Simon Sellars

I'm a writer, editor and publisher based in Melbourne, Australia.
For information on my content strategy work, see Agents of Content or my LinkedIn profile.




  • Code Beast (Wanton Sun, 2023)
  • Applied Ballardianism: Memoir From a Parallel Universe (Urbanomic, 2018)

  • Extreme Metaphors: Interviews with J.G. Ballard (Fourth Estate, 2012)
  • Micronations: The Lonely Planet Guide to Home-Made Nations (Lonely Planet, 2006)

  • 'Energie Cottbus' (short story), Phase Change, 2022
  • 'Learning to Live with Aggressionless Cars' (essay), Foreground, 2021
  • 'Recalibrating New Suburbia' (essay), Architecture Australia, 2021
  • 'Shell World Blues' (short story), Plaza Protocol, 2021
  • 'Reliquary for the Bones of Lost Suburban Tribes' (short story), Sleepy Brain, 2020
  • 'Love is a Totalitarian State that Grows Deep Inside Me'' (short story), Šum #14: Ljubljanastrophe, 2020
  • 'Report From An Unidentified Fire Tower' (short story), Minority Report, 2020
  • 'Regina' (short story), Parasol, 2020
  • ‘Sentient glitchglot cheater infection: from discovery to ongoing review‘ (short story), Insufficient Armour, 2020
  • '‘Purple Light‘ (short story), Happy Hypocrite #8: Fresh Hell, 2015
  • ‘Journey to the Centre of Google Earth‘ (essay), Only Connect, 2014
  • ‘Welcome to Hollingsville‘ (foreword), Bright Labyrinth, 2014
  • ‘Zones of Transition: Micronationalism in the work of J.G. Ballard‘ (essay), J.G. Ballard: Visions and Revisions, 2012
  • ‘Red-dirt Voodoo: Rebuilding Australia’s Northwest‘ (essay), Architectural Review Asia-Pacific, 2012 (essay)
  • ‘A Launchpad for Other Explorations’ (introduction), Extreme Metaphors: Interviews with J.G. Ballard, Fourth Estate, 2012
  • ‘If You Want Blood, You’ve Got It: or, What’s the Point of Architecture Criticism?’ (essay), Australian Design Review, 2012
  • ‘Changed by the Climate‘ (afterword), Changing the Climate: Utopia, Dystopia and Catastrophe, 2011
  • ‘Red Zone: the Regeneration of Christchurch‘ (essay), Architectural Review Australia, 2011.
  • ‘In Defence of the Virtual: A Secret History of Ballardian Film Adaptations‘ (essay), Vagant, 2011
  • ‘Flesh dissolved in an acid of light: the b-movie as second sight‘ (essay), Continuum, 2010
  • ‘Postcards from the Edgelands (for Marion Shoard)‘ (photo essay), Infrastructure as Architecture: Designing Composite Networks, 2010
  • Hakim Bey: Repopulating the Temporary Autonomous Zone‘ (essay), Journal for the Study of Radicalism, 2010
  • ‘Miracles of Life‘ (foreword to J.G. Ballard's Miracles of Life, Oxy, 2009
  • ‘Extreme Possibilities: Mapping the sea of time and space in J.G. Ballard’s Pacific fictions‘ (essay), Colloquy, 2009
  • ‘Sealand: On the Heap‘ (travelogue), The Australian, 2007
  • ‘Rattling Other People’s Cages: The J.G. Ballard Interview‘, Ballardian, 2006

  • 'Attention span burnout, suburban rage quitting, and CV-19 cultural timebombs with Simon Sellars', interview by Emile Zile, Pandemic Playlists, 2020
  • 'Bunga Goes Ballard ft. Simon Sellars', Aufhebunga Bunga, 2020
  • 'My Virtual Dream of Flying to Marker Island: An Interview with Simon Sellars' by Brendan C. Byrne, Medium, 2019
  • 'Rat Cunning and Bloodshed: An Interview with Simon Sellars' by Lee Rourke, 3:AM, 2019
  • 'So Many Unrealities: Simon Sellars interviewed by Robin Mackay', Urbanomic, 2018
  • 'One Small Node Of Reality Left', Simon Sellars interviewed by Robert Barry, The Quietus, 2018
  • 'Simon Sellars’ Applied Ballardianism', interview by Andrew Frost, The Art Life, 2018
  • 'Applied Ballardianism with Simon Sellars', interview by Meta-Nomad, Hermitix, 2018
  • 'The Velvet Underground of English Letters: Simon Sellars Discusses J.G. Ballard', interview by Karl Quinn, The Quietus, 2012
  • 'How To Become A Lonely Planet Travel Writer – An interview with Simon Sellars', interview by Chris Mitchell, Travel Happy, 2008
  • 'The Lonely Planet Guide to Micronations: An Interview with Simon Sellars' by Geoff Manaugh, BLDG BLOG, 2006

  • 'Wire Music: An Excerpt from Applied Ballardianism: Memoir from a Parallel Universe', reading of an excerpt for my novel Applied Ballardianism, plus sound design, for Urbanomic's Plague Pod series, 2020
  • 'Sentient glitchglot cheater infection: from discovery to ongoing review', video reading and sound design of my short story 'Sentient glitchglots' for the launch of the anthology Infinite Armour, 2020
  • 'The Last / Machines', reading and sound design of my short story 'Love is a Totalitarian State' for Slovenia's Radio Student, 2019
  • 'Deep Assignments: A Ballardian Mix', playlist and sound design co-created by myself (as 'Philip Sanderson') for the launch of my novel Applied Ballardianism, 2018
  • 'Kick the Dog', alternate book trailer for the launch of my novel Applied Ballardianism, 2018
  • 'Landing Sites', a short film I made for the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory, RMIT University, 2011.