J. G. Ballard

1930 - 2009

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James Graham Ballard (15 November 1930 – 19 April 2009) was an English novelist, short story writer, satirist, and essayist known for provocative works of fiction which explored the relations between human psychology, technology, sex, and mass media. He first became associated with the New Wave of science fiction for post-apocalyptic novels such as The Drowned World (1962), but later courted controversy for works such as the experimental short story collection The Atrocity Exhibition (1970), which included the 1968 story "Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan", and the novel Crash (1973), a story about a renegade group of car crash fetishists. In 1984, Ballard won broader recognition for his war novel Empire of the Sun, a semi-autobiographical account of a young British boy's experiences in Shanghai during Japanese occupation; the story was adapted into a 1987 film directed by Steven Spielberg. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of J. G. Ballard has received more than 1,937,626 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia. J. G. Ballard is the 1,460th most popular writer (down from 1,240th in 2019), the 410th most popular biography from China (down from 343rd in 2019) and the 31st most popular Writer.

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Among writers, J. G. Ballard ranks 1,460 out of 5,755Before him are Ichiyō Higuchi, Rick Riordan, César Vallejo, Jules Laforgue, Salvian, and Fulcher of Chartres. After him are Vasil Bykaŭ, Al-Khalil ibn Ahmad al-Farahidi, Quintus Smyrnaeus, Alexander Radishchev, Philip José Farmer, and Ruy González de Clavijo.

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Among people born in 1930, J. G. Ballard ranks 109Before him are Son Sen, José Sarney, Colin Dexter, Nguyễn Ngọc Loan, Stephen Sondheim, and Tom Wolfe. After him are Vilma Espín, Mauro Ramos, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Philippe Leroy, Viktor Tikhonov, and Walter Bonatti. Among people deceased in 2009, J. G. Ballard ranks 57Before him are Hussein-Ali Montazeri, Kim Peek, Clive Granger, Sverre Fehn, Marek Edelman, and Vyacheslav Tikhonov. After him are Philip José Farmer, Qian Xuesen, Rafael Caldera, Ingemar Johansson, Arne Næss, and Takashi Takabayashi.

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In China

Among people born in China, J. G. Ballard ranks 410 out of 1,392Before him are Huiyuan (334), Wen Tianxiang (1236), Han Gan (706), Zhuge Jin (174), Daniel C. Tsui (1939), and Mi Fu (1051). After him are Gengshi Emperor (null), Marpa Lotsawa (1012), Run Run Shaw (1907), Qian Xuesen (1911), Ba Jin (1904), and Zhang Lu (101).

Among WRITERS In China

Among writers born in China, J. G. Ballard ranks 31Before him are Lu Yu (733), Liang Qichao (1873), Qiu Jin (1875), Sima Xiangru (-179), Du Mu (803), and Wen Tianxiang (1236). After him are Ba Jin (1904), Gampopa (1079), Li Qingzhao (1084), Qiu Chuji (1148), Li Yu (1610), and Liu Zongyuan (773).