Plan for Chaos : Classic Science Fiction, Paperback Book

Plan for Chaos : Classic Science Fiction Paperback

2.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


In a city that could well be New York, a series of identical women are found dead in suspicious circumstances.

Magazine photographer Johnny Farthing, who is reporting on the suspected murders, is chilled to discover that his fiancee looks identical to the victims too - and then she disappears.

As his investigations spiral beyond his control, he finds himself at the heart of a sinister plot that uses cloning to revive the Nazi vision of a world-powerful master race...Part detective noir, part dystopic thriller, Plan for Chaos reveals the legendary science fiction novelist grappling with some of his most urgent and personal themes.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9780141048772

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An odd book. Supposedly the prequel to "Day of the Tiffids" but that was hard for me to see.Johnny Farthing, a magazine photographer, noticed that women who look just like his fiance show up dead all over town. Then, he starts getting recognized at places he has never been before. What is going on?I really enjoyed the first part - suspenseful and went quickly. But the second part just dragged and dragged.Dated, sure, it was written in the 1950s, but I don't think one of Wydham's best.

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Interesting- but only so so by comparison with his mightier works. Shades of brave new world in the cloning. the nazi empire theme continuing in the jungle was never really plausible enough - and too much time was spent with nothing happening. Not great to be honest.

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I enjoyed this it is classic Wyndham paticularly toward the end. I would say don't read the introduction by Christopher Priest until afterwards as he gives away a bit to much. The remarks linking this to Day of the Triffids are just wrong the two books were written at the same time and that one got into print.

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