John Christopher

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(April 16, 1922 – February 3, 2012)

Pseudonym of British fan and pro Christopher Samuel “Sam” Youd, best known for the SF novel The Death of Grass and the young-adult series The Tripods. Youd also wrote under variations of his own name and under the pseudonyms Stanley Winchester, Hilary Ford, William Godfrey, William Vine, Peter Graaf, and Anthony Rye.

He explained in Fantast #8 that his surname name is pronounced YOWD.

As Sam Youd, he was one of the earliest fans in Britain and much of his earliest fiction and poetry was published in fanzines, including Fantast, Novae Terrae (where Rubaiyat of a Science Fiction Fan was published), The Satellite.

During World War II, he helped organize the Chain Letters essential to keeping fandom alive. He was a pioneer in the use of brackets.

Fanzines and Apazines:

Awards, Honors and GoHships:

  • 1971 — Guardian Prize
  • 1976 – Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis

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