Samuel Youd

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Samuel Youd (born February 12, 1922 in Lancashire) is a British science fiction author. He writes under the following pseudonyms:

  • John Christopher
  • William Godfrey
  • Hilary Ford
  • Peter Graaf
  • Peter Nichols
  • Anthony Rye

He is most known for writing The Tripods trilogy under the pseudonym John Christopher. He did his war service in the Royal Signal Corps 1941-1946. A scholarship from the Rockefeller Foundation made it possible for him to pursue his writing career beginning with The Winter Swan. His novels were popular during the 1950s and 1960's, most notebly The Death Of Grass. In recent years his novels appear to have fallen out of favour and now few remain in print, although they are still valued by collectors and fans of the genre.

Many of his science fiction novels follow the ruined earth pattern also followed by authors John Wyndham or HG Wells. In these novels everyday characters are placed into a setting in which they experience a major disaster which has severe implications for society and the world. Thus how the characters and society cope with the changes can be explored.

In 1966 he started writing (science-)fiction for adolescents. The Tripods trilogy, the Prince in Waiting trilogy and the Lotus Caves are still widely read today.

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science fiction: authors - novels - short stories - television shows

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