“And the Walls Came Tumbling Down…” by John WyndhamFebruary 10, 2012
The Book: “And the Walls Came Tumbling Down…” by John Wyndham. Originally published in Startling Stories, May 1951. The version read was in Beachheads in Space, edited by August Derleth, published by Berkeley Books in 1952.
The Setting: Earth, the desert, maybe in the Southwest US.
The Story: Invisible silicate life forms land in the desert and investigate.
The Science: It’s interesting to read stories written from non-human points of view. Particularly when the life forms in question break at individualized frequencies. I’m a little unclear as to which noises are destroying these life forms, but it’s cute. Cute idea.
The Reaction: Cute idea, but I had a little trouble following the story. I get that the reader was supposed to put together a lot of the pieces on the way, but it was a kind of a difficult puzzle, and I’m not sure I got enough pieces to complete the picture.
The Cover: Still awesome.
Next Up: “Here There be Tygers” by Ray Bradbury.