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Science Fiction: Village covered by impenetrable, invisible dome-shaped force-field.

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Aug 11, 2010, 6:11 pm

And, no, it isn't Stephen King. Seeing his book "Under the Dome" in a bookshop reminded me that I read what sounds like exactly the same story several years ago.

The main character finds something at the bottom of a pond that is alien and seems to be projecting the force-field to protect itself.

My initial memory - probably false - was that ot was written by James? Pattinson or Pattison.

Edited: Aug 11, 2010, 6:54 pm

You think it is horror?

Joan Slonczewski wrote Still Forms on Foxfield that has an alien barrier around a town, post-nuclear; not horror, however.

oops, sorry -- that's Slonczewski's The Wall Around Eden; Foxfield is an earlier work about aliens.

Edited: Aug 11, 2010, 7:47 pm

Sounds slightly like All Flesh is Grass. Don't recall a pond there, though, or how the connection between the dome and the invaders is inferred...

Aug 11, 2010, 9:46 pm

Not a village, but John Stith has Manhattan Transfer.

Aug 12, 2010, 11:35 am

Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. Also made into a movie "Village of the Damned".

A village is surrounded by an invisible force field. Anyone already inside or who goes inside inside looses consciousness. After a day or two, the field mysteriously disappears but a few weeks later, all the women realise they are pregnant and 9 months later, the children are born. As the children (very rapidly) grow, their powers (e.g.) telepathy grow and they become more and more dangerous.

Aug 13, 2010, 12:59 am

James Pattinson does turn out to be a writer listed on; maybe a scan of his titles would prove fruitful.

Aug 13, 2010, 5:01 pm

I used to dream that all the time, and I certainly want to know who plagiarized it.

Aug 14, 2010, 7:22 am

Nope. It wasn't any of them. It wasn't a horror story either, more an account of how the villagers adapted, slowly and often painfully, to their enforced isolation. It had all the usual scenarios; power struggles, the eventual setting up of an emergency government followed by a general elction. The resurgence of lost, or almost lost, skills such as blacksmithing, horse-breeding and -shoeing. Farmers became powerful since they had all the food. Others produced weapons which had been previously hidden - all that post-nuclear sort of stuff.
A young girl was - ahem, 'visited' - by an attractive youth and inevitably fell in love with him. If I remember this correctly - and the book was somewhat vague here - he had come from, or was a part of, the intelligent life at the bottom of the pond.
One part I now recall was the plan concocted by some bright spark to rev up all the cars in the village and crash into the barrier simultaneously. The theory was that the invisible force-field only had so much energy and the huge impact would cause it to collapse.
Another memory returns as I write; some woman's dog or cat mysteriously finds a way to travel to outside the barrier. I forget what happened as a result of that.
Oh, and there was a boffin who built some electronic device that he lowered into the pond. Can't remember why or what happened afterwards.
Of course, religion reared it's unwelcome head again and we then had a resurgence of all the hysteria and witchburning mentality associated with it.
Keep trying everyone. It's a book well worth reading.

copyed52: I know how you feel. I once wrote a novel about a woman who dies and passes over to the other side. Six months later 'Ghost' starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore hit the cinema screens. Boy was I mad. I was sure they'd found a way to pinch my story.

Sep 4, 2010, 10:28 am

I believe this is Temple of the Winds by James Follett
Sequels are Wicca and Silent Vulcan.

Jul 18, 2013, 6:17 pm

I'm know this post was written in 2010 I'm hoping someone still sees my reply. I also have read a similar book the same way bwriter has, I remember the black cat escaping the dome and all other story lines are rather similar, but I'm sure it's not Stephen kings under the dome as I haven't read books since 2001 and kings was published in 2009. Does anyone know what the book is please, it's left me feeling really confused.

Jul 19, 2013, 10:48 am