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The Drowned World: 50th Anniversary Edition

J.G. Ballard. Martin Amis, intro.
Item #: D80531
Pages/Publication Date: 2012 / 199
ISBN: 9780871404060
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Fluctuations in solar radiation have melted the ice caps, sending earth into a new Triassic Age of unendurable heat, in this 1962 novel by J.G. Ballard—a founding work of the "climate fiction" subgenre. London is a swamp; tropical vegetation overgrows the walls of empty buildings and strange reptiles and insects fight for dominance in the lagoon of Leicester Square. While a piratical gang of survivors drains the submerged streets in search of treasure, scientist Robert Kerans—on a mission to study the changes— comes to accept this primeval new world, and finds himself strangely resistant to the idea of rehabilitating it. This anniversary edition includes a substantial introduction by Martin Amis.


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