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William Lincoln (Alternity)

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William Wallace 'Willie' Lincoln (December 21, 1850 – May 16, 1937) was the third son of President Abraham Lincoln and a famous American novelist, known for his popular novels Gone Second, Eastern Skies, and The Quake, as well as the grade-school/teenage novel series American Survival, the latter of which he wrote thirty-seven novels for. Some regard his third major novel, The Quake, written in 1887 and with its setting in South California after a major earthquake in Los Angeles as almost prophetic to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. His final novels were Indian Territory and A Dark Nightmare, of which Indian Territory was adapted into a film in 1933 (starring Walter Brennan and Willie's youngest son Michael), the writing supervised by the aging Willie, by then nearly eighty-three. He died in his sleep four years later after being stricken with a mild flu, at the age of eighty-six. He is interred in the Lincoln Tomb in Springfield along with his mother, father, and brother Edward. Willie's legacy continues to this day in many forms, his writing style having influenced bestselling modern authors, including Ben Corrin (influenced by A Dark Nightmare), author of multiple bestselling horror novels, including the popular 1985 novel Baja which became the hit 1989 film of the same name, and Elijah Lane (influenced by The Quake and the American Survival series), author of the survivalist/science-fiction tetralogy Last on Mars, the first of which was published in 1987.

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