ROSE RUSHBROOKE

Triffid by Rose Rushbrooke

Triffid by Rose Rushbrooke

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IS IT REAL? OR IS IT SCIENCE FICTION?

The Day of the Triffids, written by John Wyndham in 1951 was one of the first science fiction books I read and decades later the story still haunts me.

You awake one night to watch a dramatic green meteor shower in the sky, and the next morning you’ve gone blind. Sooooo not cool.

And to top it all, suddenly 7 foot tall, man-eating, walking plants are striding around your streets. Holy Cow! One strike from the venomous stinger and you’re a goner. Yikes.

Strictly speaking, a Triffid is probably a bio-engineered, carnivorous critter and not an extraterrestrial. But this is speculation. It’s never made clear in the book where the original Triffids came from, or the green meteor shower.

Whatever the truth (and it is ‘Out There’ - for X-Files fanatics), the Triffids are my favourite possible ET’s.