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Glaser, Alice

(1929-1970) US author and editor, a Radcliffe graduate and social activist who lived in Paris for several years before returning to New York to become an associate editor of Esquire magazine (see Slicks). Her one sf story is the frequently anthologized "The Tunnel Ahead" (November 1961 F&SF), reminiscent in some ways of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" (26 June 1948 The New Yorker). In an overcrowded, Dystopian future when the US population has reached one billion, a family returning to Manhattan (see New York) from the crowded beaches must drive through an 8500 foot tunnel – the only way into or out of the city. At random intervals some ten times per week, the tunnel is sealed off and the occupants of the 700-odd trapped vehicles are gassed to help reduce Overpopulation; nevertheless this risk offers city-dwellers their only excitement in life. Glaser also contributed nonfiction to Esquire, but published no other fiction. A short Norwegian film adaptation of "The Tunnel Ahead" directed by André Øvredal, who made Trollhunter (2010), was released in 2016. Among other nominations and awards, it was nominated for Best Narrative Short at the Tribeca Film Festival and won for Best Overall Short Film at the Calgary International Film Festival. [LW]

Alice Glaser

born Long Island, New York: 1929

died New York: 22 August 1970


Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls and Graham Sleight.
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