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Johnston, William

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(1924-2010) US author, primarily of Ties to various media productions; he wrote more than a hundred such novelizations and original tied novels, beginning to publish work of genre interest with the well-received Get Smart! (1965) and eight further ties to the Television "spy-fi" spoof Get Smart! (1965-1970). Like the parent show these genial comedies feature Technothriller and sf devices, such as the Invisibility serum which becomes a McGuffin in the second book, Sorry, Chief ... (1966). Captain Nice (1967) novelizes the NBC Superhero comedy Captain Nice (1967). Sam Weskit on the Planet Framingham (1970) is a rare standalone sf novel, a comic Space Opera in which a suitably ill-assorted cast is shanghaied aboard a Spaceship bound for adventures on the titular planet.

In 2010, Johnston received the Grandmaster Scribe Award from the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, for career achievement in media Ties. [DRL]

William Joseph Johnston

born Lincoln, Illinois: 11 January 1924

died San Jose, California: 15 October 2010

works (highly selected)


Get Smart!

The Munsters

The Flying Nun

individual titles


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