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Trouble with Lichen

Classic Science Fiction

By John Wyndham

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Format: Paperback, 208 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 07 August 2008
Francis Saxover and Diana Brackley, two scientists investigating a rare lichen, discover it has a remarkable property: it retards the aging process. Francis, realising the implications for the world of an ever-youthful, wealthy elite, wants to keep it secret, but Diana sees an opportunity to overturn the male status quo by using the lichen to inspire a feminist revolution.As each scientist wrestles with the implications and practicalities of exploiting the discovery, the world comes ever closer to learning the truth . . . Trouble With Lichen is a scintillating story of the power wielded by science in our lives and asks how much trust should we place in those we appoint to be its guardians?

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John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Benyon Harris was born in 1903, the son of a barrister. He tried a number of careers including farming, law, commercial art and advertising, and started writing short stories, intended for sale, in 1925. From 1930 to 1939 he wrote short stories of various kinds under different names, almost exclusively for American publications, while also writing detective novels. During the war he was in the Civil Service and then the Army. In 1946 he went back to writing stories for publication in the USA and decided to try a modified form of science fiction, a form he called 'logical fantasy'. As John Wyndham he wrote The Day of the Triffids, The Kraken Wakes, The Chrysalids, The Midwich Cuckoos (filmed as Village of the Damned), The Seeds of Time, Trouble with Lichen, The Outward Urge, Consider Her Ways and Others, Web and Chocky. John Wyndham died in March 1969.

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EAN: 9780141032986
ISBN: 0141032987
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.3 x 1.4 centimetres (0.14 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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This is a very interesting book, which led me to think about what would actually happen to the world if someone discovered the Fountain of Youth. The answer is, quite simply, 'chaos'. This books looks at the start of the process, first the discovery, how the two scientists follow two separate paths. Recommended.

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