CHRONOPOLIS AND OTHER STORIES. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, . Octavo, cloth. First edition. Collects sixteen stories (most first published in the early 1960s) including much of his best early short fiction . Includes "Build-up," an overpopulation dystopia, and "Chronopolis," in which it is illegal to own a watch or a clock. "In many of these stories alienated protagonists bear witness to the world's descent into a perverse decadence; if they attempt to resist (many do not), they are likely to be maddened by the consciousness of their hopeless entrapment. 'The Terminal Beach' (1964) marked a turning point in the concerns of British sf and signaled the start of the era of avant-garde methods. In the 1980s, Ballard moved away from SF and towards the mainstream, but his work continues to be enormously influential." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-63. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 4-25. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 273. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with mild rubbing to background ink along spine folds. A superior copy and quite elusive in such nice shape. (#142528).
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