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John Wyndham Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Curse of the Burdens (1927) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Foul Play Suspected (1935) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret People (1935) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stowaway to Mars aka Planet Plane (1935) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Day of the Triffids aka Revolt of the Triffids (1951) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Kraken Wakes aka Out of the Deeps (1953) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chrysalids aka Re-Birth (1955) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Midwich Cuckoos (1957) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trouble with Lichen (1960) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Outward Urge (1961) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chocky (1968) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Web (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Plan for Chaos (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Jizzle (1954) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Seeds of Time (1956) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales of Gooseflesh and Laughter (1956) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Consider Her Ways (1961) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Infinite Moment (1961) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Moon Era (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of John Wyndham 1951-1960 (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of John Wyndham 1932-1949 (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sleepers of Mars (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wanderers of Time (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man from Beyond (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Exiles on Asperus (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Meteor (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Place Like Earth (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

From Other Worlds (1952) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Place Like Earth (1954) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best SF 2 (1956) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Out of This World 10 (1959) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Treasury of Great Science Fiction, Volume 1 (1959) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
13 Great Stories of Science Fiction (1960) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Out of This World 3 (1962) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Chamber of Horrors (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spectrum 4 (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An ABC of Science Fiction (1966) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Sense of Wonder (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Time Untamed (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Unspeakable People (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Freak Show (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The 6th Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Science Fiction Stories (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Science Fiction Century (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dragons (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Flying Sorcerers (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Road to Science Fiction 5 (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vintage Science Fiction (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

John Wyndham (born 1903-1969) was the pseudonym used by an English writer of sci-fi John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris. The author also used other combination of his names such as Lucas Parkes and John Beynon, and most of his novels were set in the post-apocalyptic era. His famous works include The Midwich Cuckoos (1957) and The Day of the Triffids (1951).

Wyndham, the son of George Beynon Harris and Gertrude Parkes, was born in Dorridge, a village near Knowle, Warwickshire (now known as West Midlands), England. He spent his childhood in Edgbaston in Birmingham, but his parents divorced aged eight years, and he and his brother spent the rest of their youth at public schools such as Blundell’s School in Tiverton, Devon during the First World War. Wyndham longest and the last stay was based at Bedales School in Hampshire from 1918-1921, a place where finally found his happiness and blossomed but left at the age of 18.

After leaving Bedales, the author tried several careers including commercial art, farming, advertising, and law but heavily relied on an allowance from his family. He switched to writing for money in 1925 and by 1931, was selling serial fiction, short stories to American science fiction magazines under the pseudonyms John Beynon Harris and John Beynon although he also authored some detective stories.

During the Second World War, Wyndham served as a censor in the Ministry of Information and later joined the British Army where he served as a Corporal cipher operator. He also participated in Normandy Landings even though he did not actively participate in the first few days of the operation. After the war, Wyndham switched back to writing, inspired by his brother successful writing career. He changed his writing style, and by 1951, he wrote The Day of the Triffids using the pen name John Wyndham. His pre-war writing career was not discussed in the novel’s publicity, and readers assumed that it was the first book by a previously unknown author. The book was a success as it established Wyndham as an essential figure in the world of science fiction. During his lifetime, Wyndham wrote and published six more novels under the pen name John Wyndham.

In 1963, Wyndham married Grace Isobel Wilson- a woman he had known for more than two decades. The couple remained married until his death. Wyndham and Grace lived for many years in separate rooms at the Penn Club, London and later moved near Petersfield, Hampshire. A collection of Wyndham letters addressed to his beloved wife during WWII is stored in University of Liverpool archive. In his writing, Wyndham explores the issues around the female gender being forced by their biology to choose between love and careers. In 1969, Wyndham died at his home in Petersfield; he was survived by his wife, Grace and his brother. Additionally, some of Wyndham unsold writing was published, and his prior published work was re-published. In 2015, a street in Hampstead that appears in Wyndham’s novel The Day of the Triffids was named Triffids Alley as a memorial to Wyndham.

Wyndham reputation mainly rests on the first four novels published in his lifetime under the pen name, John Wyndham. The Day of the Triffids remains one of Wyndham’s best work, but some readers consider The Chrysalids as his best. He also wrote short stories ranging from whimsical fantasy to science fiction. Some of Wyndham’s books have been optioned to films Random Quest, Consider Her Ways, A Long Spoon, Time to Rest, and Jizzle. Most of his books are set in the 1950’s and Brian Aldiss; a British Sci-Fi labeled Wyndham’s books as cozy catastrophes.

The Day of the Triffids

The Day of the Triffids is the first book in Triffids series by John Wyndham. In 1951, Wyndham released The Day of the Triffids to a moderate acclaim. Seven decades later, this horrifying narrative story is a sci-fi classic known by The Times as having all the aspects of a well realized nightmare.

The story introduces Bill Masen, as he bandages over his injured eyes and misses on one of the most spectacular meteorite showers England has ever seen. Replacing his bandages the next morning, Masen discovers masses of sightless people the following day wondering the city. A moment later, he meets Josella, another lucky fellow who has retained her eyesight and the two immediately leave the city knowing that the safe and the familiar world they once knew is gone forever.

However to survive in this post-apocalyptic world, one might confront the Triffids-mysterious plants that years ago started appearing everywhere on the planet. These plants can grow over 7 feet tall and capable of pulling walking and kill any man with their poisonous stingers. With everything in shambles, the Triffids are now poised to prey on human beings.

Wyndham surprisingly foresees a bio-warfare many decades before their realization, in this detailed account of Cold War paranoia.

The Chrysalids

Wyndham is often considered as the pioneer of cozy catastrophe- based on the allegation that his main characters tend to be white males who are not affected in any way by the apocalypse and most continue to live it up while the rest of the human population suffer.

The Chrysalids introduces David Strom, a telepathic main character. He and his friends live in a rural area called Labrador ruled by religious zealots. In this post-apocalypse world, a nuclear holocaust caused massive and widespread mutations in all life forms, and mutations of any kind are regarded as blasphemies. Even minor variations such as small extra toe will lead anyone to death or exile. The discovery of telepathy causes panic among the rulers, and the telepaths are immediately regarded as a threat to humanity and hence hunted down.

While The Day of the Triffids is recognized as one of Wyndham’s best books, The Chrysalids is also quoted by some readers as his best. Besides being a fast-paced novel, the underlying message of the narrative is also heartfelt. The novel is a clear metaphor for the cry of the disenfranchised and the ethnic minorities. This novel is a beautiful and highly commendable book with a plot that is quite profound and moving.

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