Chocky (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Matthew's parents are worried. At eleven, he's much too old to have an imaginary friend, yet they find him talking to and arguing with a presence that even he admits is not physically there. This presence - Chocky - causes Matthew to ask difficult questions and say startling things: he speaks of complex mathematics and mocks human progress. Then, when Matthew does something incredible, it seems there is more than the imaginary about Chocky. Which is when others become interested and ask questions of their own: who is Chocky? And what could it want with an eleven-year-old boy?

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"What John Wyndham does so brilliantly is invest quiet suburban streets with menace. The idea of an alien intelligence inhabiting a child is always frightening. But here Wyndham turns a story of 'possession' into a touching fable about our profligate use of the planet." --"The Telegraph"
"Remains fresh and disturbing in an entirely unexpected way." --"The Guardian"
Praise for "The Chrysalids" (NYRB Classics)
"One of the most thoughtful post-apocalypse novels ever written. Wyndham was a true English visionary, a William Blake with a science doctorate." -- David Mitchell
"Sometimes you just need a bit of soft-core sci-fi, and Wyndham's 1950's classic, newly back in print, fully delivers." --"Thicket Magazine"
"It is quite simply a page-turner, maintaining suspense to the very end and vividly conjuring the circumstances of a crippled and menacing world, and of the fear and sense of betrayal that pervade it. The ending, a salvation of an extremely dubious sort, leaves the reader pondering how truly ephemeral our version of civilization is." --"The Boston Globe"
"[Wyndham] was responsible for a series of eerily terrifying tales of destroyed civilisations; created several of the twentieth century's most imaginative monsters; and wrote a handful of novels that are rightly regarded as modern classics."--"The Observer"
"Science fiction always tells you more about the present than the future. John Wyndham's classroom favourite might be set in some desolate landscape still to come, but it is rooted in the concerns of the mid-1950s. Published in 1955, it's a novel driven by the twin anxieties of the cold war and the atomic bomb...Fifty years on, when our enemy has changed and our fear of nuclear catastrophe has subsided, his analysis of our tribal instinct is as pertinent as ever."--"The Guardian"
"[A]bsolutely and completely brilliant..."The Chrysalids" is a top-notch piece of sci-fi that should be enjoyed for generations yet to come."--"Ottawa Citizen"
""The Chrysalids" is a famous example of 1950s Cold War science fiction, but its portrait of a community driven to authoritarian madness by its overwhelming fear of difference--in this case, of genetic mutations in the aftermath of nuclear war--finds its echoes in every society."--"The Scotsman"
""The Chrysalids" comes heart-wrenchingly close to being John Wyndham's most powerful and profound work."--SFReview.net
""Re-Birth" ("The Chrysalids") was one of the first science fiction novels I read as a youth, and several times tempted me to take a piggy census. Returning to it now, more than 30 years later, I find that I remember vast parts of it with perfect clarity...a book to kindle the joy of reading science fiction.--SciFi.com
"A remarkably tender story of a post-nuclear childhood...It has, of course, always seemed a classic to most of its three generations of readers...It has become part of a canon of good books."--"The Guardian"

Wyndham singlehandedly invented a whole pile of sub-genres of SF. It s as if . . . in the 1950s he was plugged in to the world s subconscious fears and articulated them one by one in short, amazingly readable novels. Jo Walton, Tor.com
What John Wyndham does so brilliantly is invest quiet suburban streets with menace. The idea of an alien intelligence inhabiting a child is always frightening. But here Wyndham turns a story of possession into a touching fable about our profligate use of the planet. The Telegraph
Wyndham described the odd rather than the fantastic, the disturbing rather than the horrific, the remarkable rather than the outrageous. Christopher Priest
Remains fresh and disturbing in an entirely unexpected way. The Guardian
Praise for The Chrysalids (NYRB Classics)
One of the most thoughtful post-apocalypse novels ever written. Wyndham was a true English visionary, a William Blake with a science doctorate. David Mitchell
Sometimes you just need a bit of soft-core sci-fi, and Wyndham s 1950 s classic, newly back in print, fully delivers. Thicket Magazine
It is quite simply a page-turner, maintaining suspense to the very end and vividly conjuring the circumstances of a crippled and menacing world, and of the fear and sense of betrayal that pervade it. The ending, a salvation of an extremely dubious sort, leaves the reader pondering how truly ephemeral our version of civilization is. The Boston Globe
[Wyndham] was responsible for a series of eerily terrifying tales of destroyed civilisations; created several of the twentieth century s most imaginative monsters; and wrote a handful of novels that are rightly regarded as modern classics. The Observer
Science fiction always tells you more about the present than the future. John Wyndham s classroom favourite might be set in some desolate landscape still to come, but it is rooted in the concerns of the mid-1950s. Published in 1955, it s a novel driven by the twin anxieties of the cold war and the atomic bomb...Fifty years on, when our enemy has changed and our fear of nuclear catastrophe has subsided, his analysis of our tribal instinct is as pertinent as ever. The Guardian
[A]bsolutely and completely brilliant...The Chrysalids is a top-notch piece of sci-fi that should be enjoyed for generations yet to come. Ottawa Citizen
The Chrysalids is a famous example of 1950s Cold War science fiction, but its portrait of a community driven to authoritarian madness by its overwhelming fear of difference in this case, of genetic mutations in the aftermath of nuclear war finds its echoes in every society. The Scotsman
The Chrysalids comes heart-wrenchingly close to being John Wyndham s most powerful and profound work. SFReview.net
Re-Birth (The Chrysalids) was one of the first science fiction novels I read as a youth, and several times tempted me to take a piggy census. Returning to it now, more than 30 years later, I find that I remember vast parts of it with perfect clarity...a book to kindle the joy of reading science fiction. SciFi.com
A remarkably tender story of a post-nuclear childhood...It has, of course, always seemed a classic to most of its three generations of readers...It has become part of a canon of good books. The Guardian"

About the Author:

John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Benyon Harris was born in 1903. He tried a number of careers including farming, law, commercial art and advertising, and started writing short stories in 1925. From 1930 to 1939 he wrote stories under different names, almost exclusively for American publications, while also writing detective novels. During the war he was in the Civil Service and then the Army. In 1946 he went back to writing stories and decided to try a modified form of science fiction, a form he called 'logical fantasy'. He died in March 1969.

Poet, playwright, critic, fiction and science-fiction writer Brian Aldiss was born in 1925 in Dereham, Norfolk, and is the author of more than seventy-five books. He lives in Oxford and was awarded an OBE in 2005 for Services to Literature

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