All this clandestine rooting about through her cupboards and secret hidey holes, unearthed two well forgotten red onions, which had given up of ever being used, and had decided to put down roots, literally, they looked like something from a John Wyndham
novel, a miniature Triffid was evolving here in Levy Towers.
Alexis Hall's The Affair of the Mysterious Letter (Ace, $16, 9780440001331, eBook available) finds Captain John Wyndham
, a war veteran with few options left, returning to Khelathra-Ven and moving into an apartment at 221B Martyrs Walk.
's 1953 science fiction novel The Kraken Wakes tells of aliens who land on Earth, settle in the Pacific's Mariana Trench and set about changing our planet to suit their needs by melting the polar ice caps and flooding the land.
The mysterious natural phenomenon and appearance of an unusual creature led me initially to expect a science fiction novel along the lines of John Wyndham
's classics The Day of the Triffids or Trouble with Lichen, or perhaps something akin to the film The Shape of Water.
He loved the "old school" masters such as HG Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham
. As he left those formative years behind, he penned short stories when he could find a rare quiet moment amidst life's usual distractions.
"I've been reading a lot of science fiction recently, especially the work of John Wyndham
," she said.
Sci-fi scenarios draw from a gumbo of influences and allow Segal to devise dissonant and disorientating backdrops in which the spirits of writers John Wyndham
and William Burroughs, plus jazz giants Pharoah Sanders and Thelonious Monk are summoned.
This is a modern reworking of the John Wyndham
classic, The Midwich Cuckoos.
's 1953 novel tells of an alien attack from space that results in the polar ice caps melting and the sea levels rising, causing Britain to slowly drown.
It includes the papers and manuscripts of some of the most important writers in the genre, including Day of the Triffids author John Wyndham
P Lovecraft, part John Wyndham
, with a measure of astute social science fiction thrown in.
The science-fiction writer, John Wyndham
is also a former pupil, as is Lily Allen.