Essay topic: John Wyndham
Wyndham’s work in science fiction is interesting in its emphasis. He doesn’t generally concentrate on amusing the reader with strange inventions of technology from a bewildering future. The settings he employs for the future are logical identifiable extensions of the world today.
His consuming interest lay in speculation about human nature and human behaviour. This would account for his attention to customs and moral codes displayed in different societies in his books. 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.
Discuss this statement in relation to the novels The Chrysalids and The Day of the Triffids, making close reference to the text wherever possible.