The Terminal Beach

BALLARD, J.G. The Terminal Beach.

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BALLARD, J.G. The Terminal Beach. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1964.

8vo. Publisher's red cloth, spine lettered in gilt; in the original dust wrapper (not price-clipped); pp. [vi], 7-221, [3]; minimal bruising to head and tail of spine; minor chipping to edges of wrapper, with a little discolouration to wrapper's spine; end leaves a little creased; internally clean, a near fine copy.
First edition, scarce. Published in 1964, this is a notable collection of Ballard's short stories, which encompases essences of speculative fiction often found in his writing, such as psychological exploration, the relationship between man and technology, and dystopian futures. The short story from which this collection takes its name, The Terminal Beach, is one of the most famous stories in the collection. Following a man named Traven as he explores a deserted atomic testing site in the Pacific, Ballard works to grapple with the psychological effects of isolation and the modern world on the human psyche. Confronted with his inner psyche as he navigates the vast wasteland, Traven's own thoughts and memories come alive in this post-apocalyptic setting.