Monday, February 18, 2013

Reader's Diary #950- John Wyndham: Meteor

I guess I don't need a long preamble as to why I picked this week's story.

"Meteor" begins with something mysterious that crashes to Earth with a lot of noise and shaking. At first, not knowing what to expect, the locals guess they are being attacked. They soon decide it's a meteor. Wrong on both accounts.

There are a few unexpected twists that keep the story amusing, though it's hard not to pick up on the serious message underneath it all. It's also hard to talk about the story without giving too much away. I will say that what the meteor actually turns out to be is something that I've considered before. It was nice to see that someone else had a similar imagination.

Anyway, let's hope the things that fell in Russia last week were actually meteors. Though I'm sure there are plenty of other theories already picking up steam on the internet. Where imagination meets crazy.

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Ali said...

Kind of reminds me of The Monsters are Due on Maple Street (The Twilight Zone).

John Mutford said...

Ali: I'm not sure if I ever saw that one.