Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Another interesting footnote to history...and my first novel

Via Boing Boing today, there is a story about Hanford, WA, the site of my first novel, Treason at Hanford: A Harry Truman Mystery. It seems they have found the world's first weapons-grade plutonium in a dump. Talk about scary.

When I began writing Treason at Hanford, I conducted some research and discovered most of the websites were devoted to the post-WWII era and, specifically, the clean-up. Hanford is the world's "Dirtiest" (i.e., nuclear dirty) place. That must have been before Chernobyl or Bopal, India. Oak Ridge, TN, gets much more coverage when it comes to the nuclear bombs from WWII but Hanford was important, too, as this story reveals.

Hmm, maybe my story wasn't fiction after all...?

1 comment:

ARCHAVIST said...

Reminds me of a short story that told of an insinkable ocean liner that sunk and didn't have enough lifeboats. The ship was called SS TITAN - And this was three years before the Titanic sunk. Creepy!