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  John Wyndham - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
John Wyndham (July 10, 1903 – March 11, 1969) was the pen name used by the often post-apocalyptic British science fiction writer John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris.
John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris was born in the village of Knowle just outside Birmingham, England.
When one considers the era in which John Wyndham was writing, he is remarkably pro-feminist, with much discussion within "Trouble with Lichen" of the effect of a prolonged lifespan on the gender roles.
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 The Essay: John Wyndham
Wyndham considered what the consequences would be; that most of the population would die of starvation because of their inability to carry out normal daily tasks such as buying the groceries and preparing meals without the assistance of a person with twenty-twenty vision, not to mention the overhanging danger of the triffids.
Wyndham considers how the people of the world would cope in such a disastrous situation with an overwhelming majority of the population being blind, where the small proportion still sighted are relied on by numbers of one thousand to one for the survival of the human race.
Wyndham’s 1950’s novels heralded the dawning of a new era in science fiction, for he was the inaugural writer of what is now widely known as speculative fiction, a division of the science fiction genre.
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 john wyndham - Article and Reference from OnPedia.com
John Wyndham (July 10, 1903 – March 11, 1969) was the pen name used by the apocalyptically oriented British science fiction writer John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris.
However, the bulk of Wyndham's novels have a contemporary English middle-class setting, and have an air of old-fashioned Englishness which is either quaint or stuffy, depending upon one's point of view.
There is also a remake in colour by John Carpenter, set in "Midwich, California", and starring Christopher Reeve in one of his last film roles before he was paralysed in a riding accident.
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 John Wyndham: The Day of the Triffids
Wyndham also exposes the saying "In the Kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king" to be false.
Wyndham's novel, much more than the film which was based on it, is concerned with how humans would react to a catastrophe and attempt to rebuild society.
Although Wyndham has definite views on which of these types of society would work better, he acknowledges that within each group there are different ways to achieve the goal of retaining civilization, and, in many cases, more than one can be successful.
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 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on John Wyndham - The Day of the Triffids at Epinions.com
Wyndham's characters are the kind of people we would like to think we are; more or less average individuals who, when presented with a crisis, show that they can rise to it.
Wyndham's attitude towards the sexes is quaintly romantic, but not objectionably so; though Bill Masen comes to the rescue of Josella Playton, his eventual love interest, in Sir Galahad style, she emerges (from a rather unpromising background) as a character every bit as tough and resourceful as Bill.
John Wyndham (1903-1969) lived in England all his life, though he honed his literary skills as a science fiction writer before WWII partly by contributions to American science fiction magazines.
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 Guardian Unlimited Books | Authors | Wyndham, John
During the second world war, Wyndham worked as a civil servant in the censorship department and subsequently joined the army, where he served in the Royal Corps of Signals as a corporal cipher operator.
Wyndham was a self-declared fan of HG Wells; direct echoes of Wells' obsession with catastrophe and its aftermath appear time and again in Wyndham's oeuvre.
The most famous adaptation of Wyndham's work is The Village of the Damned, the 1960 film of his novel The Midwich Cuckoos; director Wolf Rilla delivered a fabulously eerie, claustrophobic film that quickly became a sci-fi classic.
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 John Wyndham
John Wyndham was born John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris in the village of Knowle, in Warwickshire.
Wyndham's down-to-earth attitude made his stories so believable, that he was marketed in the UK as a mainstream writer.
Wyndham disliked personal publicity, saying: "My life has been practically devoid of interest to anyone but myself - though I have quite enjoyed it, of course, in those moments when I did not seem to have been sent to occupy a largely lunatic world." John Wyndham died on March 11, 1969, in Petersfield.
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 WYNDHAM, John - personal data
John Wyndham was privately educated, worked in Civil Service, and was in the Army, Royal Signals, during the war.
Wyndham was one of those SF writers whose stories age well and tend to be themes of personal struggle and triumph rather than dated technical explorations.
The John Wyndham archive is housed at the Sydney Jones Library at the University of Liverpool, England.
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 SF Hub: John Wyndham archive
John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris (1903-1969) is one of the most important and widely read British writers of science fiction.
John Wyndham was a very private man and, wishing to be judged solely on his work, instructed that his personal papers be destroyed.
The John Wyndham Archive was acquired by The University of Liverpool in May 1998 with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund, together with the support of The Friends of The University of Liverpool, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Iain M. Banks and many writers and fans of science fiction.
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 The Kraken Wakes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Kraken Wakes is an apocalyptic science fiction novel by John Wyndham, originally published by Michael Joseph in the UK in 1953 and first published in the US in the same year by Ballantine Books under the title Out of the Deeps as a mass market paperback.
The main criticism which has been made of the novel is that it is too similar to Wyndham's first novel, The Day of the Triffids.
The novel is not explicit about whether the ice being melted is on water or on land; however since Wyndham does not address this issue, and the aliens never leave the water, he probably was thinking about sea ice.
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 John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris - Life and Work
As he and Wyndham corresponded nearly everyday, Wyndham must have kept a particular vision of destruction, having discovered the effects of the German bombing through his brother, and then seen Europe after the invasion.
Wyndham, though, had become such a good writer that readers looking for thrills were satisfied while others who looked deeper could find more as well.
Some science fiction critics in the 1970s and 1980s called Wyndham's work "cosy catastrophes", in which the British were allowed to show their stiff upper lips, but more recently we have been looking more closely at what Wyndham actually wrote and this tends to turn things around.
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 John Wyndham - Science Fiction writer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
And the author, John Wyndham, one of the greatest names in science fiction history, was born in Knowle 100 years ago this month.
John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Benyon Harris, to use his full name, was born in the village, then part of Warwickshire, on July 10 1903, the son of a barrister.
On its website, the Science Fiction Foundation says: "As a record of one of the most important British writers of the 1950s, it is of major importance to researchers and students both of science fiction and British post-war writing".
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 John Wyndham
When he began his writing career, John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beymon Harris wisely chose to use the shorter "John Wyndham." Under this easier pen name, he became one of the foremost science fiction writers of the 1950s.
Wyndham began his writing career in 1925, and, being very prolific, churned out dozens of stories during the 1930s and 1940s under a variety of pseudonyms.
John Wyndham passed away in 1969, leaving behind a body of work that most of us would envy.
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 John Wyndham - Voyager, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
John Wyndham (July 10, 1903 – March 11, 1969) was the pen name used by the often post-apocalyptic British science fiction writer John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris.
Most of Wyndham's novels have a contemporary English middle-class setting, and have an air of old-fashioned Englishness which is either quaint or stuffy, depending upon one's point of view.
This approach by Wyndham was a reaction against what he described as the "galactic gangsters in space opera" style of much science fiction up to then, but it could ultimately have had its own limitations.
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 Barbelith Underground > Books, Criticism & Writing > John Wyndham
John Wyndham is one of the authors i have "rediscovered" in the last couple of years, since getting back into sci-fi...
I have bad associations with John Wyndham, who was one of the writers I was reading as a transition from children's/YA SF into adult SF.
H2G2 says of Trouble With Lichen; Wyndham also casts light on the situation of women in the middle years of the 20th century: Diana Brackley is presented as an intelligent, forward-thinking scientist and a resourceful and successful businesswoman but, significantly, she is unmarried.
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 SF REVIEWS.NET: The Midwich Cuckoos / John Wyndham
John Wyndham was one of the most prominent and influential British SF authors during the genre's formative years in that country.
Zellaby at one point even postulates that the Children (yes, the capital letter comes into use) may be some kind of alien "fifth column" come to subvert and conquer us from within, precisely the fears of the anti-communist views of the day.
With the appropriate allowances made for the archaic ideas and storytelling methods it invariably contains, it's a taut, entertaining story that showcases John Wyndham's status as a classic purveyor of the apocalyptic SF thriller.
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 John Wyndham   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Wyndham had a string of hits that had many similarities including the novels: The Kraken Wakes (1953), The Chrysalids (1955), The Midwich Cuckoos (1957), Trouble with Lichen (1960) and the short story collections: Jizzle (1954), Tales of Gooseflesh and Laughter (1956), The Seeds of Time (1956).
Wyndham was born in Knowle, Warwickshire in 1903.
John Wyndham Archive at the University of Liverpool.
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 David Ketterer- "Vivisection": Schoolboy "John Wyndham’s" First Publication?
In May 1998, the John Wyndham Archive, previously unavailable to researchers, joined the Science Fiction Foundation, Olaf Stapledon, and Eric Frank Russell collections at the University of Liverpool’s Sydney Jones Library.
The link between madness and religion point to the anti-religious theme in Harris’s later work, and the hints at the relevance after all of a supernatural explanation (if only for its atmospheric impact and because the natural explanation, probably required by the series editor, is a bit of a let down).
It was as a science fiction writer in the Wellsian mode that John Wyndham received international acclaim and made a significant impact on the development of British and world sf.
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 Dissertations, Essays on John Wyndham
John Wyndham John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris was born in 1903 and lived in Brimigham, England.
John tried to have a career in law, farming, commercial art and advertisement.
During the Second World War John was part of the English Civil service and later the British Army.
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 ReadingGroupGuides.com - The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Wyndham chillingly anticipates bio-warfare and mass destruction, fifty years before their realization, in this prescient account of Cold War paranoia.
Some critics feel Wyndham's ultimate message is one of doom; humans are forced to live on a small island with no relief or chance for re-populating the earth.
Other critics feel Wyndham meant his book to be hopeful; society's ills, including those which produced the triffids and mass-destruction weapons, are wiped out and society can start afresh.
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 SF REVIEWS.NET: The Chrysalids / John Wyndham
Wyndham, I'm sure, would be deeply saddened to see how his novel became, not merely a commentary on the past, but a prophetic vision of the future.
Wyndham establishes earlier on that they're on their way, and I tend to think of a deus ex machina as a sudden lucky break granted our heroes at the last minute by a writer who's written himself into a corner he can't get out of.
I cannot believe Wyndham could screw up this badly, especially when, considering how masterfully he had woven his story up to that point, he seemed to really understand and empathize with the themes he was exploring.
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 The John Wyndham Archive, 1930-2001   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Wyndham comments on being a writer and how he found it difficult to stand back from his work as perhaps a painter would.
Wyndham begins by describing in some detail his surroundings and that this is a partial explanation of how a certain amount of Triffid action came to be located where it was.
Wyndham writes that it is pleasant to see that his audience is not entirely male.
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 Year 10 English Essay: John Wyndham   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Wyndham’s work in science fiction is interesting in its emphasis.
Thus time and again he seems to point out the hypocrisy, bigotry and ignorance which are so often a part of our social life, and time and again he seems to stress that changing conditions demand new ways, new customs and new codes of conduct.
Thus, though Wyndham could undoubtedly write stories that feature exciting episodes and thrilling situations, social considerations were at the heart of his work.
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 Amazon.com: Trouble with Lichen: Books: John Wyndham   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
But Wyndham leaves this to conjecture, which is a bit of a pity.
John Wyndham has indeed written better; it is a mystery as to why he didn't capitalize on the fine premise he laid out in this book.
Wyndham is a story-teller who grabs your attention soon after you open his book, and he doesn't give it back until he's done with it.
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 Dani Zweig's Belated Reviews #17: John Wyndham
John Wyndham was another English author who wrote excellent science fiction for a largely mainstream audience.
When biochemical researcher Diana Brackley discovers that the lichen she is investigating can slow ageing, her immediate reaction is to trumpet it as the discovery of the millenium.
John Wyndham also wrote "The Kraken Wakes" (**), "Chocky" (**), "Consider Her Ways and Others" (*), "The Outward Urge" (with Lucas Parks), and "The Seeds of Time".
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 Amazon.com: Stowaway to Mars: Books: John Wyndham   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Written by a young, pre-Triffids Wyndham under the name John Beynon, this is a less well developed effort that nonetheless shows his talent.
The plot is standard, with an attractive female stowaway joining an all-male crew on a race to be the first nation to land on Mars, but it's graced with original details and intelligent epithets such as "Mind is the control of brain by memory," and the fast-paced plot keeps you reading.
Wyndham always wrote with a sure hand, and that was no less true of this early effort than of his later, better novels.
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 John Wyndham - Penguin Books Authors - Penguin Books
John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Benyon Harris was born in 1903, the son of a barrister.
In 1946 he went back to writing stories for publication in the USA and decided to try a modified form of science fiction, a form he called 'logical fantasy'.
As John Wyndham he wrote The Day of the Triffids and The Kraken Wakes (both widely translated), The Chrysalids, The Midwich Cuckoos (filmed as Village of the Damned), The Seeds of Time, Trouble with Lichen, The Outward Urge (with Lucas Parkes) and Chocky.
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