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Mayer, Douglas W F

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Editor.

(1919-1976) UK fan, essayist and editor associated with the Leeds-based Science Fiction Association (SFA) in the late 1930s. Under the auspices of the SFA he edited the early Fanzine Tomorrow (seven issues, Spring 1937 to Autumn 1938); the three 1937-1938 issues of the Amateur Magazine Amateur Science Stories (which see), most noted for publishing Arthur C Clarke's first stories; and the early UK Bibliography British Science-Fiction Bibliography (1937 chap). The last, a mimeographed fanzine-format pamphlet of eighteen pages dated August 1937, is described in its foreword as an "extensive list of British books, issued during the last thirty or so years, that can be considered to come under the classification of 'science-fiction', 'scientifiction' of 'scientific fantasy'." It lists 209 book-length works with one-line synopses, from Edmund About to S Fowler Wright; Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jules Verne and H G Wells all receive extensive coverage with ten or more titles listed. In 2018 Rob Hansen placed a facsimile online [see under links below] with accompanying annotations by David Langford. [DRL]

Douglas W F Mayer

born Leeds, West Yorkshire: 22 August 1919

died 12 October 1976

works as editor


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