John Christopher Message Board

Chris Tuckley posts on 2/10/2008 6:21:31 AM Sam: Thank you so much for your speedy response! I'll be sure to try and track down the titles you mention.
Sam Youd posts on 2/9/2008 12:35:46 PM Chris: like many another writer I do not read the sort of stuff I'm meant to write, e.g. SF or YA. But I still recall from way back George Stewart's Earth Abides as perhaps the best of the disaster scenarios. And I have happy memories of Ward Moore's Greener than you Think, whose premiss I inverted to start off No Blade of Grass. Joshua: sorry, autographs would be too difficult. Sam
Chris Tuckley posts on 2/9/2008 9:29:39 AM I've just stumbled across this group in the course of hunting for John Christopher books to buy online; I'm staggered to see that messages have been left by one of my all-time favourite authors! I can't resist expressing a heartfelt 'thank you' to Sam Youd for having such a positive literary impact on my teenage years (and beyond)! Nor can I resist asking Sam a question (apologies if it's already been answered elsewhere). Sam: are there any post-apocalypse or empty world stories (by other authors) of which you're particularly fond, or that have had an influence on your stories within this genre?

Joshua posts on 1/30/2008 10:11:17 PM Hi Sam. I just discovered this site and would like to say that I think your works are wonderful. They are truly what what got em interested in reading. I have to ask though, is there any possibility of getting an autograph? If, not thats ok. Thanks for everything!
Michael posts on 1/18/2008 12:14:44 AM Thanks Alan. My recent splurge on all the short fiction might rule me out for a bit on that one. Anyone interested in buying the collection from me when finished, please email me for the titles (michaelleader @ - no spaces)
Alan posts on 1/1/2008 5:37:50 AM Try Interzone 165 - March 2001 with a 13 page interview with Sam where various unpublished novels are referred to!! Got it for Christmas along with Winter Swan - my wife is a very lovely woman!
Michael posts on 12/19/2007 6:35:03 PM Thanks Sam. I too have now bought your biography. Maybe that'll answer my questions on novels written long ago.
Martin Gruhn posts on 12/14/2007 8:18:54 AM already gone! ;) Nice to see you post more often again, hope that is a sign of more robust health lately
Sam Youd posts on 12/14/2007 7:00:27 AM The only comprehensive bibliography I know of -- which I think covers all the short stories is by Phil Stephensen-Payne, entitled "John Christopher, Master of All Genres" and available for the modest sum of 3.74 through One copy currently in stock -- don't all rush. The discussion on Hilary Ford is interesting but it's all a long time ago. Sam
michael leader posts on 12/13/2007 9:19:06 PM Robert, You're welcome to buy them off me for $420 Australian dollars, includes all of them except a Journey South, which is available on-line. About 37 Books and old mags. Of course, when I've finished reading them! Post here if interested (or my email address is michaelleader @ with no spaces.
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