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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Walter Braden Finney  

Pen Name: Jack Finney

Genre: Fiction Science Fiction

Born: 1911 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Jack attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, graduating in 1934.

Biographical and Professional Information

When Finney was born he was given the name John Finney. After his father died when he was three years old, he was renamed Walter Braden Finney in honor of his father, but continued to be known as "Jack" throughout his life. After graduating from Knox College he married and moved to New York City and took a job in advertising. In the early 1950's he moved with his family to California to write.Fnney's novel The Body Snatchers was the basis for the 1956 movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers (and its remakes). It tells the story of aliens who invade Earth by emerging from pods and taking over the bodies of humans.Another novel, Assault on a Queen became a film with Frank Sinatra as the leader of a gang that pulls a daring robbery of the RMS Queen Mary.


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Titles At Your Library

5 Against The House
ISBN: B001JL4X16

Doubleday. 1954

Body Snatchers (S.F. Masterworks)
ISBN: 0575085312

Gollancz. 2010

Originally published in 1955 Jack Finney's sinister SF tale has outgrown the initial debate about whether it satirized Communism or the conformity of US society at the time, to become a classic of paranoia

an examination of our fear of 'the other'. Most people know the story from seeing THE INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, the classic 1978 remake (one of the few Hollwood remakes said to better than the original, made in 1956) starring Donald Sutherland. Here's your chance to read the original source

a story that has resonated with readers and viewers for more than 50 years.

Good neighbor Sam
ISBN: B0007DZ0XM

Simon and Schuster. 1963

The Woodrow Wilson Dime
ISBN: B0006BUHE2

Simon and Schuster. 1968

Time and Again
ISBN: 0684801051

Scribner Paperback Fiction. 1995

Rediscover the beloved classic, Time and Again—hailed as “THE great time-travel story” by Stephen King, now with masterfully restored original artwork and an all-new foreword by Audrey Niffenegger, New York Times bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife.

When advertising artist Si Morley is recruited to join a covert government operation exploring the possibility of time travel, he jumps at the chance to leave his twentieth-century existence and step into New York City in January 1882. Aside from his thirst for experience, he has good reason to return to the past—his friend Kate has a curious, half-burned letter dated from that year, and he wants to trace the mystery.

But when Si begins to fall in love with a woman he meets in the past, he will be forced to choose between two worlds—forever.

Praised as “pure New York fun” by Alice Hoffman, Time and Again is admired for its rich, painstakingly researched descriptions of life in New York City more than a century ago, and for the swift adventure at its core. With digitally remastered art, fall in love with this refreshed classic all over again.

Marion's Wall
ISBN: 1568494130

Buccaneer Books, Incorporated. 1994

The Night People
ISBN: 0671821563

Pocket. 1978

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From Time to Time
ISBN: 0684818442

Touchstone. 1996

The New York Times Bestseller -- Jack Finney's long-awaited sequel to his classic illustrated novel Time and Again.
Simon Morley, whose logic-defying trip to the New York City of the 1880s in Time and Again has enchanted readers for twenty-five years, embarks on another trip across the borders of time. This time Reuben Prien at the secret, government-sponsored Project wants Si to leave his home in the 1880s and visit New York in 1912. Si's mission: to protect a man who is traveling across the Atlantic with vital documents that could avert World War I. So one fateful day in 1912, Si finds himself aboard the world's most famous ship...the Titanic.


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