Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction

by Paul Brians

Nuclear Holocausts Bibliography: Y

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Yates, W. R. Diasporah. New York: Baen, 1985.
In 1997 the Arab countries and Iran launch a surprise nuclear attack against Israel, which retaliates. More such nuclear conflicts lead to a world government headed by the United Nations, which monopolizes atomic weapons, and attacks both New York and Moscow with them when they break the peace. Jews surviving in space colonies build what seems at first to be a superweapon, but what turns out to be an interstellar ship capable of taking them to a new home.

Youd, Christopher Samuel. See Christopher, John.

Young, Alfred Michael. The Aster Disaster: A Tale of Two Planets. Ilfracombe, North Devon: Arthur H. Stockwell, l958.
A very old-fashioned fantasy in which atomic bombs exploded during a senseless war on the planet Aster destroyed it entirely ten million years ago, creating the asteroid belt we know today. A young couple escapes to Earth and lingers just long enough to bury the manuscript containing this narrative before being translated to a higher realm in the company of their deceased friends and relatives, sent by God in answer to their prayers. Aster is strikingly similar to Earth except that its physics operates in a peculiar manner: the explosion of an atomic bomb causes the rocks themselves to explode in a chain reaction. The foolish Asterians create atomic landmines and atomic hand-grenades. The scientists shrug off a warning that their experiments may end in disaster, but ultimately the military is held responsible for the catastrophe. It is evident that the author is either very ignorant about physics or indifferent to it, or both. Also portrays a foolish hysteria over suspected spies. Compare Newton, The Forgotten Race.

Young, Robert F. "Grown-up People's Feet" (Fantastic Universe, April 1953). In A Glass of Stars. Jacksonville, Ill.: Harris-Wolfe, 1968.
A brief sketch about a girl who has just learned how to read, but who must grow up in a desolate postholocaust world where illiteracy reigns.

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