March 23, 2017

LITERALLY the father of the human race?

Date: Monday, March 27, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.

Title: Mr. Adam
Author: Pat Frank
Available from: Fine Booksellers, including Barnes & Noble
Meeting Location: Barnes & Noble #2352, 2nd Floor, 11323 W. 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66214

Plot Overview from Barnes & Noble:
Originally published at the dawn of the Atomic Age, Mr. Adam is a riveting, chilling novel from the author of the post-apocalyptic classic Alas Babylon, revealing the dangers of nuclear power—and the far greater danger of government bureaucracy.

Author Pat Frank, in an undated photo from
the Florida Union-Times.
A young newspaperman accidentally turns up the biggest story of his career: On a certain date in the not-too-distant future, there are no reservations in the maternity wards of any hospitals in New York. When the journalist’s AP office checks other cities, he discovers that this alarming state of affairs is not just in the United States, but in the entire world. A few months earlier, an accidental explosion in an atomic plant in Mississippi released an unknown form of radiation that turned the Earth’s men sterile—with one notable exception.

Mr. Homer Adam, who was at the bottom of a lead mine in Colorado at the moment of the explosion, is the only man unaffected by the atomic rays. Naturally, he is in great demand, and sadly, it’s up to the government to decide what to do with him.

Updraft is the April Selection.
One of literature’s first responses to the atomic bomb, Mr. Adam is an artifact of classic science fiction—an equally biting satire and ominous warning to society—that will resonate deeply with readers today as it did when it was first published in 1946.

Do you have your copy of Updraft yet?
Plan NOW for the next meeting, on April 24!

IMAGES: Many thanks to Abe Books for the Mr. Adam cover image, to Wikipedia for the photo of Pat Frank, and to Tor Books for the Tommy Arnold cover of Updraft. 

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