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Vielle, E E

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1913-2015) UK aviator, Royal Air Force officer (1934-1957) and author, known in his military capacity as Tubby Vielle; he was instrumental in the development of improved navigation and bombing systems in World War Two; he also wrote as by Donald Gordon and as by Paul Stanton. Village of Stars (1960) writing with David Beaty as by Paul Stanton is a Near-Future nuclear-World War Three thriller. His novels with Ian Cameron as by Donald Gordon, beginning with Star-Raker (1962), have similar Cold War settings, and tend to focus on the threat of the USSR; it is not certain, though it is likely, that all the Donald Gordon novels involved both authors. No Subway (1968), again set in the Near Future, describes the consequences of building a Channel Tunnel. [JC]

Group Captain Eugene Emile "Tubby" Vielle

born London: 29 April 1913

died Westbury, Wiltshire: 2 April 2015

works (selected)

  • Village of Stars (London: Michael Joseph, 1960) with David Beaty, writing together as by Paul Stanton [hb/Broom Lynne]
  • Star-Raker (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1962) as by Donald Gordon [hb/]
  • Flight of the Bat (New York: William Morrow, 1964) as by Donald Gordon [hb/]
  • No Subway (London: Collins, 1968) [hb/]
  • Leap in the Dark (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1970) as by Donald Gordon [hb/]


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