Atomic Power

Church, Peggy Pond

We had thought the magicians were all dead, but this was the blackest of magic.

There was even the accompaniment of fire and brimstone, The shape of evil, towering leagues high into the heaven In terrible, malevolent beauty, and, beneath, the bare trees Made utterly leafless in one instant, and the streets where no one Moved, and some wall still standing Eyeless, and as silent as before Time.

Ultimatum for Man The Nuclear Physicist

Laurence, William L.

And just at that instant there rose as if from the bowels of the earth a light not of this world, the light of many suns in one.

It was a sunrise such as the world had never seen, a great green super-sun climbing in a fraction of a second to a height of more than 8,000 feet, rising ever higher until it touched the clouds, lighting up earth and sky all around with dazzling luminosity.

Up it went, a great wall of fire about a mile in diameter, changing colors as it kept shooting upward, from deep purple to orange, expanding, growing bigger, rising as it was expanding, an elemental force freed from its bonds after being chained for billions of years.

The New York Times

Drama of the Atomic Bomb Found Climax in New Mexico Test

A16, column 5 September 26, 1945

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