Peter Dickinson (1927 2015) was a prolific British[[note]]He spent most of his life in England, but was born in Northern Rhodesia in the days when it was part of the British Empire[[/note]] author, who is known both for his crime fiction and for his books for younger readers, of which many are SF.

His works include the Changes trilogy -- ''The Weathermonger'', ''Heartsease'', and ''The Devil's Children'' -- in which a mysterious supernatural force causes modern England to revert to medieval levels of society and technology, and ''The Flight of Dragons'', a mock-scholarly work which claimed that dragons really existed, and flew and breathed fire by means of large amounts of hydrogen generated as a metabolic by-product. The Changes trilogy was adapted loosely for television in 1975, and ''The Flight of Dragons'' even more loosely into [[WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons an animated film]] in 1986.

He was awarded an OBE for services to Literature in 2009.

!!Peter Dickinson's works provide examples of:

* AlternateHistory: ''King and Joker'' and ''Skeleton-in-Waiting'', set in a history where Edward VII's eldest son lived to become king.
* AntiMagic: In ''The Ropemaker''
* CosyCatastrophe: The Changes
* DugTooDeep: ''Annerton Pit''
* EmergencyTransformation: ''Eva''
* OneMillionBC: ''Bone From a Dry Sea'' is partly set four million years ago in a culture based on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquatic_ape_hypothesis aquatic ape hypothesis]], and partly MeanwhileInTheFuture following the archaeologist who's digging up its remains.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: ''The Flight of Dragons''
* {{Prequel}}: The Changes trilogy was written in reverse order -- first ''The Weathermonger'', set at the end of the Changes, then ''Heartsease'', set in their midst, then ''The Devil's Children'', set at their beginning.
* SplitAtBirth: ''The Lion Tamer's Daughter''
* {{Technophobia}}: The trilogy ''The Changes'' has British people suddenly becoming violently technophobic [[spoiler:under what turns out to be a malevolent extra-terrestrial influence]].
* WhenSheSmiles: In one of the stories in the collection ''Water: Tales of the Elemental Spirits'', the main character is described as one of these ("Her face lit up with kindness and humor and intelligence.") The same phrase, in an non-ironic echo, is used to describe her LoveInterest.