Billenium has ratings and 15 reviews. Heidi said: 6 stars/ 5 starsThis refers to the short story Billenium only not the collection of short storie. “Billenium” (or Billennium) is a short story by J. G. Ballard first published in the January edition of Amazing Stories (Volume 36, Number 1) and in the. Home English Short Stories Analysis of Billenium – J G Ballard Ward and Rossiter who are the main characters in the story stumble upon an.

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Billenium by J.G. Ballard

This bbillenium will be permanently flagged as inappropriate and made unaccessible to everyone. Are you certain this article is inappropriate? Ballard first published in the January edition of Amazing Stories Volume 36, Number 1 [ 1 ] and in the Billennium collection.

With a dystopian ambience, “Billennium” billehium themes similar to Ballard’s earlier story ” The Concentration City “, of space shortages and over-crowding. The story is set in the future possibly c. Most of its inhabitants live in crowded central cities in order to preserve as much land as possible outside of them for farming, and as a result the world does not have a food problem, nor wars – since all governments devote themselves to addressing the problems caused by overpopulation.

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In the city inhabited by the two protagonists, John Ward and Henry Rossiter, there is a mass shortage of space and the people live in small cellular rooms where they are charged by ceiling space, the stoy maximum decreasing to 3.

The city streets are enormously crowded, resulting in occasional pedestrian congestions that last days at a time. Most old and historical buildings have been taken down to make way for new battery homes or divided into hundreds of small cubicles.

The story revolves around Ward and Rossiter’s combined discovery of a secret, larger-than-average room adjacent to their rented cubicle.

As the two bask in the extra personal space that they have never known, things become complicated when they allow two other close friends to share the space, and the ensuing snowball effect of their invitees bringing family to live in the room. In the end, the “luxurious” space comes to be the same type of crowded cubicle that they were trying to shorf from in the first place.


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