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Re: Nick Pope's Weird World

From: Greg Sandow <gsandow@prodigy.net>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 20:16:58 -0400
Fwd Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 19:36:25 -0400
Subject: Re: Nick Pope's Weird World 


 >From: Georgina Bruni <georgina@easynet.co.uk>
 >Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 13:10:24 +0100
 >To: updates@globalserve.net
 >Subject: Nick Pope's Weird World

<snip>

 >this is the first time in publishing history that a science
 >fiction novel has needed to be officially cleared by the
 >Government!

I won't argue with that, but a science fiction writer did draw
U.S. government attention during World War II.

His name was Cleve Cartmill, and he wrote a story about a
nuclear bomb in Astounding Science Fiction, the American science
fiction magazine that (despite its name) was the most strongly
oriented toward real science. Nuclear bombs, of course, didn't
exist back then, though, unknown to Cartmill and his editor, the
U.S. government was trying to develop one.

Cartmill, drawing on scientific information in the public
domain, apparently came very close to describing the actual
design the scientists and engineers in the Manhattan Project
were working on. When the story was published, the FBI visited
him, to find out where he'd gotten his information! What an
impossible position for them. By doing this, they revealed that
something was really going on. But if they hadn't investigated,
and there really had been a leak, there could have been serious
trouble.

Greg Sandow




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