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At least nine movies were made from novels or stories written by Philip Wylie. His works, both fiction and non-fiction, include screeplays, short stories, newspaper columns, novels, articles and essays. Wylie was an editor for Farrar & Rinehart as well as a member of the Dade County, Florida Defense Council. He acted as advisor to the chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee for Atomic Energy and a director of the Atomic Energy Commission. He was once put under house arrest by the federal government due to his 1945 short story The Paradise Crater which describes a post World War Two attempt by the Nazis to rule the world with atomic power. His book of essays, Generation of Vipers published in 1942, was responsible for the creation of the term "Momism", a label referring to a perceived cult of motherhood in the United States.
Novels by Philop Wylie
* Heavy Laden (1928)
* Babes and Sucklings (1929)
* Gladiator (1930) - one of the main inspirations for Superman
* The Murderer Invisible (1931)
* Footprint of Cinderella (1931)
* The Savage Gentleman (1932)
* When Worlds Collide (1933) (with Edwin Balmer) - Earth is destroyed in a collision with the rogue planet Bronson Alpha, with about a year of warning enabling a small group of survivors to build a spacecraft and escape to the rogue planet's moon, Bronson Beta. Filmed, with major changes to the story, as When Worlds Collide (1951).
* After Worlds Collide (1934) (with Edwin Balmer) - Continues the story of When Worlds Collide, with both exploration of Bronson Beta and conflict with other groups of survivors.
* The Golden Hoard (1934)
* Finnley Wren (1934)
* Too Much of Everything (1936)
* An April Afternoon (1938)
* The Other Horseman (1942)
* Night Unto Night (1944), filmed in 1949, starring Ronald Reagan
* Opus 21 (1949)
* The Disappearance (1951) - An unexplained cosmic "blink" splits humanity along gender lines into two divergent timelines: from the men's perspective, all the women disappear and from the women's, all men vanish. The novel explores issues of gender role and sexual identity. It depicts an empowered condition for liberated women and a dystopia of an all male world. Wylie's setting allows him to investigate the role of homosexuality in situations where no gender alternative exists.
* The Smuggled Atom Bomb (1951)
* Three to be Read (1951). Three suspense novellas from The Saturday Evening Post
* Tomorrow! (1954) - Nuclear war story centering around the atomic bombing of two fictional Midwest cities adjacent to each other in the mid-1950s; one has an effective Civil Defense program, the other does not.
* The Answer (1955)
* The Innocent Ambassadors (1957)
* They Both Were Naked (1963)
* Triumph (1963) - Nuclear war story involving a worst-case USA/USSR "spasm war" where both sides empty their arsenals into each other with extensive use of "dirty" bombs to maximize casualties, resulting in the main characters (in a very deep bomb shelter) being the only survivors in the entire Northern Hemisphere. An excerpt from this novel (or perhaps the whole thing) was serialized in the Saturday Evening Post magazine.
* The Spy Who Spoke Porpoise (1969) - the President of the United States learns that there is a category of CIA files, code named Zed, to which he is not allowed access.
* The End of the Dream (1972) - foresees a dark future where America slides into ecological catastrophe.