William F. Temple
|William Frederick Temple|
9 March 1914|
Woolwich, United Kingdom
|Died||15 July 1989
Folkestone, United Kingdom
|Pen name||Temple Williams|
|Genre||Science fiction, Horror fiction|
|Notable works||Four Sided Triangle|
Prior to World War II, Temple shared a flat in London with fellow science fiction fans Arthur C. Clarke and Maurice K. Hanson. 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).
His first published science fiction work was the SF-horror short story "The Kosso", published in the anthology Thrills (1935). He went on to publish other works in amateur and professional magazines over the next few years. Service in World War II interrupted his writing career. After the war, he wrote novels and resumed publishing work in magazines, at a steady rate until about 1970.
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". P. Schuyler Miller praised its "warmly believable characters."
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.
- 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)
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