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A Brief Biography of Philip E. High (1914-2006)
Philip E. HighPhilip E. High was born on 28 April 1914, in Biggleswade, a town in Bedfordshire, England. The 'E' stands for Empson. His father was a bank worker and the family moved first to North Walsham in Norfolk, then to Great Yarmouth, and finally to Whitstable in Kent in 1921.

High was a prodigious reader of all types of fiction and non-fiction, but especially of the novels of Nevil Shute. At age 16 he began to write his own stories (in various genres) and began to submit them for publication without success, but he did not try his hand at science fiction until many years later.

Although he had encountered science fiction for the first time at the age of 13, it was not until the 1930s that High began to read British science fiction magazines such as Scoops. He would also buy imported copies of American SF magazines such as Astounding Stories when he could get them.

High's career as a local newspaper reporter was interrupted by the Second World War. After serving in the Royal Navy he gained employment as an insurance agent before becoming a bus driver with the East Kent Car Road Company in 1950, a job he retained until his retirement in 1979. He married Pamela Baker in 1950 and they had two children, Beverley and Jacqueline.

It was not until 1955 that High decided to try his hand at writing science fiction stories. His first attempt, The Statics, was published in the September issue of Authentic Science Fiction. This was a begin a successful period, with the publication over the next eight years of nearly fifty stories in magazines such as Authentic Science Fiction, Nebula Science Fiction and New Worlds Science Fiction.

By 1964, the science fiction magazine market in the UK was changing. High had little sympathy for this new direction so decided to redirect his efforts to writing novels. His first, The Prodigal Sun, was published by Ace Books and lead to a string of fourteen novels and numerous reprints.

With the exception of four short stories for the short-lived magazine Vision of Tomorrow, High continued to concentrate his efforts on writing novels, until 1979 when High was told that the market had changed again and there was no demand for his stories. Tragically, he took their word for it and stopped writing.

Almost two decades later, Philip Harbottle, who had previously edited Vision of Tomorrow, approached High with a request to contribute to Fantasy Annual. He found that he still had ideas for new stories and more than thirty new ones followed as well as two anthologies and reprints of some of his novels.

Philip E. High died on 9 August 2006, aged 92.

 

References
- Space Voyager - Issue 7, February-March 1984 - see pp.51-3 - 'Prophet Without Honour' by Marion Van Der Voort
- Locus - Issue 548, Vol.57, No.3, June 2007 - see pp.82-3 - 'Philip E. High' by Philip Harbottle
- Locus - Issue 548, Vol.57, No.3, June 2007 - see p.83 - ' Phil High' by Marion & Richard van der Voort
- Philip E. High: A Tribute - Philip E. High - A History - retrieved 25 June 2011
- Philip E. High: A Tribute - Books Written by Philip E. High - retrieved 25 June 2011
- The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction - Philip E. High - retrieved 25 June 2011
- Infinity Plus - Phil High - Literary Craftsman - retrieved 25 June 2011
- The Independent - Philip E. High - retrieved 25 June 2011
- Science Fiction Writers of America - Philip E. High (1914-2006) - archived 30 September 2007
- The Internet Speculative Fiction Database - Philip E. High - Summary Bibliography - retrieved 25 June 2011

Philip E. High

 

A list of the first publications of Philip E. High's novels and short stories appears below.
An illustrated bibliography can be found here.

Novels
Year Title Publisher ISBN Notes
1964 The Prodigal Sun Ace Books None  
1964 No Truce With Terra Ace Books None Issued in one volume with The Duplicators by Murray Leinster
1966 The Mad Metropolis Ace Books None Issued in one volume with Space Captain by Murray Leinster
1967 Reality Forbidden Ace Books None Issued in one volume with Contraband From Otherspace by A. Bertram Chandler
1967 These Savage Futurians Ace Books None Issued in one volume with The Double Invaders by John Rackham
1967 Twin Planets Paperback Library None  
1968 The Time Mercenaries Ace Books None Issued in one volume with Anthropol by Louis Trimble
1968 Invader On My Back Ace Books None Issued in one volume with Destination: Saturn by David Grinnell & Lin Carter
1970 Double Illusion Dobson SF 023477603X Previously published as The Mad Metropolis
1971 Butterfly Planet Hale SF 0709123736  
1973 Come, Hunt An Earthman Hale SF 070913648X  
1973 Sold - For A Spaceship Hale SF 0709139195  
1974 Speaking Of Dinosaurs Hale SF 0709140916  
1978 Fugitive From Time Hale SF 0709170165  
1979 Blindfold From The Stars Dobson SF 0234721421  
 
Collections
Year Title Publisher ISBN Notes
2002 The Best Of Philip E. High Wildside Press 1587154404 Stories first published between 1956 and 1970
2004 Step To The Stars Wildside Press 0809500272 Previously unpublished stories
 
Contributions to Magazines and Anthologies
Year Title Magazine Issue Notes
1955 The Statics Authentic Science Fiction September, Issue 61  
1956 Wrath of the Gods Nebula Science Fiction July, Issue 17  
1956 A Schoolroom for the Teacher Authentic Science Fiction November, Issue 74  
1956 The Collaborator Authentic Science Fiction December, Issue 75  
1956 City at Random Nebula Science Fiction December, Issue 19  
1957 Plague Solution Authentic Science Fiction February, Issue 77  
1957 Guess Who? New Worlds Science Fiction February, Vol.19, No.56  
1957 Assassin in Hiding Authentic Science Fiction April, Issue 79  
1957 Life Sentence Authentic Science Fiction May, Issue 80  
1957 The Golden Age New Worlds Science Fiction June, Vol.20, No.60  
1957 Topside Authentic Science Fiction August, Issue 83  
1957 Time Bomb Nebula Science Fiction August, Issue 23  
1957 Buried Talent New Worlds Science Fiction August, Vol.21, No.62  
1957 The Ancient Enemy Authentic Science Fiction September, Issue 84  
1957 Further Outlook Nebula Science Fiction September, Issue 24  
1958 The Meek Shall Inherit Nebula Science Fiction January, Issue 26  
1958 Risk Economy Nebula Science Fiction February, Issue 27  
1958 Shift Case Nebula Science Fiction March, Issue 28  
1958 The Guardian New Worlds Science Fiction October, Vol.26, No.76  
1958 The Lords of Creation Nebula Science Fiction December, Issue 37  
1959 A Race of Madmen Nebula Science Fiction January, Issue 38  
1959 Infection Nebula Science Fiction March, Issue 39  
1959 Squeeze Box New Worlds Science Fiction March, Vol.27, No.81  
1959 To See Ourselves Nebula Science Fiction May, Issue 40  
1959 Project–Stall New Worlds Science Fiction May, Vol.28, No.83  
1959 For Those Who Wait Nebula Science Fiction June, Issue 41  
1959 Pseudopath New Worlds Science Fiction August-Sept, Vol.29, No.86  
1960 Project Mars New Worlds Science Fiction July, Vol.1, No.5  
1960 Mumbo-Jumbo Man New Worlds Science Fiction January, Vol.30, No.90  
1960 Pursuit Missile New Worlds Science Fiction June, Vol.32, No.95  
1961 Routine Exercise New Worlds Science Fiction February, Vol.35, No.103  
1961 The Jackson Killer New Worlds Science Fiction May, Vol.36, No.106  
1961 Fallen Angel Analog Science Fact & Fiction June, Vol.67, No.4  
1961 The Martian Hunters New Worlds Science Fiction November, Vol.38, No.112  
1961 Survival Course New Worlds Science Fiction December, Vol.38, No.113  
1962 The Psi Squad New Worlds Science Fiction January, Vol.38, No.114  
1962 Probability Factor New Worlds Science Fiction March, Vol.39, No.116  
1962 Blind as a Bat Science Fiction Adventures March, Vol.5, No.25  
1962 Why Explain S-F? New Worlds Science Fiction April, Vol.39, No.117  
1962 Dictator Bait New Worlds Science Fiction May, Vol.40, No.118  
1962 The Method New Worlds Science Fiction November, Vol.42, No.124  
1962 Dead End Science Fantasy December, Vol.19, No.56  
1963 The Big Tin God New Worlds Science Fiction January, Vol.42, No.126  
1963 Bottomless Pit New Worlds Science Fiction March, Vol.43, No.128  
1963 Point of No Return New Worlds Science Fiction July, Vol.44, No.132  
1963 Relative Genius New Worlds Science Fiction December, Vol.46, No.137  
1966 Temporary Resident New Worlds February, Vol.49, No.159  
1969 The Adapters Vision of Tomorrow November, Issue 3  
1970 Psycho-Land Vision of Tomorrow January, Issue 4  
1970 Technical Wizard Vision of Tomorrow February, Issue 5  
1970 Fixed Image Vision of Tomorrow May, Issue 8  
1980 The Time of Light South East Arts Review Autumn, Issue 15  
1998 The Kiss Fantasy Annual No.2  
1999 The Gulf Fantasy Annual No.3  
1999 The Falling Elephant Fantasy Annual No.3  
1999 Transit Serum Gryphon Science Fiction
and Fantasy Reader
No.1  
2000 One Hour To Darkness Fantasy Annual No.4  
2000 The Occultist Fantasy Annual No.4 Writing as B.J. Empson
2000 Chain Reaction Fantasy Annual No.4 Writing as B.J. Empson
2001 Malfunction Syndrome Fantasy Quarterly No.1  
2002 The Artifact Fantasy Adventures No.1  
2003 Guilty As Charged Fantasy Adventures No.3 Writing as B.J. Empson
2003 A Question of Fuel Fantasy Adventures No.3  
2003 The Drainpipe Fantasy Adventures No.4  
2003 Let There Be Light Fantasy Adventures No.5  
2003 Seeds Of Invasion Fantasy Adventures No.7  
2003 Production Model Fantasy Annual No.5  
2003 The Elementals Fantasy Annual No.5  
2003 Bought On The Internet Fantasy Annual No.5 Writing as B.J. Empson
2003 Time Ticket Fantasy Annual No.5  
2004 The Prisoner Fantasy Adventures No.8  
2004 The Gunman Fantasy Adventures No.9  
2004 The Lost Soul Fantasy Adventures No.11  
2006 The Simulator Fantasy Adventures No.12  
2008 The World Is Ours Fantasy Adventures No.13  
 

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