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 Enjoy.

Author Profile 1953 by F G Rayer, from "Space Diversions".

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. [as by George Longdon]

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

The Undying Enemy (Science Fantasy #3) (1951)

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)

Earth Our New Eden (1952) (Authentic 20)

Man's Questing Ended New Worlds 16 (1952) [Nick Riordan]

The Temporal Rift (New Worlds 16) (July 1952) [as by George Longdon]

The Peacemaker (1952) (New Worlds 17)

Of Those Who Came (1952) [as by George Longdon] (New Worlds 18)

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

Firstling (1953) (Nebula Issue 6) [as by F. G. Rayer]

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

Seek Earthmen No More (1954) (Science fantasy 7)

Space Prize (Science Fantasy 8) (May 1954)

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

Come Away Home New Worlds 27 (Sept 1954)

Dark Summer (Sept 1954) Science Fantasy #10.

Co-Efficiency Zero (1954) (Science Fantasy 11)

Kill Me This Man (Jan 1955) (New Worlds 31)

Ephemeral This City (1955) (New Worlds 33)

This Night No More From Nebula 13 of Sept 1955,

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

The Voices Beyond - New Worlds 41 (Nov 1955)

The Jakandi Moduli - New Worlds 42 (1955)

The Falsifiers New Worlds 44 (February 1956) [as by George Longdon]

Hyperant New Worlds 45 (March 1956)

Consolidation Area New Worlds 46 (April 1956)

Culture Pattern New Worlds No 47. (May 1956)

Error Potential New Worlds No 50. (August 1956)

Period of Error New Worlds No 52, (October 1956) [as by George Longdon]

Three-Day Tidal New Worlds No 52 (October 1956)

Tree Dweller New Worlds 53 (November 1956) [as by George Longdon]

Beacon Green Nebula No 20 (March 1957) [as by F. G. Rayer]

Stress Complex New Worlds No 60 (June 1957)

Painters of Narve - From New Worlds 69, March 1958 -

Wishing Stone Science Fantasy No 30 (August 58)

I Like You New Worlds 88 (November 1959) [as by George Longdon]

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

Contact Pattern (SF Adventures v4n19 1961) (41pp)

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-

Period of Quarantine (1956) with E. R. James
Searchpoint (1959)
Sands Our Abode (1959)
Alien (1959)
Static Trouble (1960)
Adjustment Period (1960) (SF Adventures 16)
Sacrifice (1962)
Capsid (1962)

Realm of the Alien by Chester Delray, Grafton Publications (Blue Star Library 2), 1947.
Basic Fundamental (1947) (Fantasy No 3 - editor: Gillings)
Fearful Banner (1949) (Worlds at War)
The Singular Sequel to the Case of the Montrose Diamond (4/1949) (Weird and Occult Miscellany)(one source says 1955)
Eve of Tomorrow (1951) Slant #5
The Coming Of The Darakua (1952) (Authentic 17)
We Cast No Shadow (1952) (Authentic 28)
- also in Terra SF 062 May 1959 as Uberfall aus Fremder Dimension.

Trader's Planet (1953) (Science Fantasy 6)
Thou Pasture Us (1953) (Nebula #2)
Continuity Man (1959) [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)

Stories with common characters:
Jock MacTavish: Plimsoll Line (aka When Greed Steps In),     Space Prize   , Traders Planet,
Magnus Mensis: Deus ex Machina   , The Peacemaker, Ephemeral this city,    Adjustment Period, Contact Pattern, Tomorrow sometimes comes,

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).

We also remember
George's cousin and sometime co-writer, E R James, who died 2/11/2012.
Editor, John (Ted) Carnell, who died 23/3/1972.
Illustrators of George's magazine stories included:
Alan Joseph Hunter, who died 1/8/2012 age 89.
Gerard Quinn, who died 30/11/2015 age 88
Brian Lewis, who died 4/12/73- Brian did creative work for the Muppets and the film "Yellow Submarine" as well as Apple Corps "Timothy Travel"

There are a couple of books out there which claim to tell the story of the magazine New Worlds, which were published after 2000- and the authors (An American born 1948 and an Australian born 1944- neither British, and aged only 3 and unborn when George's first story was published!) - are almost unremittingly negative and dismissive about the science fiction before the "new wave" of Moorcock et al, with very negative comments about F G Rayer's work. The authors have no grasp or understanding of the period or the purposes and style of early speculative fiction, and their many strong opinions against their main subject are unhelpful. Not recommended.
When reading any story several decades old, before destructive criticism, it is vital to consider the culture and values at the time it was written, the scientific knowledge, the language of the period, the purpose of the author and intent of the publication, and the purchasing market at that time- who was buying what and how much material was or was not available.
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.

Attempts to contact George's next of kin have failed, and it is also impossible to identify who the rights holder is for a work due to lack of documentation and George's admission of selling some copyright outright. Rights held by John Carnell passed to a literary agent who is also now dead. Anyone with reasonable documented claim to royalties will be paid at the set IPO rate for none-commercial usage.

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