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Staniland, Meaburn

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(1914-1992) UK antiquarian bookseller, editor and author, probably a descendant of the nineteenth-century politician Meaburn Staniland (1809-1898), Liberal Member of Parliament for Boston, Lincolnshire; with Penguin Books in the 1960s-1970s. His sf novel Back to the Future (1947) – which is in no way a precursor of Back to the Future (1985) and its sequels – sends its protagonist by defective Time Machine into the shabby bureaucratic Dystopian UK of 2047, from which he escapes by the skin of his teeth. [JC]

Meaburn Francis Staniland

born Boston, Lincolnshire: 17 June 1914

died Stamford, Lincolnshire: January 1992


  • Back to the Future (London: Nicholas Vane, 1947) [published with two alternative dustwrappers, neither pictorial: hb/nonpictorial]


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