The Drought of Time: A Woman’s Plague in Ballard’s The Drought

In Ballard's The Drought, Ransom is faced with two options: submit to femininity or become a shadow. He apparently makes the right decision for the future of humanity.  There are, evidently, worse fates than becoming nothing.  A man might become womanly. What Ballard has done is found a way to avert  what we gender theorists would call the real apocalypse.