The Terminal Beach

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 shocki

  • Title: The Terminal Beach
  • Author: J.G. Ballard
  • ISBN: 9780140024999
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 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 maThe 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 Contents A Question Re entry The Drowned Giant End Game The Illuminated Man The Reptile Enclosure The Delta at Sunset The Terminal Beach Deep End The Volcano Dances Billennium The Gioconda of the Twilight Noon The Lost Leonardo

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    1. ‭The terminal beach, 1993, J.G. Ballard The Terminal Beach is a collection of science fiction short stories by British author J. G. Ballard, published in 1964.British edition: "The Terminal Beach", "A Question of Re-entry", "The Drowned Giant", "End-Game", "The Illuminated Man", "The Reptile Enclosure", "The Delta at Sunset", "Deep End", "The Volcano Dances", "Billennium", "The Gioconda of the Twilight Noon", and "The Lost Leonardo".تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و سوم ژان [...]

    2. The Terminal Beach: The best of Ballard’s early storiesOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureJ.G. Ballard is best known for his autobiographical novel Empire of the Sun (1984), along with his early novels like The Drowned World (1962), The Crystal World (1964), The Atrocity Exhibition (1970), Crash (1973), Concrete Island (1974), and High-Rise (1975). 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 the late 60s [...]

    3. The Terminal Beach is probably J. G. Ballard’s best collection of short stories – the stories are quite diverse but uniformly dark and pessimistically prophetic.“Once he entered a small street of metal shacks, containing a cafeteria, recreation rooms and shower stalls. A wrecked jukebox lay half-buried in the sand behind the cafeteria, its selection of records still in their rack.Further along, flung into a small target lake fifty yards from the shacks, were the bodies of what at first he [...]

    4. Generally very good, often excellent. Ballard's language is occasionally overgrown here, but it's never flat — I don't know why the man isn't recognized more widely as a significant prose worker. While The Terminal Beach is ostensibly a collection of short stories, they fit together nicely, with numerous repetitive themes and images, making it seem like a single work. A few of the stories are true gems: "End-Game," "The Illuminated Man," "The Reptile Enclosure," "Billennium," and "The Lost Le [...]

    5. Taken from a review posted on my blog hereBefore ‘The Terminal Beach’ I hadn’t read any Ballard before, but I’m aware of his other work (Empire of the Sun, the Crystal World, the recently cinematised High-Rise) and the reputation he’s built on them. I’ve spoken before on this blog about the trepidation one can feel approaching a renowned authors work, and with Ballard it was no different. But short stories are an ideal way of sampling an authors work before undertaking their novels, [...]

    6. This collection of Ballard's stories contains some of his earlier stuff; it may have been his first published collection. For someone like me, who has read a few of his books, it is interesting to see how some of the ideas he brings out here got worked on and elaborated in later books. Overall, it is a mixed bag, not as consistent conceptually as some of his other collections. Here are Ballard's lonely, stoic heroes, confronting extreme circumstances that are not always technological in origin. [...]

    7. Ballard is one of my favourite English writers and this volume collects some of his best short stories from the sixties .

    8. Ballard har jag pratat om förut, flera gånger, men har egentligen aldrig utforskat hans kortare verk. Har läst hans bidrag till "Dangerous Visions", men det tillhörde inte precis toppskiktet i den samlingen. Må så vara att han hade hyfsat starkt motstånd, minst sagt. Men här finns det guldkorn, det ska gudarna veta. Det är egentligen bara den sista, "The Lost Leonardo", som jag inte alls gillade och så gott som hoppade över helt. Kändes helt malplacerad bredvid resten av novellerna. [...]

    9. JG Ballard is a master of the psychological SF short, and with clinical intentions, his surreal landscapes tend to gather more substance as the character in the story slowly devolves, as they usually do in his fiction. Madness, desperation, even sentimentality are what fuel his characters, and a mere means of survival is replaced by the characters submitting to the landscape, whether an island ravaged by atomic testing or a quaint riverside in the English country. This collection is superior, a [...]

    10. A rather curious read for one of the hottest days thus far, but oddly appropriate; especially given the apocalyptic overtones of this exemplary collection of truly eerie, unsettling sf short stories.I don't think I will ever forget the grim pathos and soul-searing melancholy of 'Deep End' - a truly devastating piece of speculative fiction! Terminal Beach is so beautifully written it could make a life-long sf reader out of the hardiest literary curmudgeon.Ballard really is on form here, and I can [...]

    11. Ballard's first major collection of short stories are a veritable feast of a new and emerging talent, a brave voice filled with conviction, style and courage. Some of the stories are insular and personal, and somewhat like sketches, but others are vast and broad-based, set against the largest backdrop of all - society itself. Questions of the nature of art itself, pure mathematics and statistics, morality and life and death itself are explored through a selective, yet all-encompassing painter's [...]

    12. I liked this better than "Empire of the Sun" because the short story format let me power through Ballard's tendency to rambling and metaphysical hoopla and get on to a different story. Not much of a compliment, that, but I did enjoy several of the stories. My favourite was "Billenium", with honourable mentions for "Deep End", "End-Game", and "The Drowned Giant". The other stories were either a little too "out there" or just not compelling enough for me, but there were only 1-2 that I actively di [...]

    13. The cover of my edition describes the book as "12 chill splinters of unreality." It's a spot on description. Some of these stories are funny and weird, others are creepy as shit. Stories about insanity, nuclear testing, over population, reasoning with the man who is going to kill you. I've never read stories like these. Sometimes it's hard to even put your finger on what they're about. I read Billenium in The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Short Stories, so I knew that was a good 'un. The other [...]

    14. Ever wondered why some people are great authors and you aren't. Empire of the Sun tells you all you need to know. I don't mean that you need to have amazing/terrible experiences like the protagonist, who is based closely on Ballard's own experiences as a child in WWII in China. What I mean is that you need to have the imagination and determination that this character displays. Without the imagination, well, you have a poor story. Without the determination, well you don't have a finished book. Wi [...]

    15. I actually read this on the beach and it's perfect for that heatstroked state where you're half awake and half asleep. Most of the stories concern the permeable barrier between the external and internal worlds - is reality just a reflection of the mind, or vice versa? Ballard creates some indelible images, like a forest made of crystal, a nuclear test island filled with concrete monoliths and a beached giant. (He also predicts Sydney's housing market with a comic story about people confined to 4 [...]

    16. When I was younger, I didn't like J.G. Ballard. I still see why that was the case. His stories are often vague, cryptic, open ended. He's not interested in the science in Science Fiction. His science is often incidental and does not hold water. His protagonists are not rational, they follow strange urges from their past or from their subconsciousness. They do this without consideration of their health or even life. Well nowadays I like all this. And I also appreciate that his language is more so [...]

    17. Ballard's short stories are not really comparable with those of any other science fiction writer. These stories fall somewhere in between his atmospheric disaster novels and his later more literary works. There is an air of post-imperial decline to these stories, the glorious dreams of early SF already fading into cynicism and decadence, but there is a beauty in the ruins that Ballard depicts perfectly.

    18. 3.5 stars. Ballard must have been the life of a party. That's the thought I had over and over while reading this. Some of the stories condemn humanity directly and others are more abstractly unsettling. He finally gets playful in "Billennium" but joke is on humanity. And the book ends with "The Lost Leonardo" which stands the whole collection on it's head. It is a crime mystery that quickly turns fun and farcical. Things might be ok after all.

    19. I still think this is the best collection of Ballard short stories, showcasing a great variety of styles and themes. Contains my favourite - 'The Drowned Giant' (a nod to Swift), and the title story which was a forerunner for the 'condensed novels' of The Atrocity Exhibition.

    20. Una carrellata delle visioni oniriche e castrofistiche di Ballard.I racconti sono cerebrali, surreali, dotati di una logica stringente, ma al di fuori degli schemi logici dell'universo normale, assolutamente perfetti.

    21. This book got me totally hooked on Ballard. I found it while searching for The Drowned World. It's a very fun read. I read it along with Duma Key and both genres paired very well. Definitely looking foreword to read more.

    22. This collection varies from "Twilight Zone-esque" quickies to short versions of what would become standard Ballard fare: psychological sci fi set in desolate, bleak and apolcalyptic scenarios. The novels tend to be btter explorations of his bizarre ideas.

    23. Gracias a este libro descubría a Ballard, me dijeron que era parecido a Ray Bradbury y ahora que lo pienso, no tiene mucho que ver, pero le agradezco a mi vieja :P

    24. Possibly my favourite collection of short stories by my favourite author. My favourite story is a little gem entitled 'Endgame'.

    25. Great stories by one of my favorite writers. "The Drowned Giant" is one of the best stories I've ever read.

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