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  1.  (9412.21)
    I'm a big fan of Ballard's early short stories. They're brief, tight, tense narratives with devastating imagery, delivered in an unnervingly calm voice.
  2.  (9412.22)
    I also started with The Atrocity Exhibition and loved it. I would recommend the RE/Search Version if you can find it.

    I press a copy of Crash into the hand of any person I meet with eyes and a reasonable aptitude for critical thinking. So I say start there, I feel like it makes for a pretty good crash course on Ballard. No pun intended.