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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Not only is this available in hard copy and Kindle, it is also available for a single credit on Audible, providing 65 hours of thoughtful listening pleasure, read by excellent veteran narrators. The women whose focus these stories are almost exclusively upon are unknowable creatures driven by selfish desires; duplicitous, and either neurotic or manipulative, or both. Short stories about the actors, art dealers, movie producers, dressmakers and celebrities that live in a psychedelic sci-fi desert resort somewhere in America.

Views Read Edit View history. Overall, Vermilion Sands contains J. Most of them are annoyingly consistent in being about or having as a locus a flighty, unknowable, and potentially crazy woman.

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Ballard’s unique style is apparent in this collection of short stories. Retrieved from bllard https: A lot of people, including me, would feel uneasy about typical suburbs. True fans yearn for further visits, for an extended stay.

Of course, Ballard might have mixed parts of several systems. Some of them are somewhat inaccessible; you are an observer in these strange worlds or situations that he is describing. There is a road from this place and I imagine those who leave to reach the outer limits hallard dissolve into the paint soaked ether.

The collection is internally consistent in tone, with a wonderfully languid and ironic view of the strange and sometimes comical lives of the residents of Vermilion Sands. Where will we be, when the summer’s gone? David Pringle wrote a snds study of it which is still very valuable 2 but does not form a single, coherent system. Always a woman, a very mysterious and appealing woman, that ends up messing the lives of everybody around her, specially the narrators’, scarred men who began their tales precisely by recollecting the times when they had met the women in question.


Vermilion Sands by J.G. Ballard

I’ve never read J. Singing statues that can invade the entire ballardd. Interview with JGB, Which is, obviously, part of the idea, but it could have very well not worked.

The latter being one of the very best here, but they’re all pretty great, and together create create an internal dialogue that nearly makes this a novel. All shared a common theme so it was good to read together. Love, Death and Art in J. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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. The stories are each entertaining in their own right.

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I’ve been pr I’ve never read J. There’s jgg problem loading this menu right now. This is the male gaze reduced to the raw.

As usual, Ballard does a great job painting a picture of a strange but familiar world. These stories are some of the best of Ballard – mesmeric, colourful imagery and eccentric people.

Even those stories portray his unique writing style, his moodiness, his ability to describe the settings J. He might, then, be said to have some correlation with Alain Robbe-Grillet and the nouveau roman, as the typical focus on plot, action and characters is secondary to the object and the work itself. Vermilion Sands by J. Ballardfirst published in It is more futuristic fantasy than science fiction.

Art– I’m not sure what exactly it is that Ballard hits here, but it’s interesting. Ballard offers possibilities I hadn’t thought of, or seen before, and they are fascinating. This is how Pringle reads him e. Jun 14, Max Mindock rated it really liked it. Maybe this was just the more convenient scenario for Ballard to explore the possibilities of the technology in Vermilion Sands. Rich people sail the sand seas in sail ships.

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Made by someone obsessed with Twin Peaks, but getting things just a little off, it includes sadistic and voyeuristic killings of women which I should find appalling. Despite having been composed over 15 years with four or five novels and possibly hundreds of other stories in between, the story cycle that makes up this volume are surprisingly, exquisitely cohesive. 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 vermiplion arts could take in the future.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Thanks, JG, for the passport to a summer resort I can never check out of. Jul 18, Rebecca Gransden rated it liked it.

I was leaning towards 3 stars– enough interesting ideas and things to merit appreciation, but not much of a personal liking. This page was last edited on 22 Julyat Read reviews that mention vermilion sands science fiction vermillion sands architecture that responds away all the soil blowing away caps have melted certain without cheap tacky computers and the internet concerns the fate constantly forced cultural has-beens describes architecture destroys the planet digitalization has constantly early computers emotional experiences endeavor impossible ends instance.

While the other stories in the collection may offer examples of the destruction these decadent devices of the future can wreck, they often indicate the terrible glamour of the new as well. The author writes in the introduction that Vermilion sands is the kind of place he would want to go himself, but although I enjoyed reading about it, and apart from the nice weather, nice sights and amazing yet flawed technology, due to the kind of dangerous people it attracts, I think I might give it a pass, thanks.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Though these stories are narrative, and even follow a standard pulp formula, the intent of the sentences are not propulsion, but stasis.

This is right as far as it goes, but Ballard meant something more radical.