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By J. G. Ballard
During this hallucinatory novel, an car presents the hellish tableau during which Vaughan, a “TV scientist” became “nightmare angel of the highways,” experiments with erotic atrocities between automobile crash sufferers, each one extra sinister than the final. James Ballard, his good friend and fellow obsessive, tells the tale of this twisted visionary as he careens quickly towards his personal death in an across the world orchestrated vehicle crash with Elizabeth Taylor.
A vintage paintings of state-of-the-art fiction, Crash explores either the worrying implications and bad chances of modern society’s expanding dependence on know-how as middleman in human kin.
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She crushed her cigarette. ’ I stared pointedly at the clock over the door, hoping that she would soon leave. This bogus commiseration over the dead man irritated me, merely an excuse for an exercise in moral gymnastics. The brusqueness of the young nurses was part of the same pantomime of regret. I had thought for hours about the dead man, visualizing the effects of his death on his wife and family. I had thought of his last moments alive, frantic milliseconds of pain and violence in which he had been catapulted from a pleasant domestic interlude into a concertina of metallized death.
Two minor accidents had taken place on Western Avenue, causing a massive tail-back along the flyover which crossed the entrance tunnel to the airport. Sitting nervously on the veranda as Catherine watched me from the sitting-room, one hand on the telephone behind her back, I looked out for the first time at this immense corona of polished cellulose that extended from the southern horizon to the northern motorways. I felt an undefined sense of extreme danger, almost as if an accident was about to take place involving all these cars.
I realized that I had seen his pock-marked face many times before, projected from a dozen forgotten television programmes and news-magazine profiles—this was Vaughan, Dr Robert Vaughan, a one-time computer specialist. As one of the first of the new-style TV scientists, Vaughan had combined a high degree of personal glamour—heavy black hair over a scarred face, an American combat jacket—with an aggressive lecture-theatre manner and complete conviction in his subject matter, the application of computerized techniques to the control of all international traffic systems.