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John Wyndham


The Day of the Triffids
Year 1951
Publisher Penguin  (Michael Joseph)



Bill Mansen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen.  Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city.  He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere twenty-four hours before is gone forever.

But to survive in this post-apocalyptic world, one must survive the Triffids, strange plants that years before began appearing all over the world.  The Triffids can grow to over seven feet tall, pull their roots from the ground to walk, and kill a man with one quick lash of their poisonous stingers.  With society in shambles, they are now poised to prey on humankind.




In 1951 John Wyndham published his novel The Day of the Triffids to moderate acclaim.  Over 50 years later, this horrifying story is a science fiction classic, touted by The Times (London) as having "all the reality of a vividly realized nightmare."
John Wyndham chillingly anticipates bio-warfare and mass destruction over fifty years before their realization, in this prescient account of Cold War paranoia.
Edmund Morris


Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the Moon near the leg of the Lunar Module (LM)



Credit: NASA

A Man on the Moon
In one of the most famous photographs of the 20th Century, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the surface of the moon near the leg of the lunar module Eagle. Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera. Armstrong and Aldrin explored the Sea of Tranquility for two and a half hours while crewmate Michael Collins orbited above in the command module Columbia.

NASA's new Vision calls for a return to the moon, followed by journeys of discovery to Mars and beyond.

NASA Image of the day archive





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