Each month The Classics Club releases a question to get club members thinking, discussing and sharing; either on the official site or their own sites. This month’s question was contributed by club member Fariba (who joined in January 2014):
“What is your favourite mystery or science fiction classic? Why do you think it is a classic? Why do you like it?”
I have read and loved many classic mysteries however I am going to take this opportunity to highlight a science fiction classic – as this is a genre I love but really don’t read enough of – and that is The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, originally published in 1951. I read this back in university and was blown away by it. This is a post-apocalyptic novel which looks at the rise of genetically modified, carnivorous plants, after a freak meteor storm has blinded the majority of the world’s human population. That is cool/creepy enough but what makes it a classic is the discussion of human nature: do those lucky enough to keep their sight help those who haven’t, do they just look after themselves or do they take advantage of the situation? Great book and I highly recommend reading it, if you haven’t already.
What is your favourite science fiction classic? Have you read The Day of the Triffids?
Also, please let me know and link in the comments below if you have taken part in this month’s Classic Club meme too.