Geoffrey Hoyle

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Geoffrey Hoyle is an English science fiction
Science fiction
Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities...

 writer, best known for the works which he co-authored with his father, the astronomer
An astronomer is a scientist who studies celestial bodies such as planets, stars and galaxies.Historically, astronomy was more concerned with the classification and description of phenomena in the sky, while astrophysics attempted to explain these phenomena and the differences between them using...

 Sir Fred Hoyle
Fred Hoyle
Sir Fred Hoyle FRS was an English astronomer and mathematician noted primarily for his contribution to the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis and his often controversial stance on other cosmological and scientific matters—in particular his rejection of the "Big Bang" theory, a term originally...

. About half of Fred Hoyle's science fiction works were co-authored with his son.

He was educated at Bryanston School
Bryanston School
Bryanston School is a co-educational independent school for both day and boarding pupils in Blandford, north Dorset, England, near the village of Bryanston. It was founded in 1928...

 in Dorset
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, and then entered Cambridge
University of Cambridge
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 where he read Economics
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. After 1964, Hoyle worked in London
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 in the field of modern communications and the film/television industry. Unlike his father, he is not a scientist, and contributed to the more "human" side of their co-authored novels - however, he did work as a "scientific advisor" to some series such as Timeslip
Timeslip is a British children's science fiction television series made by ATV for the ITV network and broadcast between 1970 and 1971. The series centres around two children, Simon Randall and Liz Skinner who discover the existence of a strange anomaly, known as the “Time Barrier”, that enables...


In 2010, his book 2010: Living in the Future was popularised by a blog which compared Hoyle's 38-year-old predictions with the reality of modern life. This led to a Facebook campaign to track down Hoyle and talk to him about his visions.


(Novels unless otherwise specified)

With his father, Fred Hoyle:
  • Fifth Planet, 1963
  • October the First is Too Late, 1966
  • Rockets in Ursa Major, 1969 (based on a play by Fred)
  • Seven Steps to the Sun, 1970
  • The Inferno, 1973
  • The Molecule Men and the Monster of Loch Ness, 1973 (short story collection)
  • Into Deepest Space, 1974
  • The Incandescent Ones, 1977
  • The Westminster Disaster, 1978
  • Commonsense in Nuclear Energy, 1980 (non-fiction)
  • The Professor Gamma series
    • The Energy Pirate, 1982
    • The Frozen Planet of Azuron, 1982
    • The Giants of Universal Park, 1982
    • The Planet of Death, 1982

With Janice Robertson
  • Ask Me Why, 1976 (non-fiction)

As sole author -
  • 2010: Living in the Future, 1972 (illustrated by Alasdair Anderson)
  • Disaster, 1975
  • Flight (Achievements), 1984 (illustrated by Gerald Witcomb)

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