Stanislav Starshev Starshev itibaren South Sioux City, NE, Birleşik Devletler
I have seen the movie many times, one of the classic SF movies. I was pleasantly surprised that the book is much better than the movie. The book is in the post-apocalyptic subgenre of SF, certainly one of the 1st and one of the best. The apocalypse is caused by human's (the Russians) breeding a better source of vegetable oils by creating a new plant that the media dubbed the Triffids. Today we would call this the misuse of genetic engineering. They and the 'meteor' shower which caused all who saw it to become permanently blind caused the breakdown of all civilization. It is implied that the green lights is the sky was somehow related to the deadly Triffids, humans being their primary food source. Blind humans are easier to catch than sighted humans. So, the first meme explored in this book is man's misuse of science and technology which causes of collapse of civilizations. From there the book explores how the rare sighted people deal with the new world and with the threat of the Triffids. This is explored in some depth. 1. Humans would become tribal 2. The 1° function of women in the tribe would be to reproduce. These women could be sighted or blind as the blind females would have sighted babies. Repopulation of sighted humans is a primary goal. Males will service multiple females. There is an implication that the female/male ratio would be much greater than 1. 3. Men must be sighted so they can find or create food, clear the land of Triffids and keep them at bay. 4. A civilization must be created to free up some humans from working for basic needs who could spend their time working to find a permanent solution to the Triffid problem. This would also apply to healers (doctors) and those administering to spiritual needs 5. Given the nature of the Triffids, islands surrounded by wather provide the best fortress. 6. Some tribes will be agressive, so a warrior class will be necessary A further implication of the novel, when read today, is that the role of women is due to our presently 'advanced' civilization and that as it falls, thier role would revert to that of the past: having and caring for children. The novel is well thought out for the time, 1951. I wonder if the fear of nucear obliteration at the time was a impetus for the novel. But, even being so old, it is surprisingly relevant today. Highly recommended!