A found by chance water-soaked movie ticket (top) convolved with a painting (not shown) by Dada/Surrealist artist Max Ernst obliquely referenced in Ballard’s novel. This pairing (bottom) represents the ‘chance operations’ aspect of compositional process. The Ernst painting I chose to match Ballard’s description was ‘Petrified Forest’ (1927) retrieved from the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo. It may be seen at http://collection. nmwa.go.jp/en/P.1965-0005.html.