Jack Finney





Jack Finney

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born
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, The United States
October 02, 1911

died
November 14, 1995

gender
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Mr. Finney specialized in thrillers and works of science fiction. Two of his novels, "The Body Snatchers" and "Good Neighbor Sam" became the basis of popular films, but it was "Time and Again" (1970) that won him a devoted following. The novel, about an advertising artist who travels back to the New York of the 1880's, quickly became a cult favorite, beloved especially by New Yorkers for its rich, painstakingly researched descriptions of life in the city more than a century ago.

Mr. Finney, whose original name was Walter Braden Finney, was born in Milwaukee and attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. After moving to New York and working in the advertising industry, he began writing stories for popular magazines like Collier's, The Satu...more


Average rating: 3.91 · 24,889 ratings · 1,882 reviews · 68 distinct works · Similar authors
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 10,686 ratings — published 1955 — 46 editions
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Time and Again (Time, #1)
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 7,803 ratings — published 1970 — 38 editions
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From Time to Time (Time, #2)
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 2,068 ratings — published 1995 — 15 editions
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About Time: 12 Short Stories
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 644 ratings — published 1986 — 6 editions
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Three by Finney
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 240 ratings — published 1987 — 3 editions
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The Third Level
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 112 ratings — published 1948 — 4 editions
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Forgotten News: The Crime o...
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 84 ratings — published 1983 — 3 editions
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Marion's Wall
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 79 ratings — published 1973 — 5 editions
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Contents of the Dead Man's ...
3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 83 ratings — published 1956
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The Night People
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 73 ratings — published 1977 — 2 editions
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Time and Again From Time to Time
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“Haven't you noticed, too, on the part of nearly everyone you know, a growing rebellion against the present? And an increasing longing for the past? I have. Never before in all my long life have I heard so many people wish that they lived 'at the turn of the century,' or 'when life was simpler,' or 'worth living,' or 'when you could bring children into the world and count on the future,' or simply 'in the good old days.' People didn't talk that way when I was young! The present was a glorious time! But they talk that way now.

For the first time in man's history, man is desperate to escape the present. Our newsstands are jammed with escape literature, the very name of which is significant. Entire magazines are devoted to fantastic stories of escape - to other times, past and future, to other worlds and planets - escape to anywhere but here and now. Even our larger magazines, book publishers and Hollywood are beginning to meet the rising demand for this kind of escape. Yes, there is a craving in the world like a thirst, a terrible mass pressure that you can almost feel, of millions of minds struggling against the barriers of time. I am utterly convinced that this terrible mass pressure of millions of minds is already, slightly but definitely, affecting time itself. In the moments when this happens - when the almost universal longing to escape is greatest - my incidents occur. Man is disturbing the clock of time, and I am afraid it will break. When it does, I leave to your imagination the last few hours of madness that will be left to us; all the countless moments that now make up our lives suddenly ripped apart and chaotically tangled in time.

Well, I have lived most of my life; I can be robbed of only a few more years. But it seems too bad - this universal craving to escape what could be a rich, productive, happy world. We live on a planet well able to provide a decent life for every soul on it, which is all ninety-nine of a hundred human beings ask. Why in the world can't we have it? ("I'm Scared")”
Jack Finney, American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940's Until Now

“...we're a people who pollute the very air we breathe. And our rivers. We're destroying the great lakes; Erie is already gone, and now we've begun on the oceans. We filled our atmosphere with radioactive fallout that put poison into our children's bones, and we knew it. We've made bombs that can wipe out humanity in minutes, and they are aimed and ready to fire. We ended polio, and then the United States Army bred new strains of germs that can cause fatal, incurable disease. We had a chance to do justice to our Negroes, and when they asked it, we refused. In Asia we burned people alive, we really did. We allow children to grow up malnourished in the United States. We allow people to make money by using our television channels to pursued our own children to smoke, knowing what it is going to do to them. This is a time when it becomes harder and harder to continue telling yourself that we are still good people. We hate each other. And we're used to it.”
Jack Finney

“Have you ever given someone a book you enjoyed enormously, with a feeling of envy because they were about to read it for the first time, an experience you could never have again?”
Jack Finney, Time and Again

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