John Christopher

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(April 16, 1922 – February 3, 2012)

Pseudonym of British fan and pro Christopher Samuel Youd, Sam Youd, best known for the SF he wrote under his pseudonym John Christopher, including the novel The Death of Grass and the young-adult series The Tripods.

Youd explained in Fantast #8 that his name is pronounced YOWD, not YOOD: Youd explained in Fantast #8 that his name is pronounced YOWD, not YOOD.

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 the War, he helped organize the Chain Letters that helped keep fandom alive. He was a pioneer in the use of brackets and one of the Knights of St. Fantony.

Youd also wrote under variations of his own name and under the additional pseudonyms of Stanley Winchester, Hilary Ford, William Godfrey, William Vine, Peter Graaf, and Anthony Rye.

Fanzines and Apazines:

Awards, Honors and GoHships:

  • 1971 -- Guardian Prize
  • 1976 -- Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis

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