Web (novel)

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First edition hardback cover
Author John Wyndham
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Michael Joseph
Publication date
April 1979
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 187
ISBN 0-7181-1797-2
OCLC 5707592
LC Class PZ3.H2422 We 1979 PR6045.Y64

Web is a science fiction novel written by the English science fiction author John Wyndham. The novel was published by the estate of John Wyndham in 1979, ten years after his death.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

The events depicted in Web are written from the viewpoint of Arnold Delgrange, a man whose wife and daughter were recently killed in a motor collision. They revolve around a failed attempt to establish a utopian colony on the fictional island Tanakuatua in the Pacific Ocean, far from civilisation. Tanakuatua is now uninhabited by humans, as its native inhabitants were evacuated from the island due to British nuclear testing and were relocated. However a small group of natives refused the evacuation order and placed a curse on any people who returned to the island. When Delgrange and his fellow pioneers reach the island they soon discover it has been overrun by spiders that hunt in packs.


  1. ^ Parrinder, Patrick (1999). Learning from Other Worlds: Estrangement, Cognition and the Politics of Science Fiction. Liverpool University Press. p. 167. ISBN 978-0-85323-584-2. Retrieved December 23, 2010.