University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

J. G. Ballard:

A Preliminary Inventory of Manuscripts for The Unlimited Dream Company at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Creator: Ballard, J. G., 1930-
Title: J. G. Ballard Manuscripts for The Unlimited Dream Company
Dates: 1976-1978
Abstract: This collection contains manuscript drafts written by J. G. Ballard for The Unlimited Dream Company.
RLIN Record #: None
Extent: 2 boxes (.84 linear feet)
Language: Most material is in English.
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Scope and Contents

The composition of J. G. Ballard's The Unlimited Dream Company (1979) is documented by his heavily revised first and second drafts of the novel, created 1976-1978. Both manuscripts were signed and dated by Ballard on 24 August 1984, and received in a collector's slipcase bearing a logo of a book being netted along with the initials LMS. According to a note by Ballard accompanying the second draft, "Fury" and "The Stunt Pilot" were the other titles he considered for the book.

Additional materials by or relating to J. G. Ballard and his works are also present in several other manuscript collections at the Ransom Center, including those for Bananas, Robert Park Mills, Peter Owen, Ltd., Iain Sinclair, and Tom Stoppard. The Library also holds copies of many of Ballard's books, including one of the few surviving copies of the suppressed Doubleday edition of The Atrocity Exhibition (1970).



Open for research

Index Terms

Document Types
Manuscripts for publication.
Science fiction.

Administrative Information


Purchases, 1995 (Reg. no. 13526)

Processed by:

Joan Sibley, 2005

J. G. Ballard Manuscripts for The Unlimited Dream Company--Folder List

Series I. The Unlimited Dream Company(1979)

First draft, composite typewritten and handwritten manuscript with extensive changes and additions, May - December 1976
Box Folder
1 1 pp 1-58
2 pp 59-99
3 pp 100-195
4 pp 196-305
Second draft, typescript with extensive handwritten changes, February 1977 - March 1978
Box Folder
1 5 Chapter list
6 pp 1-78
7 pp 79-160
8 pp 161-252
9 pp 253-341
2 Collector's slipcase