August 9th, 2012

Chiana 6

"There's no point in direction. We cannot even choose a side."

On this day in 1945, the USAAF bomber Bockscar dropped an atomic bomb named "Fat Man," devastating Nagasaki, Japan. At 11:02 AM (JST), the bomb exploded at an altitude of ~1,650 feet (500 m), with a yield of about 21 kilotons of TNT (88 terajoules). About 39,000* people were killed outright, though at least that many more eventually died from injuries and radiation sickness**. To quote Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., "...there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre."

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Yesterday, I wrote 1,594 words on Chapter Two of Fay Grimmer. That's 108 words in the word bank.

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As is now likely common knowledge, Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Me (Volume 1) has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award in the category of "Collection." That was, I think, the one genuinely good thing about yesterday.

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It's warm today. The sun is bright. I'm not at the shore.

High and Dry,
Aunt Beast

* This is a very conservative figure via Wikipedia. Dr. Don T. Nakanishi of UCLA, who maintains the Children of the Atomic Bomb website, cites UCLA physician Dr. James Yamakaze, as stating that "It is not unlikely that the estimates of killed and wounded in Hiroshima (150,000) and Nagasaki (75,000) are over conservative."
** By comparison, <3,000 people are believed to have died in the combined September 11, 2001 attacks. And please do note that this comparison is in no way intended as an attempt to diminish the tragedy of 9/11.