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Frank M. Robinson

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Frank M. Robinson

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Full Name: Frank M. Robinson
Born: August 9, 1926
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: June 30, 2014
San Francisco, California, USA
Occupation: Writer
Nationality: American


Robinson was born in Chicago, Illinois. The son of a check forger,Frank started out working as a copy boy for International Service in his teens and then became an office boy for Ziff-Davis. He was drafted into the Navy for WW2, and when his tour was over went to Beloit College where he majored in physics, graduating in 1950. Then, according to his official website, he could find no work as a writer, and wound up back in the Navy to serve in Korea, where he managed to keep writing, read a lot, and publish in the magazine Astounding.

After the Navy, he went to graduate school in journalism, then worked for a Chicago-based Sunday supplement. Soon afterward he switched to Science Digest, where he worked from 1956-1959. From there, he moved into men's magazines: Rogue (1959-65) and Cavalier (1965-66). In 1969, Playboy asked him to take over the Playboy Advisor column. He remained with Playboy until 1973, when he left to write full-time.

After moving to San Francisco in the 1970s, Robinson, who is gay, was a speechwriter for gay politician Harvey Milk; he also has a small role in the film Milk.

As of 2008, he is the author of 16 books, the editor of two others, and has penned numerous articles. Three of his novels have been made into movies. The Power (1956) was a science fiction and government conspiracy novel about people with superhuman skills, filmed in 1968 as The Power. The technothriller The Glass Inferno co-written with Thomas N. Scortia, was combined with Richard Martin Stern's The Tower to produce the 1974 movie The Towering Inferno. The Gold Crew, also co-written Scortia, was a tense nuclear threat thriller and was filmed as an NBC miniseries re-titled The Fifth Missile.

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