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John Wyndham wrote strong, imaginative fiction years before fame came his way, and this is a collection of some of his pieces from those days.Already remarkable are his sense of movement, his sense of invention, his sense of style. The title story of this collection foreshadows frighteningly such later novels as THE KRAKEN WAKES and THE MIDWICH CUCKOOS with its suggestionJohn Wyndham wrote strong, imaginative fiction years before fame came his way, and this is a collection of some of his pieces from those days.Already remarkable are his sense of movement, his sense of invention, his sense of style. The title story of this collection foreshadows frighteningly such later novels as THE KRAKEN WAKES and THE MIDWICH CUCKOOS with its suggestion of time when man is no longer the dominant creature on Earth.And The Last Lunarians and The Derelict of Space show how well he researched his material, long before space ships had struck out for the moon and the idea of inter-planetary travel had become commonplace.This is truly another fascinating piece of evidence of John Wyndham's remarkable talent as a seer and storyteller....

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ISBN : 9780340173060
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 158 Pages
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Wanderers of Time Reviews

  • Cheryl
    2019-02-01 17:13

    The stories here were actually written in the 1930s, and in many ways are as dated, 'pulp' and ridiculous as one would expect. Otoh, I did thoroughly enjoy them. Wyndham was smart, creative, and underappreciated. These five are particularly delightful because they could have been dragged out to be novels, but were left as concise, quite tight stories."It is a funny thing that for most men the whitest conscience is no protection from some apprehension in the presence of police." (Ah, I'm not the only one!)Mention of the Third Reich and Germany's movements towards aggressiveness: "They made a mess of 1914. They came a cropper in 1940. And now they're working up for it again." (I know nothing of history, but I do wonder what he imagined happening that would have stopped the Holocaust. Would that he'd been right.)

  • Wendle
    2019-01-26 22:51

    I feel trite saying it, because i say it after every Wyndham book i read, but there is nothing this man writes that i don’t love. I’m sure i’m not capable of fully explaining why, either. There is just something in a combination of his writing style and the subject matter that are just perfect to me.Wyndham creates these worlds so easily. He doesn’t necessarily provide a lot of information–he provides just enough. He doesn’t describe the entire world, he describes aspects pertinent to the story at hand, to the characters at hand, and leaves you to fill in (or not) the rest as you wish. I think because of this, because he stops short of giving too many details to these worlds, it makes it easier to imagine them being this world. The world we’re living in now in the not too distant future, in the far flung future, or even just tomorrow. And that gives a sense of connection and recognition to every story–even the ones set in space.These stories and concepts just interest and intrigue me immensely. They’re fun, but they’re suspenseful. They’re obviously fictitious, but they’re easily relatable. They’re just bloody good.A longer review can be read at my book blog: Marvel At Words.

  • James
    2019-02-01 21:03

    There's something about the drier, more formal tone of old sci-fi I really like. Possibly the anti-sensationalist air it gives, the air of sober assessment, all beards and pipe-smoke. The five stories in this collection all have that air, and make for delightful reading. Although definitely a product of when they were written, that's not the same as to say they've dated. The Last Lunarians may provoke a chuckle from a post-Apollo audience, but mostly these are just good stories, with some neat underlying ideas.

  • Rachel
    2019-01-25 01:05

    If you find yourself writing dialogue like, "I don't want to bore you with technicalities and detailed accounts of my findings" after that character has just bored the reader with pages of technicalities and detailed accounts of his findings, that information is extraneous.These were adventure stories with good ideas at their cores, bogged down with way too much explanation by the narrator. The only good story in this was The Puff-ball Menace, and that's what drags the rating up to two stars.

  • Benj
    2019-02-17 18:14

    Obviously very dated, but recognisably John Wyndham. Could have been a lot worse!I think the worst bit was the introduction, which seemed to have been written by someone who didn't know anything about this book or John Wyndham's later novels!

  • Meg
    2019-02-17 20:11

    3.5* a good collection of interesting sci-fi ideas

  • Del
    2019-01-22 20:52

    Favourite: The Puff-ball Menace

  • Tim
    2019-01-21 21:02

    I found this little collection of John Wyndham sci-fi stories in a local charity shop. They appear to have been written in the 1930's, which explains the unfriendly Germany reference in one story, and a proto-The Day of the Triffids story.The title story is about a time traveller who makes the classic mistake of going back in time to find out what happened to his girlfriend and "rescue" her. They then end up in a far future with other assorted time travellers from different eras. What I particularly liked about the way this story was written was how details were slowly revealed, and some mysteries left still unexplained by the end. It would make a good Doctor Who story.The space salvage story is very dry, probably on purpose as it is written in the style of a report written after the fact. Updating the Germany reference to Russia, China or North Korea would help refresh the story.The Lunarites story has all the hallmarks of an Egyptian Mummy story, and the final story is all about puff balls.In today's (2017) world these stories would need only minor degrees of updating to still work. A few plot points hinge on communications being slow and/or surveillance being less ubiquitous. Easily fixed in the stories!

  • Chris
    2019-01-29 23:08

    An interesting collection of stories in which you can see the genesis of Wyndham's themes. "Child of Power" is a precursor of Chocky and his psychic children novels, whilst "The Puffball Menace" is the definition of a cosy catastrophe and "Derelict in Space" show his concern with industrial espionage.My favourites were actually "Wanderers of Time" and "Last of the Lunarians" which owe more to the pulp era but are neat ideas and it is refreshing to see what a great author can do with the concepts.All of these tales reflect the concerns of the time such as the rise of Nazi-Germany and the treatment of small nations by imperial powers.Overall, highly recommended.

  • Nathan
    2019-01-27 18:54

    Wanderers of Time is a compilation of his first stories. I enjoyed several which showed the germination of novels to come. He wrote them under the name John Beynon (John Wyndham Beynon Lucas Parker), and there are two worth mentioning. ‘The Puffball Menace’ concerns plants that have highly destructive properties and puts me in mind of The Day of The Triffids, and ‘Child of Power’ focuses on a child that has supernatural gifts, which makes me think of The Midwich Cukoos. They’re good stories and it’s great to see the workings of a writers mind.

  • Norman
    2019-01-28 16:59

    "Wanderers of time" is an interesting story of the future and the time barrier; "Derelict of space" would make a great film thriller; "Child of power" is a fascinating twist on the "Flowers for Algernon" theme; "The last Lunarians" was a scary horror SF story and "The Puff-ball Menace" a forerunner for a much better Wyndham story!!So what did I think? I loved the stories. Wyndham has such an effortless way of writing that sucks you in. His ideas are clever and remind me of Arthur C. Clarke and his writing style is so ....'English' He speaks the language properly.

  • Chris Morton
    2019-02-13 18:14

    Interesting set of long short stories from the pulp fiction error