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"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."

J. Robert Oppenheimer, quoting Hindu Scripture, after witnessing the first atomic explosion.
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Things that make cities go boom.

The use of atomic bombs in fiction started as soon as the possibilities of splitting the atom became known - H. G. Wells first used the term in fiction in 1914, before their invention.[1]

When the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki showed just what effect they had, they became an integral part of culture.

Credit should be given to nukes for being the only weapons that, after their initial use, were so frightening that humanity has done everything it could to not use them again. That still doesn't change the fact that nukes are awesome. Until one, hopefully not, goes off above your head, or just in close proximity to it. And even then it's pretty awesome, at least for a few miliseconds.

This is about them in both fact and in fiction.


  1. Wells also predicted the submarine-launched ballistic missile and its strategic implications in 1933's The Shape of Things to Come.

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