The post-apocalyptic book The Day of the Triffids features not one but (at least) three seemingly separate disasters:
- triffids themselves, obviously
- blinding lights in the sky
I somehow hoped that the exact cause of the disasters and if they were related to each other anyhow would be revealed in the book. It wasn't unfortunately. Although I must admit that it made the story much more realistic, since the survivors would hardly have access to any information easily in a broken world, I was a little disappointed.
There were several occurrences in the book that hinted a possible connection between them:
- triffids started attacking the people almost immediately after the lights blinded them, as if they interpreted that as an order to attack.
- the plague was strangely killing the blind more easily than the seeing ones, as if it was another effect of the exposure.
- the main character assumed that the lights were a part of an orbital weapon accidentally activated by the meteor shower. He also suspects the plague not to be a natural one, implying that it was also spread by an orbital weapon.
I assume that these questions were deliberately left open, however I wonder if John Wyndham ever explained them in an interview or elsewhere? I limit my question only to the book, not any of the screen interpretations.