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The Wind from Nowhere by J.G. Ballard
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Aug 23, 14

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The first and least of Ballard "elemental apocalypse" quartet, and pretty much disowned by him from what I hear. Ballard hasn't developed as a writer yet - so what you get is a pretty good concept (the earth's atmosphere has churned into an enormous storm, cyclonic winds steadily increasing and destroying everything worldwide - skyscrapers and towers are the first to go, 'natch - scouring the earth of everything as humanity attempts to deal and then mostly moves underground) and some hokey characters (the main bad guy is basically a James Bond supervillain who's set up an enormous pyramid-like fortress against the relentless winds) along with some grim visuals (although at some point, there were so many descriptions of various sturdy, box-like construction vehicles shuttling around that I began to develop an image in my head of a film version of THE WIND FROM NOWHERE that would look roughly like Irwin Allen meets Gerry Anderson). Cool cover, though. Eminently skippable...
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