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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Where will we be, when the summer’s gone? Probably forever lingering over an endless and empty vacation, lost on Beach Drive somewhere between the Scented Desert and Ciraquinto – bound for the Hotel Neptune, or perhaps Lizard Key And wishing that JG had returned to his fantastic often Orphic “suburb of the mind” a few more times before finally calling it quits. It is hard to believe that the creation of these wonderfully evocative stories spanned the years between andso uniquely realized, so recherche colored in that mood of a “poignant nostalgia” for a future-past, as they still read.

Definitely a collection that should inspire should have already inspired! True fans yearn for further visits, for an extended stay. Admittedly some of the stories seem incomplete, not fully developed, almost vignettes; the precise yet lyrical prose occasionally glowing a bit purplish.


But it seems to me that its now old New Wave ambiance only enhances Vermilion Sands ready-made retro appeal, giving each story a patina of charm that does not date it but rather enhances its exotic dreaminess.

Not a summer passes, since I first read this collection over 40 years ago, that I have not visited again, even if only for a brief but pleasant and distinctly idiosyncratic holiday.

Thanks, JG, for the passport to a summer resort I can never check out of. One person found this helpful. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. This collection of short stories has a unifying theme of happening in a very strange desert resort, Vermillion Sands. I read this ballarc maybe twenty years ago, and many of the images have followed through my life since. Enjoyable, going from the level of soap-opera guilty pleasure to the sublime and thought provoking.

Ballard is the sober man’s Bukowski, laying bare the emotions of the tragedies of everyday life and also putting the extraordinary in the context of normal human experience. My favorite book of his, and one of my favorites overall.

As usual, Ballard does a great job painting a picture of a strange but familiar world. It’s definitely a bit retro futurist reading it inbut not in the cartoonish or annoying fashion of a lot of recent music and television. Anyone even remotely into this kind of genre should have a copy lying around. It’s way more rewarding and memorable than its accessibility would typically belie. This was a gift for my son-in-law.

He couldn’t believe I found it and bought it and sent it to surprise him! The “old” book was in beautiful condition as described too! Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. These stories are some of the best of Ballard – mesmeric, colourful imagery and eccentric people. But you have to give yourself up to his weird world! This magnificent collection of stories was first published in Although this book frequently shows up on lists of the greatest books of all time in that genre, it is not science fiction so much as a vision of possible forms that the arts could take in the future.

It is more futuristic fantasy than science fiction. This volume marked J. Ballard’s maturation as an author. Before this work, much of his work had been highly inventive but more mainstream science fiction. More specifically, he specialized in novels along the theme “this is the way the world ends. It is a cheap, tacky world, not unlike a tawdry Las Vegas or Palm Springs, populated by futuristic artists and cultural has-beens.


The art forms that Ballard imagines are brilliant, and feel far more familiar thirty years later than they must have felt to those in the early s. After all, computers and the Internet and digitalization has constantly forced us to rethink the possibilities and forms of art.

Ballard describes architecture that responds to the emotional experiences of its inhabitants and imparts some of that feeling back to those entering it. He imagines machines rather than people producing poetry, on long ticker tape like rolls of paper. Sculptors who work with clouds as their preferred medium.

And Ballard manages to meld these strange new arts perfectly into the lives of a rich and fascinating, if also rather sad and tragic, group of characters.

This book is, at the time that I am writing this, out of print. But it has over the years come back in print on a few occasions. I am certain that it will again. It is without question a much more interesting book than many of his that are currently in print, and if there is any justice it will once again be made available.

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