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Wager, Walter

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1924-2004) US crime and spy-thriller author who also wrote as John Tiger and (his first and second names) Walter Herman. His borderline-sf political suspense thriller Viper Three (1971), in which escaped prisoners take over a US nuclear missile silo and blackmail the government with threats of a launch that will trigger World War Three, was adapted for Cinema with a somewhat different slant and ending as Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977; vt Nuclear Countdown). Also of sf interest is the Satire My Side (1976), bylined "King Kong as told to Walter Wager", which presents a revisionist version of the King Kong story from the viewpoint of the legendary great ape (see Apes as Human), whose real name is here given as Stanley (King) Kong. [DRL]

Walter Herman Wager

born New York: 4 September 1924

died New York: 11 July 2004

works (highly selected)

  • Viper Three (New York: Macmillan, 1971) [hb/Hal Siegel]
  • My Side (New York: Macmillan, 1976) as by King Kong as told to Walter Wager [hb/nonpictorial]


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