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Spotlight: 'The Day of the Triffids'

by Ken Raymond Published: October 13, 2013
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‘THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS,'

John Wyndham

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.)

WHAT TO READ NEXT

More of Wyndham's books, if you can find them. Look for “The Kraken Wakes,” “Out of the Deeps” and “The Chrysalids.”

Ken Raymond, Book Editor

by Ken Raymond
Book Editor
Ken Raymond is the book editor. He joined The Oklahoman in 1999. He has won dozens of state, regional and national writing awards. Three times he has been named the state's "overall best" writer by the Society of Professional Journalists. In...
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