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Caillou, Alan

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

Pseudonym of UK-born soldier, actor, screenwriter and author Alan Samuel Lyle-Smythe (1914-2006) who lived and worked in the Middle East, Africa and Canada before moving to the US late in life; he was awarded an MBE (Civil Medal of the Order of the British Empire) in 1938 for his work in Palestine, and an MC (Military Cross) 1944 for his work with partisans in Yugoslavia. As Alan Caillou he wrote adventure thrillers from 1955, and as Alex Webb from 1985. A Caillou novel, Alien Virus (1957), has been listed as of sf interest: it is a thriller set arguably set in a Alternate History Egypt; Gamal Abdul Nasser is involved. As screenwriter he worked on the monster movie Kingdom of the Spiders (1977). [JC]

Alan Samuel Lyle-Smythe, MBE, MC

born Redhill, Surrey: 9 November 1914

died Sedona, Arizona: 1 October 2006


  • Alien Virus (London: Peter Davies, 1957) [hb/]
    • Cairo Cabal (New York: Pinnacle Books, 1974) [vt of the above: pb/]


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