Millennium people

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Flamingo, 2003 - Fiction - 294 pages

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Quickly bored with this one. Seems dry both as societal commentary and as a thriller. The middle-class rises up and causes terror? This seems to be almost like a dreary daydream that weedy teenagers fantasize about. How edgy! Recommended for Palahniuk fans. Read full review

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User Review  - Steve38 - LibraryThing

A good example of the author's work. A lightly imagined other world peopled by thinnishly sketched characters. But the key thing is the underlying idea. Ballard was great at putting forward ... Read full review

Contents

The Rebellion at Chelsea Marina
3
The Heathrow Bomb
13
Why Me?
22
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

J. G. Ballard was born to British parents in Shanghai, China on November 15, 1930. While a child during World War II, he spent four years in a Japanese POW camp. This experience was the basis for the emotionally moving novel Empire of the Sun, which he adapted into a successful movie, directed by Steven Spielberg. Before becoming a full-time writer, he studied medicine at Cambridge University and served as a pilot in the British Royal Air Force. Ballard is best known for his science fiction writings. His early works were heavily influenced by surrealism. Most of his novels deal with death and destruction of the human spirit. Novels such as Crash, Concrete Island, and High Rise portray a society that is devolving into barbaric chaos. Crash was made into a movie by David Cronenberg in 1996. The Drowned World describes an apocalyptic society, with a hero that ushers in the destruction of the world. In his more recent works, such as Empire of the Sun and its sequel, The Kindness of Women, Ballard moved away from science fiction, but he is still considered one of the leading authors of the genre. He died on April 19, 2009 at the age of 78.

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