Peter George (author)

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Peter George

Peter Bryan George (26 March 1924 – 1 June 1966) was a British author, most famous for the 1958 Cold War thriller novel Red Alert, also known as Two Hours to Doom, written under the pen name Peter Bryant. The book was the inspiration for Stanley Kubrick's classic film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

Life[edit]

George was born in Treorchy, Rhondda, Wales, and died in Hastings, East Sussex. He was a Flight Lieutenant and navigator in the Royal Air Force during World War II but retired from the service in 1961. [1]

Works[edit]

His best-known novel, Red Alert was written while a serving RAF officer, (hence the original use of a pseudonym: Peter Bryant – the Bryan being taken from his middle name). Drawn from personal experience, Red Alert was the inspiration for Stanley Kubrick's classic film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

Due to interest in nuclear themes sparked by Stanley Kramer's film version of On the Beach in 1959, the film rights to Red Alert were sold that year, only to be handed around until Stanley Kubrick bought them in 1962, reportedly for as little as $3,500.

Peter George co-wrote the screenplay for the film with Kubrick and Terry Southern. After the film was released, he wrote a novelisation of Dr. Strangelove and dedicated it to Kubrick. This was out of print for many years, but is to be re-issued in 2015 by Candy Jar Books, featuring previously unpublished material concerning Strangelove's early career with a foreword by George's son, David.[2]

George's final novel, Commander-1, envisaged a post-apocalyptic world in which a group of survivors live under a tyrannical dictator.


Novels[edit]

  • Come Blonde, Came Murder (T. V. Boardman, 1952) as "Peter George"
  • Pattern of Death (T. V. Boardman, 1954) as "Peter George"
  • Cool Murder (T. V. Boardman, 1958) as "Peter George"; later reissued in paperback (Mayflower, 1965) as "Bryan Peters"
  • Two Hours to Doom (T. V. Boardman, 1958) as "Peter Bryant" - later published as Red Alert (Ace, 1958)
  • Hong Kong Kill (T. V. Boardman, 1958) as "Bryan Peters"
  • The Big H (T. V. Boardman, 1961) as "Bryan Peters"
  • The Final Steal (T. V. Boardman, 1962) as "Peter George"
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Corgi, 1963) as "Peter George"; novelisation of the screenplay; dedicated to Stanley Kubrick
  • Commander-1 (Heinemann, 1965) as "Peter George"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sikov, Ed (2003). Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers. Hyperion. p. 190. ISBN 978-0-7868-8581-7. Retrieved 24 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Candy Jar Publishes Classic". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 

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