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News from the Sun

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Ballard, J. (1994). News from the Sun. In Ballard, J. Myths of the Near Future. Vintage, pp. 76-117

77

The fugues came so swiftly, time poured in a torrent from the cracked glass of their lives. The previous summer, during their first excursions into the desert, Trippett's waking periods had lasted at least half an hour. He had taken a touching pleasure in the derelict landscape, in the abandoned motels and weed-choked swimming pools of the small town near the air base, in the silent runways with their dusty jets sitting on flattened tyres, in the over-bright hills waiting with the infinite guile of the geological kingdom for the organic world to end and a more vivid mineral realm to begin.

flows over me like a cool stream

—p.77 by J.G. Ballard 8 months, 3 weeks ago

The fugues came so swiftly, time poured in a torrent from the cracked glass of their lives. The previous summer, during their first excursions into the desert, Trippett's waking periods had lasted at least half an hour. He had taken a touching pleasure in the derelict landscape, in the abandoned motels and weed-choked swimming pools of the small town near the air base, in the silent runways with their dusty jets sitting on flattened tyres, in the over-bright hills waiting with the infinite guile of the geological kingdom for the organic world to end and a more vivid mineral realm to begin.

flows over me like a cool stream

—p.77 by J.G. Ballard 8 months, 3 weeks ago

(verb) to curve upward in the middle / (verb) to arch slightly / (verb) to impart camber to / (noun) a slight convexity, arching, or curvature (as of a beam, deck, or road) / (noun) the convexity of the curve of an airfoil from the leading edge to the trailing edge / (noun) a setting of the wheels of an automotive vehicle closer together at the bottom than at the top

84

As the car swayed across the camber

—p.84 by J.G. Ballard
strange
8 months, 3 weeks ago

As the car swayed across the camber

—p.84 by J.G. Ballard
strange
8 months, 3 weeks ago
90

For Franklin, and the tens of thousands of fellow sufferers, the fugues had begun in the same way, with the briefest moments of inattention. An overlong pause in the middle of a sentence, some mysteriously burnt-out scrambled egg, the air force sergeant who looked after the Mercedes annoyed by his off-hand rudeness, together led on to longer stretches of missed time. Subjectively, the moment-to-moment flow of consciousness seemed to be uninterrupted. But time drained away, leaking slowly from his life. Only the previous day he had been standing at the window, looking at the line of cars in the late afternoon sunlight, and the next moment there was dusk outside and a deserted parking lot.

drained away, like brackish water from a disused swimming pool?

—p.90 by J.G. Ballard 8 months, 3 weeks ago

For Franklin, and the tens of thousands of fellow sufferers, the fugues had begun in the same way, with the briefest moments of inattention. An overlong pause in the middle of a sentence, some mysteriously burnt-out scrambled egg, the air force sergeant who looked after the Mercedes annoyed by his off-hand rudeness, together led on to longer stretches of missed time. Subjectively, the moment-to-moment flow of consciousness seemed to be uninterrupted. But time drained away, leaking slowly from his life. Only the previous day he had been standing at the window, looking at the line of cars in the late afternoon sunlight, and the next moment there was dusk outside and a deserted parking lot.

drained away, like brackish water from a disused swimming pool?

—p.90 by J.G. Ballard 8 months, 3 weeks ago
92

Franklin liked the abandoned gambling resort. The other physicians lived within a short drive of the clinic, but Franklin had chosen one of the half-empty motels in the northern suburbs of the city. In the evenings, after visiting his few patients in their retirement homes, he would often drive down the silent Strip, below the sunset facades of the vast hotels, and wander for hours through the shadows among the drained swimming pools. This city of spent dreams, which had once boasted that it contained no clocks, now seemed itself to be in fugue.

god what an image

—p.92 by J.G. Ballard 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Franklin liked the abandoned gambling resort. The other physicians lived within a short drive of the clinic, but Franklin had chosen one of the half-empty motels in the northern suburbs of the city. In the evenings, after visiting his few patients in their retirement homes, he would often drive down the silent Strip, below the sunset facades of the vast hotels, and wander for hours through the shadows among the drained swimming pools. This city of spent dreams, which had once boasted that it contained no clocks, now seemed itself to be in fugue.

god what an image

—p.92 by J.G. Ballard 8 months, 3 weeks ago

in a slanting or oblique position

101

someone painted the same pattern across the canted floor of the swimming pool and over the gravel in the car park

—p.101 by J.G. Ballard
notable
8 months, 3 weeks ago

someone painted the same pattern across the canted floor of the swimming pool and over the gravel in the car park

—p.101 by J.G. Ballard
notable
8 months, 3 weeks ago