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Ball, John, Jr

Entry updated 11 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1911-1988) US commercial pilot and author, much better known for work in other genres – like In the Heat of the Night (1965) – than for his sf novels, the first of which, Operation Springboard (1958; vt Operation Space 1960), is a juvenile about a space race to Venus; The First Team (1971) is a Near Future thriller depicting underground resistance to a Russian takeover of America. [JC]

John Dudley Ball Jr

born Schenectady, New York: 8 July 1911

died Los Angeles, California: 15 October 1988

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