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J. G. Ballard - Vermilion Sands
Like a latter-day Palm Springs, "Vermillion Sands" is a fully automated desert resort designed to fulfill the most exotic whims of the idle rich. But now it languishes in uneasy decay, populated only by forgotten movie stars, solitary impresarios and artistic and literary failures, a place where love and lust pall before the stronger pull of evil.
J. G. Ballard - Cocaine Nights
Five people die in an unexplained house fire in the Spanish resort of Estrella de Mar, an exclusive enclave for the rich, retired British, centred around the thriving Club Nautico. The club manager, Frank Prentice, pleads guilty to charges of murder - yet not even the police believe him. When his brother Charles arrives to unravel the truth, he gradually discovers that behind the resort's civilized façade lurks a secret world of crime, drugs and illicit sex... Both an engrossing mystery and an unnerving vision of a society coming to terms with a life of almost unlimited leisure, Cocaine Nights is a stunningly original work from the bestselling author of Crash, Empire of the Sun and Super-Cannes.
J. G. Ballard - The Day of Forever
THE WEIRD WORLDS OF J. G. BALLARD Time and space become dislocated as in some hallucinatory nightmare ... a man watches and waits over the vast, immortality-echoing horizons of an alien planet ... a woman, enigmatic and beautiful, stands on a cliff, jewelled madonna of the booming sea below - in stories of haunting power and vivid imagery J. G. Ballard fully justifies his reputation as the most daring and exciting writer in modern British science fiction.
J. G. Ballard - Kingdom Come
A masterpiece of fiction from J. G. Ballard which asks, could consumerism turn into Facism? Richard Pearson, unemployed advertising executive and life-long rebel, is driving out to Brooklands, a motorway town on the M25. A few weeks earlier his father was fatally wounded at the Metro-Centre, a vast shopping mall in the centre of this apparently peaceful town, when a deranged mental patient opened fire on a crowd of shoppers. When the main suspect is released without charge thanks to the dubious testimony of self-styled pillars of the community - including Julia Goodwin, the doctor who treated his father on his deathbed - Richard suspects that there is more to his father's death than meets the eye, a more sinister element lurking behind the pristine facades of the labyrinthine mall. Determined to unravel the mystery, Richard soon realises that the Metro-Centre, with its round-the-clock cable channel and sports clubs, lies at the very heart of his father's death. Consumerism rules the lives of everyone in the motorway towns and feeds the cravings of this bored community with its desperate need for something new, whatever the cost. Riots frequently terrorise the streets, immigrant communities are set upon by roving bands of hooligans and sports events mushroom into jingoistic political rallies. Gradually, Richard finds himself drawn into this world, caught up in the workings of the mall, exposed to the insides of the consumer dream, and starts upon dismantling this wayward vision his advertising career helped to found... In this gripping, dystopian tour de force, J.G. Ballard holds up a mirror to middle England, reflecting an unsettling image of suburbia and revealing the darker forces at work beneath the gloss of consumerism and flag-waving patriotism.
J. G. Ballard - Running Wild
A terrible massacre has occurred on the grounds of an exclusive housing estate west of London: thirty-two adults murdered in the space of twenty minutes, and their thirteen children nowhere to be found. The Pangbourne Massacre, as it is dubbed in the tabloid press, has the police baffled. Was it a terrorist strike? A government plot? And where are the children? Only the police psychiatrist Dr. Richard Greville has an inkling of the sinister truth. Under a remorseless regime of care and kindness, human beings may be driven to uncharted limits, and Ballard traces those limits in this harrowing novel.
J. G. Ballard - Helló, Amerika!
2114-ben egy kis létszámú expedíció ér partot New Yorkban az Apollo gőzös fedélzetén. Küldetésük, hogy kiderítsék, mi okozza a hirtelen felszökő radioaktivitást a kontinens nagyvárosaiban. Amerika ekkor már több mint egy évszázada halott, elnéptelenedett pusztaság: legyűrte az olajválság, valamint a szovjetek és az európaiak vezetésével zajló, nagyléptékű klímamódosítás. Amint a kis csapat partra lép, kezdetét veszi a szürreális utazás a bizarr tájakon és az expedíció tagjainak pszichéjében egyaránt: mindannyian rejtett vágyakkal és álmokkal érkeznek, melyeket csak Amerika válthat valóra. J. G. Ballard, a Toronyház, A Nap birodalma és a Karambol szerzője ebben a disztópikus kaland- és útiregényben lebilincselő víziót tár elénk az összeomlás utáni Amerikáról. Megidéződik John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Charles Manson, Nixon és Lincoln szelleme, a sivatagi kalandtól a klasszikus westernen át a dzsungelháborúig minden műfajból kiadós ízelítőt kapunk. Ballard, az emberi psziché kietlen tájainak nagy mesélője pedig ezúttal sem marad adós – sem a váratlan fordulatokkal, sem a szinte tapinthatóan eleven tájakkal és légkörrel.
J. G. Ballard - Myths of the Near Future
A superb and varied collection of short stories which show J.G. Ballard at his visionary best. The settings include an American wasteland of drained swimming pools, lushest Knightsbridge, a Japanese prisoner of war camp and a suburb of Cape Kennedy with a population suffering from the bizzare obsession that they have once been astronauts. Humans who prefer the secure realities of television screens to the haphazard fictions of ordinary life, a news documentary through which we witness civil war erupting between extreme right and left in London streets; a holiday resort where the guests never check out which presents a sybaritic solution to European unemployment problems.
J. G. Ballard - The Drought
The world is threatened by dramatic climate change in this highly acclaimed and influential novel, one of the most important early works by the bestselling author of ‘Cocaine Nights’ and ‘Super-Cannes’. Water. Man’s most precious commodity is a luxury of the past. Radioactive waste from years of industrial dumping has caused the sea to form a protective skin strong enough to devastate the Earth it once sustained. And while the remorseless sun beats down on the dying land, civilisation itself begins to crack. Violence erupts and insanity reigns as the remnants of mankind struggle for survival in a worldwide desert of despair.
J. G. Ballard - The Drowned World
In the 21st century, fluctuations in solar radiation have caused the ice-caps to melt and the seas to rise. Global temperatures have climbed, and civilization has retreated to the Arctic and Antarctic circles. London is a city now inundated by a primeval swamp, to which an expedition travels to record the flora and fauna of this new Triassic Age. This early novel by the author of CRASH and EMPIRE OF THE SUN is at once a fast paced narrative, a stunning evocation of a flooded, tropical London of the near future and a speculative foray into the workings of the unconscious mind.
J. G. Ballard - Rushing to Paradise
Dr Barbara Rafferty's obsessive crusade to save the albatross on the Pacific atoll of Saint-Esprit suddenly gains international support when millions of TV viewers witness the shooting of her young acolyte Neil Dempsey on a foolhardy rescue mission. Soon Dr Barbara turns the deserted island into a sanctuary - a remote paradise home for Neil, an odd team of eco-enthusiasts and idealists and a growing collection of the world's endangered species. In time they will discover that some species are in more danger than others.
J. G. Ballard - Toronyház
A KAPUKON BELÜL AZ APOKALIPSZIS VÁR Az orvos Robert Laing válását követően egy vadonatúj, hipermodern toronyházba költözik London peremén. Ez a minden igényt kielégítő épület teljeskörű kiszolgálást nyújt, lakóinak ki se kell lépni a kapun. És ez a maximális önellátás különös következménnyel jár: a lakóközösség lassan leválik a kinti társadalomról, és kialakítja saját hierarchiáját. Laing is beilleszkedik a rendszerbe, összebarátkozik Charlotte-tal, a gyermekét egyedül nevelő anyával, és Richard Wilderrel, a lázadó természetű dokumentumfilmessel. Aztán egyszer csak homokszem kerül a gépezetbe. Az ellátás akadozni kezd, és az emberekben eddig, az udvarias felszín alá söpört elégedetlenség és sok-sok apró sérelem vulkánként tör ki. Egész emeletek fordulnak egymás ellen, folyosókat, lépcsőházakat és lifteket szállnak meg, lakásokat fosztanak ki, és a harc hamarosan már életre-halálra megy. Laing félúton reked az épület teteje és alja között, és miközben körülötte elszabadul a pokol, ismerőseiről egyre furcsább dolgok derülnek ki, és végül szembekerül az események bábmesterével, a toronyház legfelső szintjén élő, titokzatos tervezővel. J. G. Ballard, A Nap birodalma és a Karambol világhírű szerzője olyan rendezőket ihletett már meg, mint Steven Spielberg és David Cronenberg. Ebből a mesterművéből Tom Hiddleston és Jeremy Irons főszereplésével készült film. „A könyv legalább annyira releváns most, mint a megírásakor. Ugyan a 70-es években született, egyfajta közeli jövő képét vázolva fel, de mi most pontosan ebben a jövőben élünk.” – Ben Wheatley, a regényből készült film rendezője „Ballard legjobb regénye… Parádés.” – The Times
J. G. Ballard - The Crystal World
The forces of nature are pitted against humanity in _The Crystal World_ , J. G. Ballard’s fourth novel. Dr. Edward Sanders, a physician specializing in the treatment of leprosy, is invited to Mont Royal by Dr. and Mrs. Clair. Upon arriving at Port Matarre, a small outpost in the interior of Africa, he notices a "pervading auroral gloom, broken by inward shifts of light." The reluctance of authorities to acknowledge this curious mid-morning darkness arouses Sander's suspicion that something has gone wrong. Unable to reach Mont Royal by car—the roadways have been blocked—he takes to the river. His journey brings him to the forest, now fully petrified, pulsating and vibrant. Sanders finds himself strangely drawn toward this glittering world, whose area expands daily, affecting not only the physical environment but also its inhabitants. The purity and permanence of the forest's crystal form taunt him, even at the expense of that one unpredictable agent called human life. First published in 1966, _The Crystal World_ established Ballard's reputation as a writer of extraordinary talent and imaginative powers. _The Times Literary Supplement_ hailed him at the time as "one of the most sensitive and enigmatic novelists of the present day."
J. G. Ballard - The Unlimited Dream Company
From the author of the Sunday Times bestseller 'Cocaine Nights' comes an acclaimed backlist title -- in which suburban London is transformed into an exotic dreamworld -- now reissued in new cover style. When a light aircraft crashes into the Thames at Shepperton, the young pilot who struggles to the surface minutes later seems to have come back from the dead. Within hours everything in the dormitory suburb is strangely transformed. Vultures invade the rooftops, luxuriant tropical vegetation overruns the quiet avenues, and the local inhabitants are propelled by the young man's urgent visions through ecstatic sexual celebrations towards an apocalyptic climax.
J. G. Ballard - Millennium People
Violent rebellion comes to London's middle classes in the extraordinary new novel from the author of 'Cocaine Nights' and 'Super-Cannes'. When a bomb goes off at Heathrow it looks like just another random act of violence to psychologist David Markham. But then he discovers that his ex-wife Laura is among the victims. Acting on police suspicions, he starts to investigate London's fringe protest movements, falling in with a shadowy group based in the comfortable Thameside estate of Chelsea Marina. Led by a charismatic doctor, the group aims to rouse the docile middle classes to anger and violence, to free them from both the self-imposed burdens of civic responsibility and the trappings of a consumer society -- private schools, foreign nannies, health insurance and overpriced housing. Markham, seeking the truth behind Laura's death, is swept up in a campaign that spirals rapidly out of control. Every certainty in his life is questioned as the cornerstones of middle England become targets and growing panic grips the capital!
J. G. Ballard - The Day of Creation
At Port-la-Nouvelle, on the parched terrain of central Africa, Dr. Mallory watches as his clinic fails and dreams of discovering a third Nile that will make the Sahara bloom. When there is a trickle on the local airstrip, and soon a river, the obsessed Mallory claims it as his own creation and sets out for the river's source.
J. G. Ballard - High-Rise
'Ballard's finest novel! a triumph.' The Times 'Another eerie glimpse into the future. A fast-moving, spine-tingling fable of the concrete jungle.' Daily Express 'A gripping read, particularly if you like your thrills chilly, bloody and with claims to social relevance.' Time Out 'Harsh and ingenious! High-Rise is an intense and vivid bestiary, which lingers unsettlingly in the mind.' Martin Amis, New Statesman From the author of the Sunday Times bestseller Cocaine Nights comes an acclaimed backlist title -- the unnerving tale of life in a modern tower block running out of control -- now reissued in new cover style. Within the concealing walls of an elegant forty-storey tower block, the affluent tenants are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on 'enemy' floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for technological mayhem!In this classic visionary tale, human society slips into violent reverse as the inhabitants of the high-rise, driven by primal urges, recreate a world ruled by the laws of the jungle.
J. G. Ballard - War Fever
A war-ravaged Beirut is the setting for the title story of this visionary collection, a tale in which a young street fighter inadvertently discovers how to bring an to the bloodshed only to find that his solution is all too effective as far as some supposedly neutral observers are concerned. Other stories feature an assassination plot against an American astronaut, the leader of an authoritarian religious movement; a man who is destroyed by a car crash and resolves never to leave his apartment again; and the survivor of a toxic-waste ship wrecked on a deserted Caribbean island.
J. G. Ballard - The Wind From Nowhere
The wind came from nowhere … a super-hurricane that blasted round the globe at hundreds of miles per hour burying whole communities beneath piles of rubble, destroying all organized life and driving those it did not kill to seek safety in tunnels and sewers – where they turned against each other in their desperate struggle to survive.
J. G. Ballard - Empire of the Sun
The classic, award-winning novel, made famous by Steven Spielberg's film, tells of a young boy's struggle to survive World War II in China. Jim is separated from his parents in a world at war. To survive, he must find a strength greater than all the events that surround him. Shanghai, 1941 -- a city aflame from the fateful torch of Pearl Harbor. In streets full of chaos and corpses, a young British boy searches in vain for his parents. Imprisoned in a Japanese concentration camp, he is witness to the fierce white flash of Nagasaki, as the bomb bellows the end of the war...and the dawn of a blighted world. Ballard's enduring novel of war and deprivation, internment camps and death marches, and starvation and survival is an honest coming-of-age tale set in a world thrown utterly out of joint.
J. G. Ballard - Hello America
A terrifying vision of the future from one of our most renowned writers – J G Ballard, author of ‘Empire of the Sun’ and ‘Crash’. Following the energy crisis of the late twentieth-century America has been abandoned. Now, a century later, a small group of European explorers returns to the deserted continent. But America is unrecognisable - the Bering Strait has been dammed and the whole continent has become a desert, populated by isolated natives and the bizarre remnants of a disintegrated culture. The expedition sets off from Manhattan on a cross-continent journey, through Holiday Inns and abandoned theme parks. They will uncover a shocking new power in the heart of Las Vegas in this unique vision of our world transformed.
J. G. Ballard - The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard
“More than one thousand compelling pages from one of the most haunting, cogent, and individual imaginations in contemporary literature.”—William Boyd The American publication of The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard is a landmark event. Increasingly recognized as one of the greatest and most prophetic novelists, J. G. Ballard was a “writer of enormous inventive powers,” who, in the words of Malcolm Bradbury, possessed, “like Calvino, a remarkable gift for filling the empty deprived spaces of modern life with the invisible cities and the wonder worlds of imagination.” Best known for his novels, such as Empire of the Sun and Crash, Ballard rose to fame as the “ideal chronicler of disturbed modernity” (The Observer). Perhaps less known, though equally brilliant, were his devastatingly original short stories, which span nearly fifty years and reveal an unparalleled prescience so unique that a new word—Ballardian—had to be invented. Ballard, who wrote that “short stories are the loose change in the treasury of fiction, easily ignored beside the wealth of novels available,” regretted the fact that the public had increasingly lost its ability to appreciate them. With 98 pulse-quickening stories, this volume helps restore the very art form that Ballard feared was comatose. Ballard’s inimitable style was already present in his early stories, most of them published in science fiction magazines. These stories are surreal, richly atmospheric and splendidly elliptical, featuring an assortment of psychotropic houses, time-traveling assassins, and cities without clocks. Over the next fifty years, his fierce imaginative energy propelled him to explore new topics, including the dehumanization of technology, the brutality of the corporation, and nuclear Armageddon. Depicting the human soul as “being enervated and corrupted by the modern world” (New York Times), Ballard began to examine themes like overpopulation, as in “Billenium,” a claustrophobic imagining of a world of 20 billion people crammed into four-square-meter rooms, or the false realities of modern media, as in the classic “Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan,” a faux-psychological study of the sexual and violent reactions elicited by viewing Reagan’s face on television, in which Ballard predicted the unholy fusion of pop culture and sound-bite politics thirteen years before Reagan became president. Given Ballard’s heightened powers of perception, it is astonishing that the dehumanized world that he apprehended so acutely neither diminished his own febrile imagination nor his engagement with mankind, evident in every story, including two new ones for this American edition. So eerily prophetic is his vision, so commanding are his literary gifts, the import and insight of J. G. Ballard’s deeply humanistic and transcendent works can only grow in years to come.
J. G. Ballard - Vízbe fúlt világ
Mintha a legendabeli apokaliptikus vízió teljesedne be: egy napkitörés következtében a Van Allen-övezet rendje felborul, a kozmikus sugárzás védelem nélkül bombázza a Földet, a szárazföldek, városok jó részét elönti a tenger... Az egykori London patinás épületei 30 méteres, posványos víz alá kerülnek, a Kerans doktor, egy kísérleti kutatóállomás vezetője, a híres Ritz Hotel még szárazon lévő lakosztályaiban él, és a közelben rendezi be laboratóriumát, hogy Riggs ezredes vezetésével felmérjék, van-e az emberiségnek túlélési esélye. Munkájukat azonban céltalanul pusztító és fosztogató kalózbandák zavarják meg... Ballardnak ez az első magyarul megjelenő sci-fi regénye, melyet a kritika az egykori SF új hullám ún. "belső tér"' irányzatának képviselőjeként tart számon. A brit királyi légierő egykori pilótája, majd cambridge-i orvostanhallgató saját élményeit is feldolgozza e nyomasztó látomásban.
J. G. Ballard - Karambol
Kocsik és szex - első pillantásra ezek a főszereplői a tavaly elhunyt, kiváló angol író, J. G. Ballard kultuszkönyvének, a Karambolnak, de nem abban az értelemben, amint azt elsőre gondolná az ember, hanem szélsőséges, perverz, már-már aberrált formában, hogy így hívja fel a szerző a figyelmet a modern társadalom rejtett veszélyeire.
J. G. Ballard - Concrete Island
A chilling novel about our modern world, from the author of ‘Empire of the Sun’ and ‘Crash’. Robert Maitland, a 35 year-old architect, is driving home from his London offices when a blow-out sends his speeding Jaguar hurtling out of control. Smashing through a temporary barrier he finds himself, dazed and disorientated, on a traffic island below three converging motorways. But when he tries to climb the embankment or flag-down a passing car for help it proves impossible - and he finds himself imprisoned on the concrete island. In this twisted version of ‘Robinson Crusoe’, Maitland must learn to survive - using only what he can find in his crashed car. As in all Ballard’s best work ‘Concrete Island’ provides an unnerving study of our modern lives and world. With his alienating, ‘Ballardian’ view of normal events, this is a unique novel from one of our finest writers.
J. G. Ballard - The Terminal Beach
The Terminal Beach is one of Ballard's most brilliant collections of short stories, ranging from the title story's disturbing picture of an abandoned atomic testing island in the Pacific to the shocking Oedipal fantasy of 'The Gioconda of the Twilight Noon'.At the heart of the stories lies the bitter paradox that the extraordinary creative power of man's imagination is matched only by his reckless instinct for destruction.
J. G. Ballard - The Atrocity Exhibition
When “The Atrocity Exhibition” was published in 1970 it went on to become a cult book and is now seen as one of JG Ballard’s key works. It features many of the obsessions that recur in his later books such as “Empire of the Sun”, “High-Rise” and “Super-Cannes”, as well as the seed of his most controversial work, “Crash”. In this revised addition, Ballard has added extensive annotations that help to unlock many of the mysteries of one of the most prophetic, enigmatic and original works of fiction of the late twentieth century.
J. G. Ballard - The Kindness of Women
_The Kindness of Women_ continues the story of Jim, the young boy whose experiences in Japanese-occupied Shaghai were described in _Empire of the Sun_ . It follows his return to post-war England and sets his childhood experiences in the context of a lifetime. Jim tries, and fails to find stability as a medical student at Cambridge and as a trainee with the RAF. Then, after settling happily into family life, his world is ripped apart by domestic tragedy. He plunges into the maelstrom of the 1960s, an instigator and subject of every aspect of cultural, social and sexual experimentation. Closely based on J G Ballard's own experiences, this is the memorable, honest and totally unique story of a bruised mind attempting to make sense of the upheaval around it.
J. G. Ballard - Super-Cannes
Long-regarded as one of the true visionary writers of the twentieth century, J.G. Ballard was one of the first British writers of the post-war period to begin to see, and to map out in his fiction, the future course of our civilization. For forty years his unflinching eye has turned to the point where the advancing edge of our technological progress has worn away our inner humanity. Eden-Olympia is more than just a multinational business park, it is a virtual city-state in itself, with the latest in services and facilities for the most elite high-tech industries. Isolated and secure, overlooking the luxurious French Riviera, the residents lack nothing. Yet one day Dr. Greenwood from Eden-Olympia's clinic goes on a suicidal shooting spree. Dr. Jane Sinclair is hired as his replacement, and she and her husband, Paul, are given Dr. Greenwood's house as a residence. Unable to work while recovering from an accident, Paul spends his days taking a close look at the house where Dr. Greenwood shot himself and three hostages. He discovers clues in the house lead him to question Eden-Olympia's official account of the killings. Drawn into investigating the activities of the park's leading citizens, while Jane is lured deeper into Eden-Olympia's inner workings, Paul uncovers the dangerous psychological vents that maintain Eden-Olympia's smoothly running surface. An experiment is underway at Eden-Olympia, an experiment in power and brutality. Soon Paul finds himself in race to save himself and his wife before they are crushed by forces that may be beyond anyone's control.
J. G. Ballard - Miracles of Life
J. G. Ballard has been, for over fifty years, one of this country's most significant writers. Beginning with the events that inspired his classic novel, ‘Empire of the Sun’, in this revelatory autobiography he charts the course of his astonishing life. ‘Miracles of Life’ takes us from the vibrant surroundings of pre-war Shanghai, to the deprivations and unexpected freedoms of Lunghua Camp, to Ballard’s arrival in a devastated Britain. Ballard recounts his first attempts at fiction and his part in the social and artistic revolutions of the 60s. He describes his friendships with figures as diverse as Kingsley Amis, Michael Moorcock and Eduardo Paolozzi alongside recollections of his domestic life in Shepperton – raising three children as a single father following the unexpected and premature death of his wife. ‘Miracles of Life’ is both a captivating narrative of the experiences that have shaped this extraordinary writer’s works, his distinctive outlook and his original visions of the future, and is also an account of a remarkable life.
J. G. Ballard - Crash
The definitive cult, post-modern novel - a shocking blend of violence, transgression and eroticism. When our narrator smashes his car into another and watches a man die in front of him, his sense of sexual possibilities in the world around him becomes detached. As he begins an affair with the dead man's wife, he finds himself drawn with increasing intensity to the mangled impacts of car crashes. Then he encounters Robert Vaughan, a former TV scientist turned nightmare angel of the expressway, who has gathered around him a collection of alienated crash victims and experiments with a series of erotic atrocities, each more sinister than the last. But Vaughan craves the ultimate crash - a head-on collision of blood, semen, engine coolant and iconic celebritiy.
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