John Christopher


Born
in Huyton, Lancashire, The United Kingdom
April 16, 1922

Died
February 03, 2012

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Sam Youd was born in Huyton, 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 Pengu
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The White Mountains (The Tr...

3.94 avg rating — 11,851 ratings — published 1967 — 3 editions
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The City of Gold and Lead

4.07 avg rating — 7,270 ratings — published 1967 — 52 editions
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The Death of Grass

3.87 avg rating — 7,659 ratings — published 1956 — 50 editions
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The Pool of Fire

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 6,439 ratings — published 1968 — 46 editions
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When the Tripods Came

3.79 avg rating — 3,963 ratings — published 1988 — 30 editions
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The Tripods Trilogy (The Tr...

4.19 avg rating — 2,678 ratings — published 1967 — 9 editions
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The Prince in Waiting

3.86 avg rating — 907 ratings — published 1970 — 22 editions
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Beyond the Burning Lands

3.86 avg rating — 781 ratings — published 1971 — 16 editions
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Empty World

3.86 avg rating — 715 ratings — published 1977 — 14 editions
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A Wrinkle in the Skin

3.85 avg rating — 647 ratings — published 1965 — 16 editions
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“We had been friends. We could not become strangers. It left only one thing: we must be enemies.”
John Christopher, The Prince in Waiting

“I was remembering the things we had done together, the times we had had. It would have been pleasant to preserve that comradeship in the days that came after. Pleasant, but alas, impossible. That which had brought us together had gone, and now our paths diverged, according to our natures and needs. We would meet again, from time to time, but always a little more as strangers; until perhaps at last, as old men with only memories left, we could sit together and try to share them.”
John Christopher, The Pool of Fire

“Some people are oil and water.”
John Christopher, The Pool of Fire

Polls

Vote for the book you'd like to read for the April discussion. (Please do not vote unless you'll read/re-read and return to discuss the book if your choice wins.) Many of these will be at your library.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman
2014, 305 pages, 3.95 stars
$11.99 Kindle, paper from $4 used.

 
  4 votes, 26.7%

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
1924, 230 pages, 3.96 stars
99¢ Kindle, cheap used paperback

 
  3 votes, 20.0%

Blindness by José Saramago
1995, 286 pages, 4.05 stars
$9.99 Kindle, cheap used paperback

 
  2 votes, 13.3%

Shades: The Gehenna Dilemma by Eric Dallaire
2015, 278 pages, 4.52 stars
99¢ Kindle, cheap used paperback

 
  2 votes, 13.3%

The Death of Grass by John Christopher
Also by the newer title No Blade of Grass
1956, 208 pages, 3.88 stars
used paper from $6.36
*Not available on Kindle*

 
  2 votes, 13.3%

Earthbound by Mark R. Healy
2015, 360 pages, 4.43 stars
$2.99 Kindle, $12.99 print

 
  1 vote, 6.7%

Flesh & Wires by Jackie Hatton
2015, 282 pages, 4 stars
$7.95 Kindle, used paper from $10.97

 
  1 vote, 6.7%

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