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John Wyndham


Born
in Knowle, Warwickshire, England
July 10, 1903

Died
March 11, 1969

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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.
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Average rating: 3.94 · 208,879 ratings · 11,492 reviews · 239 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Day of the Triffids

4.01 avg rating — 99,677 ratings — published 1951 — 225 editions
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The Chrysalids

3.93 avg rating — 50,379 ratings — published 1955 — 171 editions
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The Midwich Cuckoos

3.92 avg rating — 22,279 ratings — published 1957 — 93 editions
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Chocky

3.84 avg rating — 9,269 ratings — published 1968 — 49 editions
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The Kraken Wakes

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3.77 avg rating — 8,269 ratings — published 1953 — 6 editions
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Trouble with Lichen

3.67 avg rating — 4,779 ratings — published 1960 — 37 editions
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The Seeds of Time

3.80 avg rating — 2,242 ratings — published 1956 — 28 editions
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Consider Her Ways and Others

3.74 avg rating — 1,538 ratings — published 1956 — 13 editions
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Web

3.53 avg rating — 1,344 ratings — published 1979 — 19 editions
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Stowaway To Mars

3.24 avg rating — 830 ratings — published 1935 — 24 editions
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“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

“And we danced, on the brink of an unknown future, to an echo from a vanished past.”
John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids

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Dry by Neal Shusterman
2018, 390 pages, 4.04 stars
Kindle $9.99, cheap used print, at library

"When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harrowing story of survival,

The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.

Until the taps run dry.

Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive."


 
  7 votes, 35.0%

The City Where We Once Lived by Eric Barnes
2018, 272 pages, 3.66 stars
Kindle $5.69, cheap used paperback, at library

"In a near future where climate change has severely affected weather and agriculture, the North End of an unnamed city has long been abandoned in favor of the neighboring South End. Aside from the scavengers steadily stripping the empty city to its bones, only a few thousand people remain, content to live quietly among the crumbling metropolis. Many, like the narrator, are there to try to escape the demons of their past. He spends his time observing and recording the decay around him, attempting to bury memories of what he has lost.

But it eventually becomes clear that things are unraveling elsewhere as well, as strangers, violent and desperate alike, begin to appear in the North End, spreading word of social and political deterioration in the South End and beyond. Faced with a growing disruption to his isolated life, the narrator discovers within himself a surprising need to resist losing the home he has created in this empty place. He and the rest of the citizens of the North End must choose whether to face outsiders as invaders or welcome them as neighbors.

The City Where We Once Lived is a haunting novel of the near future that combines a prescient look at how climate change and industrial flight will shape our world with a deeply personal story of one man running from his past. With glowing prose, Eric Barnes brings into sharp focus questions of how we come to call a place home and what is our capacity for violence when that home becomes threatened."


 
  4 votes, 20.0%

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
1955, 200 pages, 3.93 stars
Cheap used print, maybe at library, NO KINDLE VERSION (that I know of)

"John Wyndham takes the reader into the anguished heart of a community where the chances of breeding true are less than fifty per cent and where deviations are rooted out and destroyed as offences and abominations."


 
  4 votes, 20.0%

Golden State by Ben H. Winters
2019, 319 pages, 3.52 stars
Kindle $14.99, cheap used print, maybe at library

"Lazlo Ratesic is 54, a 19-year veteran of the Speculative Service, from a family of law enforcement and in a strange alternate society that values law and truth above all else. This is how Laz must, by law, introduce himself, lest he fail to disclose his true purpose or nature, and by doing so, be guilty of a lie.

Laz is a resident of The Golden State, a nation resembling California, where like-minded Americans retreated after the erosion of truth and the spread of lies made public life, and governance, increasingly impossible. There, surrounded by the high walls of compulsory truth-telling, knowingly contradicting the truth--the Objectively So--is the greatest possible crime. Stopping those crimes, punishing them, is Laz's job. In its service, he is one of the few individuals permitted to harbor untruths--to "speculate" on what might have happened in the commission of a crime.

But the Golden State is far less a paradise than its name might suggest. To monitor, verify, and enforce the Objectively So requires a veritable panopticon of surveillance, recording, and record-keeping. And when those in control of the truth twist it for nefarious means, the Speculators may be the only ones with the power to fight back."


 
  3 votes, 15.0%

Emergence by David R. Palmer
1984, 291 pages, 4.16 stars
Kindle $5.99, print from $7.85, library? (Not at mine.)

"Candidia Maria Smith-Foster, an eleven-year-old girl, is unaware that she's a Homo post hominem, mankind's next evolutionary step.

With international relations rapidly deteriorating, Candy's father, publicly a small-town pathologist but secretly a government biowarfare expert, is called to Washington. Candy remains at home.

The following day a worldwide attack, featuring a bionuclear plague, wipes out virtually all of humanity (i.e., Homo sapiens). With her pet bird Terry, she survives the attack in the shelter beneath their house. Emerging three months later, she learns of her genetic heritage and sets off to search for others of her kind."


 
  2 votes, 10.0%

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