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Alan posts on 12/3/2006 3:57:54 AM Let's be honest, in this time of 24, Day After Tomorrow, 28 Days Later it astonishes me that Death of Grass, Wrinkle in the Skin, World in Winter and Empty World haven't been made into a quartet of catastrophe scenario movies - they are crying out to be movies. I love cinema and think the above films/TV series are great but it is clear that good ideas are thin on the ground and these books of Sam are incredibly strong narrative ideas treated with such a strong personal dimension - the holy grail of great movies.
Andy Millikin posts on 12/2/2006 4:17:43 AM Good to see Sam on BBC4's coverage of catastrophe sci-fi. Surely the time's ripe for a dramatisation of The Death of Grass or Empty World Did anyone else catch the show? I understand that they will be covering the The Tripods tv series too which is due to air on BBC4 at 20:30 on December 19th, 2006.
Rodney posts on 12/1/2006 11:55:30 AM Thanks Alan and Victoria. After further googling I was able to find a wikipedia entry for Samuel Youd that lists aprox. 58 novels. If anyone knows of any missing ones, it would be great to have them update the wiki entry.



Victoria posts on 12/1/2006 9:10:53 AM You could also try fantasticfiction but I shouldn't think it has everything either. I had never heard of some of Sam's pen names before.
Alan posts on 12/1/2006 3:05:30 AM There is a small booklet written by Phil Stephenson-Payne and published by Galactic Central. It is Volume 25 and titled 'Christopher Samuel Youd - Master of All Genres'. It theoretically lists all of Sam's books although the Stanley Winchester ones aren't it which makes me wonder if there's others that have been missed as well - I guess only Sam would know that. Hope that helps! Alan
Rodney posts on 11/30/2006 1:27:19 PM Victoria: Thanks for the information. I found the Tripods page that G Nelson posted, but I was hoping to find something more complete. He seems to only list the John Christopher books, and not all of those, and I was hoping to find a complete list of all the writings of Samuel Youd. Thanks.
Victoria posts on 11/30/2006 8:21:12 AM G Nelson has done a really in depth bibliography if you try putting his name and Tripods in a search you should find it easily enough.
Rodney posts on 11/29/2006 3:32:37 PM Sam: Thank you for taking the time to be on this forum. I have enjoyed your books very much. I first read The White Mountains, then devoured every John Christopher book at the local library. I remember reading the Lotus Caves and The Guardians over and over. Great stuff! I am still trying to find a good set of the hardcover Sword Trilogy. I wondered if anyone has compiled a bibliography of all your books? Could someone post a link (or the books) on this forum? Thank you in advance.
Victoria posts on 11/15/2006 8:33:35 AM That's what made the Sword trilogy so captivating. It was realistic...life ain't all roses is it? But I agree, more would be very welcome!
JR posts on 11/14/2006 3:35:38 PM I just read the "Sword of the Spirits" trilogy and think it needs another book of something. It was horrible the way old friends ended up hating each other!
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