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John Christopher


(Christoper Samuel Youd)

A pseudonym used by Samuel Youd

Sam Youd, known professionally as Christopher Samuel Youd, was a British author, best known for his science fiction writings under the pseudonym John Christopher, including the novel The Death of Grass and the young adult novel series The Tripods.

 Youd, is an old Cheshire surname. Sam Youd was born in Huyton, Lancashire, in 1922. In 1932 he moved to Hampshire and attended Peter Symonds' School, Winchester, until the age of 16, when he left to work in local government. At school he had been "absolutely passionately devoted" to science fiction, and in his teens he published an amateur magazine (The Fantast). He admired Aldous Huxley and Arthur Clarke, at the literarily serious end of the spectrum.
 

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
 
Series
Tripods
   1. When the Tripods Came (1967)
   2. The White Mountains (1967)
   3. The City of Gold and Lead (1967)
   4. The Pool of Fire (1968)
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Fireball
   1. Fireball (1981)
   2. New Found Land (1983)
   3. Dragon Dance (1986)
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Novels
   The Winter Swan (1949)
   The Year of the Comet (1955)
     aka Planet in Peril
   The Death of Grass (1956)
     aka No Blade of Grass
   The Caves of Night (1958)
   A Scent of White Poppies (1959)
   The White Voyage (1960)
     aka The Long Voyage
   The World in Winter (1962)
     aka The Long Winter
   Cloud on Silver (1964)
     aka Sweeney's Island
   The Possessors (1964)
   A Wrinkle in the Skin (1965)
     aka The Ragged Edge
   The Little People (1966)
   Pendulum (1968)
   The Lotus Caves (1969)
   The Guardians (1970)
   In The Beginning (1973)
     aka Dom and Va
   Wild Jack (1974)
   Empty World (1977)
   A Dusk of Demons (1993)
   Bad Dream (2003)
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Collections
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Anthologies containing stories by John Christopher
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Menace of the Monster (2019)
Classic Tales of Creatures from Beyond
edited by
Mike Ashley

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