ELY, David

ELY, David
   Working name of US journalist and writer David Eli Lilienthal (1927-), perhaps best known for such psychological thrillers as The Tour(1967). Some of the stories in Time Out (coll 1968) contain fantasy elements. His first sf novel, Seconds (1963), had some initial success and was made into the John FRANKENHEIMER film SECONDS (1966), financed by and starring Rock Hudson (1925-1985). Both book and film revolve around an organization which transforms middle-aged men into young, Rock-Hudson-like he-men. At first the change is exciting, but soon the nightmares start. The protagonist of DE's second sf novel, A Journal of the Flood Year (1992), discovers that a huge wall designed to reclaim part of the American continental shelf from the Atlantic has begun to leak, but the rigidly stratified world, of which the wall is a potently rendered symbol, attempts to block any awareness of the oncoming and inevitable DISASTER.
   See also: PSYCHOLOGY.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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