American author whose novels, Time and Again (1970) and The Body Snatchers (1955), became science fiction classics. The latter work was adapted into the 1956 film, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
His first book, Five Against the House, focused on a casino robbery. The work became a Kim Novak film in 1955.
The film version of The Body Snatchers was interpreted by many as a parable for soulless Communism's takeover of America.
He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He had one son and one daughter with his wife, Marguerite.
His 1959 novel, Assault on a Queen, about a robbery on board the RMS Queen Mary, was made into a movie starring Frank Sinatra.