Raymond F. Jones

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Raymond Fisher Jones
Born (1915-11-15)November 15, 1915
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Died January 24, 1994(1994-01-24) (aged 78)
Sandy, Utah, USA

Raymond Fisher Jones (15 November 1915 – 24 January 1994) was an American science fiction author. He is best known for his 1952 novel, This Island Earth, which was adapted into the eponymous 1955 film.

Personal life[edit]

Jones was born at Salt Lake City, Utah, and was a Mormon from birth.[1] He died at Sandy, Utah, in 1994.[2]

Career[edit]

Most of Jones' short fiction was published during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, in magazines such as Thrilling Wonder Stories, Astounding Stories, and Galaxy. His sixteen novels were published between 1951 and 1978.[3]

His short story "Rat Race," first published in the April 1966 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, was nominated for a Hugo Award.[4] In 1996, "Correspondence Course", first published in the April 1945 edition of Astounding Stories, was nominated for a Retro Hugo award for best short story.[5] Another short story, "The Alien Machine", first published in the June 1949 edition of Thrilling Wonder Stories, was later combined with two other short stories, "The Shroud of Secrecy" and "The Greater Conflict", and expanded into the novel This Island Earth,[6] upon which the movie of the same name was based.

Jones also wrote the story upon which a 1952 Tales of Tomorrow television program episode, titled "The Children's Room", was based.[7]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels and collections
Short stories
  • "Test of the Gods", Astounding Science Fiction (September, 1941)
  • "The Children's Room" (1942)
  • "Starting Point" (1942)
  • "Swimming Lesson" (1943)
  • "Pacer" (1943)
  • "Fifty Million Monkeysv (1943)
  • "Utility" (1944) [as by David Anderson]
  • Renaissance series (1944)
  • "Deadly Host" (1945)
  • "Correspondence Course" (1945)
  • "Black Market" (1946)
  • "Forecast" (1946)
  • "The Cat and the King" (1946)
  • "The Toymaker" (1946)
  • "The Seven Jewels of Chamar" (1946)
  • "Pete Can Fix It" (1947)
  • "The Martian Circe" (1947)
  • "The Model Shop" (1947)
  • "The Person from Porlock" (1947)
  • "The Alien Machine, featuring Cal Meacham" (1949)
  • "Production Test" (1949)
  • "The Shroud of Secrecy, featuring Cal Meacham" (1949)
  • "Outpost Infinity" (1950)
  • "The Greater Conflict, featuring Cal Meacham" (1950)
  • "Regulations Provide" (1950)
  • "Encroachment" (1950)
  • "Portrait of Narcissus" (1950)
  • "Sunday is Three Thousand Years Away" (1950)
  • "The Cybernetic Brains" (1950)
  • "Discontinuity" (1950)
  • "Tools of the Trade" (1950)
  • "A Stone and a Spear" (1950)
  • "Divided We Fall. . ." (1950)
  • "I Tell You Three Times" (1951)
  • "... As Others See Us" (1951)
  • "Alarm Reaction" (1951)
  • "The Wrong Side of Paradise" (1951)
  • "Seed" (1951)
  • "The Farthest Horizon" (1952)
  • "Collision" (1952)
  • "Doomsday's Color-Press" (1952)
  • "Noise Level" (1952)
  • "Canterbury April" (1952)
  • "The Moon Is Death" (1953)
  • "Intermission Timev (1953)
  • "Trade Secret" (1953)
  • "The Colonists" (1954)
  • "The Unlearned" (1954)
  • "The School" (1954)
  • "The Gift of the Gods" (1955)
  • "Cubs of the Wolf" (1955)
  • "Human Error" (1956)
  • "Academy for Pioneers" (1956)
  • "The Deviates" (1956)
  • "The Non-Statistical Man" (1956)
  • "The Thinking Machine" (1956)
  • "A Matter of Culture" (1956)
  • "The Gardener" (1957)
  • "The Star Dream" (1957)
  • "The Strad Effect" (1958)
  • "The Memory of Mars" (1961)
  • "The Great Gray Plague" (1962)
  • "Stay Off the Moon!" (1962)
  • "Rider in the Sky" (1964)
  • "Rat Race" (1966)
  • "Subway to the Stars" (1968)
  • "The Laughing Lion" (1973)
  • "Pet" (1973)
  • "The Lights of Mars" (1973)
  • "A Bowl of Biskies Makes a Growing Boy" (1973)
  • "The Lions of Rome" (1973)
  • "Time Brother" (1973)
  • "Reflection of a Star" (1974)
  • "Flauna" (1974)
  • "The Touch of Your Hand" (1974)
  • "Death Eternal" (1978)

Gutenberg Project[edit]

Eight of his books have been made available for free by the Gutenberg Project, despite their recent publication, because they fell into the public domain when the original copyright was not renewed: The Great Gray Plague, The Memory of Mars, Cubs of the Wolf, The Colonists, The Year When Stardust Fell, The Unlearned, and Human Error, plus the Japanese book 火星の記憶.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meet the author". The Unofficial Raymond F. Jones Website. 
  2. ^ "Raymond Fisher Jones (1915 - 1994) - Find A Grave Memorial". Find A Grave. 
  3. ^ "Raymond F. Jones - Chronological Bibliography". The Internet Speculative Fiction Database. 
  4. ^ "1967 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards Website. 
  5. ^ "1946 Retro Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards Website. 
  6. ^ "Bibliography: This Island Earth". The Internet Speculative Fiction Database. 
  7. ^ ""Tales of Tomorrow" The Children's Room (TV episode 1952) - IMDb". IMDb. 

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