The Kraken Wakes

Finally, sea levels begin their inexorable rise . . . The Kraken Wakes is a brilliant novel of how humankind responds to the threat of its own extinction and, ultimately, asks what we are prepared to do in order to survive.

Author: John Wyndham

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141920882

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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'Ingenious, horrifying' - Guardian It started with fireballs raining down from the sky and crashing into the oceans' deeps. Then ships began sinking mysteriously and later 'sea tanks' emerged from the deeps to claim people . . . For journalists Mike and Phyllis Watson, what at first appears to be a curiosity becomes a global calamity. Helpless, they watch as humanity struggles to survive now that water - one of the compounds upon which life depends - is turned against them. Finally, sea levels begin their inexorable rise . . . The Kraken Wakes is a brilliant novel of how humankind responds to the threat of its own extinction and, ultimately, asks what we are prepared to do in order to survive.

The Chrysalids

During the 1930s he wrote many short stories, mostly for American pulp
magazines, but his reputation rests on the trio of catastrophe novels he published
in the 1950s: The Day of the Triffids, The Kraken Wakes and The Chrysalids. He
died in ...

Author: John Wyndham

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241950600

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 582

Penguin Decades bring you the novels that helped shape modern Britain. When they were published, some were bestsellers, some were considered scandalous, and others were simply misunderstood. All represent their time and helped define their generation, while today each is considered a landmark work of storytelling. First published in 1955, The Chrysalids is a post-nuclear story of genetic mutation in a devastated world, which tells of the lengths the intolerant will go to to keep themselves pure. David Strorm's father doesn't approve of Angus Morton's unusually large horses, calling them blasphemies against nature. Little does he realize that his own son, his niece Rosalind and their friends, have their own secret aberration which would label them as mutants. But as David and Rosalind grow older it becomes more difficult to conceal their differences from the village elders. Soon they face a choice: wait for eventual discovery or flee to the terrifying and mutable Badlands ...

The Day of the Triffids

The Day of the Triffids is perhaps the most famous catastrophe novel of the twentieth century and its startling imagery of desolate streets and lurching, lethal plant life retains its power to haunt today.

Author: John Wyndham

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141912111

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 474

'One of those books that haunts you for the rest of your life' Sunday Times When a freak cosmic event renders most of the Earth's population blind, Bill Masen is one of the lucky few to retain his sight. The London he walks is crammed with groups of men and women needing help, some ready to prey on those who can still see. But another menace stalks blind and sighted alike. With nobody to stop their spread the Triffids, mobile plants with lethal stingers and carnivorous appetites, seem set to take control. The Day of the Triffids is perhaps the most famous catastrophe novel of the twentieth century and its startling imagery of desolate streets and lurching, lethal plant life retains its power to haunt today.

Plan for Chaos

The publication of David Ketterer's authorised biography and the 40th anniversary of the novelist's death are likely to stimulate considerable interest in the work of John Wyndham and Plan for Chaos offers reviewers and feature writers a ...

Author: John Wyndham


ISBN: 9781846311796

Category: Fiction

Page: 263

View: 505

Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the author’s death, Plan for Chaos presents a new work from this canonical author, whose previous novels – particularly The Day of the Triffids (in print continuously since 1951) and The Midwich Cuckoos – continue to sell widely through mass-market publishing houses. Secondly, and perhaps more significantly, this never-before-published novel was written simultaneously with The Day of the Triffids, making it a fascinating companion to the author’s most famous work. Wyndham continues to have a significant influence on the direction of SF writing: Ray Bradbury and Margaret Atwood are his most famous acolytes but others such as Kim Stanley Robinson and even Aldous Huxley have drawn heavily on Wyndham’s work. Wyndham himself is considered the direct successor to another canonical writer, H.G. Wells. The publication of David Ketterer’s authorised biography and the 40th anniversary of the novelist’s death are likely to stimulate considerable interest in the work of John Wyndham and Plan for Chaos offers reviewers and feature writers a new angle on this influential writer.

Tennyson Among the Novelists

John Wyndham, The Kraken Wakes (London: Penguin, 1970), p. 138. Wyndham,
The Kraken Wakes, p. 222. Wyndham, The Kraken Wakes, p. 8. Wyndham, The
Kraken Wakes, p. 9. Wyndham, The Kraken Wakes, pp. 9–10. Geoffrey Willans ...

Author: John Morton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441176624

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 859

Until now, the study of literary allusion has focused on allusions made by poets to other poets. In Tennyson Among the Novelists, John Morton presents the first book-length account of the presence of a poet's work in works of prose fiction. As well as shedding new light on the poems of Tennyson and their reception history, Morton covers a wide variety of novelists including Thomas Hardy, James Joyce, Evelyn Waugh, and Andrew O'Hagan, offering a fresh look at their approach to writing. Morton shows how Tennyson's poetry, despite its frequent depreciation by critics, has survived as a vivifying presence in the novel from the Victorian period to the present day.

Tennyson s Fixations

absence of eyes and mouth would explain the indistinctness of the limits of the
Kraken's body — its "shadowy sides" (l. ... The Kraken wakes, furthermore, to a
history that has unfolded for ages over its sleep, as a mark of that history's limit.

Author: Matthew Charles Rowlinson

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813914787

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 193

View: 169

Conflating deconstructive theory with psychoanalysis, Rowlinson (English, Dartmouth College) proposes an analytic formalism as the appropriate model for reading Tennyson, and demonstrates the utility of the approach with close readings of fragments and poems written from 1824 to 1833, focusing on the nature of place the structuring of desire. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Science Fiction and Climate Change

Much the same is true of the two main British SF flood narratives of the 1950s and
early 1960s, John Wyndham's The Kraken Wakes (1953) and J.G. Ballard's The
Drowned World (1962). Although both were possibly inspired by the flooding of ...

Author: Andrew Milner


ISBN: 1789621720

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 613

This is a timely, comprehensiveand thoroughly researched study of climate fiction from around the world,including novels, short stories, films and other formats. Informed by a sociologicalperspective, it will be an invaluable resource for students and scholarslooking to enter and expand the field of climate fiction studies.


The Kraken Wakes The little silver fish Scatter like shrapnel As I plunge upward
From the black underworld. The green waves break from my sides As I roll up,
forced by my season, And before the tenth second I can feel my own heat— The ...

Author: China Miéville

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 033053162X

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 127

Winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, Kraken is a darkly comic, wildly absurd adventure by author of Perdido Street Station, China Miéville. Deep in the research wing of the Natural History Museum is a prize specimen, something that comes along much less often than once in a lifetime: a perfect, and perfectly preserved, giant squid. But what does it mean when the creature suddenly and impossibly disappears? For curator Billy Harrow it's the start of a headlong pitch into a London of warring cults, surreal magic, apostates and assassins. It might just be that the creature he's been preserving is more than a biological rarity: there are those who are sure it's a god. A god that someone is hoping will end the world.

The Outward Urge

The 'outward urge' was a factor in the Troon inheritance.

Author: John Wyndham

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 147323073X

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 442

The 'outward urge' was a factor in the Troon inheritance. Successive generations of Troons, looking up at the stars, heard the siren voices that called them out into Space. And, as the frontiers of Space receded, there was usually one Troon, if not more, out there, helping to push them back. In an age in which what goes up need not necessarily come down, the likely adventures of the Conquistadors of Space are every bit as exciting as any world menaced by triffids.

Biological Diversity

The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee About his shadowy sides: above him
swell Huge sponges of millennial growth and height; ... The first is John
Wyndham's 1953 novel The Kraken Wakes, where the poem appears in the first

Author: Paul E. Hatcher

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470979860

Category: Science

Page: 440

View: 635

Biological Diversity takes a fresh, innovative approach to the teaching of biodiversity. Rather than detailing and cataloguing the major taxa and their evolutionary relationships, the authors have selected 18 groups of organisms and used these as a framework in which to discuss the species and their interactions with man and each other. There is a strong narrative theme throughout – the exploited and the exploiters - and, in many cases, there is emphasis on the historical context. A wide range of organisms are covered, from the unicellular to birds and mammals and with an equal consideration of plants and animals. Species have been chosen for their ability to best illustrate particular biological principles, and for their strong interaction with other species. After an introduction the book is divided into two parts: ‘Exploited’ and ‘Exploiters’. Each of the chapters, although linked to each other, forms a stand-alone essay. They are scientifically rigorous, up-to-date and do not shy away from addressing some controversial issues. Chapters have’ text boxes’ highlighting important issues and concepts, lists of further reading and references. In addition to tables and figures the book has a selection of original illustrations drawn by leading artist Steven Appleby. This fresh approach will appeal to all those interested in the biological sciences, and aims to be accessible to people with a diversity of backgrounds. It will prove particularly useful to biology students, enabling them to get to grips with important biological principles and concepts that underpin the diversity of life, and the interrelationship of humans with other groups of organisms.

Consider Her Ways

The six stories in Consider Her Ways: And Others, the second collecton of John Wyndham's short tales, continue his exploration of the science fiction staple - what if?

Author: John Wyndham

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241971063

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 748

The six stories in Consider Her Ways: And Others, the second collecton of John Wyndham's short tales, continue his exploration of the science fiction staple - what if? In the title story we are introduced to a world where all the men have been killed by a virus and women continue to survive in a strict caste system - bottom of the heap are the mothers. In others we meet the man who accidentally summons a devil and then has to find a way of getting rid of him without losing his immortal soul, as well as the woman who, thanks to an experiment in time, discovers why her lover abandoned her. 'Wyndham writes strongly and has a gift for bizarre plots' Guardian 'One of the few authors whose compulsive readability is a compliment to the intelligence' Spectator John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Benyon Harris was born in 1903, the son of a barrister. He tried a number of careers including farming, law, commercial art and advertising, and started writing short stories, intended for sale, in 1925. From 1930 to 1939 he wrote short stories of various kinds under different names, almost exclusively for American publications, while also writing detective novels. During the war he was in the Civil Service and then the Army. In 1946 he went back to writing stories for publication in the USA and decided to try a modified form of science fiction, a form he called 'logical fantasy'. As John Wyndham he wrote The Day of the Triffids, The Kraken Wakes, The Chrysalids, The Midwich Cuckoos (filmed as Village of the Damned), The Seeds of Time, Trouble with Lichen, The Outward Urge, Consider Her Ways and Others, Web and Chocky. John Wyndham died in March 1969.

Hearts In Atlantis

The Kraken Wakes is even better.” “What's a kraken?” They had reached a
streetcorner and were waiting for the light to change. Ted made a spooky, big-
eyed face and bent down toward Bobby with his hands on his knees. “It's a
monstah,” he ...

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684844907

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

View: 189

Stephen King, whose first novel, Carrie, was published in 1974, the year before the last U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam, is the first hugely popular writer of the TV generation. Images from that war -- and the protests against it -- had flooded America's living rooms for a decade. Hearts in Atlantis, King's newest fiction, is composed of five interconnected, sequential narratives, set in the years from 1960 to 1999. Each story is deeply rooted in the sixties, and each is haunted by the Vietnam War. In Part One, "Low Men in Yellow Coats," eleven-year-old Bobby Garfield discovers a world of predatory malice in his own neighborhood. He also discovers that adults are sometimes not rescuers but at the heart of the terror. In the title story, a bunch of college kids get hooked on a card game, discover the possibility of protest...and confront their own collective heart of darkness, where laughter may be no more than the thinly disguised cry of the beast. In "Blind Willie" and "Why We're in Vietnam," two men who grew up with Bobby in suburban Connecticut try to fill the emptiness of the post-Vietnam era in an America which sometimes seems as hollow -- and as haunted -- as their own lives. And in "Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling," this remarkable book's denouement, Bobby returns to his hometown where one final secret, the hope of redemption, and his heart's desire may await him. Full of danger, full of suspense, most of all full of heart, Stephen King's new book will take some readers to a place they have never been...and others to a place they have never been able to completely leave.

Dictionary of Literature in English

Notable works include “ They Flee from Me , " " My Lute Awake ! , ” “ Stand Whoso
List , ” “ Whoso List to Hunt , ” all published ... Notable works include THE DAY OF

Author: Neil King

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781579583811

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 189

View: 479

First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

About Language

(from The Kraken Wakes by]. Wyndham) 1 Hypothetical meaning It wouldn't he so
bad there. Does she know — or is she hypothesising? Can you identify any other
examples of hypothetical meaning in the above passage? 2 Conditional ...

Author: Scott Thornbury

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521427207

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 269

View: 934

This book raises the issue of what a teacher needs to know about English in order to teach it effectively. It leads teachers to awareness of the language through a wide range of tasks which involve them in analysing English to discover its underlying system.

Literature of the 1950s

Wyndham, John (1953) The Kraken Wakes, London: Michael Joseph —(1955)
The Chrysalids, London: Michael Joseph. —(1973) [1951] The Day of the Triffids,
Harmondsworth: Penguin. Wynn Thomas, M. (1998) 'Emyr Humphreys: Regional

Author: Alice Ferrebe

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 074865531X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 965

This lively study challenges the myths about apathy and smugness surrounding British literature of the period. It rereads the decade and its literature as crucial in twentieth-century British history for its emergent and increasingly complicated politics

Ted Hughes Class and Violence

Williams, Raymond, The Country and the City St. Albans: Paladin, 1975. —
Writing in Society London: Verso, 1991. Wyndham, John, The Day of the Triffids
London: Penguin, 1999. —The Kraken Wakes London: Penguin, 2008. —The
Midwich ...

Author: Paul Bentley

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472571711

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

View: 983

Ted Hughes is widely regarded as a major figure in twentieth-century poetry, but the impact of Hughes's class background on his work has received little attention. This is the first full length study to take the measure of the importance of class in Hughes. It presents a radically new version of Hughes that challenges the image of Hughes as primarily a nature poet, as well as the image of the Tory Laureate. The controversy over 'natural' violence in Hughes's early poems, Hughes's relationship with Seamus Heaney, the Laureateship, and Hughes's revisiting of his relationship with Sylvia Plath in Birthday Letters (1998), are reconsidered in terms of Hughes's class background. Drawing on the thinking of cultural theorists such as Slavoj Žižek, Terry Eagleton, and Julia Kristeva, the book presents new political readings of familiar Hughes poems, alongside consideration of posthumously collected poems and letters, to reveal a surprising picture of a profoundly class-conscious poet.

The Riverside Dictionary of Biography

His other novels include The Kraken Wakes ( 1953 , in the US , Out of the Deeps
) , The Chrysalids ( 1955 , in the US , Rebirth ) , The Midwych Cuckoos ( 1957 ) ,
The Trouble With Lichen ( 1960 ) and Chocky ( 1968 ) . Consider Her Ways ...

Author: Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618493371

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 867

View: 893

An authoritative resource offering concise profiles of more than ten thousand of the world's most important people features information on individuals from ancient times to the present day and representing a wide range of fields of endeavor, furnishing details on birth and death dates, full name, nationality, occupation, and accomplishments, as well as thousands of cross references and brief quotations.

Writing Talk

The Kraken Wakes and The Chrysalids reached these faraway places as
prophetic thunder. There is also a later Wyndham, slighter and tidier, whose best
example is The Midwich Cuckoos. In that “logical fantasy” — a term he “preferred
to ...

Author: Alex Hamilton

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1780883390

Category: Authors

Page: 384

View: 882

In his long career in literary journalism, Alex Hamilton has probably met and talked in depth to more of our great writers than anyone else, from the most critically acclaimed to the most hard-nosed bestsellers, from novelists to cartoonists, and in every genre, from Thrillers and Whodunnits to Short Stories, from Poetry to Science Fiction.This selection from a life’s work gives us a stimulating and rare insight into the minds and lives of some of the most fascinating creators of our modern culture. It’s a book that contains many surprises in the revelations given by some of the authors about their struggles and victories, the serious or humorous commitments made by them, and their addiction to the kind of fiction they like to write. The reader will soon realise that no two of these eighty-five featured authors – such as Kurt Vonnegut, Angela Carter, Stephen King, Daphne du Maurier, Ian McEwan, Jorge Luis Borges, Graham Greene or Margaret Atwood – are alike. Splendidly informative and serious, Writing Talk is also often very funny: a book to dip into as the mood takes, or to dive into hungrily. It will appeal to those with a passion for books and for the people who have written them.“I’ve been fortunate to talk to so many marvellous writers. Gathering some of these conversations into a book, rather than their brief life in a daily newspaper, offers a chance for readers to share my pleasure and to introduce a new generation to some past greats,” says Alex Hamilton, behind his reason to create Writing Talk.