Author: Ballard, J. G.
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Published on 20 February 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers (Fourth Estate Ltd) in the United Kingdom.
Paperback | 176 pages
132 x 196 x 12 | 180g
When London is lost beneath the rising tides, unconscious desires rush to the surface in this apocalyptic tale from the author of â€˜Crashâ€™ and â€˜Empire of the Sunâ€™, 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 â€“ part of a group of intrepid scientists â€“ comes to accept this submarine city and finds himself strangely resistant to the idea of saving it.
First published in 1962, Ballardâ€™s mesmerising and ferociously imaginative novel gained him widespread critical acclaim and established his reputation as one of Britainâ€™s finest writers of science fiction.
This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballardâ€™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.