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Tit-Bits Science-Fiction Library

Entry updated 20 June 2022. Tagged: Publication.

A series of nineteen generally undistinguished sf paperback chapbooks published by C Arthur Pearson of London (see Pearson's Weekly) monthly from September 1953 to March 1955. All volumes ran to 64pp, were priced at 9d (nine old UK pence) and had cover paintings in vigorous Pulp mode by Ron Turner. A bibliographical oddity is that the books lack title or copyright pages; the series affiliation appears on the front cover and spine, variously as Tit-Bits Science-Fiction Library, Tit-Bits Science Fiction Library, 'Titbits' Science Fiction Library and Tit-Bits Science-Fiction Novels. Title and author are also repeated on the first page of text, in five cases with the surtitle Tit-Bits Science-Fiction Library.

The most notable contributors were: Kenneth Bulmer writing as by Philip Kent; John Russell Fearn writing as by Conrad G Holt and Laurence F Rose – the Library launched with his The Hell Fruit (1953 chap) as by Rose; John T Phillifent writing as by John Rackham, with the four-volume Space Puppet sequence which was his sf debut; and E C Tubb writing as by Carl Maddox. [DRL/SH/RR]

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