The first science fiction anthology I was ever given for my very own contained this story; it may have been the first in the table of contents.

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since the first news update that mentioned the Fukushima reactors.

It ends, after the kind of near disaster that characterizes every good science fiction movie, with the phrase “proof that atomic plants were safe where they were…”

Deus Ex Machina didn’t turn up in real life, somehow.


3 thoughts on “Nerves

  1. I’m printing that story out to read it. I was in a bookstore Sunday and noted that books about disasters of all sorts, fiction and nonfiction, are clearly a growth industry.

    • You’ll find it amusingly dated at the same time that it’s vividly topical. Alas, the optimism of the fifties is something of a casualty of intervening decades of reality.

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