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Walter Braden Finney

Born: 1911 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Pen Name: Jack Finney

Connection to Illinois: Jack attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, graduating in 1934.

Biography: When Finney was born he was given the name John Finney. After his father died when he was three years old, he was renamed Walter Braden Finney in honor of his father, but continued to be known as 'Jack' throughout his life. After graduating from Knox College he married and moved to New York City and took a job in advertising. In the early 1950's he moved with his family to California to write.Fnney's novel The Body Snatchers was the basis for the 1956 movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers (and its remakes). It tells the story of aliens who invade Earth by emerging from pods and taking over the bodies of humans.Another novel, Assault on a Queen became a film with Frank Sinatra as the leader of a gang that pulls a daring robbery of the RMS Queen Mary.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Science Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Walter Braden Finney on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

From time to time :
ISBN: 0684818442 OCLC: 31206124

Simon & Schuster, New York : ©1995.

The continuing escapades of Simon Morley, a time-travelling New York advertising executive engaged in a U.S. government program to change history. Morley, who now has a wife in the 19th Century, returns to the present to take his orders for his next assignment: prevent the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and avert the outbreak of World War I. By the author of Time and Again.

  Marion's wall
ISBN: 1568494130 OCLC: 617983

Buccaneer Books, Incorporated 1973

The body snatchers /
ISBN: 0575085312 OCLC: 642285823

Gollancz, London : 2010.

  The night people /
ISBN: 0671821563 OCLC: 37382207

Pocket Books, New York, N.Y. : 1978, ©1977.

Time and again /
ISBN: 0684801051 OCLC: 34414571

Scribner Paperback Fiction, New York : 1995.

Simon Morley is selected by a secret government agency to test Einstein's theory of the past co-existing with the present and is transported back to 1880s New York.