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Walter Tevis

Walter Tevis (1928-1984) was a US writer, professor of English literature at the University of Ohio, who perhaps remains best known as the author of The Hustler (1959), filmed in 1961, and its sequel, The Color of Money (1984), filmed in 1986. He began publishing sf with "The Ifth of Oofth" for Galaxy in April 1957 as Walter S Tevis – his early work, and the tales he wrote around 1980, are assembled as Far from Home (coll 1981) – but he first came to wide notice as an sf writer with The Man Who Fell to Earth (1963), the basis of Nicolas Roeg's film The Man who Fell to Earth (1976), which starred David Bowie. It is the delicately crafted story of an Alien who comes to Earth from "Anthea" (his people's name for their planet) in an attempt to arrange asylum for his dying race. In return, he will pass on the benefits of Anthean science; this will in fact entail the Antheans taking control of Earth as better custodians than humans have so far shown themselves. Becoming as physically and emotionally human as his Technology and his powers of empathy permit, he finds the xenophobic bureaucracy of humanity's response to him, when he reveals himself and his quest, impossible to bear . . .

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