Wednesday, 21 April 2010
J G Ballard, Chris Evans, 'The Invisible Years' (1977)
I'd call this 'an undiscovered Ballard short story' if I could be sure it hasn't been discovered. Certainly it's not in the Collected Stories, but I daresay a diligent Ballard-bibliographer somewhere has listed it. I found it in an old issue of Ambit I picked up in a second-hand-bookshop, and I reproduce a couple of scans, above, one of the story's first page, one of its last. I'd scan the whole thing in but don't wish to violate copyright. Enough to give you a flavour of the piece, at any rate. You click on these images to enlarge them. ('Bax', there, is Ambit's editor; the issue's contents page implies he had no hand in actually 'writing' the story).