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Harrison, William

Entry updated 11 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

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(1933-2013) US academic, poet, screenwriter and author whose Roller Ball Murder (coll 1974; vt Rollerball: 13 Selected Stories 1975) contains the story "Roller Ball Murder" (September 1973 Esquire), which formed the basis for his screenplay for Rollerball (1975), in which the eponymous sport (see Games and Sports) serves as a safety valve to keep the world of 2018 otherwise at peace. The 1975 version of the film adheres fairly closely to the original story; the 2002 version (again see Rollerball) is much less faithful. [JC]

William Neal Harrison

born Dallas, Texas: 29 October 1933

died Fayetteville, Arkansas: 22 October 2013

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