The Crystal World.

By: Ballard, J. G.

Price: £150.00

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Grading: Bottom edges of front board lightly stained, previous owner's name neatly stamped in top corner of front free endpaper, a VG+ copy in a G/VG dustjacket with 4cm closed tear along the bottom of the rear spine fold


SF novel, expanded from the two-part serial ''Equinox'' in New Worlds in 1964. In Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books no 82. In Jones and Newman (eds), Horror: 100 Best Books no 63. In Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels no 49.

''..however, the self-immolating tendency of his characters drew adverse criticism; some readers, particularly devotees of genre SF, wrote Ballard off, defensively, as a pessimist and a life-hater. His next two novels, The Burning World (1964; rev vt The Drought 1965) and THE CRYSTAL WORLD (fixup 1966), served further to polarize opinion. All these novels contain lovingly described cataclysms to which their protagonists react not so much with ambivalence as love: for these novels, though ostensibly they focus on planet-devouring catastrophes, are also liebestods, songs of love-death. Very swiftly, some commentators - e.g., Kingsley Amis and Michael Moorcock - understood that something new was afoot in the world of the fantastic, and praised Ballard's early novels highly. Sympathetic readers like these regard Ballard's unique ''properties'' and landscapes as being very appropriate to the contemporary world: they constitute a ''true'' dream vision of our times'' (David Pringle & John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).

Title: The Crystal World.

Author Name: Ballard, J. G.

Categories: Other,

Edition: First edition (& 1st printing).

Publisher: Jonathan Cape: London.: 1966.

Binding: Hardcover.

Grading: Bottom edges of front board lightly stained, previous owner's name neatly stamped in top corner of front free endpaper, a VG+ copy in a G/VG dustjacket with 4cm closed tear along the bottom of the rear spine fold

Seller ID: 10037