William F. Temple

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(1914 – 1989)

William Frederick Temple was a British fan and SF author, best known for his story "The Four-Sided Triangle" (Amazing, 1939), in which a girl two men love is duplicated in order to solve the problem. The story was later published as a novel and still later made into a movie.

Temple was a member of the British Interplanetary Society, the editor of their journal, and was active in fandom beginning in the 1930s. He belonged to the SFA. Prior to World War II, he shared an apartment in London — The Flat — with Arthur C. Clarke. He published the fanzine Novae Terrae.

Temple's first published story was "The Kosso," which appeared 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; but after the war, he wrote novels and resumed publishing stories in magazines, at a steady rate until the early 1970s. His published novels included The Automated Goliath (1962), Shoot at the Moon (1966), and The Fleshpots of Sansato (1968). He also wrote juvenile SF novels, his "Martin Magnus" series (1954-1956). His somewhat fictionalized account of life with Clarke in The Flat eventually appeared (with other stories included) as 88 Gray's Inn Road: A Living-Space Odyssey (2000).

In addition, he wrote crime fiction and non-fiction books about space travel.

His (mostly humorous) fanzine writing from 1938 to 1960 is collected as Temple at the Bar (Ansible Editions 2017), edited by Rob Hansen.

In 1939, he married Joan Temple, and they lived together in The Flat. Their daughter, Ann, married fan Joe Patrizio.

Temple at the Bar (IA)

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