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Stephensen-Payne, Phil

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Critic.

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(1952-    ) UK bibliographer who regularly supplied UK publishing data to Locus from 1986 to the beginning of 1994, and who has compiled, often in collaboration with Gordon Benson Jr, a number of extremely useful "working Bibliographies" of sf writers, including Poul Anderson (with Benson), Brian W Aldiss, John Brunner (with Benson), C J Cherryh, Philip K Dick (with Benson), Charles L Harness, Harry Harrison (with Benson), Robert A Heinlein; C M Kornbluth (with Benson), Keith Laumer (with Benson), Anne McCaffrey (with Benson), George R R Martin, Andre Norton, Keith Roberts; Bob Shaw (with Benson and Chris Nelson), Clifford D Simak, John Sladek (with Chris Drumm), Theodore Sturgeon (with Benson), James Tiptree Jr (with Benson), Jack Vance, James White (with Benson), Gene Wolfe (with Benson), John Wyndham and Roger Zelazny. All these bibliographies were published and/or reissued in revised form as the Bibliographies for the Avid Reader series in Stephensen-Payne's Small Press imprint Galactic Central Publications.

Since 2003, Stephensen-Payne has shifted the emphasis of his work to his extensive Galactic Central website, which indexes Bibliographies and a very wide variety of Magazines; hundreds of relevant SF Magazine entries in this encyclopedia are linked to illustrated cover checklists at Galactic Central. Principally edited by William G Contento and hosted by Galactic Central, the Fictionmags Index [see under links below] is a particularly valuable resource: a perpetual collaborative work in progress that indexes the contents of any and all English-language Magazines containing fiction, especially those not indexed elsewhere. [JC/DRL]

see also: SFinx.

Philip Stephensen-Payne

born Ilfracombe, Devon: 1952




Bibliographies for the Avid Reader

For convenience of reference we here list these Galactic Central bibliographies in alphabetical order of their subjects, with the publisher's official series number noted in the comment field. (For Edmond Hamilton, see Leigh Brackett; for Henry Kuttner, see C L Moore; for John Christopher, see under his real surname Youd.) Author names precede titles to which Stephensen-Payne did not contribute as bibliographer: some collaborative revisions were initially solo bibliographies by Gordon Benson Jr, the earliest being privately printed for him at Albuquerque, New Mexico, without any publisher imprint but retroactively absorbed into the Galactic Central list. Some editions circa 1989 were also rebound for sale through Borgo Press. Earlier editions whose subtitles – not always present in the first version – or other details have not been verified are summarized in the comment field of the first verified edition.

works as editor


Galactic Central Publisher Checklists

  • Ian Covell. An Index to DAW Books (Leeds, West Yorkshire: Galactic Central Publications, 1989) [bibliography: chap: in the publisher's Publisher Checklists series: pb/nonpictorial]
  • Steve Holland. An Index to Mellifont Press (Leeds, West Yorkshire: Galactic Central Publications, 1995) [bibliography: chap: see F&SF: in the publisher's Publisher Checklists series: pb/nonpictorial]

individual titles as editor


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