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Shakespeare 1. William Shakespeare
The universal writer and poet.

2. Miguel Cervantes
Don Quixote is the first great anti-hero.

3. Jonathan Swift
The most intelligent writer who ever lived.

4. Herman Melville
Moby Dick is the greatest ocean of a novel the human imagination has ever sailed.

5. John Keats
The sweetest literary poet of all.

6. Franz Kafka
The greatest prophet of the terrifying bureaucracies of the 20th century.

7. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
He is the great psychologist of the modern novel.

8. Joseph Heller
Catch 22 is the last classic novel written this century.
Joseph Heller

Joseph Heller 9. George Orwell
1984 is the prophetic novel of our time.

10. Aldous Huxley
Brave New World is a guide book to the next millennium.

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JG Ballard
"One of the most important, intelligent voices in contemporary fiction," according to Susan Sontag, JG Ballard has written 23 books of science fiction, political satire and autobiography.

His childhood story, Empire of the Sun (1984), was nominated for the distinguished Booker Prize and made into a movie by Steven Spielberg.

Crash (1973), also made into a film, tells a tale of sex on the highway, in which the characters realign their minds and sexuality to dominant technology.

The User's Guide to the Millennium (1996), a collection of essays, reviews, and ruminations, are a cohesive view of what Mr. Ballard considers the future icons of our time.

JG Ballard lives in Shepperton, England.