Other touchstones include the fiction of John Wyndham
("Village of the Damned," "The Day of the Triffids"), plus big dollops of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and a bit of John Carpenter's "The Thing." Even chopsocky classics are referenced.
Both Terry Harpold and Nicole LaRose explore the beginnings of the modern apocalyptic narrative by discussing John Wyndham
's 1951 novel about killer communist plants, The Day of the Triffids.
While Smyth draws on a number of surviving examples of annotated almanacs by both known and unknown figures, this chapter focuses on three in particular: the manuscript of John Wyndham
, in which Wyndham pasted printed calendars beside his annotations, showing the "flow of influence" between the printed artifact and Wyndham's life-writing (25); Lady Isabella Twysden's Civil War almanacs; and a copy ofArthur Hopton's New Almanacke (1613), perhaps annotated by Matthew Page, which shows how the non-narrative accumulation of records can become autobiographic.
He is inspired by the reportage style of artists Paul Hogarth, who illustrated books by Graham Greene and John Wyndham
, and Ronald Searle, creator of the St Trinian's stories.
Those of us who've read John Wyndham
's 1950s sci-fi classic or seen Howard Keel's movie have our own ideas what a giant lethal plant looks like - and it's not a man holding a ball on the end of a stick.
Recordings were made of the volunteers reading passages from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, John Wyndham
's The Day of the Triffids and Darwin's On the Origin of Species.
She met John Wyndham
(1903-1969), the science fiction writer, at the Penn Club (which then offered permanent accommodations) in 1931, they began a relationship in 1935, and a large correspondence between them during the war years exists in the Wyndham archive at the University of Liverpool.
Whether they are painting the landscapes of New Mexico like Georgia O'Keefe, drawing political cartoons like Richard Wilson, publicizing hemp by driving around in a biogas bus like actor Woody Harrelson or writing about ecological disaster like John Wyndham
, artists influence the way we see the natural world.
As a lad, I read John Wyndham
's Day of the Triffids, a science fiction tale in which plant life threatens to take over the world.
ISBN 0-14-118198-2); John Wyndham
's The Midwich Cuckoos ([pound]6.99.
You could tell something important was afoot from the quantity of soberly dressed English and American people drinking their cappuccinos at Robiglio, a local pasticceria, and talking in low voices about the Pope: the English art historian Sir John Wyndham
Pope-Hennessy, who had died a few days earlier, on Halloween, at the age of eighty.