John Christopher
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John Christopher

Sam Youd was born in Lancashire in April 1922, during an unseasonable snowstorm.

As a boy, he was devoted to the newly emergent genre of science-fiction: 'In the early thirties,' he later wrote, 'we knew just enough about the solar system for its possibilities to be a magnet to the imagination.'

Over the following decades, his imagination flowed from science-fiction into general novels, cricket novels, medical novels, gothic romances, detective thrillers, light comedies ... In all he published fifty-six novels and a myriad of short stories, under his own name as well as eight different pen-names.

He is perhaps best known as John Christopher, author of the seminal work of speculative fiction, The Death of Grass (today available as a Penguin Classic), and a stream of novels in the genre he pioneered, young adult dystopian fiction, beginning with The Tripods Trilogy.
'I read somewhere,' Sam once said, 'that I have been cited as the greatest serial killer in fictional history, having destroyed civilisation in so many different ways - through famine, freezing, earthquakes, feral youth combined with religious fanaticism, and progeria.'
In an interview towards the end of his life, conversation turned to a recent spate of novels set on Mars and a possible setting for a John Christopher story: strand a group of people in a remote Martian enclave and see what happens.

The Mars aspect, he felt, was irrelevant. 'What happens between the people,' he said, 'that's the thing I'm interested in.'

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    • The White Mountains

    • Tripods Series, Book 1
    • By: John Christopher
    • Narrated by: William Gaminara
    • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 536
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 480
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 488

    In the first book of John Christopher's classic series, it is the year 2100, and the world is controlled by the machines called Tripods....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Top shelf book

    • By Peter on 01-06-15

    Regular price: $9.58

    • The City of Gold and Lead

    • Tripods Series, Book 2
    • By: John Christopher
    • Narrated by: William Gaminara
    • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 284
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 256
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258

    In the second book of John Christopher's classic series, Will Parker and his cohorts have spent a year living among the free men in the White Mountains....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Second of a preteen trilogy

    • By Kindle Customers on 03-26-12

    Regular price: $9.58

    • The Pool of Fire

    • Tripods Series, Book 3
    • By: John Christopher
    • Narrated by: William Gaminara
    • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 253
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 225
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 229

    In the final book of John Christopher's classic series, Will Parker returns to the headquarters of the Resistance....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • awesome book!

    • By Jennifer on 03-20-13

    Regular price: $9.58

    • When the Tripods Came

    • Tripods Series Prequel (Book 4)
    • By: John Christopher
    • Narrated by: William Gaminara
    • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 124

    The story of The Tripods was the basis of a popular BBC television series in the 1980s, in which humanity has been conquered and enslaved by "the tripods", unseen alien entities....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Short

    • By Travis L. on 12-27-18

    Regular price: $7.22

    • The Death of Grass

    • By: John Christopher
    • Narrated by: William Gaminara
    • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Christopher's classic post-apocalyptic novel follows the struggles of John Custance and his family as they make their way across an England that is rapidly descending into anarchy....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent, frightening story

    • By Linda B on 03-28-11

    Regular price: $13.85

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