John Wyndham





John Wyndham

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born
in Knowle, Warwickshire, The United Kingdom
July 10, 1903

died
March 11, 1969

gender
male

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John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris was the son of a barrister. After trying a number of careers, including farming, law, commercial art and advertising, he started writing short stories in 1925. After serving in the civil Service and the Army during the war, he went back to writing. Adopting the name John Wyndham, he started writing a form of science fiction that he called 'logical fantasy. As well as "The Day of the Triffids", he wrote "The Kraken Wakes", "The Chrysalids", "The Midwich Cuckoos" (filmed as "Village of the Damned") and "The Seeds of Time".


Average rating: 3.90 · 85,924 ratings · 3,432 reviews · 44 distinct works · Similar authors
The Day of the Triffids
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 43,164 ratings — published 1967 — 135 editions
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The Chrysalids
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 21,454 ratings — published 1955 — 59 editions
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The Midwich Cuckoos
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 8,117 ratings — published 1957 — 54 editions
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Chocky
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 3,314 ratings — published 1968 — 31 editions
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The Kraken Wakes
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 3,139 ratings — published 1953 — 38 editions
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Trouble With Lichen
3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 2,050 ratings — published 1960 — 17 editions
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The Seeds of Time
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 1,051 ratings — published 1956 — 16 editions
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Consider Her Ways and Others
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 708 ratings — published 1956 — 7 editions
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Web
3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 601 ratings — published 1979 — 10 editions
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Stowaway To Mars
3.18 of 5 stars 3.18 avg rating — 280 ratings — published 1935 — 11 editions
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More books by John Wyndham…
“When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.”
John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids

“It must be, I thought, one of the race's most persistent and comforting hallucinations to trust that "it can't happen here" -- that one's own time and place is beyond cataclysm.”
John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids

“So you're in love with her?' she went on.

A word again ... When the minds have learnt to mingle, when no thought is wholly one's own, and each has taken too much of the other ever to be entirely himself alone; when one has reached the beginning of seeing with a single eye, loving with a single heart, enjoying with a single joy; when there can be moments of identity and nothing is separate save bodies that long for one another ... When there is that, where is the word? There is only the inadequacy of the word that exists.

'We love one another,' I said.”
John Wyndham, The Chrysalids
tags: love

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