Arthur Sellings

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Arthur Sellings
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Arthur Sellings c.1956
Born Robert Arthur Gordon Ley
(1911-05-31)31 May 1911
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
Died 24 September 1968(1968-09-24) (aged 57)
Worthing, Sussex, England
Pen name Ray Luther, Martin Luther
Occupation Author, scientist
Language English
Nationality British
Genres Science fiction

Arthur Sellings was the pseudonym of Robert Arthur Gordon Ley,[1] (31 May 1911, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England – 24 September 1968, Worthing, Sussex, England) an English scientist, book and art dealer, and science fiction author. In addition to Sellings he also wrote under the pen names Ray Luther and Martin Luther. He is best known for his well-crafted portraits of adaptability under stress, in stories noted for their humor, suspense and attention to plot and character. His posthumous novel Junk Day is considered his best work.

Life and career[edit]

Ley was born on 31 May 1911 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, the son of Kent and Stella Grace (Sellings) Ley. He lived for most of his life in his native town. He married, on 18 August 1945, Gladys Pamela Judge. In addition to his writing, Ley was a book and art dealer and antiquarian and, from 1955–1968, a scientific researcher for the British government. His success in a 1955 writing contest sponsored by The Observer led to the publication of his first book, Time Transfer, by Michael Joseph Ltd.[2] His research work inspired some of his science fiction. His work appeared in Fantastic, Galaxy Science Fiction, Imagination, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nebula Science Fiction, New Worlds, New Writings in SF, and Worlds of Tomorrow, among other periodicals. Ley died of a heart attack on September 24, 1968 in Worthing, Sussex, England.

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Telepath (1962)
  • The Uncensored Man (1964)
  • The Quy Effect (1966)
  • Intermind (as by Ray Luther) (1967)
  • The Power of X (1968)
  • Junk Day (1970)

Collections[edit]

  • Time Transfer and Other Stories (1956)
  • The Long Eureka: a Collection of Short Stories (1968)

Short stories[edit]

  • "The Haunting" (1953)
  • "The Boys from Vespis" (Feb. 1954)
  • "The Departed" (Aug. 1954)
  • "A Start in Life" (1954)
  • "The Cautious Invaders" (Oct. 1954)
  • "The Age of Kindness" (1954)
  • "The Mission" (1955)
  • "The Figment" (1955)
  • "Escape Mechanism" (1955)
  • "The Proxies" (1955)
  • "Jukebox" (1955)
  • "Cry Wolf" (Jul. 1956)
  • "Armistice" (Nov. 1956)
  • "Birthright" (1956)
  • "The Warriors" (Aug. 1956)
  • "The Masters" (1956)
  • "Categorical Imperative" (1956)
  • "Control Room" (1956)
  • "Time Transfer" (1956)
  • "From Up There" (1956)
  • "The Wordless Ones" (1956)
  • "The Transfer" (1956)
  • "Pentagram" (1956)
  • "Soliloquy" (1956)
  • "The Awakening" (1956)
  • "The Category Inventors" (1956)
  • "One Across" (1956)
  • "Verbal Agreement" (1956)
  • "Fresh Start" (Jul. 1957)
  • "Brink of Madness" (1957)
  • "Limits" (1958)
  • "Blank Form" (1958)
  • "The Shadow People" (1958)
  • "Flatiron" (1958)
  • "The Long Eureka" (1959)
  • "For the Colour of His Hair" (1959)
  • "The Tycoons" (1959)
  • "The Scene Shifter" (1959)
  • "The Outstretched Hand" (1959)
  • "Starting Course" (1961)
  • "The Well-Trained Heroes" (Jun. 1964)
  • "The Power of Y" (1965)
  • "The Tinplate Teleologist" (1965)
  • "Gifts of the Gods" (1966)
  • "That Evening Sun Go Down" (1966)
  • "The Key of the Door" (1967)
  • "The Last Time Around" (1968)
  • "Trade-In" (1968)
  • "Homecoming" (1968)
  • "Crack In the Shield" (Jan. 1968)
  • "The Trial" (1969)
  • "The Legend and the Chemistry" (Jan. 1969)
  • "The Dodgers" (Apr. 1969)

Nonfiction[edit]

  • "Where Now?" (1961)

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Clute and Nicholls 1995, p. 1082.
  2. ^ "Profile: Arthur Sellings", New Worlds, July 1956, ifc

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