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Perfect timing, astringent humour ... One of the few authors whose compulsive readability is a compliment to the intelligence Spectator Remains fresh and disturbing in an entirely unexpected way Guardian
John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Benyon Harris was born in 1903, the son of a barrister. He tried a number of careers including farming, law, commercial art and advertising, and started writing short stories, intended for sale, in 1925. From 1930 to 1939 he wrote short stories of various kinds under different names, almost exclusively for American publications, while also writing detective novels. During the war he was in the Civil Service and then the Army. In 1946 he went back to writing stories for publication in the USA and decided to try a modified form of science fiction, a form he called 'logical fantasy'. As John Wyndham he wrote The Day of the Triffids, The Kraken Wakes, The Chrysalids, The Midwich Cuckoos (filmed as Village of the Damned), The Seeds of Time, Trouble with Lichen, The Outward Urge, Consider Her Ways and Others, Web and Chocky. John Wyndham died in March 1969.
Picked this up because my son is reading it for grade 8 English. First read it 30 years ago as a science fiction story; this time around it read like a moral tale. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steve E
Really enjoyed this book. It takes a deep look at what is perceived as 'normal' in society.
Everyone is different, but this story takes a strong stance against abnormalities,... Read more
I chose this rating because this is an incredible novel. I could actually imagine the characters and the settings. It was well written and very thought out. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kyrsten Blowing
Good story. Strong beginning and middle but tails off toward to end.Published 14 months ago by Test
I read this book in high school and loved it. I've recently read it again, 20 years later, and it's even better than the first time. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Linsey Tufts
I never imagined science fiction was anything other than battleships in the universe and Aliens. This is so creative and different - it made me a fan of the genre for life. Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2013 by P. Bianco
John Wyndham takes you into a distopian future where in this corner of the world society has become fanatical about preserving the human normal. Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2013 by John