Burroughs was championed in the UK by Ballard and Moorcock, who took his cut-up ideas and made them into something far more refined and socially accurate, though lacking the mad humour of The Naked Lunch.
These stories first appeared in New Worlds, which was running Pynchon, D.M.Thomas, George MacBeth,
Thomas M. Disch, M.John Harrison, James Sallis and a whole lot of talented (and very young!) writers.
They anticipated 'post-modernism' by a good few years. These stories are as good as they were when they first dropped through my mail-box almost thirty years ago. This is the edition to own.
The missing name in this equation, too, is Barrington Bayley, from whom Burroughs borrowed a great deal and who remains the 'forgotten' talent of that still-vital movement of which The Atrocity Exhibition remains one of the central and most essential books. Read this with The Cornelius Quartet and get the buzz that cheered us all up in
the 60s and 70s when angry authors were engaging more effectively with the issues of the world -- none of which have gone away. This book, rather than his better known Crash, proves that Ballard is a true visionary, a true master for the 21st century. It's a great tradition...