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George Clayton Johnson (10 July 192925 December 2015; age 86) was a science fiction and fantasy writer who wrote the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Man Trap".

He was most famous for his work with William F. Nolan on the 1967 novel Logan's Run, which was filmed in 1976 and featuring Bill Couch, Sr. and music by Jerry Goldsmith.

Gene Roddenberry purchased another story from him entitled "Rock-A-Bye Baby – Or Die," which concerned an alien entity entering the Enterprise computer system then growing to adulthood, with Kirk as a father-figure. Gene L. Coon never took a liking to the story, and it was never produced. He also wrote a story outline entitled "The Syndicate", based on Roddenberry's concept "President Capone", which later became the basis for "A Piece of the Action".

Johnson appeared, as an actor in Roger Corman's 1962 film, The Intruder, starring William Shatner. As a screenwriter, he penned many episodes of the classic Twilight Zone, including "The Four of Us Are Dying" (with Harry Townes, Phillip Pine and Peter Brocco), "Execution" (with Jon Lormer), and "Ninety Years Without Slumbering" (with William Sargent and Chuck Hicks). He also wrote a 1974 episode of Kung Fu entitled "The Demon God" featuring Brian Tochi.

Johnson was interviewed in the documentary, Inside Star Trek - The Real Story.

Johnson passed away on 25 December 2015 at the age of 86. [1]

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