Author Tom Clancy (b.1947) died on October 1. Clancy began publishing with The Hunt for Red October and wrote numerous thrillers, many of which focused on his character Jack Ryan. Although Clancy helped to create the techno-thriller genre, some of his novels had a distinct science fictional element. He also created several series with Steve Pieczenik which were written by other authors. Several of his Jack Ryan novels were made into films with the title character played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine.
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