Vermilion Sands

Vermilion Sands

J.G. Ballard / Oct 21, 2019

Vermilion Sands Vermilion Sands is a fully automated desert resort designed to fulfil the most exotic whims of the idle rich but now languishes in uneasy decay populated only by forgotten movie queens solitary imp

  • Title: Vermilion Sands
  • Author: J.G. Ballard
  • ISBN: 9781446420041
  • Page: 352
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  • Vermilion Sands is a fully automated desert resort designed to fulfil 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.It is a lair for beachcombers, hangers on and malignant obsessions a place where sensitive pigments paintVermilion Sands is a fully automated desert resort designed to fulfil 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.It is a lair for beachcombers, hangers on and malignant obsessions a place where sensitive pigments paint portraits of their mistresses in a grotesque parody of art where prima donna plants are programmed to sing operatic arias where dial a poem computers have replaced poets where psychosensitive houses are driven to murder by their owners neuroses and where love and lust, in the hands of jewel eyed Jezebels, pall before the stronger pull of evil.

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        James Graham J G Ballard 15 November 1930 19 April 2009 was an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist Ballard came to be associated with the New Wave of science fiction early in his career with apocalyptic or post apocalyptic novels such as The Drowned World 1962 , The Burning World 1964 , and The Crystal World 1966 In the late 1960s and early 1970s Ballard focused on an eclectic variety of short stories or condensed novels such as The Atrocity Exhibition 1970 , which drew closer comparison with the work of postmodernist writers such as William S Burroughs In 1973 the highly controversial novel Crash was published, a story about symphorophilia and car crash fetishism the protagonist becomes sexually aroused by staging and participating in real car crashes The story was later adapted into a film of the same name by David Cronenberg.While many of Ballard s stories are thematically and narratively unusual, he is perhaps best known for his relatively conventional war novel, Empire of the Sun 1984 , a semi autobiographical account of a young boy s experiences in Shanghai during the Second Sino Japanese War as it came to be occupied by the Japanese Imperial Army Described as The best British novel about the Second World War by The Guardian, the story was adapted into a 1987 film by Steven Spielberg.The literary distinctiveness of Ballard s work has given rise to the adjective Ballardian , defined by the Collins English Dictionary as resembling or suggestive of the conditions described in J G Ballard s novels and stories, especially dystopian modernity, bleak man made landscapes and the psychological effects of technological, social or environmental developments The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography entry describes Ballard s work as being occupied with eros, thanatos, mass media and emergent technologies.


    1. Vermilion Sands: A desert resort for artists and wealthy eccentricsOriginally 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 th [...]

    2. Possibly my favourite Ballard book. It might not be as important as *The Atrocity Exhibition* or *Crash!* in terms of pushing the overfamiliar Ballardian sales patter that the future is already here, that we have adapted to the savage geometries (the motorway overpass, the multiple pile-up) of the modern world to the point where the natural world is now ‘unnatural’ to us; but instead there’s a wistfulness and a wit (exceptionally dry) on display here that’s very much to my taste. For onc [...]

    3. 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 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 sculptur [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. J.G. Ballard is one of the most unique, strange writers I've ever read. The first story of his that I read was The Drowned World, which pictures a world that is sinking under water. He wrote that in 1962 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 [...]

    6. Short stories about the actors, art dealers, movie producers, dressmakers and celebrities that live in a psychedelic sci-fi desert resort somewhere in America.

    7. 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. They are like "Last Year at Marienbad" meets Jack Vance's Dying Earth.

    8. I believe Vermilion Sands' sci-fi is so original and coherent due to the starting point Ballard chooses, enabling the creation of a setting very alien but, at the same time, very mundane. Technology's main purpose here is to entertain by rigging the very core of day-to-day life, so that every object and every activity enshrine a myriad of possibilities. This premise allows, for example, the telling of a really good story about clothes. But, of course, clothes here are more than clothes, as every [...]

    9. Wow. What an amazing collection of far out stories. So mundane and yet so far out. Sonic Sculptures, Plants that hum and whine Beethoven, Buildings that shift and change according to the moods of it's inhabitants, Wind Sculptures that cut clouds into faces with gliders, pirates that sail the sand seas among sand-rays and crystal groves.I've never read anything like it.

    10. Lo más raro que he leído en mi vida, pero con una visión extremadamente distinta y que te hace imaginar sociedades totalmente extrañas. Esto si es una distopía, y una gran obra de ciencia ficción.

    11. In my opinion, taken as a whole, this collection is Ballard's best work. Imaginative, sometimes melancholy, often playful, frequently ironic, and (unlike some of his other works) never drawn out excessively. This is perhaps the only Ballard world I'd like to inhabit.

    12. I've never read J.G. Ballard before-- mainly because I always get unpleasant vibes when I pick up his books. I've always had the distinct impression that reading him would feel like chewing sand. And for the first couple of stories, I did actually feel that way. I was leaning towards 3 stars-- enough interesting ideas and things to merit appreciation, but not much of a personal liking. Then I got to "Cry Hope, Cry Fury!" (about halfway through the collection), and something clicked. I've been pr [...]

    13. J.G. Ballard makes me uncomfortable. In computer animation 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 the 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 [...]

    14. Imaginative and inventive, wonderfully written, but most of the stories seem infuriatingly melancholic or tragic, and when taken together, it seems that a great deal of them involve an artist protagonist falling in love with an odd celebrity, who leaves after some dramatic episode involving a piece of the protagonist's art. It's interesting that in the preface, Ballard claims that Vermillion Sands is a response to the unrelentingly grim futures portrayed in other sci-fi novels, and that in this [...]

    15. I remember this as Ballard's most surreal collection. Every story in it is also in another collection. That's probably an indication that Ballard &/or his publishers think that it's some of his finest stuff. I agree. However, this is one of many instances where I wish GoodReads had at least a 10 star rating system because I don't really equate anything of Ballard's w/, say, James Joyce's "Finnegans Wake" but giving it a 3 or a 4 doesn't seem like enuf.

    16. I wish I lived in Vermilion Sands. Ballard's future resort is all about malfunctioning machinery, beautiful psychotic muses, and futuro-baroque arts, a place full of has-been movie starlets and artists. Mostly you'd hang out on a balcony and drink beer, you'd probably be suffering from beach lethargy before being briefly disturbed by the troubled but darkly irresistable woman who just moved in next door.

    17. Ballad presents some unique and ultimately strange ideas in this collection. He doesn't give much background to his unique inventions leaving the reader a little confused and wondering if what their imagination came up matches what was in Ballard's mind.

    18. I enjoyed this. Didn't feel the stories or the characters were particularly strong, but the world they're set in made me want to go and visit it.

    19. A collection of short stories replete with the usual mid-career ballardian tropes of strained dialogue and psychologically somewhat stunted characters, worlds whose different nature from ours -- although, are they? Isn't Ballard holding up a surrealist mirror, intensifying and accelerating currently still embryonic or under-the-rug-sweepable ills? -- is never directly addressed and consequently much more striking, and faustian protagonists curiously and unexplainedly enamored by art and technolo [...]

    20. Great collection of stories that nonetheless left me largely uninterested. Ballard's inspiration for the world he was aiming to convey is a telling sign of what one can expect: the desert resort called Vermilion Sands is like a suburb. A lot of people, including me, would feel uneasy about typical suburbs. Perhaps it's David Lynch's fault, perhaps it's an actual familiarity with the kind of milieu a suburb can harbor. Ballard admits he is rather enamoured with the 'glossy, lurid and bizarre' asp [...]

    21. Set on a beach resort in the future, these stories are richly written and sureal. Although all the stories have difterant characters and events, they all have similar ingredients. These include beutifull yet troubled woman (usually mentally ill) a morally suspicious protaganist and a genreal feeling of sureal unease.With the stories having similar components it sometimes becomes predictable, but it is still enjoyable and well written.There are some good sci fi ideas here, like computers that wri [...]

    22. Excellent. Each story in this collection is amazingly crafted. They all play out in a bizarre setting that drew me in, and Ballard's voice raked me over the quartz outcrops and sand until the whole strange landscape was almost visible. However, the people and things that fill Vermilion Sands are what make it work so well. Most of them are annoyingly consistent in being about or having as a locus a flighty, unknowable, and potentially crazy woman. But that's a minor complaint when the stories end [...]

    23. You will not find science fiction like this anywhere else. Sentient houses that absorb the emotions and dreams of their uses. Living garments that need care and respect. Singing statues that can invade the entire world. Musical plants. Cloud architects. Automatic writers. This technology beyond anyone's imagination inhabits a world of sand and fallen celebrities in a series of stories about seemingly common people in the most uncommon of worlds. This book gave me a hard time, but it was worth it [...]

    24. Vintage Ballard automated singing machines/plant/things, cloud sculptors, living houses in a decadent holiday resort. A fascination with the idle rich and the service class that thrive off them, the tennis coach, the art gallery director.Ballard's unique style is apparent in this 1971 collection of short stories. Fans will not be disappointed, don't know about the other lot.

    25. ‘Sublime, absolute.’ He looked irritably at the flowers. ‘Can’t you keep these things quiet? They’re making one hell of a row.’ They were, and I had a shrewd idea why. The Arachnid was completely out of control, and by the time I’d clamped it down in a weak saline it had blown out over three hundred dollars’ worth of shrubs. ‘The performance at the Casino last night was nothing on the one she gave here yesterday,’ I told them. ‘The Ring of the Niebelungs played by Stan Kent [...]

    26. Now this was an interesting short story collection - definitely something a little different from what I am used to (not that I exactly have an expansive background in reading vintage scifi - haha). All of them revolve around Vermillion Sands a resort the rich, famous and eccentric populated in it's heyday. Fully automated and full of fantastic retro-future themes and tech with everything being "psychotropic" being the main theme (houses, plants, clothes and whatnot! crazy stuff) - which means t [...]

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