The Fourth Bear

Posted by Rezwan Razani on Feb 11, 2012 at 10:38 AM
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Author: Jasper Fforde

My vote for best fusion device in fiction goes to the thermocuclear device in “The Fourth Bear:  A Nursery Crime” by Jasper Fforde.  WARNING!  SPOILERS!  MAJOR PLOT POINT REVEALED!  From the book:

...there is a theory that might explain the sort of damage we saw at Obscurity and on the Nullarbor.  It was first postulated in the 1950s but was so far-fetched that even the hard-core pseudoscience elite dismissed it as nonsense.  It was called Cold Ignition Fusion and was a way of building a small thermonuclear device using a deuterium/tritium fuel that could be self-extracting from the heavy hydrogen found in groundwater, and then mass-induced organic trigger to set it off.

Yes.  A thermocuclear device.  Just read the book.  Critical mass at 50kg.

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Thermocuclear Awards

In connection with the fusion entertainment campaign, we would like to launch fusion in fiction awards.  Among the awards, we would need a category for concepts dismissed by the “hard-core pseudoscience elite”. This means we need to have a panel of these elites to vote on the prize.  Does one get nominated to be a part of the elites?  Wigs are appropriate.

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