William F. Temple

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William Frederick Temple
Born(1914-03-09)9 March 1914
Woolwich, United Kingdom
Died15 July 1989(1989-07-15) (aged 75)
Folkestone, United Kingdom
Pen nameTemple Williams
GenreScience fiction, Horror fiction
Notable worksFour Sided Triangle

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Temple's novelette The Four Sided Triangle, later expanded to a novel and adapted as a feature film, was the cover story of the November 1939 issue of Amazing Stories

William Frederick Temple (9 March 1914 – 15 July 1989) was a British science fiction writer, best known for authoring the novel-turned-film Four Sided Triangle.

Temple was a member of the British Interplanetary Society, the editor of their journal Bulletin, and involved in science fiction fandom before writing.[1]

Prior to World War II, Temple shared a flat in London with fellow science fiction fans Arthur C. Clarke and Maurice K. Hanson.[1] Temple wrote a gently humorous, semi-autobiographical account of this time, called Bachelor Flat, in the 1940s but failed to find a publisher. It was eventually printed in the collection 88 Gray's Inn Road: A Living-Space Odyssey (2000).[1]

His first published science fiction work was the SF-horror short story "The Kosso", published in the anthology Thrills (1935).[1] He went on to publish other works in amateur and professional magazines over the next few years.[1] Service in World War II interrupted his writing career.[1] After the war, he wrote novels and resumed publishing work in magazines, at a steady rate until about 1970.[1]

Temple's son, Cliff Temple, was a leading UK athletics journalist, writer, commentator, and coach; and his daughter, Anne Patrizio MBE is well known in the UK as a campaigner for the rights of LGBT people and their parents.


His best-known work might be the novel which formed the basis for the film Four Sided Triangle, a 1949 novel which Groff Conklin called "brilliantly charactered and humanly real".[2] P. Schuyler Miller praised its "warmly believable characters."[3]

Temple also wrote space opera, such as his last novel The Fleshpots of Sansato (1968).[1]

His science fiction novels include the Martin Magnus trilogy, published in hardcover by Frederick Muller Ltd: Martin Magnus, Planet Rover (1954), Martin Magnus on Venus (1955), and Martin Magnus on Mars (1956). The first two of these were re-published in paperback in 1970 by Mayflower Books Ltd.[4]


Short Stories[edit]

  • Lunar Lilliput (1937), Tales of Wonder
  • The Smile of the Sphinx (1937), Tales of Wonder
  • The Four Sided Triangle (1939), Amazing Stories


  • Four Sided Triangle (1949)
  • Martin Magnus, Planet Rover (1954)
  • Martin Magnus on Venus (1955)
  • Martin Magnus on Mars (1956)
  • The Fleshpots of Sansato (1968)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Temple, William F". The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. March 14, 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Galaxy's Five Star Shelf," Galaxy Science Fiction, May 1951, p.83.
  3. ^ "The Reference Library", Astounding Science Fiction, October 1951, p.141
  4. ^ http://www.spacejock.com.au/Magnus.html

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