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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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Authors are free to imagine any kind vallard future they wish, but Ballard’s futures and pasts are so lurid, so bizarre — words he himself has used to characterize the effects he seeks Preface, Vermilion Sands7 — that they urge a kind of scrutiny different from the ones critics, even science fiction critics, usually apply.

Thanks, JG, for the passport to a summer resort I can never check out of. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Definitely a collection that should inspire should have already inspired! I admit, I really hate suburbs.

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Short stories about the actors, art dealers, movie producers, dressmakers and celebrities that live in a psychedelic sci-fi desert resort somewhere in America. This book gave me a hard time, but it was worth it You will not find science fiction like this anywhere else. Sculptors who work with clouds as their preferred medium. The surreal here is worn like a badge.

Most of them are annoyingly consistent in being about or having as a locus a flighty, ballarc, and potentially crazy woman. But, of course, clothes here are more than clothes, as everything in Vermilion Sands is more than it what it seems to be. Where is Vermilion Sands? Such an interpretation is at hand, and it is Jungian. Didn’t feel the stories or the characters were particularly strong, but the world they’re set in made me want to go and visit it. This collection could be viewed as misogynistic but I think that over simplifies what is happening here.


Hi I like Ballard and really enjoyed Vermillion Sands, I think the fact the Ballard set a number of stories in the same town really vermilliin him to work through a number of his themes from different angles, tweaking and embellishing them as he moved through the stores.

However, to provide a balanced overview, I will review some of his most famous collections separately.

Ballard mines an uncanny valley of psychology, not where the physical appearance of an object is too human, but where its desires and behaviours are. Isn’t Ballard holding up a surrealist mirror, intensifying and accelerating vfrmillion still embryonic or under-the-rug-sweepable ills?

This page was last edited on 22 Julyat I’m not sure why. Art– I’m not sure what exactly it is that Ballard hits here, but it’s interesting.

A collection of short stories replete with the usual mid-career ballardian tropes of strained dialogue and psychologically somewhat stunted characters, worlds whose different nature from ours — although, are they? I suppose its spiritual home lies somewhere between Arizona and Ipanema Beach, but snads recent years I have been delighted to see it popping up elsewhere — above all, in sections of the 3,mile-long linear city that stretches from Gibraltar to Glyfada Beach along the northern shores of the Mediterranean, and where each summer Europe lies on its back in the sun.

In the late s and early s Ballard focused on a James Graham “J. Ballard mines an uncanny valley of psychology, not where the physical appearance of an object is too human, bu J.

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There is something mesmeric about the cartoonish manner with which these characters are drawn, as if to accentuate the altered state underpinning the materializing subconscious landscape. Ballad presents some unique and ultimately strange ideas in this collection. Wednesday, July 30, Vermillion Sands. However, Ballard seems unable to make any of the personas actually interesting, despite the numerous occasions he, in an impressive manner, weaves classical literature and myths into their stories.


The blurb on some of the editions describes it best: If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Just as the present holds perils that you did not face in the past, the future will hold threats from which you are for the moment mercifully exempt.

In the end, I guess either Ballard fell prey to the pitfalls of his own vision, or it is simply me that cannot bear to stand a high-brow aesthetic of the human void. Like a latter-day Sanxs Springs, Vermillion Sands is a ballrad automated desert resort designed to fulfill the most exotic whims of the idle rich.

Nov 26, Keith Davis rated it it was amazing. The collection is internally consistent in tone, with a wonderfully languid and ironic view of the strange and sometimes comical lives of the residents of Vermilion Sands. To ask other readers questions about Vermilion Sandsplease sign up.

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We empathise with and find aesthetically pleasing objects that have human qualities, up until the point that they come close to appearing completely human. It’s interesting that in the preface, Ballard claims that Vermillion Sands is a response to the unrelentingly grim futures portrayed in other sci-fi novels, and that in this book baolard created a world in which he’d like to live.

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It’s another strange futuristic world; a desert sea, sand rays, musical sand towers, etc. These linked short stories are like jewels that are perfectly arranged to look like they were scattered at random.

Ballard reworks the same images and plots like an artist habitually returning to a theme.