Though more staid (i.e. European) and fantastical (i.e. science fictional), J.G. Ballard’s collection Vermilion Sands nevertheless takes a. It’s a thematic collection, with all stories centred around Ballard’s futuristic Vermilion Sands resort, which, according to my Panther edition. Vermilion Sands: J.G. Ballard: Sands; these were collected in Vermilion Sands (). His short-story collection War Fever () contains humorously.
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Vermilion Sands by J.G. Ballard
Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the vermlllion. Return to Book Page. Preview — Vermilion Sands by J. Vermilion Sands by J. 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. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. A desert resort for artists and wealthy eccentrics Originally posted at Fantasy Literature J. But many consider his best work to be his huge catalog of short stories, many of which were pivotal in the New Wave SF movement in th Vermilion Sands: He has published many short story collections, but the publishing gods have seen fit to be kind and provide readers with a single volume, The Complete Stories of J.
Ballard, which contains 98 stories 1, pages from throughout his career. 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. However, to provide a balanced overview, I will review some of his most famous collections separately.
Vermilion Sands was first published as a U. It contained the following stories: All the stories here showcase artists of different mediums, faded film stars now dwelling in obscurity, and wealthy eccentrics, all of whom retreat from the larger world into the faded desert community of Vermilion Sands in the America Southwest. The blurb on some of the editions describes it best: Vermilion Sands is a fully automated desert-resort designed to fulfill the most exotic whims of the idle rich, but now languishes in uneasy decay, populated only by forgotten movie queens, solitary impresarios and the remittance men of the artistic and literary world.
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.
Instead, I suggest you should read it for yourself. You will not be disappointed. Overall, Vermilion Sands contains J. Unlike much of his darker, melancholy works about lonely astronauts, despondent scientists, and troubled adventurers, there is a sense of playfulness and moments of outright humor.
It is also the most unique depiction of fantastical future art forms I have ever encountered, and combined with the decadent and desolate desert backdrop of this strange community with its sand yachts and living houses, it promises to be an unforgettable reading experience. Possibly my favourite Ballard book. For once, Balla Possibly my favourite Ballard book. 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.
Post-war decadence is embodied here in the “recess” a kind of limbo period where unproductive artists dry sanrs in the sun sajds 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 wands 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 swnds surprisingly, exquisitely cohesive.
Post-war decadence is embodied here in the “recess” a kind of limbo 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 sculptures to psychoactive homes. 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.
Actually one of Ballard’s bet works, and I almost invariably prefer novels to collections, which is a testament to the focus and singularity of purpose Ballard displays. Are his other collections so well curated? Jul 18, Rebecca Gransden rated it liked it. This is Ballard amped up to eleven. The surreal here is worn like a badge. Direct reference is made throughout to his most obvious touchpoint – Dali. Repetition defines this collection.
The same riffs, images, even scenarios, recur; seemingly to cement the impression that Vermilion Sands is self-perpetuating. Latent urges manifest themselves in the physical world.
Clothes reveal the inner psyche, sonic sculptures replay voices which mean nothing and everything, and the fabric of the living space This is Ballard amped up to eleven. Clothes reveal the inner psyche, sonic sculptures replay voices which mean nothing and everything, and the fabric of the living spaces warps and twists to reflect distilled memory and untapped appetites.
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. This is the male gaze reduced to the raw. There is something mesmeric about the cartoonish manner with which these characters are drawn, as if to accentuate the altered state underpinning the materializing subconscious landscape. 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.
There is, however, a very real sense of unease in the male anima which warrants addressing. This is echoed throughout Vermilion Sands. This collection could be viewed as misogynistic but I think that over simplifies what is happening here.
The reality vegmillion offer here is a construct, a canvas for the male relator. It is from him these vacuous beings emerge, and like everything created in this world they are a telegram from the soul.
There is a road from this vermilliob and I imagine those who leave to reach the outer limits and dissolve into sanes paint soaked ether. Ballard is one of the most unique, strange writers I’ve ever read. The first story of verkillion that I read was The Drowned World, which pictures a world that is sinking under water. He wrote that in and it was one of his earliest books. I next read, The Wind from Nowhere, which pictures mankind forced to live underground to avoid the ever increasing winds that scour the Earth’s surface.
Even those stories portray his unique writing style, his moodiness, his ability to describe the settings J. Even those vermllion portray his unique writing style, his moodiness, his ability to describe the settings he is trying to picture.
Some of them are somewhat inaccessible; you are an observer in these strange worlds or situations that he is describing. But, even with them, you have to find out what will happen to the people he places in such disturbing surroundings.
Vermilion Sands – Wikipedia
Vermillion Sands was written in and is a collection of Ballard’s short stories. They all portray the decaying life of artists and rich people living in the area of Vermillion Sands. It’s ballrd strange futuristic world; a desert sea, sand rays, musical sand towers, etc. Fascinating and Ballard sort of enfolds you in the life and setting. Artists make clothing from bio materials that have a life of their own. Poets no longer write their own poetry, but use machines to draw themes and words to create poetry and then set out the parameters for people to read them.
Artists soar to the skies to create art vernillion the cumulus clouds that float above them. Rich people sail the sand seas in sail ships. It’s a fascinating scene and the stories that surround these moody settings are also interesting, somewhat emotionless, but still keep you reading to see how they resolve.
Another interesting work from Ballard. Nov 26, Keith Davis rated it it was amazing.
If I could spend a weekend in any science fiction world it would be Vermilion Sands. I would not even have to think twice about it. These linked short stories are like jewels that are perfectly arranged to look like they were scattered at random. Short stories about the actors, art dealers, movie producers, dressmakers and celebrities that live in a psychedelic sci-fi desert resort somewhere in America.
May 02, Matt Vickers rated it really liked it Shelves: Ballard makes me uncomfortable. In computer vermillin there is the concept of an uncanny valley. We empathise with and find aesthetically pleasing objects that have human qualities, up until the point that they come close to appearing completely human. It’s at this point, where we fixate on vermilliln not-human qualities – as with cyborgs, avatars, virtual pop stars – that we reject them.
Ballard mines an uncanny valley of psychology, not where the physical appearance of an object is too human, bu J. Ballard mines an vfrmillion valley of psychology, not where the physical appearance of an object is too human, but where its desires and behaviours are. Living clothes that sheathe and caress the wearer.
Homes that sigh, breathe, and murder. Metal sculptures that sing symphonies and grow endlessly, spurred on by an ineluctable survival instinct. In Vermilion Sands, the inanimate encroaches upon the world of the animate. It’s no accident that David Cronenberg turned out to be the perfect director for Crash: They share a tendency to marry the erotic with things that slither and scuttle, and it’s an uncomfortable abllard compelling blend.
In Vermilion Sands every antagonist is an alluring woman: I’m not sure why. For swnds book that explores lust and desire in a deserted desert playground for the rich, there is ballarf little sex. I find I hard to say that I enjoyed the stories: