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Long-regarded as one of the true visionary writers of the twentieth century, J.G. Ballard was one of the first British writers of the post-war period to begin to see, and to map out in his fiction, the future course of our civilization. For forty years his unflinching eye has turned to the point where the advancing edge of our technological progress has worn away our inner humanity.

Eden-Olympia is more than just a multinational business park, it is a virtual city-state in itself, with the latest in services and facilities for the most elite high-tech industries. Isolated and secure, overlooking the luxurious French Riviera, the residents lack nothing. Yet one day Dr. Greenwood from Eden-Olympia's clinic goes on a suicidal shooting spree. Dr. Jane Sinclair is hired as his replacement, and she and her husband, Paul, are given Dr. Greenwood's house as a residence.

Unable to work while recovering from an accident, Paul spends his days taking a
close look at the house where Dr. Greenwood shot himself and three hostages. He discovers clues in the house lead him to question Eden-Olympia's official account of the killings. Drawn into investigating the activities of the park's leading citizens, while Jane is lured deeper into Eden-Olympia's inner workings, Paul uncovers the dangerous psychological vents that maintain Eden-Olympia's smoothly running surface. An experiment is underway at Eden-Olympia, an experiment in power and brutality. Soon Paul finds himself in race to save himself and his wife before they are crushed by forces that may be beyond anyone's control.
Publisher: New York : Picador USA, 2001
Edition: 1st Picador USA ed
ISBN: 9780312284190
Characteristics: 391 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 09, 2020

an overlooked late masterpiece, likely the best of his formidably prescient last quartet of novels.

Feb 17, 2020

this was a great book -- a late gem from one of the last century's few genuine visionaries.

Feb 13, 2020

Ballard is widely cited as a master of speculative fiction but this isn't his best effort. S-C is basically a whodunit but the story often bogs down in explanation. UPDATE: I spent a weekend at a golf resort and damned if the spooky feeling of privilege warped by isolation didn't recall scenes from the novel. So the concepts of S-C must have made an impression despite the writing!


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