The Power

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robinson_frank_the_power_1957_1st By Frank Robinson.

It first appeared in the March 1956 edition of Blue Book magazine and then in a standalone book published by J. B. Lippincott in May that year.

Tanner is working on a secret defence programme designed to test the limits of human endurance under battle conditions. Suddenly, inexplicably a member of the research team is found dead at his desk. There are no traces of violence or of poison. Then Tanner finds that his own past is being systematically erased. His former colleagues have never heard of him; his cheque book is a fake. Sometimes his mind slips out of control and he has to fight against the urge to kill himself. Someone has him earmarked for annihilation. Who? And more important, Why?


The novel has been adapted twice:

The Power (Studio One)

June 4, 1956, Season 8 Episode 37 of the CBS television anthology series Studio One, an hour-long anthology.

Directed by William H. Brown Jr., it starred James Daly as Bill Tanner, Shepperd Strudwick as Navy liaison Commander Nordlund, and Theodore Bikel as physicist Karl Grossman.

The Power

1968 MGM movie produced by George Pal, directed by Byron Haskin, that stars George Hamilton and Suzanne Pleshette.

Blue Book, March 1956