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The Midwich Cuckoos is the classic tale of aliens in our midst, exploring how we respond when confronted by those who are innately superior to us in every conceivable way.
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By Jeff Koeppen on 04-14-18
Another fine Wyndham book
The Midwich Cuckoos follows much the same script as other Wyndham books I've read: weird things happening to ordinary people. In this one, an entire small English town falls unconscious for a day and wakes up to find all the women of child-bearing age to be pregnant. A total of sixty-one children are born and they are not your typical children. The good folks of Midwich have to decide how to handle their predicament.
The story is told mainly through dialogue between several key characters and is conveyed by Midwich resident, Richard Gayford, who happened to be returning from London the night when the event occurs. There is little action in the book at all, but plenty of philosophical discussions about ethics and humanity. The story reminded me a bit of the classic Twilight Zone episode "It's a Good Life". I wonder if Rod Serling was influenced by this 1957 novel?
This was another excellent book by John Wyndham. I must read more by him, although I think I've digested his best novels. His writing style and stories remind me a lot of another favorite of mine, Clifford Simak.