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The Day of the Triffids

Written By:John Wyndham - 1951

  • The Day of the Triffids  - John Wyndham cover

    Fawcett Crest - TBD

  • The Day of the Triffids  - John Wyndham cover

    Carroll & Graf - 1993

  • The Day of the Triffids  - John Wyndham cover

    Modern Library - 2003


Synopsis

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WHAT WERE THEY—
THESE HIDEOUS TRIFFIDS
ROAMING THE RUINS
OF THE EARTH?

Until a few short hours ago—before the sky exploded into a shower of flaming green hell—triffids had been regarded as merely a curious and profitable form of plant life. Now these shadowy vegetable creatures became a crawling, killing nightmare of pain and horror.

Madness hung in the air, fear lurked in every side street, death hovered in every doorway. Stripped of civilized veneer by terror and desperation, the handful of surviving humans began to turn on each other.

And all the while the triffids watched and waited...

Carroll & Graf - 1993

Bill awakes in a hospital to discover that almost everyone in the world, except himself, has gome blind. He roams the streets of London, dodging the panic-stricken people. Soon, he meets up with an attractive young woman who also retains the ability to see. They are the chosen ones.

Then the triffids arrive. In a suddenly blinded world, they are unstoppable. Millions are dying; will Bill and his companion survive?

For what reasons did these extraterrestrial planet terrorists come to seek revenge on mankind? What has caused this universal blindness? Is it too late?

Modern Library - 2003

Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere twenty-four hours before is gone forever.

But to survive in this post-apocalyptic world, one must survive the Triffids, strange plants that years before began appearing all over the world. The Triffids can grow to over seven feet tall, pull their roots from the ground to walk, and kill a man with one quick lash of their poisonous stingers. With society in shambles, they are now poised to prey on humankind. Wyndham chillingly anticipates bio-warfare and mass destruction, fifty years before their realization, in this prescient account of Cold War paranoia.

Excerpt

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A LONG, GREEN LASH WHIPPED OUT...

...a man screamed as he fell. The others swept past him in a panic.

I did not need more than a glimpse of that lash to know what was going on. The triffids!

Somehow I had not thought they had gotten this far. Now I knew the reason for the terrible silence of the city, why the streets were so totally deserted... and the reason for the bodies we had seen along the way.

We ran into the nearest ship and barricaded the door. At least for the moment we were out of the triffids' range.

I climbed cautiously to the roof to prospect. Nothing moved outside. Then I saw two triffids motionless in the bushes. I knew there were more I couldn't see.

There was only one way out. We had to try to make a run for the entrance between the buildings.

As we talked we could hear a strange dry rustle along the wall outside. The triffids were showing interest. Their uncanny sensitiveness told them something was happening.

"Bloody unnatural brutes," whispered one man. They were, too. They were waiting for us at the entrance...

Blurb

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HAILED AS THE GREATEST SCIENCE FICTION MASTERPIECE OF OUR TIME

THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS—a brain-chilling tale of tomorrow "...all the reality of a vividly realized nightmare" -THE TIMES, LONDON

"Most terrifying" -LIBRARY JOURNAL

Carroll & Graf - 1993

"One of the genuine classics of imaginative fiction." —Science Fiction Encyclopedia

Modern Library - 2003

In 1951 John Wyndham published his novel The Day of the Triffids to moderate acclaim. Fifty-two years later, this horrifying story is a science fiction classic, touted by The Times (London) as having "all the reality of a vividly realized nightmare."

Catastrophe:

extraterrestrial

Type:

fantastical