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A blast from the science fiction past

Postby kunkmiester » Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:14 am

Reading Rocketship Galileo. How's a thorium- zinc nuclear thermal rocket sound? Weren't the late 40s fun?
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Re: A blast from the science fiction past

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Re: A blast from the science fiction past

Postby kunkmiester » Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:47 pm

This was just a thorium reactor, with boiling zinc as the fuel. I'm not sure that would work, but considering it was first published in 1947, there probably wasn't a lot well known about how reactors work.

It is also probably the first plot involving space nazis.
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Re: A blast from the science fiction past

Postby paperburn1 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:48 pm

I hate Space Nazis, especially those from Illinois! :wink:
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Re: A blast from the science fiction past

Postby Tom Ligon » Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:13 pm

I was raised with a set of Encyclopedia Britannicas in the home, dated 1944. The article on Atomic Energy was surprisingly thorough, considering this was a year before Hiroshima. I recall it included both reactors and the prospect for nuclear weapons. Because most of the people capable of contributing to the article were then in the Manhattan Project, I found the article an eye-opener.

As I understand it, the article first appeared in the 1939 edition. This itself is amazing, as fission was discovered late in 1938. In less years than you can count on one hand, physicists were building working reactors.

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Re: A blast from the science fiction past

Postby choff » Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:37 pm

I remember my dad had these extremely old encyclopedias, one was from the early 30's and talked about Nazi Germany. Another talked about the rise of the chemical industry. It stated that toxic waste was being buried underground. How it would be impossible for the economy to grow fast enough to deal with the waste when it started leaking. It finished off about the waste problem by saying it was one of the exciting challenges future generations would face.
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Re: A blast from the science fiction past

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Re: A blast from the science fiction past

Postby Diogenes » Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:26 pm

‘What all the wise men promised has not happened, and what all the damned fools said would happen has come to pass.’
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