While atomic war, a much-feared (and much written-about) Armageddon fought with atomic weapons, would bring down civilization if it didn't entirely end life on Earth, fans have been somewhat proud of the skiffy role in predicting it.
|From Fancyclopedia 2 Supplement, ca. 1960
|When they fell on Hiroshima stfnists gleefully chortled "I told you so!" Still more reflected egoboo -- because, you see, it demonstrated that we were participating in the future by reading this crazy Buck Rogers stuff -- came when it was revealed that the Military Intelligence people had raided the offices of Astounding Science Fiction in 1944, when Cleve Cartmill's story "Deadline" had appeared; the story dealt with E-T's making an atomic bomb of U235, and gave the Security boys quite a turn when one of them happened to pick up a copy on a newsstand in Oak Ridge.
See Atomigeddon, Cleve Cartmill.
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