The Terminal Beach by J. G. Ballard

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From the author of CRASH and EMPIRE OF THE SUN, a reissued collection of short stories last published in 1985, which examine the paradox that exists between humanity's creative abilities and destructive impulses. Includes THE TERMINAL BEACH, about an island used for atomic bomb tests and subsequently deserted, and THE GIOCONDA OF THE TWILIGHT NOON.

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J. G. Ballard was born to British parents in Shanghai, China on November 15, 1930. While a child during World War II, he spent four years in a Japanese POW camp. This experience was the basis for the emotionally moving novel Empire of the Sun, which he adapted into a successful movie, directed by Steven Spielberg. Before becoming a full-time writer, he studied medicine at Cambridge University and served as a pilot in the British Royal Air Force. Ballard is best known for his science fiction writings. His early works were heavily influenced by surrealism. Most of his novels deal with death and destruction of the human spirit. Novels such as Crash, Concrete Island, and High Rise portray a society that is devolving into barbaric chaos. Crash was made into a movie by David Cronenberg in 1996. The Drowned World describes an apocalyptic society, with a hero that ushers in the destruction of the world. His novel Empire of the Sun was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize and James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. Empire of the Sun was filmed by Steven Spielberg in 1987, starring a young Christian Bale as Jim (Ballard). Ballard moved away from science fiction, but he is still considered one of the leading authors of the genre. He died on April 19, 2009 at the age of 78.
Published September 1, 1974 by Littlehampton Book Services Ltd. 224 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fantasy Literature

“The Terminal Beach” (1964), “A Question of Re-entry” (1962), “The Drowned Giant” (1964), “End-Game” (1962), “The Illuminated Man” (1964), “The Reptile Enclosure” (1962), “The Delta at Sunset” (1964), “Deep End” (1961), “The Volcano Dances” (1964), “Billennium” (1961), “The Gioconda of the Twilig...

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