(1915- ) US playwright and author who began his career around 1935 writing Radio dramas. His first published book, The Man in the Trench Coat (coll 1941), contains plays: the first of them, The Man in the Trench Coat (first performed Fall 1940 Barbion Plaza Hotel, New York) is a fantasy whose Jewish protagonist is haunted by a ghost at the beginning of World War Two. Wouk is much better known, however, for meaty, well-researched bestselling novels such as The Caine Mutiny (1951) and The Winds of War (1971). The Lawgiver (2012) is a nonfantastic satire on the making of a film about Moses; the publication of Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year Old Author (2015) extended his publishing career to around eighty years (see Longevity (In Writers and Publications)).
Wouk's only work of direct sf interest is a Cold War Satire, The "Lomokome" Papers (17 February 1956 Collier's Weekly; 1968), which somewhat clumsily puts allegorically opposing Utopian societies on the Moon and sets them at each other's throats. [JC]
see also: History of SF.
born New York: 27 May 1915
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