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Ballard was much more comfortable in this form than him.

Definitely procure The Complete Works of J. Ballardfirst published in the January edition of Amazing Stories Volume 36, Number 1 [1] and in the Billennium collection.

Billenium by J. G. Ballard

He was one of the greatest authors of speculative literature though along with Philip K. A hellish future where overpopulation has resulted in drastic reductions in the allotments of living space—the maximum by law is four square meters!

I own the first edition paperback that was published as The Burning World — hence why I tend to refer to it as such.

At the end of the story there has been very little or no movement for any of the characters. He may be suggesting that those in authority have made no plans for the future and the results will only be chaos.

Do you think that current population growth projections indicate that we are likely to end up in the situation portrayed in the story? His decadent resort of Vermilion Sands was an excellent motif to bind unrelated short stories that gave them reason and meaning they would otherwise have lacked,but dropped it at the end of the s,and they lost much of their resonance I think.


Ballard was one of the greatest British billeniu of the twentieth century. Refresh and try again. The main characters case is perfect to demonstrate this. The story revolves around Ward and Rossiter’s combined discovery of a secret, larger-than-average room adjacent to their rented cubicle.

It is as though the government or those in authority are unable to get the balance right between urban and rural space. Ballard is simply an amazing writer. Which may be the point that Ballard is trying baolard make. They are just as powerful and inventive as his short fiction.

Their address or location may have changed but their conditions are the same. Un oficinista tiene la habilidad de causar la muerte bilelnium una persona si esta la escribe en una hoja de papel.

And then Ward discovers an illegal, abandoned, and hidden room in their new residence filled with old space consuming furniture.

But now I see what I missed when I didn’t encounter his early work until now. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

Is Ballard making a comment on how our inner world ultimately reflects the shape of the external world in which we live? Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Ballard may be exploring the theme of confinement. Your email address will not be published. Learn how your comment data is processed. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Billy Comiski rated it really liked it Apr 29, This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

I do like the red rock formation, but the rest, not so much. A metafictional ending makes this story vaguely readable. The traffic makes them arrive at their destination late. I can safely say that he was a unique, totally original genius, in almost everything he did. Like others they live in a confined space while those in authority appear to be unable to find the right balance between accommodating people and allowing them their own space or freedom.


This is a selection of his early science fiction stories and I was stunned by the quality and diversity of the work.

Short Story Analysis: Billennium by J.G. Ballard – The Sitting Bee

No trivia or quizzes yet. Carlos rated it liked it Mar 24, If anything the situation in the story appears to be that as the population of the world grows larger. If you mean they are cheerier,I suppose you are right. Though the reality is all Ward and Rossiter have done is replicated what the government would have instructed when it comes to living arrangements.

At the end, they end up living in a smaller place than the cubicles. In the end, the “luxurious” space comes to be the same type of crowded cubicle that they were trying to escape from in the first place.

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Is there any particular stories you could recommend? Want to Read saving…. Either in his movements or in how he lives his life.