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on August 7, 2015
(Correction to my review, September 2017. I owe this publication an apology of sorts. You:Coma:Marilyn Monroe - even though I originally enjoyed it in a year's best science fiction short stories anthology back in 1966 - is more accurately a chapter from the 1970 experimental novel The Atrocity Exhibit. That "chapter", along with a few others that had been previously printed as short stories, is therefore exempt from inclusion in this collection, regardless of my own preference otherwise.)
Without the inclusion of YOU: COMA: MARILYN MONROE, there is absolutely no validity to the title.
An absurd omission. Like excluding Ligeia from a Poe anthology.
And how many other of his peculiar creations might be missing (ie: Plans for the Assassination of Jacqueline Kennedy)!?
I have been a JG devotee since 1967, and believe me, that one remarkable narrative. should have been enough -
had he actually been hip back then - to shame Antonioni into giving up cinema forever.
Or, to wise up and adapt anything from the fabulous Vermilion Sands.
Maybe someday someone will actually be "New Wave" enough to do so.
In any case, though it is nice that all these stories are chronologically arranged, it would have been far more interesting to have
some brief prefatory introductions included. And, of course, ALL of Ballard's short works.