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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
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 Long Voyage (1960)
     aka The White 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)
Dom and Va (1973)
     aka In The Beginning
Wild Jack (1974)
Empty World (1977)
A Dusk of Demons (1993)
Bad Dream (2003)
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Anthologies containing stories by John Christopher
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Short stories
A Cry of Children
Ringing Tone
Balance (1951)
Socrates (1951)
Mr Kowtshook (1953)
The New Wine (1954)
Manna (1955)
A Few Kindred Spirits (1965)Nebula Awards (nominee)
Communication Problem (1966)
Rendezvous (1966)
The Little People (concluding part) (1967)
The Long Night (1974)

Nebula Awards Best Short Story nominee (1966) : A Few Kindred Spirits