posted on May, 28 2003 @ 03:01 AM
Back in the 19th century a new creative medium developed it was called Science Fiction.Two greats emerged early on.Both had large followings but their
styles were very different.Jules Verne is no doubt the father of Sci-Fi.He worked purely within the framework of known science.A trip to the moon or
beneath the oceans was undertaken using Victorian knowledge.Today his books may seem naive but at the time many scientist would of concured with what
Vernes heros encountered and the methods they used to go on their adventures. Aurthur.C.Clark is to true inheritor of that style he uses the limits of
man's knowledge and projects it forward to exploit future developements.
In Britain a young Sci-fi pretender emerged, H.G.Wells, his methods were slightly different.He asked his readers to except something impossible,or
atleast unprovable,early in his books.It could be the existence of a Time Machine or Men from Mars.Once his readers had excepted the premise of his
story,he then allowed his hero to run wild in the enviroment he had created.Jules Verne did not just look on with disaproval but took regular
opportunities to criticise this young upstart for abusing science but this did not halt the booksales of H.G.Wells.The people loved them.It is John
Wyndham who is the true inheritor of Wells' style.Many may have read his work but I'm writing this to encourage those that haven't to pick up one
of his books.
John Wyndam was born in 1903 in England.He started writing stories for US publications from about 1930.During the war he worked in the Civil Service
but in 1946 he returned to his writing and first started to write Science Fiction.
Of the work of his that I have read,One book is an all time great,two are classics of their genre,three aspire but just fall short and the rest is at
best average,at worst poor.
The three that aspire are "The Kraken Awakes","The Chrysalids",and "The Trouble With Lichen".I have nothing against these three books,I have
read them more than once.I just feel they fall short of Wyndham at his best.
The two I have chosen as Classics are "Chocky" and "The Midwich Cuckoos".The latter was filmed with the title "The Village Of The
Damned".Everyone in a village is rendered unconcious on waking every female is found to be pregnant.Blonde haired,blue eyed children,with psychic
powers with a plan to dominate the world are the result.
"Chocky" is the story of a young boy who is visited by an Alien.Space travel is only possible with out a mass and the Alien projects her
consciousness into the mind of the boy.The boy developes new talents and quickly draws the attention of the authorities.
And now for the all time great.Those that have read John Wyndham will of known I would leave this one until last."The Day Of The Triffids".Please do
not be put off if you have only seen the very poor B-Movie that bares the same name but resembles little this minor masterpiece.It is still as fresh
today as when it was written.The Triffids are a genetically modified plant and one can't quite help feeling that it has more meaning today than when
it was written.Mankind faces a vulnerable future in this story.
So,Bored??Can't think what to read next??
Pick up "Day Of The Triffids".You can only read a book for the first time once.And i'll be jealous of you.