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George Clayton Johnson is a science fiction writer most famous for his novel and screenplay Logan's Run but also known for his work in television, writing screenplays for such noted series as The Twilight Zone and Star Trek.


Born in a barn in Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 10, 1929 he had to repeat the sixth grade and dropped out of school entirely in the eigth. He briefly served in the Army and worked as an architect before deciding he wanted to become a writer. To this end he joined a circle of Southern California science-fiction writers that included Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson and Ray Bradbury. Through them he met Rod Serling, to whom he sold his first story ("All of us Are Dying", produced as The Four of Us Are Dying) and, later, his first teleplay (A Penny for Your Thoughts). In 1960 a story of his served as the basis for the Rat Pack movie Ocean's Eleven.

"For me, fantasy must be about something, otherwise it's foolishness... ultimately it must be about human beings, it must be about the human condition, it must be another look at infinity, it must be another way of seeing the paradox of existence."

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The SF Site: All of Us Are Dying and Other Stories (1297 words)
George Clayton Johnson (1929-) was born and brought up in rural Wyoming during the Depression.
Because much of the writing of Johnson had to be geared for TV or film, it has many of the cultural and thematic limitations inherent in getting a story past the network/studio censors, and pleasing the sponsors; something that undoubtedly enhances its datedness.
Georges Dodds is a research scientist in vegetable crop physiology, who for close to 25 years has read and collected close to 2000 titles of predominantly pre-1950 science-fiction and fantasy, both in English and French.
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