The first time Penguin actively marketed its John Wyndham titles as a set was in 1970, when Chocky was published and eight other titles reprinted with covers by « Harry Willock ». All nine books were then reprinted with cover illustrations by « Peter Lord » and a posthumous novel Web in 1980 made it ten. Eight of these were reprinted with « Mark Salwowski » covers in the mid to late '80s, and nine a decade later with covers by Spencer Wilson in the larger B-format book size.

JOHN WYNDHAM The Day of the Triffid, 2008 The Day of the Triffid by John Wyndham

2008 reprint with a cover illustration by Brian Cronin.
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And that was it, or so it seemed, until 2010, when Penguin published Wyndham's "newly discovered" novel Plan for Chaos with a cover by Brian Cronin, whose tight-lipped thinkers had first appeared on Wyndham reprints two years earlier. Cronin has since provided covers for The Seeds of Time and Consider Her Ways and Others, so Penguin collectors and Wyndham fans will be waiting to see if The Outward Urge and Web make this the first set of all eleven Penguin titles.

JOHN WYNDHAM The Kraken Wakes, 2008 The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham

2008 reprint with a cover illustration by Brian Cronin.
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JOHN WYNDHAM The Chrysalids, 2008 The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

2008 reprint with a cover illustration by Brian Cronin.
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JOHN WYNDHAM The Midwich Cuckoos, 2008 The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham

2008 reprint with a cover illustration by Brian Cronin.
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JOHN WYNDHAM Trouble With Lichen, 2008 Trouble With Lichen by John Wyndham

2008 reprint with a cover illustration by Brian Cronin.
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JOHN WYNDHAM Chocky, 2009 Chocky by John Wyndham

2009 reprint with a cover illustration by Brian Cronin.
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Penguin promoted Plan for Chaos as "the newly discovered companion novel to The Day of the Triffids" and in one sense this is true, as Wyndham is thought to have written Plan during an eighteen month break from writing Triffids, but other than that the novels could hardly be more different. The English sf author M John Harrison called Plan for Chaos "an almost unreadable book" and it is telling that much of the introduction by Christopher Priest discusses The Day of the Triffids. Wyndham admitted to Frederik Pohl in 1951 that "I've messed about with the thing so much that I've lost all perspective" and when the book was rejected by publishers on both sides of the Atlantic he subsequently abandoned it.

JOHN WYNDHAM Plan for Chaos, 2010 Plan for Chaos by John Wyndham

First published 2009.

Published in Penguin Books January 2010 with an introduction by Christopher Priest.
The cover illustration is by Brian Cronin.

The manuscript resurfaced after the John Wyndham Archive was acquired by Liverpool University in the UK and was published on the fortieth anniversary of the author's death. Its interest to academics goes without saying, though fans of Penguin's other Wyndham titles are in for a surprise.

The novel is set some thirty years or so after the end of the Second World War and begins as a hard-boiled detective thriller in what is presumably New York, but once the chase is on the story segues into sf, and shifts to a hi-tech hideout deep in the jungle, where Nazis are cloning an Aryan master race. While the clones zip around in flying saucers, the Nazi high command prepares for world domination by tricking the USA and Russia into starting a nuclear war.

JOHN WYNDHAM The Seeds of Time, 2014 The Seeds of Time by John Wyndham

2014 reprint with a cover illustration by Brian Cronin.
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JOHN WYNDHAM Consider Her Ways and Others, 2014 Consider Her Ways and Others by John Wyndham

2014 reprint with a cover illustration by Brian Cronin.
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