of, relating to, or characteristic of the writing of J. G. Ballard, esp. in featuring desolate, dystopian settings and a pessimistic view of the effects of modern technological society
Delta and jungle, dream and hallucination, images of the collapse of time continue to oppress the man who refuses to leave his island or his planet when everyone else has been evacuated, the man who blinds himself rather than lose access to his traumatic inner vision, and other Ballardian isolates.
He is essentially a ’new wave’ author, a convert to the Ballardian concept of ’inner space’—and prefers to place his stories in everyday surroundings and to write wherever possible from experience.
The introductions to the stories in the U.S. collection GALAXIES LIKE GRAINS OF SAND (1960) reveal specific interest in the metaphysical nature of Time and Reality, while a 1958 story from the same collection, 'Incentive', displays what almost amounts to a post-Ballardian interest in the racial subconscious.
This book is not Kafkaesque, nor Ballardian.
The ghost-plesiosaur of Bryant's ‘Strata’ recalls the ancient horrors of Ballardian masterpieces such as The Drowned World and ‘The Delta at Sunset’.
It’s particularly effective for evoking the archetypal Ballardian objects: draining lakes, dried-up swimming pools, empty rivers, dusty streets, ruined machinery, beached boats, wrecked cars—or the obsessed men and women haunting them.
Of course, while there have only been a handful of Ballard adaptations this does not mean that there are no other Ballardian films.
There’s a dark, Ballardian twist on horror in this new series.
Kingsley Amis, in the London Observer
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