The Voices of Time and other stories

The Voices of Time and other stories An early short story collection by this author Includes the following short stories and novelettes The Voices of Time The Sound Sweep The Overloaded Man Zone of Terror Manhole

  • Title: The Voices of Time and other stories
  • Author: J.G. Ballard
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  • Page: 121
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  • An early short story collection by this author Includes the following short stories and novelettes The Voices of Time 1960 The Sound Sweep 1960 The Overloaded Man 1961 Zone of Terror 1960 Manhole 69 1957 The Waiting Grounds 1959 Deep End 1961

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    1. 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.

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    1. Margaret Atwood wrote a great thing about reading Raymond Chandler for his descriptions of furniture I think I feel that way about JGB and his topography It is like Freudian psychedelic dreamscapes that leak fleeting cosmic revelation while some plot stuff goes on in the foreground So so good


    2. It s a tribute to both the nature and scope of Ballard s imagination that this 1964 collection of stories has scarcely aged at all The technological barely concerns him, only intruding into his narratives as a part of the fabric of life Where it is central, as with the capture of embedded sound in The Sound Sweep , it s often so bizarre as to be completely original But what really seems to motivate Ballard is mood Again and again he returns to the same haunting images, like a vulture circling th [...]


    3. I loved these short stories so vivid and the imagery haunts me occasionally still The Garden of Time story in particular filled me with irreconcilable pathos I wonder why I have not gotten around to reading Ballard


    4. Think this was the first short story collection I read by Ballard.I never quite know how to describe him but weird and wonderful are always in the list of adjectives.


    5. Not a ton to say on this one The thing is, because Ballard is such an intense writer, I had trouble going directly from one story to the next which is great Except that I never really felt an actual pull to go back to the next one, so it took me awhile to get through and nothing realllly stuck.But anyway some really solid stories The Voices of Time , The Watch Towers , and Chronopolis were my faves , and not a single bad one just no real standouts Still worth the read


    6. A rather unequal collection of stories involving time travel The one that made the best impression was about an apparatus called a Sonovac In the near future, people only listen to ultra and subsonic music Normal sound residues are cleaned away out of buildings, like dust A professional sound cleaner wants to re launch the career of an opera diva, who has sunk into oblivion after the disappearance of audible music She hardly deserves it, beacause she has a horrible character that resembles the a [...]


    7. Another magnificent collection of perception altering weirdness by one of the finest author s the United Kingdom has ever produced The Voices of Time not only reaches the same vertiginous heights of excellence that his Terminal Beach achieved, but, somehow their reach is somewhat higher not only are these finely wrought tales hugely engrossing, they are also profoundly inspirational truly, J.G Ballard s tremendous talent was a greatly rewarding gift for all lovers of superlative thinking


    8. The best prose in science fiction you can wish for The happenings constitute a different world where people are still trying to adapt The book lost me here and there but then, a great idea or a good ending shook me and prepared me to go on to the next tale.


    9. I m not much of Sci Fi fan, but I am glad this was recommended by a friend Ballard had my attention from page one There wasn t too much of the over used science vocabulary about space ships and all that turns me away from other SF works I love the suspense stories especially.



    10. Recommended by my two favourite authors according to their own personal best of lists Douglas Preston Lincoln Child.Incredible surrealist almost other dimensional but not quite science fiction Brilliantly written short stories that could not have come from another author Almost painfully unique in their peculiarities and idiosyncrasies Must be read to be fully understood reallyd even then these stories will leave you wondering and questioning your own or our own reality The underlying theme is t [...]


    11. More Ballard, coincidences of name and spaces what is his obsession with desolate landscapes and 1950s cars This is a bewildering experiment in running out of time, both for the protagonist and the reader I wonder if the voices in time are the readers yelling, No What happened I don t understand The Ballard fascination begins to make sense kind of.


    12. Every so often I love to sit down and enjoy a collection of J G Ballard short stories, even if I have read them all before.


    13. The story in this small, but magnificent novella, smell so weird Themes such as personal isolation, biological fantasies for time, space and cosmos are blended into Dr Power s mind.As the end of the mankind, or maybe the cosmos, is about to come, he physically and mentally decay in its own end.


    14. This is a collection of short stories and is just Ballard s second book To be honest, I didn t particularly enjoy it I found the writing difficult to follow in places, and the stories just didn t particularly grab me I was amused by the quote on the front though The freshest new talent in science fiction since Brian Aldiss It s been an awfully long time since either Ballard or Aldiss were considered fresh and new.


    15. Ballard s short story collections are numerous w substantial overlaps from bk to bk I reckon that shd be blamed on his publisher s instead of him but, still, it s annoying Anyway, I gave this 4 stars for the usual Ballard related reason I like him as an author in general am, therefore, interested in anything he s written I also like the Matta esque, Surrealist esque bk covers of this era This one Passport to Eternity are both good examples.


    16. The Voices of Time 1960 novelette by J G BallardThe Sound Sweep 1960 novelette by J G BallardThe Overloaded Man 1961 shortstory by J G BallardZone of Terror 1960 shortstory by J G BallardManhole 69 1957 shortstory by J G BallardThe Waiting Grounds 1959 novelette by J G BallardDeep End 1961 shortstory by J G Ballard





    17. This collection of early shorts is overtly sci fi than later works, but the language and imagery that makes Ballard Ballard concrete and steel, women and plants is already present in embryo.


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