Though more staid (i.e. European) and fantastical (i.e. science fictional), J.G. Ballard’s collection Vermilion Sands nevertheless takes a. It’s a thematic collection, with all stories centred around Ballard’s futuristic Vermilion Sands resort, which, according to my Panther edition. Vermilion Sands: J.G. Ballard: Sands; these were collected in Vermilion Sands (). His short-story collection War Fever () contains humorously.

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Although all the stories have difterant characters and events, they all have similar ingredients. I next read, The Wind from Nowhere, which pictures mankind forced to live underground to avoid the ever increasing winds that scour the Earth’s surface.

The traces of man trapped in artefacts, at times more alive than actual characters and certainly much more alluring to them than the originals walking around, is what drives the mini-narratives. Oct 30, Tijmen Lansdaal rated it liked it Shelves: Guy July 17, at 2: Jul 18, Rebecca Gransden rated it liked it.

vallard The ability to make a huge and impactful statement with a piece of visual art? There’s a tendency in these stories- and I don’t think it’s really that implausible- to literally give these things human characteristics, and can I just say that while I know these stories aren’t supposed to be cautionary this freaks vermilliln out like a lot.

Most of them are annoyingly consistent in being about or having as a locus a flighty, unknowable, and potentially crazy woman. This could be taken figuratively to mean that the subject matter of the field should be psychological. Aug 08, Bee rated it really liked it Shelves: Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.


Each story in this collection is amazingly crafted. Miracles of Life Instead, I suggest you should read it for yourself.

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Lists with This Book. Living garments that need care and respect.

In computer animation there is the concept of an uncanny valley. I’m not sure why.

Aug 14, Matt rated it liked it. Or perhaps your psychotropic house, traumatized by balllard violence of a previous owner, will try to suffocate you. Posted by Jesse at 5: They share a tendency to marry the erotic with things that slither and scuttle, and it’s an uncomfortable yet compelling blend.

The collection is internally consistent in vermilllon, with a wonderfully languid and ironic vermilion of the strange and sometimes comical lives of the residents of Vermilion Sands. Ballard’s inspiration for the world he was aiming to convey is a telling sign of what one can expect: This is the key to justifying a Jungian interpretation of his fiction, but we must find the lock it fits.

These include beutifull yet troubled woman usually mentally ill a morally suspicious protaganist and a genreal feeling of sureal unease.

This technology beyond anyone’s imagination inhabits a world of sand and fallen celebrities in a series of stories about seemingly common people in the most uncommon of worlds. I got a real sense of place and community from this collection. This is echoed throughout Vermilion Sands.

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In contrast, Ballard’s Palm-Springs-in-decay motif is crushing after time, especially to a fan of other authors who also envision post-scarcity future as more awful, sedate, or splendid like Iain M. Post-war decadence is embodied here in the “recess” a kind of limbo period where unproductive artists dry up in the sun of a kind of desert seashore full of sand reefs and post-modern artworks blending abstraction, surrealism, classicism, and a synesthetic blurring of categories from sound sculptures to psychoactive homes.


Interview with JGB, Despite having been composed over 15 years with four or five novels and possibly hundreds of other stories in between, the story cycle that makes up this volume are surprisingly, exquisitely cohesive.

Another interesting work from Ballard. Views Read Edit View history. May 02, Matt Vickers rated it really liked it Shelves: Compare and contrast with the cover here: As tech evolves and enables us to do art things more easily and extravagantly, what happens?

Vermilion Sands by J.G. Ballard

Like I said, there’s lots vsrmillion. It is also the most unique depiction of fantastical future art forms I have ever encountered, and combined with the decadent and desolate desert backdrop of this strange community with its sand yachts and living houses, it promises to be an unforgettable reading experience. 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.

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