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Overgard, William

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1926-1990) US Comics artist, screenwriter and author, active in the first capacity from around 1950; his screenplays include scripts for The Last Dinosaur (1977) and The Bermuda Depths (1978). As an author he is of sf interest for The Divide (1980), an Alternate History tale whose double Jonbar Point is the surrender of Great Britain to Nazi Germany in 1940 (see Hitler Wins; World War Two) and the defeat of Franklin D Roosevelt in the 1940 American presidential election. Canada, as frequently happens in American novels, is soon occupied. Japan and Germany split America in two, on lines familiar through a similar divvying of spoils in Philip K Dick's The Man in the High Castle (1963), though the German genocide of Native Americans and Blacks (see Holocaust Fiction) strikes a harsher note. In 1976, various factions unite to initiate a rebellion, whose success is not guaranteed. [JC]

William Thomas Overgard

born Santa Monica, California: 30 April 1926

died Stony Point, New York: 25 May 1990

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