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Tomerlin, John

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author, Film.

(1930-2014) US screenwriter and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Alienation of Affection" in Science Fantasy for February 1957. Run from the Hunter (1957) with Charles Beaumont writing together as Keith Grantland is a nonfantastic thriller about a man on the run after being falsely convicted; it inspired the television series The Fugitive (1963-1967) and its successors. He scripted several films, including The Picture of Dorian Gray (1972), based on Oscar Wilde's novel. Tomerlin's only novel of sf interest is The High Tower (1980), set in a Near Future company Keep whose residents (or inmates) attempt to climb the ladder of success until they lose faith in the diktats of their corporation. [JC]

John E Tomerlin

born Los Angeles, California: 26 March 1930

died Long Beach, California: 25 November 2014

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