(1928-2011) UK author, chemist and astronomer, Fellow of the Royal Society of Astronomy, author of popularizing texts in that field, including Boundaries of the Universe (1971), and of a large number of stories and novels in various genres for pulp publishers of the 1950s and 1960s. He published something like 250 volumes during this period, some of them not yet identified, many of them not sf or fantasy. Like R L Fanthorpe – alongside whom he supplied Badger Books with most of their sf and fantasy titles – and Denis Hughes, he severely curtailed his production when market conditions changed in the early 1960s, publishing only one sf book between 1970 – Project Jove (1971), which was the first novel to appear under his own name – and the late 1980s, when The Plains of Nightmare (coll 1989) inaugurated his late career, during which he published further stories and some longer fiction, as well as Seetee Sun (2007) and The Crimson Peril (2007), two additions (see Sequels by Other Hands) to John Russell Fearn's Golden Amazon sequence.
Like his colleagues, Glasby wrote normally under a range of pseudonyms and House Names, beginning with Satellite B.C. (1952), Time and Space (1952) and Zero Point (1952), all these titles being collaborations with Arthur Roberts, sharing the House Name Rand Le Page which belonged to Curtis Warren, as did Berl Cameron and Paul Lorraine [see Checklist]. Further House Names used were associated with John Spencer and Co and Badger Books: Victor La Salle, John E Muller and Karl Zeigfreid. Glasby's most frequently used personal pseudonym was A J Merak. He also wrote short fiction for the various John Spencer/Badger Books anthology-magazines – Supernatural Stories (see R L Fanthorpe) and several sister publications – as Max Chartair, Randall Conway, Ray Cosmic, John Crawford*, Michael Hamilton, J J Hansby, Peter Laynham, H K Lennard*, John Morton* and Alan Thorndyke* (starred names seem to have been used for one story only). Under five of the above names he wrote the whole contents of both issues of the 1954-1955 Spencer magazine Out of This World.
Though much of his output, either solo or in collaboration, was hasty and unremarkable, he was always capable of more memorable work, especially perhaps in some early stories which showed the influence of A E van Vogt, and also in work published in his later years, no longer written within the draconian constraints of 1950s markets. [JC/DRL]
John Stephen Glasby
born East Retford, Nottinghamshire: 23 September 1928
Golden Amazon #28: Seetee Sun (New York: Gryphon Books, 2007) [tie to John Russell Fearn's Golden Amazon sequence: pb/Ron Turner]
Golden Amazon #29: The Crimson Peril (Brooklyn, New York: Gryphon 2007) [tie to John Russell Fearn's Golden Amazon: pb/Ron Turner]
Golden Amazon #30: The Sun Movers (New York: Gryphon Books, 2010) [tie to John Russell Fearn's Golden Amazon sequence: pb/Ron Turner]
Except for works as by A J Merak and John E Muller, all titles are listed consecutively under Other Titles, regardless of pseudonym or House Name. Serial numbers in the Badger Books science fiction (SF) and supernatural (SN) series are noted in the comment fields.
as by A J Merak
Dark Andromeda (London: John Spencer and Co, 1954) as by A J Merak [hb/John Richards]
Dark Conflict (London: John Spencer and Co/Badger Books, 1959) as by A J Merak [pb/Ray Theobald]
The Dark Millennium (London: John Spencer and Co/Badger Books, 1959) as by A J Merak [SF 19: pb/uncredited]
No Dawn and No Horizon (London: John Spencer and Co/Badger Books, 1959) as by A J Merak [SF 16: pb/Ed Blandford]
The Frozen Planet (New York: Belmont Books, 1969) as by A J Merak [vt of the above: pb/]
Barrier Unknown (London: John Spencer and Co/Badger Books, 1960) as by A J Merak [SF 30: pb/Carl Jacono]
Hydrosphere (London: John Spencer and Co/Badger Books, 1960) as by A J Merak [SF 36: pb/Cha' Bril]