Monday, October 19, 2009

New collection of J.G. Ballard stories reprints his 1992 work “The Message from Mars”

British science fiction author and “imaginer of dystopian nightmares” J.G. Ballard’s short story “The Message from Mars” (1992) has been reprinted in the The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard (Norton, 2009), a collection published in the United Kingdom in 2001 and now released in the United States. According to a review in The Seattle Times, "The Message from Mars" “tries to penetrate the mindset of five astronauts who, returning to Earth from a successful Mars mission, refuse to leave their space capsule upon landing. What can it mean? Should it be televised? Can any ‘ruses, pleas and stratagems’ lure them back into the world?”

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