Saturday, May 1, 2010

Ruins of the Space Age


All Ballard fans will recognize my situation above:  Standing before a cracked and empty kidney-shaped swimming pool at the bottom of which is a drift of dead leaves.

Thursday, Marianne and I went to the Morven Museum in see the Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins exhibit.  I'll be blogging about it on Monday.



Keith Ferrell said...

Strange, random grooves among the dead leaves?

Michael Swanwick said...

Hah! No, I didn't look. I think I'm happier with that particular waveform uncollapsed.

HANNAH'S DAD said...

Once I overheard a woman on some talk radio show (in a totally non sfnal, non Ballardian context) describing something as old-fashioned by saying "it's like something from back in the Space Age".

Sobering really.

(You have spam in the entry above, btw.)

Keith Ferrell said...

Oddly, considering Ballard's introduction of "an elaborate ideogram like a Chinese character" right at the start of the story, this could be one time -- maybe the only time -- when a spam is, if not welcome, at least somewhat congruent (sic) with the content.

Michael Swanwick said...

An elegant point, Keith. But I removed it anyway.