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Brewer, Gene

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(1937-    ) US author of the K-PAX sequence featuring a protagonist calling himself "prot" (lower case) who claims to his psychiatrist "Gene Brewer" in the ward where he has been detained that he is a visiting Alien from the planet K-PAX. Throughout the sequence – which comprises K-PAX (1995), On a Beam of Light (2001; vt K-PAX II: On a Beam of Light 2001) and K-PAX III: The Worlds of Prot (2002), all assembled with an additional story as K-PAX Omnibus, Featuring Prot's Report: The Trilogy (2003) – this claim is presented as an Equipoise between delusion or scam and literal truth. The Satirical power of the sequence derives largely from the contrast between "prot"'s possibly faux-naive wonder at the violent irrationality of Earth society and his descriptions of the Utopia which he claims to have left. Brewer was associate producer as well as scriptwriter for the film version of the first instalment, K-PAX (2001) directed Iain Softley. [JC]

Gene R Brewer

born Muncie, Indiana: 4 July 1937





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