John Wyndham

From "The Chrysalids" "I would sometimes dream of a city - which was strange because it began even before I even knew what a city was"

"her thoughts went on, as if 'nobody' and 'not ever' were making desolate, unhappy echoes there"

"It is because Nature is ruthless, hideous, and cruel beyond belief that it was necessary to invent civilization... as for the insects, their lives are sustained only by intricate processes of fantastic horror. There is no conception more fallacious than the sense of cosiness implied by 'Mother Nature'."


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