"Chronopolis"

Title"Chronopolis"
Year for Search1960
AuthorsBallard, J[ames] G[raham](1930-2009)
Tertiary AuthorsBallard, J. G.
Secondary TitleNew Worlds Science Fiction
Volume / Edition32.95
Pagination64-87
Date PublishedJune 1960
KeywordsEnglish author, Male author
Annotation

Dystopia in which people had been too concerned with time, and there were clocks everywhere. It was made illegal to have a watch or a clock because timed people could be made to work faster, but with all clocks gone nothing works very well, and the city is almost abandoned. The story focuses on a boy growing up who is fascinated with clocks.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. in his Billenium (New York: Berkley, 1962), 117-39; in his The Four-Dimensional Nightmare (London: Victor Gollancz, 1963), 184-208; in his Chronopolis and Other Stories (New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1971), 152-74; in The Best Short Stories of J. G. Ballard (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1978), 43-66; in his The Voices of Time (London: J. M. Dent, 1984), 173-97; and in his The Complete Short Stories. (London: Flamingo, 2001), 150-68.

Holding Institutions

MoU-St, PSt

Author Note

The author (1930-2009) was born in China and settled in the UK in 1930.

Full Text

1960 Ballard, J[ames] G[raham] (1930-2009). “Chronopolis.” New Worlds Science Fiction 32.95 (June 1960), 64-87. Rpt. in his Billenium (New York: Berkley, 1962), 117-39; in his The Four-Dimensional Nightmare (London: Victor Gollancz, 1963), 184-208; in his Chronopolis and Other Stories (New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1971), 152-74; in The Best Short Stories of J. G. Ballard (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1978), 43-66; in his The Voices of Time (London: J. M. Dent, 1984), 173-97; and in his The Complete Short Stories. (London: Flamingo, 2001), 150-68. MoU-St, PSt

Dystopia in which people had been too concerned with time, and there were clocks everywhere. It was made illegal to have a watch or a clock because timed people could be made to work faster, but with all clocks gone nothing works very well, and the city is almost abandoned. The story focuses on a boy growing up who is fascinated with clocks.