When Bill Masen wakes up blindfolded in hospital there is a bitter irony in his situation. Carefully removing his bandages, he realizes that he is the only person who can see- everyone else, doctors and patients alike, have been blinded by a meteor shower.
John Wyndham was born in 1903 in the Midlands. After leaving school, he tried his hand at several careers, including farming, law and advertising, before starting to write stories in 1925. During the war he worked as a censor in the Ministry of Information and afterwards served in the Army. The Day of The Triffids was published in 1951, and was followed by many other famous works of science fiction, including The Kraken Wakes, The Chrysalids and The Midwich Cuckoos. Wyndham died in 1969.
"A thoroughly English apocalypse, it rivals H. G. Wells in
conveying how the everyday invaded by the alien would feel. No
wonder Stephen King admires Wyndham so much."
"John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids is one of my all-time
favorite novels. It's absolutely convincing, full of little telling
details, and that sweet, warm sensation of horror and mystery."
--JOE R. LANSDALE "My son's middle name is Wyndham. Does that tell you how much I respect and revere the late John Wyndham? And The Day of the Triffids is the best of them all. He was a wonderful writer who was able to reinvigorate science fiction with spectacle and true thrills, and do so with a writing voice that created both suspense and elegance. A true master."