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Watson, Patrick

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1929-2022) Canadian television and radio broadcaster, director and author, active (initially as a child actor on radio) from 1943; his current affairs programme for television, This Hour Has Seven Days (1964-1966), proved too Satirical for the Canadian authorities of that time, and was cancelled for lèse majesté. The resulting scandal intensified the desire of at least one science fiction encyclopedia editor to emigrate. Of his prose works, Zero to Air Time (1975) is a thriller that hovers at the edge of the fantastic as a risk-taking broadcaster investigates a conspiracy that may be worldwide. Alter Ego (1978) describes the consequences for its protagonist when a Mad Scientist colleague arranges to duplicate him (see Identity Transfer) just in time for his original self to die. [JC]

Patrick Watson

born Toronto, Ontario: 23 December 1929

died Ontario: 4 July 2022

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