This swimming pool in where else, Dubai, has a graphic image that gives swimmers the perception that they are flying over the Manhattan skyline.
Or more specifically, that the city is underwater. This is being reported as an homage to the book ‘The Drowned World’ by J.G. Ballard.
“Without J.G. Ballard, none of this would exist. We’re weak on SF history, but we think it fair to say that Ballard was among the first world-class writers (perhaps along with the Soviets) to realize that SF was no longer merely a pulp genre, but had become the only possible vehicle for a mythos of the modern world, that it had replaced the psychological novel as the central artwork of our culture.”
J.G. Ballard, wrote the book Empire of the Sun, which was made into a film by Steven Spielberg. The book is based on actual events in Ballard’s life. He spent part of his childhood in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in China.
His fiction deals with technology and its visceral effects on the human subject.
Anonymous, Semiotext(e) SF.
‘Soon after three o’clock on the afternoon of April 22nd 1973, a 35-year-old architect named Robert Maitland was driving down the high-speed exit lane of the Westway interchange in central London. Six hundred yards from the junction with the newly built spur of the M4 motorway, when the Jaguar had already passed the 70 m.p.h. speed limit, a blow-out collapsed the front nearside tyre.’
J.G. Ballard, Concrete Island.
The book is part of Ballard’s “Urban Disaster Trilogy”, which also includes the book Crash (made into a movie by David Cronenberg), and High-Rise.