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‘The terrifying thing about Ballard is his logic; is this science fiction or history written ahead of its time?’ Len Deighton
‘More intelligent and more strange than almost any other novel’ Brian Aldiss
‘At a time when we live with constant warnings of a world destroyed by global warming, it is easy to forget that writers such as Ballard were exploring the fear of global blight nearly forty years ago’ The Times
‘It is weird; it is grotesque; it is magnificently Gothic’ Sunday Times
‘A strange and wonderful book’ Guardian
"All we know for certain is that the novels of Ballard will not be written, could not be guessed at by anyone else."
'Ransom climbed up on the jetty and gazed down at the houseboat, stranded with all his hopes on the bleached shore. He brushed the dust off his sleeves and trousers, looking out at the mud flats rising from the centre of the lake. At his feet the swollen body of the dog was blurred by the heat, and for a moment the whole landscape seemed to be covered with corpses. The dead fish rotated slowly from their hooks in the drying sheds, and a spasm of dizziness made Ransom retch emptily…'
"One of the few genuine surrealists this country has produced, the possessor of a terrifying and exhilarating imagination."
I originally read this in 1981, my paperback copy has a handwritten date on the inside flap. I wrote a dissertation on Ballard for sixth year English. Read morePublished 7 months ago by tallmanbaby
I have given this a medium rating because i haven't read it yet due to having other things to attend to, but as I have read "The Drowned World" already, I am certain it... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Chris Brown
this is sf book about the earth returning to the age of the dinosaur's . but the main theme is about one man's retreat into himself. One for Ballard fans thence only 3 starsPublished on 21 July 2013 by Brian
The only thing that slightly spoilt this otherwise excellent story was the ending, which stuck in my head for ages afterwards because I felt it was wrong. Read morePublished on 16 May 2012 by Tony Holkham