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This article will be permanently flagged as inappropriate and made unaccessible to everyone. Are you certain this article is inappropriate? Email Address:. Ballard first published in the January edition of Amazing Stories Volume 36, Number 1 [ 1 ] and in the Billennium collection. Ballard: Volume 1 With a dystopian ambience, "Billennium" explores themes similar to Ballard's earlier story " The Concentration City ", of space shortages and over-crowding.

The story is set in the future possibly c. Most of its inhabitants live in crowded central cities in order to preserve as much land as possible outside of them for farming, and as a result the world does not have a food problem, nor wars - since all governments devote themselves to addressing the problems caused by overpopulation.

In the city inhabited by the two protagonists, John Ward and Henry Rossiter, there is a mass shortage of space and the people live in small cellular rooms where they are charged by ceiling space, the legal maximum decreasing to 3.

The city streets are enormously crowded, resulting in occasional pedestrian congestions that last days at a time. Most old and historical buildings have been taken down to make way for new battery homes or divided into hundreds of small cubicles. The story revolves around Ward and Rossiter's combined discovery of a secret, larger-than-average room adjacent to their rented cubicle.

As the two bask in the extra personal space that they have never known, things become complicated when they allow two other close friends to share the space, and the ensuing snowball effect of their invitees bringing family to live in the room.

In the end, the "luxurious" space comes to be the same type of crowded cubicle that they were trying to escape from in the first place. My Dashboard Get Published. Sign in with your eLibrary Card close. Flag as Inappropriate. Email this Article. Billennium short story. Works by J. Ballard: Volume 2 A User's Guide to the Millennium Miracles of Life When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth Crash! Funding for USA. Congress, E-Government Act of Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.

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In Billennium by J. Ballard we have the theme of confinement, corruption, paralysis, freedom and acceptance. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Ballard may be exploring the theme of confinement. It is also interesting that the landlords tend to adhere to the required legislation that is in place even though it is also impractical. It is as though the government or those in authority are unable to get the balance right between urban and rural space. Which may suggest that there is a level of corruption within the corridors of power and which would again highlight the lack of any real insight into urban or rural planning.

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Billennium by J.G. Ballard

Billenium , J. The first is a deadpan satire on overpopulation, the second a fantastic Borgesian depiction of an endless city that stretches literally in all directions, and the third a vision of a city that had enough and revolted against time. The remaining four are all readable. As with J. Highly recommended for all fans of SF.

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