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  • They had teethed away the last atoms of its substance.
  • They’ve got some kind of atomic drive-it may even be more efficient than ours, and they’re building a ship on the shores of Lake Baikal.
  • It saddened him to think that they would be blasted to atoms when the Columbus rose in flame and fury to the stars.
  • The highly inefficient answer to such a threat would be some billions of horsepower in the shape of atomic bombs.
  • Perhaps those responsible hoped to kill two birds with one atomic missile, for their target was floating above the capital of an adjoining and unfriendly nation.
  • That means that the Overlords must possess some kind of propulsive system that acts equally on every atom of their ships, so that anything aboard won’t be crushed instantly.
  • In the centuries before our coming, your scientists uncovered the secrets of the physical world and led you from the energy of steam to the energy of the atom.
  • The forces they might have unleashed transcended any perils that the atom could have brought.
  • There is nothing exceptional about you, any more than there is about the first neutron that starts the chain reaction in an atomic bomb.
  • Without bothering to turn his head, George could see a famous film producer, a minor poet, a mathematician, two actors, an atomic power engineer, a game warden, the editor of a weekly news magazine, a statistician from the World Bank, a violin virtuoso, a professor of arthrology and an astrophysicist.

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  • The world was forever changed when we learned to split the atom.
  • By 1942, however, we knew that the Germans were working feverishly to find a way to add atomic energy to all the other engines of war with which they hoped to enslave the world.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five

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