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The Unlimited Dream Company by J. G. Ballard, John Gray


The Unlimited Dream Company by J. G. Ballard, John Gray

With a new introduction by John Gray and striking new cover from the artist Stanley Donwood, the author of `Cocaine Nights' brings you the story of suburban London transformed into an exotic dreamworld. When a light aircraft crashes into the Thames at Shepperton, the young pilot who struggles to the surface minutes later seems to have come back from the dead. Within hours everything in the dormitory suburb is surreally transformed. Vultures invade the rooftops, luxuriant tropical vegetation overruns the quiet avenues, and the local inhabitants are propelled by the young man's urgent visions through ecstatic sexual celebrations towards an apocalyptic climax. In this characteristically inventive novel Ballard displays to devastating effect the extraordinary imagination that established him as one of Britain's most highly acclaimed writers. This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballard's works, featuring introductions from a number of his admirers (including Ali Smith, Iain Sinclair, Martin Amis and Ned Beauman) and brand-new cover designs from the artist Stanley Donwood.


`Blindingly original ... Moving, thrilling, exquisitely written
Anthony Burgess

`A remarkable piece of invention, a flight from the world of the familiar and the real into the exotic universe of dream and desire ... Dense and erotic and magical, a pleasure to read
Malcolm Bradbury, New York Times Book Review

`Extraordinary ... There is no doubt of the intensity and originality of the imagination ... Far beyond the scope of most novelists

`A remarkable fantasist ... Ballard's eloquence is as lush as the flowering vines he hangs from his multi-storey garages

`The terrifying thing about Ballard is his logic; is this science fiction or history written ahead of its time?
Len Deighton

About the Author

J. G. Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai. After internment in a civilian prison camp, his family returned to England in 1946. His 1984 bestseller `Empire of the Sun' won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. His controversial novel `Crash' was made into a film by David Cronenberg. His autobiography `Miracles of Life' was published in 2008, and a collection of interviews with the author, `Extreme Metaphors', was published in 2012. J. G. Ballard passed away in 2009.

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Publication date

6th June 1990


J. G. Ballard, John Gray

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Flamingo an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


224 pages


Science fiction



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