‘THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS,'
WHY IT MATTERS
Most Americans have forgotten John Wyndham, a British short story writer and science fiction novelist who enjoyed his greatest successes in the 1950s and ‘60s. If his fame lingers at all, it is for “The Day of the Triffids,” which was released as a movie in 1962. The novel centers on a space invasion that has left most people blind and helpless to escape the lumbering, plantlike aliens. His brisk writing reflects a perspective unique to postwar Britain. The novel is now considered a sci-fi classic, and deservedly so. (Another of Wyndham's novels, “The Midwich Cuckoos,” was filmed as “Village of the Damned” in 1960 and 1995.)