The story of the final years of Bruce Montgomery’s life is a sad one, but it must not be allowed to obscure the achievements of his earlier years. By the age of 40 Montgomery had made his mark in four fields: there was a considerable portfolio of his music in the catalogues of major publishers; he was a successful composer of film music; his reputation as an author of detective fiction was very high; and he had done much to raise the status of science fiction literature. Until this point he lived the life of a generous and amusing dilettante socialite. He knew many of the leading figures in his musical and literary worlds, and he enjoyed mixing with them. As a result of his work in films he had the money to lead this lifestyle.