Mr. Adam

Mr Adam After a devastating nuclear accident all men on Earth are rendered sterile even the unborn in the womb Ten months later a doctor delivers a perfectly healthy baby girl and it s soon discovered tha

  • Title: Mr. Adam
  • Author: Pat Frank
  • ISBN: 9781671024984
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Paperback
  • After a devastating nuclear accident, all men on Earth are rendered sterile, even the unborn in the womb Ten months later, a doctor delivers a perfectly healthy baby girl, and it s soon discovered that the child s father, who has the surname Adam, was miles under the surface of Earth inside an iron mine during the explosion It would appear that this Mr Adam just becameAfter a devastating nuclear accident, all men on Earth are rendered sterile, even the unborn in the womb Ten months later, a doctor delivers a perfectly healthy baby girl, and it s soon discovered that the child s father, who has the surname Adam, was miles under the surface of Earth inside an iron mine during the explosion It would appear that this Mr Adam just became a lot popular.Second Pocket Books printing, with cover and interior line drawings by Barye Phillips.
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    • Melki says:

      "If I were God," he said, "and I were forced to pick a time to deprive the human race of the magic power of fertility and creation, I think that time would be now."Following the accidental explosion of an atomic plant in Mississippi, it appears that all males are now sterile. "Since Mississippi blew up, no babies have been conceived anywhere on earth, so far as we can find out."Oopsy-daisy! That can't be good.Oh, but wait a minute - a baby girl is born in New York state, and the father is one Ho [...]

    • Aurora says:

      This is almost the same plot as Children of Men, done as comedy in the 40's. Yeah. After a nuclear accident, every dude in the world is sterilized. Except for one dude, a Mr. Adam, who was at the bottom of a lead mine at the time. So the whole world goes crazy for this guy, and the government more or less takes him prisoner for the purposes of >gasp< artificial insemination. So it's interesting, and sort of fun, the somewhat unpredictable mixture of ideas that we consider completely old-fa [...]

    • Stephen says:

      This was the first book I checked out as a twelve-year-old armed with a brand new "adult" library card. A novel about the only fertile man left in the world after a horrible nuclear accident titillated my adolescent imagination. I reread it sixty years later to see if it was still funny. Author Pat Frank's background was as a journalist; this is evident in his sparse and direct writing style. Frank's far-better-known novel is "Alas Babylon" which is also apocalyptic. The story is an excellent se [...]

    • Amy Freeman says:

      For being published so long ago, this book felt very relevant. It gave me a lot to think about throughout. The reason I am rating it three stars instead of four or five though, is because I found myself skimming to get through some explanations. Too, although it was an easy reader, I had trouble staying interested so it took me a couple days to finish. All-in-all this book gave me sci-fi, romance, and suspense fixes all while leading my thoughts to other books about apocalyptic situations and dy [...]

    • Richard says:

      •A farcical romp through the worlds of self-perpetuating bureaucracy, bloated government, bumbling civil servants, half-baked principles underlying eugenics, quaint sexism and the frailties of a flawed "mankind.". A fast and simple read delivering an amateur's ham-handed satirical view of the New-Deal and World War II military management. Read it if you haven't much of anything else available to kill time in a bus station,•

    • Carolyn F. says:

      I read this book over 20 years ago. "Mr. Adam" is the only male who is able to have babies and he's bombarded with women looking for a hook-up. I remember it was kind of depressing but not a bad book.

    • Jana says:

      Rating: 4.5 stars

    • Craig Pittman says:

      The apocalypse has never seemed so wacky as in this book, the very first novel by Florida-born author Pat Frank, best known for his post-apocalyptic classic "Alas, Babylon." Written and published in 1946, when Hiroshima and Nagasaki were a fresh memory, this savage satire is based on a very simple premise: An accident at a nuclear bomb plant in Mississippi has wiped that state off the map and also sent radiation around the world, sterilizing every single male -- except one. Gawky, red-haired Hom [...]

    • Andrew says:

      I found a first edition of this book for sale at an antiques mall. Critics from several newspapers loved this book, to judge from the back cover: "Fresh and startling comedy." "High grade humor: sophisticated, urbane gloriously funny." "You'll enjoy every page." Today, the plot seems hackneyed: An accident at a nuclear power plant leaves every male but one on Earth sterile without, somehow, killing anyone other than half the population of Mississippi. Incidentally, "nobody really missed Mississi [...]

    • Julie says:

      In this science fiction satire written in 1946, we find Mr. Adam as the only man left in the world with the ability to sire children after a atomic plant explosion. He is whisked away to Washington to assist in impregnating women but the politicians leave him disgusted and he does the only thing he can think of to prevent him from being the only fertile man around. I think this story has held up pretty well and while not a perfect novel, I found it pretty entertaining.

    • Valerie Kerwin says:

      Mildly interesting but probably good for the time it was written.

    • Bob Keeney says:

      Hated this story so much I didn't finish it. I can count on one hand the number of books I've done that too.

    • Sean Rubbo says:

      I read Alas, Babylon in 9th grade english class and really enjoyed it. I recently rediscovered Pat Frank and had no idea he wrote several atomic age novels warning about the perils of it.This was written in 1946 right after the bomb was dropped. It supposes a nuclear accident has sterilized all the men in the world except one Mr. Homer Adam. What follows is an almost farcical look at the bureaucracy of what might happen. Reminded of Gogol's Dead Souls in that way. The characters aren't too deep, [...]

    • Nicholas says:

      A classic sci-fi novel: looking at something new (and actually or potentially dangerous), imagining what could go wrong, and exploring the world in which that happened. Pat Frank wrote with a remarkable understanding of the implications of a suddenly sterile world from a business and political viewpoint. Socially, while much the sexism of that era is very evident - all women want children, for instance - there is a good amount of progressive thinking in the way women are written. Women in this w [...]

    • Silvia Reinisch says:

      The plot sounded interesting enough, so I decided to read the novel. However, although I really liked the idea of the human race facing mass extinction due to its inability to reproduce, the execution was rather poor; especially the character development. The individuals in the story are interesting but lack depth and color. The story is written as a rather matter-of-fact recalling of events. In Pat Frank's defense, let's say that this style is a reflection of the protagonist's profession; he's [...]

    • Adam says:

      Completely absurd, trigger ridden (this one not for today's faint of heart), trashy novel from just one year after The War; the big one for Americans, that is. For all its -ve qualities it's still better written than The Martian, but not as good a story.General idea: Accident at a nuclear power plant makes all Earth's men sterile except one. Women commit suicide in droves being unable to fulfill their natural duty. Men have a field day. Mr. Adam, the sole fertile man, is whisked away to DC and l [...]

    • Sean Randall says:

      I found myself chuckling at spots. This book at once had a great old feel about it without feeling like a typical work of the era, a clever thing to pull off. Lighthearted in tone and with a great deal to recommend it for any fan of the period, there's plenty to enjoy (tropes of the time included of course). The married relationship is particularly delightful, and there's just something about the writing of a newspaperman that you just can't find in a modern book, no matter how hard you try.

    • Huntleybrinkley says:

      I think I'm in a reading slump. This book was meh for me. It felt dated, which it obviously was, but without any redeeming nostalgia to push me through. The story of the last virile man alive after a nuclear accident is mostly a little weird with some echoes of certain governmental disputes over who controls what, but there's not enough here to really grab a person. But I'm giving it 3 stars since it should have been a much quicker read which probably would have enhanced the enjoyment. I need so [...]

    • Steve Thomson says:

      I didn't really like any of the characters.

    • Leslie Ferrari says:

      Another novel,written in the post WWII era and featuring a nuclear accident. The author, Pat Frank was a journalist and government consultant. In this book, virtually all males in the world become sterile. I find it informative that all the popular fiction from the time frame feature the nuclear industry. Obviously this was on everyone's mind. Of amusement to me, my home town of Bowie, Maryland is mentioned as the main character visits Bowie for the opening of the racing season.

    • Laura says:

      Pat Frank's more famous book, Alas Babylon, was my apocalyptic dystopian gateway book. So this title (with a plot like a more sedate, gender-reversed Children of Men, featuring a childlessness pandemic and a sole surviving non-sterile man) seemed like a good bet.I could almost forgive the occasional non-PC or offhandedly sexist 40s-era clunkiness since it's merely a product of its time. But follow it up with long boring sections on government committee organization? Nah. Didn't finish.

    • Patrick Krasniewski says:

      A relic of the atomic age, first published in 1946, this book is about an accidental atomic explosion that sterilizes every man on earth but one, Mr. Homer Adam. It's more of a comedy and satire of the bureaucracy of government, than an actual warning about the dangers atomic power. it was a mildly funny read.This is the first novel by Pat Frank who would later write "Alas Babylon", which is one of the earliest post-apocalyptic novels about nuclear war.

    • Tyler Harris says:

      I think what I liked best about this book is how specific it was to the time period. Had it been written in today's world, I believe it would have been a completely different story. That being said, it was a very intriguing quick read and I enjoyed just about all of it. The ending was not what I had hoped for, but I have to bring the time into consideration and how many stories needed to end. I'd love to read more novels like this one.

    • Matt Stevens says:

      Good little book. Definitely relevant even now as the proliferation of nuclear weapons continues. Gives a good look into the insanity that is government. My only gripe would be if all males would become sterilized, all male animals would as well, in theory. The repopulation of humans would take a Back seat to the food shortage of protein that would result.

    • Rae says:

      A satirical science fiction work written just after World War 2. Frank is also the author of Alas, Babylon and both of the novels deal with the physical and social side effects of radiation. Because the story is now dated, it has an almost campy feel to it -- not unlike what I felt while reading The Manchurian Candidate.

    • Stephen says:

      As a nostalgic trip to another era of science fiction its worth a read if you're into that kind of thing though it pales almost to invisibility compared to his better known and better written Alas, Babylon.

    • Mark Flores says:

      It's a relatively short read about the last man who has the capability to have to procreate.

    • Dawn H. says:

      Following a nuclear mishap all men but one are left sterile. The government wants him, women want him. This book, written in 1946, was an enjoyable satirical read.

    • Aaron says:

      Interesting premise. Dated, of course, from 1946 (only 48 states for example!), but a fun, quick read.

    • Karin says:

      This is a sci-fi book from the 1940s. A nuclear explosion has sterilized all men and it's up to Steve Smith, journalist, to fix the problem.

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