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These 10 stories show the author at his best, displaying what Malcolm Bradbury calls his "remarkable gift for filling the empty, deprived spaces of modern life with the invisible cities and wonder world of imagination." Consider, for example, "The Secret History of World War 3," which concerns Ronald Reagan's return to the White House after too brief a retirement. Soon the country is oblivios to all except the ceaseless reports on his health, broadcast live from the Oval Office.
The voltage is high . . . Far more rigorous and fastidious than Jorge Luis Borges or Italo Calvino, Mr. Ballard keeps impeccably cool. -Ursula K. le Guin, The New York Times Book Review
Mr. Ballard creates a hallucinatory vision of mankind's perils in this collection of stories . . . Here is an author who keeps exting the limitless boundaries of fiction. -Herbert Mitgang, The New York Times