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John Lymington (1911—1983) was born John Richard Newton Chance in London. He was a prolific writer of short stories, children's literature, mystery and science fiction novels. An obituary in Ansible Link [1] credits Lymington with writing over 150 novels, 'including 20+ SF potboilers', adding that he 'made a steady income by delivering thrillers to Robert Hale (the publisher) at a chapter a week'.

Lymington's first book, Wheels in the Forest, was written in 1935. He also wrote Night of the Big Heat in 1959. Several of his short stories were collected in The Night Spiders in 1964. Pseudonyms used by Lymington throughout his career included John Drummond, David C. Newton, Desmond Reid (see 'Sexton Blake') and Jonathan Chance. Brian Stableford suggested in the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction Literature (pp. 208) that the name Lymington was chosen 'in a blatant attempt to cash in' on John Wyndham's popularity.

Chance was educated in a private school in London, and subsequently attended a technical college with the intention of becoming a civil engineer, an ambition which he left behind to become a quantity surveyor. By the age of 21, he decided to give up this job and began to work full-time as a writer.

During his career with the RAF, which began in the summer of 1940, he became a flying instructor at South Cerney, Long Newnton and Bibury airfields [2] in the Cotswolds. The three airfields were administrated under the Cerney office. In this role, he applied previous experience of flying, from as early as 1928. In 1943 he met his wife-to-be, Shirley Savill, at the time serving as a section officer in the WAAF (Women's Auxiliary Air Force). They married on the 22nd of July. In November of that year, Chance was given indefinite leave, and was invalided out with the permanent rank of Flight Lieutenant on the 8th of February, 1944. He wrote about this time in his autobiography, Yellow Belly, published by Robert Hale in 1959.

After the war, he moved to Hampshire with his wife, where their three sons were born. The family moved to the Isle of Wight in 1956, to take up management of a pub.

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Total Books: 20
The Terror Version
1982 - The Terror Version [Hale SF] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780709195030
ISBN-10: 0709195036
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The Power Ball
1981 - The Power Ball (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780709191551
ISBN-10: 0709191553
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Waking of the Stone
1978 - Waking of the Stone (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780340229750
ISBN-10: 0340229756
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The Star Witches
1970 - The Star Witches (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780520004450
ISBN-10: 0520004450
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The Night Spiders
The Night Spiders [Curtis SF, 07006] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780123070067
ISBN-10: 0123070066
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Nowhere Place
Nowhere Place (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780340108253
ISBN-10: 0340108258
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The Hole in the World
The Hole in the World (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780340170151
ISBN-10: 0340170158
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A Caller from Overspace
A Caller From Overspace (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780340239230
ISBN-10: 0340239239
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The Screaming Face
The Screaming Face (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780532153122
ISBN-10: 053215312X
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The Star Witches
The Star Witches (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780532153139
ISBN-10: 0532153138
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The Sleep Eaters
The Sleep Eaters (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780532153177
ISBN-10: 0532153170
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The Grey Ones  A Sword Above the Night
The Grey Ones a Sword Above the Night (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780532191803
ISBN-10: 0532191803
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The Vale of Sad Banana
The Vale of Sad Banana [Linford Mystery Library] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780708994429
ISBN-10: 0708994423
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Vale of Sad Banana
The Vale of Sad Banana (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780709015581
ISBN-10: 0709015585
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