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JG Ballard is hands down my favorite author, but I'm sad to say that I have never read this short story which was made into a film by a Portuguese company in 2002. The original title is "Aparelho Voador a Baixa Altitude" and I can't seem to find this anywhere. It aired on BBC4 Tuesday, October 7th 2003 at 10.30pm. If you have a copy or know where to get one, please let me know! Now for the reason why I want to see this so badly.

"Laura and her husband André live in a world governed by an Orwellian dictatorship known as the Confederation. Births require a 'Fit for Life' license and 'illegally' pregnant women are arrested by gangs of armed guards.


Only genetically perfect babies are acceptable, but Laura endures her pregnancy in private, after having what her husband describes as "six... interruptions". A mysterious doctor informs her that the baby in her womb is perfect, but slowly, shockingly, it emerges that Laura could be carrying "a monster", a creature as grotesque as the world it will be entering."

Further info on the BBC airing

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