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Alas, Babylon

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Title:Alas, Babylon
Frank, Harry Hart  Writing under the pseudonym: Frank, Pat   
(2 of 5 for author by title)
Forbidden Area
An Affair of State
Published:   1959
Tags:fiction, dystopia, science fiction, war, nuclear warfare, film/TV adaptation

"Alas, Babylon." Those fateful words heralded the end. When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Frank, Harry Hart

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Pat Frank, né Harry Hart Frank, (May 5, 1908—October 12, 1964) was an American writer, newspaperman, and government consultant. He is best-known for his 1959 post-apocalyptic novel Alas Babylon. He began writing as a journalist and worked for the Office of War Information as a correspondent in Italy, Austria, Germany and Turkey in WWII.

Most of his fiction writing dealt with post-apocalyptic, nuclear aftermath, and war themes: Mr. Adam, Forbidden Area, and Hold Back the Night in addition to Alas Babylon. In non-fiction, Frank wrote How to Survive the H Bomb and Why, Rendezvous at Midway; U.S.S. Yorktown and the Japanese Fleet, and an autobiographical The Long Way Around which influenced his Korean War book Hold Back the Night.

His fiction provided the basis for 2 feature films, "Hold Back the Night", and "Man's Favorite Sport?" (based on Frank's short story "The Girl Who Almost Got Away"); and 2 episodes on Playhouse 90 featuring Alas, Babylon and Forbidden Area with Charlton Heston.


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