Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede

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Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede
Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede book cover.png
Front cover of the 1st U.S. edition
Author Bradley Denton
Cover artist Mark Harrison
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction
Publisher William Morrow & Co
Publication date
September 1991 (1st edition)
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 359pp (1st edition)
ISBN 0-688-10822-9

Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede is a 1991 comedic science fiction novel by Bradley Denton.[1][2][3] It won the 1992 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.


Oliver Vale was conceived on February 3, 1959, the day that iconic rock & roll singer Buddy Holly died. Exactly thirty years later, Buddy Holly appears on every television set in the world, on every channel. Holly states that he is being held on Ganymede, and that Oliver Vale is to be contacted for assistance. He then begins performing.

As a result, Vale finds himself being pursued by agents of the Federal Communications Commission, by angry television-watchers, and by still more mysterious forces.


In August 2009, a film version of the novel was announced. It is to be titled Alive and Well and star Jon Heder.[4][5] On April 11, 2011, a teaser trailer was released.[6]


  1. ^ Point, Michael (September 8, 1991). "Runaway narrative highlights innovative Buddy Holly novel". Austin American-Statesman. p. F6. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ Trimble, Bob (September 29, 1991). "Books: Hardcover Fiction". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  3. ^ "For Rock'n'Rollers, Novel is a Thrilling Trip to Past Glories". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 5, 1991. p. D10. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ Sciretta, Peter (August 12, 2009). "Jon Heder To Star In Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede". Slashfilm. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  5. ^ Fleming, Michael (August 12, 2009). "Jon Heder to star in 'Buddy Holly': Adaptation of comic sci-fi novel comes to bigscreen". Variety. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede website". April 11, 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 

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