken to mark a public reading of The Side-
The Invisible Years was a series of texts to accompany drawings by Ronald Sandford, written by Ballard, Martin Bax, and various others. The series ran for fourteen issues of Ambit, #66 to #79. The credits for all fourteen of the individual texts refer to both Ballard and Bax, although David Pringle attributes just six of these texts directly to Ballard, mainly on grounds of style, and only these six are noted here.
Ambit, #67, extract from The Invisible Years
THE INVISIBLE YEARS: Ambit, #69, Winter 1976/1977
THE INVISIBLE YEARS: Ambit, #72, Autumn 1977
THE INVISIBLE YEARS: Ambit, #73, Winter 1977/1978
THE INVISIBLE YEARS: Ambit, #75, Summer 1978
This issue of Ambit also contained Ballard's story Zodiac 2000.
During the 1950s, Ballard put together a series of textual collages that incorporated themes and names that were later to resurface in the stories that formed The Atrocity Exhibition. These collages were eventually published in New Worlds #213, one of a small number of large format issues of the magazine that were issued in the late 1970s. Though a scarce issue, the occasional copy is seen on Abebooks or eBay.
Strictly speaking, the collages are untitled, Ballard subsequently referring to them as 'Project for a New Novel' when they were re-
New Worlds, #213
One of the collages from New Worlds #213
THE INVISIBLE YEARS: Ambit, #78, Spring 1979
A prose poem, published in a two-
WHAT I BELIEVE: Interzone, #8, Summer 1984
A prose poem, originally published in French in Science Fiction #1 (ed. Daniel Riche) in January 1984; its first English appearance was later the same year in Interzone. This piece was re-
Science Fiction, #1
NEIL ARMSTRONG REMEMBERS HIS JOURNEY TO THE MOON: Interzone, #53, November 1991
A prose poem; possibly an account of one of Ballard’s dreams.