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Though more staid (i.e. European) and fantastical (i.e. science fictional), J.G. Ballard’s collection Vermilion Sands nevertheless takes a. “All summer the cloud-sculptors would come from Vermilion Sands and sail their “J.G. Ballard is one of the most accomplished creators of. Vermilion Sands: J.G. Ballard: Sands; these were collected in Vermilion Sands (). His short-story collection War Fever () contains humorously.

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Set on a beach resort in the future, these stories are richly written and sureal. Ballard came to be associated with the New Wave of science fiction early in his career with apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic novels such as The Drowned WorldThe Burning Worldand The Crystal World Ballad presents some unique and ultimately strange ideas in this collection.

Nov 26, Keith Davis rated it it was amazing. And also like I said, I really wasn’t feeling the first half.

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There’s a whole lot to talk about, but these are some of the things that most caught my attention: I am certain that it will again. However, to provide a balanced overview, I will review some of his most famous collections separately. Even those stories portray sabds unique writing style, his moodiness, his ability to describe the settings J. In the highly controversial novel Crash was published, a story about symphorophilia and car crash fetishism; the protagonist becomes sexually aroused by staging and participating in real car crashes.

Ballard before– mainly because I always get unpleasant vibes when I pick up his books. Are his other collections so well curated?

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Moreover, the characters almost all ballxrd, middle to old age males occupying upper-middle class positions in society tend to blend into one another. Ballard is … one of the most accomplished creators of evocative landscapes in modern fiction … he achieves this effect partly by painting his desert in the manner of Dali, a mixture of appalling clarity and the exotic.


Not only is this available in hard copy and Kindle, it is also available for a single credit on Audible, providing 65 hours of thoughtful listening pleasure, read by excellent veteran narrators. Ballard makes me uncomfortable. The story ballaard later adapted into a film of the same name by Canadian director David Cronenberg.

I’ve been pretty much glued to the collection since then. In the late s and early s Ballard focused on an eclectic variety of short stories or “condensed novels” such as The Atrocity Exhibitionwhich drew closer comparison with the work of postmodernist writers such as William S.

But, even with them, you have to find out what will happen jv the people he places in such disturbing surroundings. Baplard women whose focus these stories are almost exclusively upon are unknowable creatures driven by selfish desires; duplicitous, and either neurotic or manipulative, or both. Ballard mines an uncanny valley of psychology, not where the physical appearance of asnds object is too human, but where its desires and behaviours are. Get to Know Us.

It is a cheap, tacky world, not unlike a tawdry Las Vegas or Palm Springs, populated by futuristic artists and cultural has-beens. He may intellectualize the suburb, injecting it with ballarrd artists and retired celebrities, but it only adds more subtle layers of unbearable decadence to wallow in.

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It’s definitely a bit retro futurist reading it inbut not in the cartoonish or annoying fashion of a lot of recent music and television. Mar 09, Florin Pitea rated it it was amazing. Despite having been composed over 15 years with four or five novels and ballare hundreds of other stories in between, the story cycle that makes up this volume are surprisingly, exquisitely cohesive.


But it seems to me that its now old New Wave ambiance only enhances Vermilion Sands ready-made retro appeal, giving each story a patina of charm that does not date it but rather enhances its exotic dreaminess. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. It is without question a much more interesting book than many of his that are currently in print, and if there is vermmillion justice it will once again be made available.

The story, which in a way has become negligible due to these constant recapitulations, is adrift in an inner landscape.

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All shared a common theme so it was good to read together. Great collection of stories that nonetheless left me largely uninterested.

Each story in this collection is amazingly crafted. He couldn’t believe I found it and bought it and sent it to surprise him!

Newer Post Older Post Home. Soul-less literature typed up by machines? The literary distinctiveness of Ballard’s work has given rise to the adjective “Ballardian”, defined by the Collins English Dictionary as “resembling or suggestive of the conditions described in J.

In the late s and early s Ballard focused on a James Graham “J. After all, computers and the Internet and digitalization has constantly forced us to rethink the possibilities and forms of art. Another interesting work from Ballard.