Fascinating insights into Ballard, entropy sleeplessness, with just a touch of Nick Land thrown in…
For the first time Man will be living a full twenty-four hour day, not spending a third of it as an invalid, snoring his way through an eight-hour peepshow of infantile erotica.
– J.G. Ballard – Manhole 69
In his short story Manhole 69 J.G. Ballard will envision a world where humans no longer sleep. One of the scientists who is part of an advanced exploratory team in this new world of sleeplessness, speaking to his team members will say:
‘None of you realize it yet, but this is as big an advance as the step the first ichthyoid took out of the protozoic sea 300 million years ago. At last we’ve freed the mind, raised it out of that archaic sump called sleep, its nightly retreat into the medulla. With virtually one cut of the scalpel we’ve added twenty years to those men’s lives.’ (Ballard, p. 51)
When we think of…
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