The series of weapons tests had fused the sand in layers, and the pseudo-geological strata condensed the brief epochs, microseconds in duration, of thermonuclear time. Typically the islands inverted the geologist’s maxim: the key to the past lies in islands was a fossil of time future, its bunkers and blockhouses illustrating the principle that the fossil record of life was one of armour and the exoskeleton. The landscape is coded.
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Next is The Delta at Sunset. Lots of familiar Ballard imagery in this short story, above all the perverse realisation of a death wish, which in this case takes the form of imaginary white snakes writhing across a parched Mexican river delta. At sunset. Hence the name.
The fact that the symbol for Delta is a triangle is a lucky accident, the white triangle is meant to represent a tent.