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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.
Canadian Seth Wynes is studying for a PhD in climate change at the University of British Columbia. He has a Masters in Sustainable Science from Lund University, Sweden, where he co-authored the 2017 research paper, The Climate Mitigation Gap, with Professor Kim Nichols. The paper outlined the 11 most impactful ways inhabitants of the Western world could reduce their carbon emissions. Prior to studying at Lund University, Seth studied at the University of Western Ontario and McMaster University and taught high school science in England and Northern Canada. Seth’s work has been published by the World Resources Institute, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and Environmental Research Letters. TV and radio appearances include BBC World Service, NBC News and the National Live with CBC News.
Brought up starved of books, Diana Wynne Jones first made up stories at the age of eight to entertain her sisters. Her first novel - a satire for adults - was published in 1970, and afterwards she settled into writing children's fantasies. Her books have been translated into eighteen languages. Diana died in 2011, leaving behind a rich legacy of writing and a vast legion of dedicated fans.
Johann David Wyss (1743-1818) was, like the narrator of his famous story, a Swiss pastor who had four sons. He is best remembered for Swiss Family Robinson which it is said was inspired by Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and which became an international classic bestseller.
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