Sunday, March 9, 2014
HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY, WILLIAM F. TEMPLE
British SF writer and fan William F. Temple (1914-1989) would have been 100 years old today. A member of the legendary British Interplanetary Society and editor of their bulletin, Temple was a flatmate of fellow BPI member Arthur C, Clarke prior to World War Two. (A semi-autobiographical account of that time can be found in his 2000 collection 88 Gray's Inn Road.) He is best known for his novel (and the film based on the novel) Four-Sided Triangle. He published at least nine other science fiction novels (including three juveniles in the Martin Magus series), a detective novel, and two nonfiction books about space travel. Temple published almost 70 science fiction stories; fourteen of them are currently available in A Niche in Time and Other Stories (Ramble House, 2011). Temple is one of many forgotten writers who is worth checking out.