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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. 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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Ballad presents some unique and ssands strange ideas in this collection. We empathise with and find aesthetically pleasing objects that have human qualities, up until the point that they come close to appearing completely human.

This is echoed throughout Vermilion Sands. 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.

However, to provide a balanced overview, I will review some of his most famous collections separately. Dec 30, Byron ‘Giggsy’ Paul rated it liked it Shelves: I’ve hallard pr I’ve never read J. I got a real sense of place and community from this collection.

It’s another strange futuristic world; a desert sea, sand rays, musical sand towers, etc. Although incredibly imaginative and weird, and certainly among the pioneering works in the vanguard of cutting edge new wave speculative fiction of the ‘s, I found this collection too sleepy for my tastes and only got through the first four of the eight stories.

Struck by the richness of ideas in world-building, at some point I imagined this as an animation film with Moebius as the designer – now that is something I wish were reality, or even just a remotely possible reality.

A desert resort for artists and bqllard eccentrics Originally posted at Fantasy Literature J.

And also like I said, I really wasn’t feeling the first half. These linked short stories are like jewels that are perfectly arranged to look like they were scattered at random. The overall resonance of the individual vermillipn is somewhat diminished by elements repeated in mostly every story present statuesque femmes fatales, a single technology getting the privilege of prismatically reflecting the sad state of affairs, tension arcs that in the end prove to be mostly illusory which cause them to blur together when closing the book, but the in the author’s other works seldom-felt playfulness no burning, drowning or crystallizing worlds this time!


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 fermillion to be cautionary this freaks me out like a lot.

Vermilion Sands

Get lost among the sonic sculptures and sand-rays. I would not even have to think twice about it. Moreover, different psychoanalytic systems generally assign differing significance to any given symbol. For instance, the stories feature an overabundant amount of rather vapid love affairs between the first-personal male and some beautiful female.

Even in the rare cases where vermlllion psychoanalytic systems agree on the meaning of a term, it fits into different places in the different systems. But many consider his best work to be his huge catalog of short stories, many of which were pivotal in the New Wave SF movement in th Vermilion Sands: Even those stories portray his unique writing ballaed, his moodiness, his ability to describe the sadns J.

Possibly my favourite Ballard book. Just one more fascinating perspective into the imagination of a genius.

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Sonic Sculptures, Plants that hum and whine Beethoven, Buildings that shift and change according to the moods of it’s inhabitants, Wind Sculptures that cut clouds into faces with gliders, hallard that sail the sand seas among sand-rays and crystal groves. The reality on offer here is a construct, a canvas for the male relator.


Isn’t Ballard holding up a surrealist mirror, intensifying and accelerating currently still embryonic or under-the-rug-sweepable ills? May 02, Matt Vickers rated it really liked it Shelves: Ballard admits he is rather enamoured with the ‘glossy, lurid and bizarre’ asp Great collection of stories that nonetheless left me largely uninterested.

Speculiction Review of Vermilion Sands by J.G. Ballard

This is right as far as it goes, but Ballard meant something more radical. Like a latter-day Palm Springs, Vermillion Sands is a fully automated desert resort designed to fulfill the most exotic whims of the idle rich.

Jul 18, Rebecca Gransden rated it liked it. This is the male gaze reduced to the raw. 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.

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. All the stories here showcase artists of different mediums, faded film stars now dwelling in obscurity, and wealthy eccentrics, all of whom retreat from the larger world into the faded desert community of Vermilion Sands in the America Southwest.

Maybe this was just the more convenient scenario for Ballard to explore the possibilities of the technology in Vermilion Sands.

Fans will not be disappointed, don’t know about the other lot. An important literary achievement. Vermilion Sands by J. Banks and Charles Stross.