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5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite complete, but essential anyway..., 28 April 2008
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This review is from: The Complete Short Stories: v. 2 (Paperback)
An excellent collection, well put together and comprehensive. Not sure why he chose to use the same introduction for both volumes, but these two books are a must for Ballard fans and highly recommended to all who enjoy quality, imaginative fiction. It would be grossly unfair to dismiss Ballard as 'science fiction'. This is literature of the highest quality.

As an update on JM Dent's review, the following stories can be found in The Atrocity Exhibition..
You and Me and the Continuum; / The Assassination Weapon; / You: Coma: Marilyn Monroe; / The Atrocity Exhibition; / Plan for the Assassination of Jacqueline Kennedy; / Love and Napalm: Export USA; / The Great American Nude; / The University of Death; / The Generations of America; / The Summer Cannibals; / Tolerances of the Human Face; / Crash!; / Princess Margaret's Facelift;* / Mae West's Reduction Mammoplasty;*
TAE is an essential part of Ballard's oeuvre.
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Initial post: 4 Nov 2009 13:40:59 GMT
R. J. Hole says:
"It would be grossly unfair to dismiss Ballard as 'science fiction'. This is literature of the highest quality."

If Ballard didn't exist it would be necessary to invent him. ;)

Science fiction and literature of high quality are not mutually exclusive. Besides, judgement of quality is subjective.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2009 21:27:21 GMT
I think that perhaps I phrased it badly. 'Science Fiction' is largely seen in literary circles as a pulp genre, not least because much of the 'famous' SF from the 40s through to the sixties is pulp, and 'SF' is often a term used to dismiss certain writers. I wasn't supporting this attitude, but intending to question it.
Ballard, along with Dick, Bradbury and so on, produce(d) fiction which, as you put it, is literature of the highest quality. Perhaps when 'SF' is seen as a mode rather than a genre, works such as Ballard's and Bradbury's shorter fiction will be given the respect it clearly deserves.
I appoligise for my lack of clarity.

Posted on 24 Nov 2010 23:21:33 GMT
R J Dent says:
Mr Hilton - I realize that those stories you mention are in The Atrocity Exhibition, but my point is that they are not in The Complete Short Stories, which, based on the title of that book, they should be. I own 2 copies (large and small formats) of TAE and am very familiar with its contents. I'm just warning potential buyers that The Complete Short Stories is incomplete - that's all.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2010 06:27:29 GMT
I realised that, and agree with your point about the title. However, not everybody who is interested in this book would be aware of the contents of TAE, hence the note in my review. It wasn't intended to contradict your review, merely provide additional information.
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