Gordon's School, London, City of London, United Kingdom
William F. Temple studied at Gordon's School 1919-1927.
University of Greenwich, London, City of London, United Kingdom
William F. Temple attended Woolwich Polytechnic (now the University of Greenwich) in 1928-1930.
(Joan Leeton was certainly a lovely girl. A perfect girl f...)
Joan Leeton was certainly a lovely girl. A perfect girl for an English scientist to fall in love with. Unfortunately for Will Fredericks and Bill Josephs that's exactly what happened, to both of them - and to the same girl too, Joan! But they were no ordinary scientists, and they created the most marvelous invention. A device that could perfectly replicate anything. But could it replicate a lovely girl named Joan Leeton? Could they create a love triangle with four people? A classic story from Science Fiction's Golden Age. First published in Amazing Stories in 1939.
(When a man sets out deliberately to be the greatest crack...)
When a man sets out deliberately to be the greatest cracksman of all time, he has set himself a task. When he tells Scotland Yard in advance of the exact location and time of his proposed robberies and defies them to stop him or capture him, he is really making things difficult for himself. And when, in addition, he makes enemies of his ex-fiancee and her ruthless, murderous father, and causes them as well as the police to seek his blood, he is liable to find that he is running along a Dangerous Edge where one false step will lose him his liberty if not his life. This is the history of "Janus", who makes such a perilous run. No one can move quite so fast as the self-styled "Master of the Doors", which is why he even finds time to make love as he pursues his exciting career along The Dangerous Edge. And that proves to be the mistake which leads to the end of Janus, the greatest criminal genius since Jack Sheppard.
(Martin Magnus is a hardened troubleshooter who might be d...)
Martin Magnus is a hardened troubleshooter who might be driving a six-wheeled buggy over rugged Moon terrain in chapter two, strolling the ocean floor in chapter four and flying to Venus by chapter seven. He's competent, confident, wilful, allergic to bureaucracy and interference from his 'betters', and intolerant of pompous, self-important twits. A classic science fiction novel from the 1950's, carefully scanned and converted to ebook format for your enjoyment.
(In this sequel to Martin Magnus, Planet Rover, the resour...)
In this sequel to Martin Magnus, Planet Rover, the resourceful Magnus, assisted by young Cliff Page, renews the battle with the strange, unseen Venusians on their home ground. On the way, he solves the mystery of the moon crater Linne, which had baffled astronomers for two centuries, and encounters that most peculiar race, the Mek Men of Venus.
(In the author's previous book in this series, 'Martin Mag...)
In the author's previous book in this series, 'Martin Magnus on Venus', the star Special Investigator of the Scientific Bureau and his assistant trouble-shooter, Cliff Page, were left on that cloudy, mysterious planet. This new story takes it from there. They are whisked off to Mars to investigate a further puzzle: the White Disc. Where did it come from? Who put it there? Long-dead Martians? Or are Martians still alive - somewhere? It means more trouble for the trouble-shooters. So does the attitude of the colonists of Mars, who try to thwart them at every step. This is the last adventure in outer space which lives up to the high standard of mystery and excitement set by 'Martin Magnus, Planet Rover' and 'Martin Magnus on Venus'.
(The Endeavour has made rocket ship history. With its auto...)
The Endeavour has made rocket ship history. With its automatic pilot and artificial gravity, anyone is qualified to fly to the moon. But the scientists who designed it did not envision the hidden dangers of lunar exploration. Nor did they foresee the kind of violence that could erupt among the five mismatched crew members in a lonely space capsule. The Endeavour's captain, Franz Brunel of the British Space Service, has to contend with the many perils that await him on the surface of the moon. Soon a murderer is among them. Now, contemporary readers have the chance to enjoy Temple's unusual blend of traditional SF with a darkly ironic tone.
("Making the right decision at the right time is often the...)
"Making the right decision at the right time is often the crucial difference between success and failure, especially for Christians who are expected to conduct their lives by a different set of standards from others. God moved Dr. Bill Temple into His work only a few years ago. He has served with distinction in the pastoral ministry and has been instrumental in revitalizing inner-city ministries. His knowledge, experience, and management expertise enable him to effectively apply Biblical principles to the art of making the right decisions in our daily lives."
(A Niche in Time and Other Stories begins the republicatio...)
A Niche in Time and Other Stories begins the republication of the best short stories of William F. Temple, an author who well deserves it, according to the introduction by John Pelan.
William F. Temple studied at Gordon's School 1919-1927. He attended Woolwich Polytechnic (now the University of Greenwich) in 1928-1930.
William F. Temple learned his craft amidst the science fiction boom of pre-and post-World War II England. Inspired by his companionship with writers such as Arthur C. Clarke, John Wyndham, and John Christopher, Temple persevered through an African stint with England's army during World War II to release Four-Sided Triangle, a novel toying with love and cloning and the extraordinary dynamics that occur when the two are mixed. Darren Harris-Fain in the Dictionary of Literary Biography noted: "Like most popular fiction of the period, Four-Sided Triangle was largely ignored in the mainstream press, although it was avidly discussed among science-fiction fans. In the field, the story has become a minor classic - especially in its expanded novel form, which most critics agree is superior to the original magazine story."
Temple published nine science fiction books, including the "Martin Magnus" series of books for children. Still, his works never achieved a higher point of acclaim than with his debut novel. His distinctly British prose received an indifferent reception by American critics. As Robert H. Wilcox noted in the St. James Guide to Science Fiction, "Some readers find Temple's work a bit stuffy at times."
Temple's imagination is especially on display in his many published short stories. Harris-Fain noted several examples, including "Conditioned Reflex," in which "a Martian robot that escapes to Earth tries to convince the humans it meets that human beings are also robots, the products of Martian exploration of Earth thousands of years ago. The people do not believe it, but when the Martian robot leaves behind a device that works in controlling other humans, the truth of the robot's claims is realized. Yet another example is 'The Lonely,' published in July 1955, issue of Imagination. The entire thrust of this story rests on its idea - namely, following a major catastrophe the last woman in London finds the last man in London, only to discover that he is homosexual." Harris-Fain also explained that in many of his stories, "Temple sympathizes with the alien or the outsider and critiques the tendency to judge others by one's own limited cultural standards."
Temple himself gave up science-fiction writing after 1968's The Fleshpots of Sansato. As he noted in an interview with the St. James Guide to Science Fiction Writers: "I've read [science fiction] since childhood. At first, uncritically: I didn't notice it was only twodimensional, i.e., lacked depth, especially in characterization. Then critically: I decided to try to add that third dimension in my writing. Then despairingly: Nobody noticed that I had. Then cynically: Nobody wanted it anyway. They preferred their robots. Then uncaringly: I don't bother to write it anymore."
(In the author's previous book in this series, 'Martin Mag...)1956
("Making the right decision at the right time is often the...)1983
(Martin Magnus is a hardened troubleshooter who might be d...)1954
(In this sequel to Martin Magnus, Planet Rover, the resour...)1955
(When a man sets out deliberately to be the greatest crack...)1951
(A Niche in Time and Other Stories begins the republicatio...)2011
(The Endeavour has made rocket ship history. With its auto...)1966
(Joan Leeton was certainly a lovely girl. A perfect girl f...)1949
William F. Temple married Joan Streeton on September 16, 1939. They had two children: Anne Patrizio and Clifford Geoffrey Temple.