Philip E. High

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Philip E. High
BornPhilip Empson High
(1914-04-28)28 April 1914
Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, UK
Died9 August 2006(2006-08-09) (aged 92)
Canterbury, Kent, UK
Pen nameB. J. Empson
OccupationBus driver and Author
GenreScience Fiction
SpousePamela Baker

Philip Empson High (28 April 1914 - 9 August 2006) was an English science fiction author.


Philip Empson High was born in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.

His writing career spanned over 50 years before his death in Canterbury, Kent on 9 August 2006. He published some 14 novels and numerous short stories.

High made his name initially in the 1950s with a series of short stories for various magazines including Authentic Science Fiction, New Worlds Science Fiction and Nebula Science Fiction, and was voted "top discovery" in the Nebula readers' poll for 1956 (the "Guinea Prize").

A collection of his short stories, The Best of Philip E. High, was published in 2002.


  • The Prodigal Sun (1964)
  • No Truce With Terra (1964)
  • The Mad Metropolis (1966) (later reissued as Double Illusion (1970))
  • Reality Forbidden (1967)
  • These Savage Futurians (1967)
  • Twin Planets (1967)
  • The Time Mercenaries (1968)
  • Invader on My Back (1968)
  • Butterfly Planet (1971)
  • Come, Hunt an Earthman (1973)
  • Sold - For a Spaceship (1973)
  • Speaking of Dinosaurs (1974)
  • Fugitive from Time (1978)
  • Blindfold from the Stars (1979)

Short story collections[edit]

  • The Best of Philip E. High (2002)
  • Step to the Stars (2004)
  • Guilty as Charged: Fantastic Crime Stories (2013)

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