They're taking you over cell for cell,
atom for atom. There is no pain.
Triffids and Body Snatchers
Help! Wait! Stop. Stop and listen to me!...These people who're coming after me are not human. Look, you fools. You're in danger. Can't you see? They're after you. They're after all of us. Our wives, our children, everyone. They're here already. YOU'RE NEXT!
Messer has borrowed the name Triffid
for the human counterfeits in his book. That is the only connection with Wyndham's
We have seen in modern times how a whole population can be mobilized in the service of evil. We have seen this many times. And so it is with our road behaviour. During the nineties Canadians surrendered their brains to an alien force. They surrendered their title to humanity.
Jack Finney was interested in the ability of technology, modernization and fragmentation to disenfranchise people and make them lose their ability to act human. Humans had ceased being the masters of their own inventions. Indeed, they had lost the ability to master anything at all.