The Drowned World (Paperback)
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The Drowned World (Paperback)

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Published: 20/02/2006
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Waterstones Says

The most striking example of the pure science fiction of Ballard’s early period, The Drowned World envisages a London submerged under swamps and vegetation and a rogue scientist strangely reluctant to reverse the climatic process. 

When London is lost beneath the rising tides, unconscious desires rush to the surface in this apocalyptic tale from the author of Crash and Empire of the Sun, reissued here with a new introduction from Martin Amis.

Fluctuations in solar radiation have melted the ice caps, sending the planet into a new Triassic Age of unendurable heat. London is a swamp; lush tropical vegetation grows up the walls of the Ritz and primeval reptiles are sighted, swimming through the newly-formed lagoons.

Some flee the capital; others remain to pursue reckless schemes, either in the name of science or profit. While the submerged streets of London are drained in search of treasure, Dr Robert Kerans - part of a group of intrepid scientists - comes to accept this submarine city and finds himself strangely resistant to the idea of saving it.

First published in 1962, Ballard's mesmerising and ferociously imaginative novel gained him widespread critical acclaim and established his reputation as one of Britain's finest writers of science fiction.

This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballard's works, featuring introductions from a number of his admirers (including Robert Macfarlane, Martin Amis, James Lever and Ali Smith) and brand-new cover designs.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007221837
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 180 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘The most important British writer of the latter half of the 20th century’ Will Self ‘Powerful and beautifully clear … Ballard’s potent symbols of beauty and dismay inundate the reader’s mind’ Brian Aldiss ‘One of the brightest stars in post-war fiction. This tale of strange and terrible adventure in a world of steaming jungles has an oppressive power reminiscent of Conrad’ Kingsley Amis ‘Extraordinarily prescient … Ballard is a prophet’ Philip Pullman, Guardian ‘The terrifying thing about Ballard is his logic; is this science fiction or history written ahead of its time?’ Len Deighton

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This is an excellent fast paced story set in a post climate change world where solar flares have melted ice caps and glaciers across the globe leaving only the poles vaguely habitable. Set 70 years after with the few... More

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Emma Prince at Portsmouth

“Beware a future of swamps and sunburn.”

It is hard to remember that this was written in 1962, it deals with some very contemporary fears on the devastating results expected from accelerated global warming and the threat it poses to humanity as a species.... More

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“Beware a future of swamps and sunburn”

It is hard to remember that this was written in 1962, it deals with some very contemporary fears on the devastating results expected from accelerated global warming and the threat it poses to humanity as a species.... More

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