Knebel, Fletcher

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(1911-1993) US journalist and author, most of whose books are political thrillers, often hovering at the edge of sf. Three of these tales are of particular interest: Seven Days in May (1962) with Charles W Bailey – later filmed as Seven Days in May (1964), directed by John Frankenheimer – describes an attempted military coup in the USA; Night of Camp David (1965) tells of a Near-Future President of the USA whose Paranoia about enemies in America and abroad, obsession with wiretapping, and longing to establish an alliance with the ruler of the USSR against the rest of the world, almost destroys the country; and in Trespass (1969), set in 1973, a black activist group takes over white properties and upsets the FBI. [JC/PN]

Fletcher Knebel

born Dayton, Ohio: 1 October 1911

died Honolulu, Hawaii: 26 February 1993

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