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Ellanby, Boyd

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

Joint pseudonym of Lyle Gifford Boyd (1907-1982) and her husband William Clouser Boyd (1903-1983), the latter a professor of immunochemistry at Boston University, Massachusetts. They began to publish work of genre interest with Category Phoenix (May 1952 Galaxy; 2010 ebook), continuing to a total of fourteen stories in various contemporary SF Magazines until 1958, as well as a small number of essays for such magazines 1958-1959. The Star Lord (June 1953 Imagination; 2010 ebook) interestingly recasts the 1912 voyage of the Titanic as sf, with the titular Spaceship on its maiden voyage running into a Hyperspace iceberg-analogue known as the Thakura Ripples. On one occasion – the authors' final published tale, "A Toothache on Zenob" (October 1958 If) – the Ellanby byline was printed as Boyd Ellanbee.

Both also wrote nonfiction under their own names: William C Boyd collaborated with Isaac Asimov on the popular-science title Races and People (1955) (see Race in SF) while Lyle G Boyd collaborated with US astrophysicist Donald H Menzel (1901-1976) on the highly sceptical UFO study The World of Flying Saucers (1963). [DRL]

see also: Nuclear Energy.

Lyle Ardetia Gifford Boyd

born St Joseph, Missouri: 1907

died Watertown, Massachusetts: 1 January 1982

William Boyd

born Dearborn, Missouri: 4 March 1903

died Falmouth, Massachusetts: 19 February 1983


  • Show Business (no place given: Project Gutenberg, 2009) [story: ebook: first appeared November 1953 If: na/]
  • Category Phoenix (no place given: Project Gutenberg, 2010) [story: ebook: first appeared May 1952 Galaxy: na/]
  • The Star Lord (no place given: Project Gutenberg, 2010) [story: ebook: first appeared June 1953 Imagination: na/]
  • What Do You Read? (no place given: Project Gutenberg, 2015) [story: ebook: first appeared March 1953 Other Worlds: na/]
  • Chain Reaction (no place given: Project Gutenberg, 2016) [story: ebook: first appeared September 1956 Galaxy: na/]



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