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Christopher Fowler
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We tend to ignore the things we don't like. Whenever London is depicted in a tourism brochure, there are photographs of churches and palaces, guards and statues with nary a modern building in sight. A city is defined by its uniqueness, not by another anonymous glass box from Richard Rogers. The Hilton Hotel at Heathrow's Terminal 4 (1990) is meant to look like an aircraft hangar, and could only…
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Christopher Fowler
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Here's the pitch: In Dubai there's a new world of high-end, high-luxury resorts emerging for the super-rich — but at what price to everyone else? Lea, Roy and their 15 year-old daughter Cara live in a gated community reserved for foreign workers. Roy has been hired to deal with teething problems at Dream World, a futuristic beach complex. In the oppressive heat the wives appear happy to follow…
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Christopher Fowler
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If you care to cast your orbs to the far right of this page, to the bit no-one ever looks at (I assume) you'll find the first chapter of my next novel posted (hopefully) for your delectation. Those who care for the futurologist Mr J. G. Ballard may especially enjoy the book, but actually but it's more of a cross-genre (that phrase again!) thriller not aimed at any one group, other than those who'd…
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Christopher Fowler
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So, after your kind help, we reached - or rather the publisher's designers reached - a decision on the cover of 'The Sand Men' which was not one of the ones most of us chose! Having said that, I really do like it, as it captures the tone of the book perfectly - somehow looking like an SF book, yet based in the present. So, job well done Solaris and thank you - now all we have to do is get someone…
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Christopher Fowler
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London & Media
In the opening of Bryant & May 12: 'The Burning Man', I've homaged my favourite quote from Charles Dickens about London, which comes right at the start of 'Bleak House'. You'll probably recall (erudite readers all) that he points out that there is so much mud in the streets that it would not be surprising to meet a forty-foot Megalosaurus 'waddling like an elephantine lizard up Holborn-Hill', and…
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Christopher Fowler
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London & The Arts
The Gagosian Gallery in King's Cross, London is currently presenting "Crash," a major group exhibition that takes its title from the novel by J. G. Ballard. Ballard's books remain among the most visionary, provocative literature of the twentieth century, with his ominous predictions regarding the fate of Western culture and his insights into the dark psychopathology of the human race. The…
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