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    Allen Stroud is a university lecturer, researcher and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer from Bedfordshire, England. He the is Chair of the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA).

    In 2022-2023, Stroud was seconded from the university to be Principal Investigator on the Creative Futures Phase 1 project. This was a partnership between the Defence Science and Technology Labroratory (DSTL) and Coventry University. This involves discussions between prominent science fiction writers and Ministry of Defence experts. looking at the challenges the United Kingdom will face in the next century.  

    Stroud is also a member of the Resilience Beyond Observed Capabilities (RBOC) Network and a regular contributor to Technology & Innovation Executive Roundtable (TIER) discussions, organised by WHITESPACE.

    Stroud is also the author of The Historical Dictionary of Fantasy Literature - Second Edition, published by Rowman and Littlefield in June 2023.

    Stroud has written an assortment of science fiction and fantasy works. His Fractal Series: Fearless (2020), Resilient (2022) and Europa (2023) is an ongoing story of humanity in the 22nd century. A prominent theme in his writing is the representation of disabled characters in science fiction. An album of music is also being published as part of the project. 

    Previously, Stroud worked on the computer games Baldur's Gate 3, published by Larian Studios, Phoenix Point, published by Snapshot Games, Chaos Reborn, published by Snapshot Games and Elite: Dangerous published by Frontier Developments.

    In 2017, Allen won a short story competition to appear in the Clarke Award anthology with Clarke Award winners and nominees. That anthology, 2001: An Anthology in Words was published in June 2018, by Newcon Press.

    Allen writes reviews for The British Fantasy Society, and and is the editor of the British Fantasy Society Journal. He was the Chair of Fantasycon for 2017 and 2018.

    Allen's personal website is here -


    Research Interests

    Allen's research interests focus around Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror. His applied research looks at using world development techniques used by writers in other contexts, constructing different background tools to assist forecasting and futures research. He has a particular focus in looking at mythology and myth construction as well as the referential qualities of each genre.

    Allen is a practice based researcher, applying critical writing to his creative outputs.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Creative Writing, Doctorate, Investigation and Application of Writing Structures and World Development Techniques in Science Fiction and Fantasy., University of Winchester

    1 Sept 20131 Nov 2017

    Award Date: 1 Nov 2017

    Management Studies, Postgraduate Diploma, Buckinghamshire New University

    1 Sept 20081 Jul 2009

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2009

    Creative Writing, MA, A Study of the use of World Building as a Technique employed by the Fantasy Author and how it relates to Informing the Structure of Narrative, Plausibility of Environment and Believability of Characters., University of Bedfordshire

    1 Sept 20041 Dec 2005

    Award Date: 1 Dec 2005

    Higher Education, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Buckinghamshire New University

    1 Sept 20031 Jul 2004

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2004

    External positions

    External Examiner, Anglia Ruskin University

    20 Dec 2020 → …

    External Examiner, Canterbury Christ Church University

    15 Jan 201830 Oct 2018

    External Examiner, Kingston University

    1 Sept 20171 Sept 2021

    Lead Writer, Snapshot Games

    1 May 20172 Feb 2019

    External Examiner, University of Bedfordshire

    1 Mar 20171 Jul 2017

    External Examiner, University Campus Suffolk

    30 Sept 20161 Jul 2019

    Lead Writer, Make Believe Games

    1 Mar 20161 Jan 2019


    • B Philosophy (General)
    • Media Industries
    • Fantasy
    • Science Fiction
    • Horror
    • Genre
    • Mythology
    • Magic
    • Magic Realism
    • Writing
    • Screenwriting
    • Film
    • Futures
    • Forecasting
    • NE Print media
    • Fantasy
    • Science Fiction
    • Futures


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