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The style & technique of JOHN WYNDHAM

Tony Rossiter takes a look at one of the most original of science-fiction writers

Perhaps the best writer of science fiction England has ever produced’ is how Stephen King has described John Wyndham (1903- 1969). His full name was John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris and he wrote lots of short stories and adventures set in space using other combinations of his names, such as John Beynon and Lucas Parkes. But he’s best known for the novels published under the name of John Wyndham in the 1950s – especially The Day of the Triffids (1951) and The Midwich Cuckoos (1957), both of which were made into films. He was one of the very few science fiction writers who produced stories with a mass appeal that transcended the SF genre.

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