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    Reading "Midwich Cuckoos" by John Whyndham, on various children born after an alien visitation, I noticed some similarities between the "common consciousness" shared by male (and female) cuckoos and the "package" to which the Freakangel refer to. The Midwick Cuckoos don't have individual personalities as the Freakangels have. Freakangels are, also, very different in abilities and moral vision and there's often conflict among them. How can they share the same "package", whatever that is?
    And it's possible there are other Freakangel Groups in the world, like there were many cuckoos groups in the novel?
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2010
    The Freakangels' story is a direct homage to The Midwich Cuckoos. In fact, one of the early taglines/descriptions of it was "What if the Midwich Cuckoos had grown up to be disaffected twentysomethings?"
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2010
    Yes, Warren has repeatedly mentioned the Cuckoos influence.

    Though I still haven't read it.
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    really really do.
    chrysalids too
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2010
    @Rickie - I can send you my copy.
    That I've not read either...*hangs head in shame*.
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2010
    @sneak046 - I'll probably pick it up at the library. They're surprisingly well-stocked.
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    chrysalids is amazing. anyone read 'choccy' or the 'kraken wakes'? weeeeird books... and 'trouble with lichen' too...
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    i thought the kraken wakes was funny.
    there's a great old bbc audio book of it.

    i love wyndham. i have a ridiculous collection of copies of Day of the Triffids (my fave book). i think i have about 21 copies - bought for cheap because the covers are so nice.
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    I'm with you there, pity it doesn't translate well on screen. I shall give my first born to the man who can make plants scary (shyamalamalan tried. he aint gettin ma babeh.)

    On Chrysalids... read it read it read it, it's as relevant to FreakAngels as Cuckoos is.
    And I'm not up on my comic history much but it's got to have informed X-Men, if you're into that, all that 'suffer not the mutant' jazz.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    @ TheEndsOfInvention, yeah i think X-Men was informed by Sci Fi books of the time it was created. Persecuted Mutants are common fare in sci fi of the time like the PK Dick short story 'The Golden Man' so I guess Stan Lee was soaking up the themes of mutant persecution when he wrote it.
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    "Chocky" is a wonderful book on imaginary friiends and alien visitations. I loved that book.
  8.  (8601.12)
    Why aren't Freakangels golden eyed like Wyndhan's cuckoos? Why violet eyes?
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    I have no clue if it's Warren's reasoning or not but Violets/purples are often associated with creativity and imagination, which suits the story, I think. Gold's often very, very commonly used in books to symbolize something 'not quite human' and he might've wanted to stay away from that. Purple's also gold's opposite color on a color wheel. Or he might've just thought it would be neat.
    -just my $0.02
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    Oh, I see. Also, in recent years, violet has become a fashionable color. Maybe that's why Sirkka and pre-apocalypse Arkady have violet hairs?
    • CommentAuthorSolario
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2010
    I always figured it was an Indigo children reference.

    Indigo children is a pseudo-scientific label given to children who are claimed to possess special, unusual and/or supernatural traits or abilities. The idea is based on New Age concepts developed in the 1970s by Nancy Ann Tappe. The concept of indigo children gained popular interest with the publication of a series of books in the late 1990s and the release of several films in the following decade. A variety of books, conferences and related materials have been created surrounding belief in the idea of indigo children and their nature and abilities. These beliefs range from their being the next stage in human evolution or possessing paranormal abilities such as telepathy to the belief that they are simply more empathic and creative than their peers.
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    i would suppose the main reason is that they aren't the kids from Midwich just a riff on the same theme.
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2010
    Come to that, so's The Comsat Angels by J.G. Ballard.
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    I think the government would have hired them to use against al Qaeda. Make Osama Bin Laden and lackeys explode in their own lair, spot terrorists before they strike... but maybe they didn't want to be exploited and used by the government.
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    It's an Indigo Children reference, yes.