Film (1956; vt The Atomic Man US). Merton Park/Allied Artists. Directed by Ken Hughes. Written by Charles Eric Maine. Cast includes Peter Arne, Faith Domergue, Gene Nelson and Vic Perry. 93 minutes, cut to 76 minutes US. Black and white.
Undistinguished UK thriller whose sf concept is that an atomic scientist, who temporarily died for 7½ seconds on the operating table while a bullet was being dug out of his back, now lives mentally exactly 7½ seconds in the future (see Timeslip). The sf implications are mostly left unexplored in what is essentially a hard-bitten-reporter-investigating-crime story. The same notion was later treated more intensively by Brian W Aldiss in "Man in His Time" (April 1965 Science Fantasy) and by Eric Brown in "The Time-Lapsed Man" (Summer 1988 Interzone). Charles Eric Maine's novel The Isotope Man (1957) was based on his script. [PN]
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