Dennis Dobson

Dennis Dobson (1919 – 1978)[1] was a British book publisher who was the eponymous founder of a small but respected company in London.

Background

Set up in 1944 and run from his house at 80 Kensington Church Street, Dobson Books is variously described as having been "diverse, original, and occasionally successful",[2] "notable and pioneering"[1] "left-wing"[3] and a "very literary but somewhat idiosyncratic firm".[4] The publishing house became renowned for its musicology list, and also published fiction (some in translation), as well as books imported from the United States.[1][2] Among the diverse list of authors published by Dobson were Irving Adler, Isaac Asimov, Robert Benchley, John W. Campbell, John Christopher, Avril Coleridge-Taylor, Ivor Cutler, Norman Demuth, Wallace Fowlie, John Glashan, Albert Gleizes, Nicholas Stuart Gray, Joseph L. Green, Gerard Hoffnung, Eric Hope, F. W. Harvey, Margaret Mahy, Menon Marath, Spike Milligan, Marcello Minale, Carl Nielsen, Wilfrid Noyce, Frederik Pohl, Francis Poulenc, George Padmore, Ian Parrott, Eric Frank Russell, Jean Marie Stine, Marie Seton, Katherine Binney Shippen, Nigel Tranter, Jack Vance, Ricardo Viñes, Peter Warlock, Richard Wright, and others.[5]

Personal life

In 1953 Dobson married Margaret Green (1928–2014), whose first job had been as his secretary, and they had four sons and three daughters. Dobson died in 1978 aged 59, after suffering a brain haemorrhage on the train returning from the Frankfurt Book Fair.[2] After his death the publishing company was wound down and his widow bought and restored Brancepeth Castle.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c Lewis Foreman, Susan Foreman, London: A Musical Gazetteer, Yale University Press, 2005, p. 327.
  2. ^ a b c d Nicolas Barker, "Margaret Dobson: Publisher who helped set up a thriving list of music books and was chatelaine to the medieval Brancepeth Castle", The Independent, 15 December 2014.
  3. ^ Hazel Rowley, Richard Wright: The Life and Times, University of Chicago Press, 2008, note 7, p. 577.
  4. ^ "Biography" Margaret Bacon website.
  5. ^ "Dennis Dobson" at Open Library.
Fourth Mansions

Fourth Mansions is a science fiction novel by American author R. A. Lafferty, first published as an Ace Science Fiction Special in 1969. A UK hardcover was issued by Dennis Dobson in 1972, with a Star Books paperback following in 1977. A French translation appeared in 1973. American reprint editions were later issued by Bart Books and by Wildside Press.Fourth Mansions was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1970, and placed fifth in the Locus Poll for best novel in the same year.

New Writings in SF 1

New Writings in SF 1 is an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by John Carnell, the initial volume in a series of thirty, of which he edited the first twenty-one. It was first published in hardcover by Dennis Dobson in 1964, followed by a paperback edition issued the same year by Corgi, and an American paperback edition under the slightly variant title New Writings in S-F 1 by Bantam Books in April 1966. Selections from this volume, together with others from volumes 2-4 of the series, were later included in The Best from New Writings in SF, issued by Dobson in 1971 and Corgi in 1972.

The book collects five novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, with a foreword by Carnell.

New Writings in SF 10

New Writings in SF 10 is an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by John Carnell, the tenth volume in a series of thirty, of which he edited the first twenty-one. It was first published in hardcover by Dennis Dobson in 1967, followed by a paperback edition by Corgi the same year.

The book collects seven novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, with a foreword by Carnell. The first four stories were later reprinted in the American edition of New Writings in SF 8.

New Writings in SF 11

New Writings in SF 11 is an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by John Carnell, the eleventh volume in a series of thirty, of which he edited the first twenty-one. It was first published in paperback by Corgi in 1967, followed by a hardcover edition by Dennis Dobson in 1968. This marked a reversal of the usual publication sequence, in which the Corgi paperback followed an initial hardcover from Dobson.

The book collects nine novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, with a foreword by Carnell. The first, third and eighth stories were later reprinted in the American edition of New Writings in SF 8.

New Writings in SF 12

New Writings in SF 12 is an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by John Carnell, the twelfth volume in a series of thirty, of which he edited the first twenty-one. It was first published in hardcover by Dennis Dobson in 1968, followed by a paperback edition by Corgi the same year.

The book collects six novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, with a foreword by Carnell. The second and fourth stories were later reprinted in the American edition of New Writings in SF 8. The fifth story was later reprinted in the American edition of New Writings in SF 9.

New Writings in SF 16

New Writings in SF 16 is an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by John Carnell, the sixteenth volume in a series of thirty, of which he edited the first twenty-one. It was first published in hardcover by Dennis Dobson in 1970, followed by a paperback edition issued under the slightly variant title New Writings in SF -- 16 by Corgi the same year.

The book collects six novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, with a foreword by Carnell.

New Writings in SF 18

New Writings in SF 18 is an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by John Carnell, the eighteenth volume in a series of thirty, of which he edited the first twenty-one. It was first published in hardcover by Dennis Dobson in June 1971, followed by a paperback edition issued by Corgi later the same year.

The book collects seven novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, with a foreword by Carnell.

New Writings in SF 19

New Writings in SF 19 is an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by John Carnell, the nineteenth volume in a series of thirty, of which he edited the first twenty-one. It was first published in hardcover by Dennis Dobson in 1971, followed by a paperback edition issued by Corgi the same year.

The book collects seven novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, with a foreword by Carnell.

New Writings in SF 20

New Writings in SF 20 is an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by John Carnell, the twentieth volume in a series of thirty, of which he edited the first twenty-one. It was first published in hardcover by Dennis Dobson in 1972, followed by a paperback edition issued by Corgi under the slightly variant title New Writings in SF -- 20 the same year.The book collects six novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, with a foreword by Carnell.

New Writings in SF 3

New Writings in SF 3 is an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by John Carnell, the third volume in a series of thirty, of which he edited the first twenty-one. It was first published in hardcover by Dennis Dobson in 1965, followed by a paperback edition by Corgi the same year, and an American paperback edition by Bantam Books in February 1967. Selections from this volume, together with others from volumes 1-2 and 4 of the series, were later included in The Best from New Writings in SF, issued by Dobson in 1971 and Corgi in 1972.

The book collects eight novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, with a foreword by Carnell.

New Writings in SF 5

New Writings in SF 5 is an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by John Carnell, the fifth volume in a series of thirty, of which he edited the first twenty-one. It was first published in hardcover by Dennis Dobson in 1965, followed by a paperback edition by Corgi in 1966, and an American paperback edition by Bantam Books in August 1970.

The book collects seven novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, with a foreword by Carnell.

New Writings in SF 6

New Writings in SF 6 is an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by John Carnell, the sixth volume in a series of thirty, of which he edited the first twenty-one. It was first published in hardcover by Dennis Dobson in 1965, followed by a paperback edition by Corgi in 1966, and an American paperback edition by Bantam Books in March 1971.

The book collects seven novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, with a foreword by Carnell.

Universe (anthology series)

Universe was a series of seventeen annual science fiction anthologies edited by Terry Carr, later revived as a series of three biennial anthologies edited by Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber. It was initially published in paperback by Ace Books (1971–1972), with subsequent volumes published in hardcover by Random House (1973–1975), Doubleday (1976–1987 and 1990), and Bantam Books (1992), and paperback by Popular Library, Zebra Books, Tor, and Bantam Spectra, successively. The last two volumes of the original series were issued in hardcover only, and the last volume of the revival in paperback only. British hardcover editions were published by Dennis Dobson (1971–1979) and Robert Hale (1982–1983).

The first two books are illustrated by Alicia Austin. Cover artists for the rest of the series include Davis Meltzer, Dean Ellis, Bob Silverman, Jon Lopez, Richard Mantel, Roger Zimmerman, James Starrett, Lawrence Ratzkin, Peter R. Kruzan, Richard Kriegler, Jean-François Podevin, and Michael David Ward.

Each annual volume consisted of original science fiction stories commissioned for the series, a number of which went on to win awards and become genre classics. During its period of publication it was an important venue for original short fiction in the field. Carr usually reprinted at least one selection from Universe in his Best Science Fiction of the Year anthology for the year following the one in which it had appeared in Universe.

Universe 1

Universe 1 is an anthology of original science fiction short stories edited by Terry Carr, and illustrated by Alicia Austin, the initial volume in a series of seventeen. It was first published in paperback by Ace Books in 1971, with a British hardcover facsimile edition following from Dennis Dobson in 1975.

The book collects twelve novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, with an introduction by Carr. Alicia Austin supplied a full-page illustration for each story, returning just once more for Universe 2.

Universe 2

Universe 2 is an anthology of original science fiction short stories edited by Terry Carr and illustrated by Alicia Austin, the second volume in the seventeen-volume Universe anthology series. It was first published in paperback by Ace Books in 1972, with a British hardcover facsimile edition following from Dennis Dobson in 1976.

The book collects thirteen novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors. As in Universe 1, each story is accompanied by a full-page illustration by Alicia Austin. With the change of publisher for Universe 3 and subsequent volumes the illustrations were discontinued.

Universe 3

Universe 3 is an anthology of original science fiction short stories edited by Terry Carr, the third volume in the seventeen-volume Universe anthology series. It was first published in hardcover by Random House in 1973, with a Science Fiction Book Club edition following from the same publisher in November of the same year, a paperback edition from Popular Library in January 1975, and a British hardcover edition from Dennis Dobson in October 1977.

The book collects seven novellas, novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, with an introduction by Carr.

Universe 6

Universe 6 is an anthology of original science fiction short stories edited by Terry Carr, the sixth volume in the seventeen-volume Universe anthology series. It was first published in hardcover by Doubleday in April 1976, with a paperback edition following from Popular Library in August 1977, and a British hardcover edition from Dennis Dobson in 1978.The book collects seven novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors.

Universe 8

Universe 8 is an anthology of original science fiction short stories edited by Terry Carr, the eighth volume in the seventeen-volume Universe anthology series. It was first published in hardcover by Doubleday in May 1978, with a paperback edition from Popular Library in July 1979, and a British hardcover edition from Dennis Dobson in July 1979.The book collects eight novellas, novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors.

Universe 9

Universe 9 is an anthology of original science fiction short stories edited by Terry Carr, the ninth volume in the seventeen-volume Universe anthology series. It was first published in hardcover by Doubleday in May 1979, with a paperback edition from Fawcett Popular Library in April 1980, and a British hardcover edition from Dennis Dobson in May 1980.The book collects nine novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors. A brief introduction precedes each story.

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