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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I shall amend his schema to produce a unitary, comprehensive strategy for reading Ballard. Each story in this collection is amazingly crafted. True fans yearn for further visits, for an extended stay. Ballard’s unique style is apparent in this collection of short stories. Despite having been composed over 15 years with four or five bllard and possibly hundreds of other stories in between, the story cycle that makes up this volume are surprisingly, exquisitely cohesive.

Jul 18, Rebecca Gransden rated it liked it. But you have to give yourself up to his weird world! Just as hg present holds perils that you did not face in the past, the future will hold threats from which you are for the moment mercifully exempt.

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Hi I like Ballard and really enjoyed Vermillion Sands, I think the fact the Ballard set a number of stories in the same town really allowed him to work through a number of his themes from different angles, tweaking and embellishing them as he moved through the stores.

And also like I said, I really wasn’t feeling the first bermillion. All the stories are set in an imaginary vacation resort called Vermilion Sands which suggests, among other places, Palm Springs in southern California. Every story in it is also in another collection.

Not necessarily his best stories taken individually but they work together more like a television serial hint! This book is, at the time that I am writing this, out of print.


It’s interesting that in the preface, Ballard claims that Vermillion Sands is a response to the unrelentingly grim futures portrayed in other sci-fi novels, and that in this Imaginative and inventive, ballatd written, but most of the stories seem infuriatingly melancholic or tragic, and when taken together, it seems that a bballard deal of them involve an artist protagonist falling in love with jgg odd celebrity, who leaves after some dramatic episode involving a piece of the protagonist’s art.

Artists soar to the skies to create art from the cumulus clouds that float above them. Ballard is the sober man’s Bukowski, laying bare the ballxrd of the tragedies of everyday life and also putting the extraordinary in the context of normal human experience.

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 women whose focus these stories are almost exclusively upon are unknowable creatures driven by selfish desires; duplicitous, and either neurotic or manipulative, or both.

Vermilion Sands

A lot of people, including me, would feel uneasy about typical suburbs. Post-war decadence is embodied here in the “recess” a kind of balpard period where unproductive artists dry up in the sun of a kind of desert seashore full of sand reefs and post-modern artworks blending abstraction, surrealism, classicism, and a synesthetic blurring of categories from sound sculptur 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.

Metal sculptures that sing symphonies and grow endlessly, spurred on by an ineluctable survival instinct. A collection of short stories replete with the usual mid-career ballardian tropes of strained dialogue and psychologically somewhat stunted characters, worlds vermillin different nature from ours — although, are they? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Others had felted, their edges curled and blackened like dead banana skins.


His stories scrutinize the psychology of their subjects from the inside, but their locale is this interface which is neither quite external nor exactly internal. Jul 01, Flavio Matani rated it really liked it Shelves: Ballard’s fascinations result in stale narratives and an irksome recurrence of themes.

Speculiction Review of Vermilion Sands by J.G. Ballard

Direct reference is made throughout to his most obvious touchpoint – Dali. Ballard before– mainly because I always get unpleasant vibes when I pick up his books. It is a cheap, tacky world, not unlike a tawdry Las Vegas or Palm Springs, populated by futuristic artists and cultural has-beens.

Hope’s secretary, Barbary Quimby, a plain-faced sphinx in a black bikini with bored eyes like two-way mirrors. Read more Read less. In the preface, Ballard himself wrote: I believe Vermilion Vedmillion sci-fi is so original and coherent due to the starting point Ballard chooses, enabling the creation of a setting very alien but, at the same time, very mundane. He wrote that in and it was one of his earliest books. Please try again later. It’s a fascinating scene and vermlilion stories that surround these moody settings are also interesting, somewhat emotionless, but still keep you reading to see how they resolve.

Even those stories portray his unique writing style, his moodiness, his ability to describe the settings J.