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The Best J. G. Ballard Books

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List RulesVote for the J. G. Ballard novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

List of the best J. G. Ballard books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that J. G. Ballard is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of J. G. Ballard who want to know which novels they should start reading first. Ballard is one of the biggest names to come out of the New Wave Science Fiction era. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.The list you're viewing is made up of many different books, like Empire of the Sun and Crash. What are J. G. Ballard's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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  • 1

    First Published1979

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Novel, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 2
    J. G. Ballard
    29
    3

    First Published1966

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Novel, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 3
    J. G. Ballard
    34
    13

    First Published1975

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Novel, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 4
    J. G. Ballard
    25
    6

    First Published1973

    SubjectsWomen

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 5
    J. G. Ballard
    23
    7

    SubjectsLiterary

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 6

    First Published1971

    Genres (Book)Short story, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 7
    J. G. Ballard
    27
    19

    First Published1962

    SubjectsGlobal warming, 20th century

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 8
    J. G. Ballard
    13
    2

    First Published1981-06-04

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Dystopia, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 9
    J. G. Ballard
    14
    4

    First Published1998

    SubjectsSpain, British Cuisine

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 10
    J. G. Ballard
    14
    5

    First Published1984-09-13

    SubjectsChina, J. G. Ballard, World War II, History

    Genres (Book)War novel, Historical fiction, Autobiographical novel, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 11
    J. G. Ballard
    8
    2

    First Published1988

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Mystery, Novella

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 12
    J. G. Ballard
    8
    2

    First Published1971

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 13
    15
    12

    First Published1970

    Subjects20th century

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Experimental literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 14
    6
    0

    First Published1961

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 15
    J. G. Ballard
    6
    0

    First Published2006

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Crime Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 16
    8
    4

    First Published1991

    Genres (Book)Autobiographical novel, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 17

    First Published1988

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Short story, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 18
    J. G. Ballard
    6
    2

    First Published1987

    SubjectsSahara

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 19
    4
    0

    First Published1963

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Short story, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 20

    First Published1963

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Short story, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 21
    J. G. Ballard
    4
    0

    First Published1966

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Short story, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 22

    First Published1982

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Short story, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 23
    J. G. Ballard
    2
    0

    First Published1967

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Short story, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 24
    J. G. Ballard
    10
    8

    First Published1964

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 25
    J. G. Ballard
    0
    0

    First Published1967

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Short story, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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