Applied Ballardianism


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Table of Contents

1. Kick the Dog; 2. Car City; 3. Out of Phase; 4. Lossy; 5. Queens of the Cyber Age; 6. This Alien Earth; 7. Paralipsis; 8. Threshold Moment; 9. Kill the Head and the Body Will Die; 10. Tohoku Rising; 11. The Man from Morioka; 12. Deep Assignments; 13. Bunker Logic; 14. Biomechanoid; 15. Replication; 16. Cocoon; 17. Cartographies of the Infinite; 18. Cubist Dream; 19. Untourism; 20. New Victims; 21. Fugue State; 22. Time Wars; 23. Metanoia; 24. Lost in Saipan; 25. Malign Potential; 26. Airless and Casino Black; 27. Flab; 28. Stasis; 29. Ballardcraft; 30. Black Shadow; 31. Sick Music; 32. Dangerous Bends; 33. Melborea Moronica; 34. Suicide by Thug; 35. Hostile Takeover; 36. Applied Ballardianism; 37. Roaring Mice; 38. Mental Polaroids; 39. Vat-grown; 40. Hangar Three; 41. Skyspace; 42. Solace in Dystopia; 43. Thirsty Men; 44. Kick Me; 45. State of Mind; 46. Purple Light; 47. Photoreality; 48. Scalar; 49. Emergence; 50. Wire Music; 51. Memory Hole; 52. Shadowplay; 53. James et Jim; 54. Negative Space; 55. Sleepy Brain; 56. Memory Hacker

About the Author

Simon Sellars is a writer and editor. He is the custodian of, and the co-editor of Extreme Metaphors: Interviews with J.G. Ballard 1967-2008 (Fourth Estate, 2012).


"Applied Ballardianism is an astonishing book, part fictionalized hallucinatory memoir, part essential Ballard primer, all written in the style of the great man himself. Whether you're new to JG Ballard or a lifelong fan, this is a thrilling read, cut through with equal parts black humor, cultural insight, and existential horror." -Tim Maughan, author of Paintwork and Infinite Detail; "In Applied Ballardianism, Simon Sellars has invented a genre all his own. But what is it, exactly? Postmodern autopathography? Rough Guide to the Desert of the Real? Notes toward a mental breakdown? The missing link between Ballard and Virilio, psychogeography and edgeland studies, Mad Max and Videodrome? One thing is certain: Applied Ballardianism is the only book you'll need when you're marooned on a concrete island, barricaded in a high rise that's descending into anarchy, or cast away on some Enewetak of the unconscious." - Mark Dery, author of I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-By Essays on American Dread, American Dreams; "At first, Simon Sellars appears to be a character in a JG Ballard novel. Then Ballard appears to be a character in a Simon Sellars novel. Then not just the characters but the whole setting and ambience appear to be at once Ballardian and Sellarsian. Then you finish the book and you seem to be a character in a novel the two of them conspired to write. And your perception of the world is never the same again." -McKenzie Wark, author of A Hacker Manifesto, Gamer Theory, and Telesthesia

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