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The Perfect Creature

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Title:The Perfect Creature
Wyndham, John  Writing under the pseudonym: Beynon, John   
(14 of 24 for author by title)
Sleepers of Mars (Stowaway to Mars #2)
The Outward Urge
Published:   1937
Publisher:Tales of Wonder
Tags:fiction, science fiction, short story

Is the human form modelled on lines which give the maximum efficiency? A creature with four arms and three legs would look monstrous to us; but when biologists learn the secret of creating life artificially, they may find it better to fashion their synthetic beings in some other mould.

Our author, who is among the best of England’s science fiction writers, indicates in this delightful story that the scientist’s idea of the perfect creature may violate all normal conceptions of beauty.--intro. [Suggest a different description.]

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John Wyndham (1903-1969) was an English science fiction writer. 'Wyndham' was the best known of his pen-names, his full name being John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris. Originally trained as a lawyer, he tried several careers before settling on writing. He characterized his books as "logical fantasy". His stories are typically set in normal English life in which some fantastic event occurs. His best known works include Day of the Triffids, The Kraken Wakes, and The Chrysalids. In particular the word 'triffid' has passed into the lexicon of the English language as referring to any imaginary dangerous plant. (Oxford Companion to English Literature)

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