1ST COLONEL -- -My regret isn't that the bomb we tested was stronger than we'd expected -- but now I'll never make General.
2ND COLONEL -- Humph! All space is alike. No restricted area for officers. And these millions of lights -- I'm sure some of them were mere enlisted men. Not a one even blinks in salute.
if they have a bomb that will destroy a nation, no doubt they already have at least done research on how to build a bomb that will wipe out a continent, or even an entire planet.
The book alleges that Russia went ahead of the U.S. in atomic research in 1953 because of political squabbles, and much of the blame is laid at the door of Dr. Philip Oppenheimer, who helped to father the A-bomb. This could be true, in which case no nation is safe, and the next war will be won with the first blast, and a world of radioactive desert, so often pictured by science fiction writers, will be a reality.
Then, too, there is the possibility that the charge is false, and merely a motivator for continued research into bigger and better death-dealing weapons.
The danger lies in the statement that the military forces did not dare test the super-weapon in the Pacific last spring because of the risk. This leaves us safe only as long as sane, death-fearing men control such tests. But how long will that be?
Recently, in West Germany, firefighting "tests" were made over stored jet fuel and after the holocaust of stupidity, 25 burned and blackened bodies -- victims of a "bad guess" -- were just as dead as if they'd been slain in battle.
It may be only months, or maybe years, before the ultimate in global destruction comes about -- not from war but because some grown-up child, told by Father he never could play with firecrackers, or matches, proves Father was wrong.
WHEN WE CAN'T CREATE, WE'LL COPYRIGHT IT
Several persons seem amazed, (so they write) that we don't copyright each issue of The ABERREE? "Why?" they ask.
Well, it might be any one of three reasons:
1. Uncle Sam charges $4 to protect you from "other" thieves and plagiarists.
2. We doubt if anyone's going to steal anything we print. It's not that important.
3. Copyrighting everything you write is a confession that you have little faith in your ability to continue producing salable stuff -- and that there may come a time when you'll have to fall back on your own, protected material to make a living. When we can't produce new copy for The ABERREE, The ABERREE ceases to exist, because we're certain no one wants to read what we said yesterday and today tomorrow.
NEW 'ITE' UNIT
Realizing that there are too many religions, too many ologies, and too many isms, The ABERREE staff, in special executive session, has announced the founding of a completely new organization.
There will be no dues, no diplomas, no special courses, no certificates, no degrees, and no titles. Membership is obtained merely by recognizing that the person is not outside infinity. A card to this effect will be issued if the adherent doubts his ability to convince others that they, too, are not separate beings in an infinity of their own.
The organization will be known as "The Infinites". Dissenters who wish to split off into their own infinities will be called "Split Infinities".
(More details, maybe, next month.)