The British Library has acquired 15 large boxes of papers from the estate of author J.G. Ballard. The papers, which have been appraised at £350,000, cover a period beginning with the writing of The Drowned World in 1962 through Miracles of Life in 2008. In 1982, Ballard told an interviewer that he did not maintain an archive of letters, papers, or drafts, all of which are represented in the donation.
Author J.G. Ballard (b.1930) died on April 19. Ballard was a major part of science fiction’s New Wave and his novels, particularly Empire of the Sun and Crash, gained him mainstream acceptance. Other novels included The Burning World, The Crystal World (which won the Seiun Award), and The Day of Creation. Ballard was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2006.