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Donson, Cyril

Entry updated 14 August 2023. Tagged: Author.

(1919-1986) UK journalist and author, at one period of his life a schoolmaster at the Royal Naval School, Tal Handaq, Malta. The generic nature of his first story – "Mouse Into Man" in Titbits Magazine in 1940 – has not been established. He claimed to have published more than 6000 pieces, fiction and nonfiction, under various names including Lonny Cordis, Russ Kidd, Via Hartford and Anita Mackin. His known sf is, however, restricted to three routine adventures for Robert Hale LimitedBorn in Space (1968), featuring a struggle for freedom on a world called Ethra; Tritonastra – The Planet of the Gargantua (1969), a Space Opera; and The Perspective Process (1969), in which space-travellers help restore harmony to a troubled Earth – plus one further tale from a different publisher, Draco the Dragon Man (1974), a horror tale in which the murderous titular Monster stalks the Peak District of Derbyshire. [JC/DRL]

Cyril Donson

born Mexborough, Yorkshire: 26 May 1919

died 13 November 1986



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