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Dr Allen Stroud

Lecturer in Media

Course Leader for BA (Hons) Media Top Up

Chair of the British Science Fiction Association

Faculty: Arts and Humanities
School: Media and Performing Arts



Dr Allen Stroud


Allen Stroud is a lecturer at Coventry University, where he teaches BA (Hons) Media. Stroud is a practice-based researcher, writing in a number of different media. He has worked on the computer games, Elite Dangerous (2014) and Chaos Reborn (2016).  He then worked on Phoenix Point (2019) and Baldur’s Gate 3 by Larian Studios, due for release in 2021. His editorial work on roleplaying games covers The Elite Dangerous Roleplaying Game for Spidermind Games, Revolutionaries (2019) for Make Believe Games, and I Am Zombie (2021) and Solemn Vale (TBA) for Dirty Vortex.


Stroud was chair of Fantasycon 2017 and 2018, the annual convention of the British Fantasy Society, which hosts the British Fantasy Awards and will be chair of Fantasycon 2021. In June 2019, he became Chair of the British Science Fiction Association, taking over from Donna Bond.  Stroud’s science fiction novel, Fearless (2020) published by Flame Tree Press was praised as “hard sf”, offering glimpses of a vividly plausible future for humanity as it colonises the solar system. Stroud is currently working on the new edition of The Historical Dictionary of Fantasy Literature, due to be published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2022.



  • D. Creative Writing, University of Winchester
  • MRes Creative Writing, University of Bedfordshire
  • PG Dip Management Studies, Buckinghamshire New University
  • PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Buckinghamshire New University
  • A (Hons), Drama Theatre and Television Studies, University of Winchester
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy



  • 6041 MAPA:  Media in Context
  • 6045 MAPA: Exploring Media Practice
  • 6046 MAPA: Media Project – Research and Development
  • 6047 MAPA: Major Media Project
  • 6053 MAPA: Exploring Media Practice 2

 For HKDI:

  • VTC6041 MAPA: Media in Context
  • VTC6045 MAPA: Exploring Media Practice
  • VTC6046 MAPA: Media Project – Research and Development
  • VTC6047 MAPA: Major Media Project
  • VTC6053 MAPA: Exploring Media Practice 2


Outputs and Publications

  • Stroud A. (2021) ‘The Daemon’ in Lost Gods, Kristell Ink
  • Stroud A. (2020) Fearless, Flame Tree Press
  • Stroud A. (2020) ‘Saving Simon’, in Forgotten Sidekicks, Kristell Ink
  • More T. & Stroud A. (2019). Utopia – New Writers Edition, HWS Press
  • Stroud A. (2018) ‘Catharsis as Process’, in Writing in Practice Volume 5, NAWE.
  • Stroud A. (2018) ‘The Evolving Megatext of Fantasy’, BFS Journal 18, British Fantasy Society
  • Stroud A. (2017) The Forever Man, Luna Press
  • Stroud A. (2016) Dreams of Chaos, HWS Press
  • Gollop j & Stroud A. (2016) The Loremaster’s Guide, Snapshot Games
  • Stroud A. (2016) ‘Inspecting the Canons’, in BFS Journal 16 British Fantasy Society
  • Orr C. & Stroud A. (2016) ‘Transformational Fairy Monsters’, in BFS Journal 16, British Fantasy Society
  • Stroud A. (2016) ‘Fantasy and the Referential Language’, in BFS Journal 15, British Fantasy Society
  • Stroud A. (2016) ‘The Last Tank Commander’ in Crises and Conflicts, Newcon Press
  • Stroud A. (2015) ‘Developing Elite Dangerous’, in Foundation 120. SF Foundation.
  • Stroud A. (2015) Elite: Lave Revolution, HWS Press
  • Stroud A. (2015) ‘The Myth Misunderstanding’, in BFS Journal 14, British Fantasy Society
 Queen’s Award for Enterprise Logo
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2023