May 6th, 2007

The Wanderer

Now, here's a question...
Anyone who has read The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber (1964) will have been struck by the similarity of the structure of the novel to the modern disaster movie, described perceptively in the Wikipedia article as 'all-star-cast-in-peril'. Now, whilst there were obviously films about disasters, one might argue that the first film with this structure was Airport (1970). So, the question is, is there any evidence that The Wanderer directly or indirectly inspired the disaster movie as we know it?
The sort of tropes I am thinking of are
i) introducing characters before the disaster than stranding them together
ii) partner of one of the stranded people fights to rescue them.

It is years since I read it, so I cannot give you a detailed breakdown, but it definitely struck me at the time.