Author: Peter George
Born: Mar 24, 1924 Treorchy, Wales
Passed: Jun 11, 1966 Hastings, East Sussex, England
Film: Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Red Alert is a 1958 novel by Peter George about nuclear war. The book was the basis for Stanley Kubrick's 1964 film, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Kubrick's film differs significantly from the novel in that it is a comedy.
Originally published in the UK as Two Hours to Doom ? with George using the pseudonym "Peter Bryant" ? the novel deals with the apocalyptic threat of nuclear war and the almost absurd ease with which it can be triggered. A genre of such topical fiction sprang up in the late 1950s ? led by Nevil Shute's On the Beach ? of which Red Alert was among the earliest examples.
Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler's later bestseller Fail-Safe so closely resembled Red Alert in its premise that George sued on the charge of plagiarism, resulting in an out-of-court settlement. Both novels would inspire very different films that would both be released in 1964 by the same studio (Columbia Pictures).Read article at Wikipedia
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