The Crystal World - J. G. Ballard

Dr. Edward Sanders, a physician specializing in the treatment of leprosy, is invited to Mont Royal by Dr. and Mrs. Clair. Upon arriving at Port Matarre, a small outpost in the interior of Africa, he notices a "pervading auroral goom, broken by inward shifts of light." The reluctance of authorities to acknowledge this curious mid-morning darkness arouses Sander's suspician that something has gone wrong. Unable to reach Mont Royal by car – the roadways have been blocked – he takes to the river. His journey brings him to the forest, now fully petrified, pulsating and vibrant. Sanders finds himself strangely drawn toward this glittering world, whose area expands daily, affecting not only the physical environment but also its inhabitants. The purity and permanance of the forest's crystal form taunt him, even at the expense of that one unpredictable agent called human life.

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Release date: 1966
Genres: science fiction
Updated: August 24, 2021