The Midwich Cuckoos

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The Midwich Cuckoos

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Aug 18, 2011, 5:51pm

The Midwich Cuckoos
John Wyndham
Science fiction

This book is about the inhabitants of a little town called Midwich and it is told from the perspective of one of them, Richard. On Richard's birthday, he and his wife get out of town, and when they try to get back, they are stopped by the police, who say that they can't enter Midwich. When they try to get in through a field, both of them collapse after crossing a certain boundary. Somebody pulls them back out and they gain consciousness again. It turns out the entire village is engulfed by something that causes people to collapse the minute they cross this boundary. The police tries to get in, but to no avail. After a day, the boundary vanishes. Life resumes as it had before. However, after a few months, it becomes clear that all the women are pregnant... The book follows Richard and some people close to him as they try to make sense of what is happening.

This book is not your regular science fiction; it is very well written in a very rational, unemotional sort of way that makes you wonder what you would do if you were faced with a situation like this. It starts out with a premises, and reasons its way from there. It's a very compelling read, and I think may also be interesting to people who don't normally read SF. If you like this, check out his other books as well: I don't like all of them equally well, but a few of them are very good.