Thursday, December 22, 2005

David Pelham Covers


The Terminal Beach.

3 comments:

KOM said...

A "friend" of mine forced me to read Crash. Yes, knife to throat forced.

I had to avoid him for 2 months after he finished the Atrocity Exhibition.

What a twisted man Ballard is. Or he's in much better touch with his weird than am I.

kek-w said...

The whole point of Ballard is actually how normal, middle-class English he actually is. That's what gives his best work its bite or poignancy....

I'd recommend pretty much most of his output, though you could sub-divide his work into 3, maybe 4 distinct phases. Probably one the 10 or so most important and/or influencial writers/thinkers of the 20th century...yeah, no shit.

"The Kindness of Women" would've been a potential Nobel Lit Prize winner if he wasn't considered a 'genre' writer for some of his early SF 'disaster' novels, etc (ditto: Dick and "Man in the High Castle")...as it is, it's an absolutely fabulous novel that lays his soul open in a beautifully understated Brit way (move along, there's nothing to see here...); the stuff about losing his wife is so ghastly and banal at the same time that I defy anyone not to be moved by it...

Dan said...

But The Man in the High Castle was trying so hard not to be SF Dick even included a chapter where two characters discuss whether or not a similar book is SF or not. All a bit self-referential (and possibly even egotistical) for my liking.

Thanks for the cover pics!