J.G. Ballard's 'The Drowned World' (1962): Psycho-Geographical Cli-Fi

Jim Clarke

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Ballard's 'The Drowned World' is often considered to be a form of proto-Climate Fiction. This introduction to the work, taken from Axel Goodbody's and Adeline Johns-Putra's excellent Cli-Fi reader from Peter Lang, explores how Ballard's work both predates but encodes key components of what we now recognise as Climate fiction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCli-Fi
Subtitle of host publicationA Companion
EditorsAxel Goodbody, Adeline Johns-Putra
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherPeter Lang
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781788740722
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2018

Publication series

NameGenre Fiction and Film Companions
PublisherPeter Lang


  • Climate Fiction
  • Science fiction
  • Literary Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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