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Mr. Adam

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Title:Mr. Adam
Frank, Harry Hart  Writing under the pseudonym: Frank, Pat   
(5 of 5 for author by title)
Hold Back the Night
Published:   1946
Publisher:J. B. Lippincott Company
Tags:fiction, dystopia, science fiction

After a nuclear power plant in Mississippi explodes, it was soon realized that a previously unknown form of radiation was released. The radiation caused all men on Earth to become sterile, even boys who were still inside the mother's womb. However, ten months after the explosion in Mississippi, a doctor delivers a perfectly healthy baby girl. It's soon discovered that the child's father, who has the surname Adam was more than a mile under the surface of Earth inside an old silver and lead mine during the explosion. It would appear that Mr. Adam is humanity's only hope to stave off extinction. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:180 Info

Author Bio for Frank, Harry Hart

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Pat Frank, né Harry Hart Frank, (May 5, 1908—October 12, 1964) was an American writer, newspaperman, and government consultant. He is best-known for his 1959 post-apocalyptic novel Alas Babylon. He began writing as a journalist and worked for the Office of War Information as a correspondent in Italy, Austria, Germany and Turkey in WWII.

Most of his fiction writing dealt with post-apocalyptic, nuclear aftermath, and war themes: Mr. Adam, Forbidden Area, and Hold Back the Night in addition to Alas Babylon. In non-fiction, Frank wrote How to Survive the H Bomb and Why, Rendezvous at Midway; U.S.S. Yorktown and the Japanese Fleet, and an autobiographical The Long Way Around which influenced his Korean War book Hold Back the Night.

His fiction provided the basis for 2 feature films, "Hold Back the Night", and "Man's Favorite Sport?" (based on Frank's short story "The Girl Who Almost Got Away"); and 2 episodes on Playhouse 90 featuring Alas, Babylon and Forbidden Area with Charlton Heston.


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