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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All shared a common theme so it was good to read together. The first story of his that I read was The Drowned World, which pictures a world that is sinking under water. 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 Aug 08, Bee rated it really liked it Shelves: Most of them are annoyingly consistent in being about or having as a locus a flighty, unknowable, and potentially crazy woman.

There’s a whole lot to talk about, but these are some of the things that most caught my attention: This collection could be viewed as misogynistic but I think that over simplifies what is happening here.

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This could be taken figuratively to mean that the subject matter ssands the field should be psychological. Objects and things and places matter to us– clothing and houses and plants. Ballard is … one of the most accomplished creators of evocative landscapes in modern fiction … he achieves this bqllard partly by painting his desert in the manner of Dali, a mixture of appalling clarity and the exotic. Ballard’s unique style is apparent in this collection of short stories.


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Sentient houses that absorb the emotions and dreams of their uses. This is perhaps the only Ballard world I’d like to inhabit. Jul 01, Flavio Matani rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 30, Byron ‘Giggsy’ Paul rated it liked it Shelves: Saands would not even have to think twice about it.

Repetition defines this collection. In comparison to Atrocity Exhibition or Crash, the lulled mood seems to amplify uncanniness rather than affect negatively Ballard’s brooding style of storytelling. Ballagd we are to see the concept of future that movies and literature tend to offer, this is one that would truly inspire me.

For once, Balla Possibly my favourite Ballard book. It’s a fascinating scene and the stories that surround these moody settings are also interesting, somewhat emotionless, but still keep you reading to see how they resolve. Preview — Vermilion Sands by J. Sep 02, Hrafn H.

Homes that sigh, breathe, and murder. I was leaning towards 3 stars– enough interesting ideas and things to merit appreciation, but not much of a personal liking. Trivia About Vermilion Sands. These include beutifull yet troubled woman usually mentally ill a morally suspicious protaganist and a genreal feeling of sureal unease.


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Sci-fi that doesn’t demote the future to allegory. Still, dip in and out a story at a time, and much of what detracts fades away, leaving a series of short, worthwhile reads.

In Vermilion Sands every antagonist is an alluring woman: This is the male gaze reduced to the raw. For instance, the stories feature an overabundant amount of rather vapid love affairs between the first-personal male and some beautiful female. I find I hard to say that I enjoyed the stories: The stories are each entertaining in their own right.

Artists soar to the skies to create art from the cumulus clouds that float above them. In computer animation there is the concept of an uncanny valley. I wish I lived in Vermilion Sands.

Morgan, which fortunately in modern sci-fi, it isn’t. Newer Post Older Post Home.