Francis George Rayer

portrait of fgr F G Rayer (1921 - 1981) was a British science fiction author in the days of classic SF (1950's and 1960's) when there were many SF magazines which published lots of short stories.

George passed away in July 1981. The stories are still in copyright and should not be used elsewhere without consent. George indicated that he did not retain copyright of all his work but sold some of it outright- after all this time with no paperwork, ownership is something of a guess. I have been unable to locate ANY publication of his works in the last thirty years, which is ridiculous. Most of the old SF magazines his stories were in are now (2015 onwards) appearing online, so here is some of George's work brought from Internet sources together in one place. (Usual Internet source is archive.org). Enjoy.

From Beyond the Dawn New Worlds Issue 3 (1947)

Necessity New Worlds Issue 5 (1949)

Adaptability (1950) [New Worlds 6]

Quest (1950) (New Worlds 7)

The Ark (Science Fantasy No 2, Winter 1950-51) 29pp

Deus Ex Machina (1950) New Worlds 8.

Prison Trap (1951) (New Worlds 10)

No Heritage (1951) New Worlds 12. [only as by George Longdon]

Time Was (1951) New Worlds 12 [Nick Riordan]

When Greed Steps In (Fantastic Adventures January 1952)
(also published as "The Plimsoll Line" in Science Fantasy v2 n4 Spring 1952, editor John Carnell, publisher Nova)

Power Factor (from New Worlds 21 of June 1953) 18pp

The Lava Seas Tunnel (from Authentic SF No 43 March 1954, price 1/6d (7.5p)) with E R James (15pp)

Pipe Away Stranger From New Worlds Science Fiction, Volume 9 , Issue Number 25, dated July 1954.

This Night No More From Nebula 13 of Sept 1955,

Stormhead (New Worlds SF Vol 14 No 40 Oct 1955) 17pp

Painters of Narve - 9pp - From New Worlds 69 of March 1958 -

Spring Fair Moduli (New Worlds SF Vol 35 No 103 Feb 1961) 14pp.

Sacrifice (New Worlds v40 n119 1962) (8pp)

Variant (New Worlds v41 n121 Aug 1962) (13pp)

Aqueduct (New Worlds v43 n128 March 1963) (16pp)

2007 appreciation in Practical Wireless

On the list to add later are-

TO SCAN:
Contact Pattern (SF Adventures v4n19 1961) (41pp)
[[Not on archive org, not listed on isfdb]]

TO RETYPE:
Article by F G Rayer from Space Diversions Issue 6, 1953 (Liverpool SF Society)

TO EDIT FROM ARCHIVE ORG:
The Undying Enemy (1951)
Man's Questing Ended (1952) [Nick Riordan] [also as by F. G. Rayer]
Earth Our New Eden (1952) (Authentic 20)
Of Those Who Came (1952) [only as by George Longdon]
Firstling (1953) [only as by F. G. Rayer]
Come Away Home (1954)
Co-Efficiency Zero (1954) (Science Fantasy 11)
Dark Summer (1954)
Space Prize (1954) (Science Fantasy 8)
Kill Me This Man (1955)
Ephemeral This City (1955) (New Worlds 33)
The Voices Beyond (1955)
The Jakandi Moduli (1955)
Consolidation Area (1956)
Culture Pattern (1956)
Error Potential (1956)
Period of Error (1956) [only as by George Longdon]
Period of Quarantine (1956) with E. R. James
The Falsifiers (1956) [only as by George Longdon]
Three-Day Tidal (1956)
Tree Dweller (1956) [only as by George Longdon]
Hyperant (1956)
Stress Complex (1957)
Beacon Green (1957) [only as by F. G. Rayer]
Wishing Stone (1958) (Science Fantasy Aug 58)
I Like You (1959) [only as by George Longdon]
Searchpoint (1959)
Sands Our Abode (1959)
Alien (1959)
Static Trouble (1960)
Adjustment Period (1960) (SF Adventures 16)
Sacrifice (1962)
Capsid (1962)

TO FIND:
Realm of the Alien by Chester Delray, Grafton Publications (Blue Star Library 2), 1947.
Basic Fundamental (1947) (Fantasy No 3)
Fearful Banner (1949)
The Singular Sequel to the Case of the Montrose Diamond (1949) [only as by F. G. Rayer]
Eve of Tomorrow (1951) Slant #5
The Temporal Rift (1952) [only as by George Longdon](New Worlds 16)
The Peacemaker (1952) (New Worlds 17)
The Coming Of The Darakua (1952) (Authentic 17)
We Cast No Shadow (1952) (Authentic 28)
Trader's Planet (1953) (Science Fantasy 6)
Thou Pasture Us (1953) (Nebula #2)
Seek Earthmen No More (1954) (Science fantasy 7)
Continuity Man (1959) [only as by George Longdon] (NW 87)
Sixth Veil (1962) (NW 120)
Know your author- Nebula #2 1953

Books I have:
The Iron and the Anger (155pp)

F G Rayer's published SF work includes books and short stories published between 1944 and 1964. It appeared in several magazines, including especially Authentic, Nebula and New Worlds (when the editor was John Carnell).

Another British science fiction author, E R James, was the cousin of F G Rayer and had stories in several of the UK sf magazines. They also co-wrote several tales.

F G Rayer also wrote technical radio and electronic articles (many appeared in Practical Wireless) and books (many published by Babani).


Copyright: All of the works of F G Rayer presented here were first published in the United Kingdom. Under the UK 1988 Copyright Designs and Patent Act (as amended by Order), UK copyright in all of these works will continue to apply until expiry on 31st December 2051. International conventions and laws apply outside the UK, normally copyright expiry will be the same but could be longer in other territories. Copyright ownership is unclear as Mr Rayer indicated that for at least some of his work copyright was sold outright. The majority of his magazine stories are however already available online and this commercial free (and free) site merely gathers them together in a uniform format.

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