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Should we spend our time in prolonging misery when we believe that there is no chance of saving the people in the end? This plant had fantastic possibilities in the realm of SF – alas, unrealised now.

Future generations will need a creation myth to make the new world they live in meaningful. But by themselves, they’re manageable. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham. Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck. In fact, unless in the hands if a skilled a Post-apocalyptic fiction, now, has come of age.

In normal times, the Triffids are under human control. It just goes to show how deeply ingrained our culture can be, that he can imagine revolutionary technology and walking, stalking plants, but not a reinvention of humanity where women aren’t popping babies out until they die.

As with most really good post-apocalyptic science fiction novels, the true point of the story is the exploration of human nature by showing how different people act when the society they have grown up in falls apart.

I have a lot of thoughts so I’ll try to write up a review later. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Also, there was always the danger of a lethal war, much more terrible than the previous two, where the survival of humanity was not an option.

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Careers which he tried included farming, law, commercial art, and advertising, and he first started writing short stories, intended for sale, in One of the reasons scifi gets a bad rap is that so much of it is so very shitty, and here’s a prime example. Wyndham went a slightly different direction, forseeing genetic manipulation and biological warfare.

The film is pretty standard alien invasion stuff, not bad, but similar to a lot of sci fi films of the era.

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The day he is supposed to get his bandages removed, he’s struck by the absence of hospital staff. The triffids and the cosmic rays are not the main focus of the novel, they are just the useful devices that set up the subsequent scenes for the study of the social and moral implications of survival in an extremely hostile environment, one where Man is no longer at the top of the food chain: And yet despite the dated attitudes there is a time-transcending quality to Wyndham’s storytelling and its purpose, and that’s what makes this book survive to the present day as a classic that does not stop being relevant, that still makes you think critically about humanity and society and question things that we are so used to taking for granted, and that treats humanity despite all of our clear flaws and arrogance as something that deserves to survive and persevere.

In fact, unless in the hands of a skilled author, it can very well become cliche. View all 25 comments.

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Wyndham writes Masen as an unflappable and capable protagonist, adept at surviving in a hostile environment thanks to his previous line of work and intuitive nature. Bill observes some disturbing things, but like his narrator, Wyndham doesn’t see much to gain by getting particularly upset by them. Satisfying apocalyptic tale published in A few days ago I realized I have two paperback copies of The Day of the Triffids sitting on my shelves, so I really must have wanted to read it.

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I first read this book decades ago and before this reread I thought that the meteor shower and the advent of the triffids seem too much like a coincidence. A character named Coker tries to create a society that protects the blind, and everyone dies, so There was a current theory among cutters that more than a few seconds of any one news subject – except a boxing match – could not fail to paralize an audience with boredom.

It can’t be seated in a brain, because dissection shows nothing like a brain-but that doesn’t prove there isn’t something there that does a brain’s job. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

He rescues Josella, a famous author who can also see, from a group of blind who were using her as their eyes. Aug 30, Apatt rated it it was amazing Shelves: What got me was the ease with which civilization is destroyed.

A great meteor shower has left most of the world blind. What do we preserve? I can’t remember getting excited once in the course of pages and initially, I chalked this up as a fail. We are experiencing technical difficulties.