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- Full Title: The Chrysalids
- When Written: Mid-twentieth Century
- Where Written: United Kingdom
- When Published: 1955
- Literary Period: Golden Age of Science Fiction
- Genre: Science fiction
- Setting: Wanuk, Labrador (which likely correlates with present-day Wabush, Canada) in the distant future
- Climax: The convergence of the group in the forest after Petra’s call
- Antagonist: Joseph Strorm, and, more broadly, the Wanukian system of beliefs
- Point of View: First person, from David’s perspective (sometimes retrospectively and sometimes in the moment of the event)
Many pen names. John Wyndham published under a variety of pen names, including John Benyon, Johnson Harris, Lucas Parkes, and Wyndham Parkes.
Rocking out. The Chrysalids was the inspiration for the Jefferson Airplane song “Crown of Creation.”