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    John Wyndham. The Day of the Triffids. Garden City: 1951. First edition, review copy.

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    John Wyndham (pseudonym of John Beynon Harris). The Day of the Triffids. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1951. First edition, review copy with publisher's slip laid in. Octavo. 222, [223-224: blank] pages. Publisher's greyish-blue cloth, spine lettered in green, in original dust jacket. Faint, minor foxing to top edge of text block, light age-darkening to free endpapers along gutter margins, else a fine copy in bright, very good dust jacket with light wear at spine ends and three corner tips and some internal tanning (no show through). Overall, an attractive copy.

    Preceded the British edition that has textual differences. Biologically engineered sentient plants raised for food, that walk, sting and feast on carrion, prey on mankind after most humans are blinded by malfunctioning secret military satellites orbiting the Earth. "... compares favorably to H. G. Wells' catastrophe novels, especially with The War of the Worlds, to which it bears some striking resemblances." - Magill (ed), Survey of Science Fiction Literature, p. 506. "This tale of monsters from a botched experiment marching over the world is a superior example of its breed." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1296. Runner-up for the 1952 International Fantasy Award. Basis for two films, a feature in 1962 and a made for television movie in 1981. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-199. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 5. Survey of Science Fiction Literature I, pp. 502-07.



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