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75th Anniversary of the
Birth of the Atomic Age
Book an Expert Interview!
Award-winning author ROBERT J. SAWYER
has over 800 radio and TV interviews
under his belt
The atomic age was born 75 years ago in 1945. Commemorate
these important anniversaries with an expert interview subject:
Bestselling author Robert J. Sawyer's new
book The Oppenheimer Alternative
will be published Tuesday,
June 2, 2020, in paper, ebook, and audiobook worldwide,
specifically to coincide with the above anniversaries.
- Thursday, July 16, 2020: 75 years since the first
atomic bomb exploded in the Trinity test in Alamogordo,
- Thursday, August 6, 2020: 75 years since the first use
of an atomic bomb, destroying the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
- Sunday, August 9, 2020: 75 years since the last use of
an atomic bomb in war, devastating Nagasaki.
Perimeter Institute physicist Lee Smolin, the author of
The Trouble with Physics, says, "I know the history of
this period well and I'm one or two degrees of separation from
many of these people. Sawyer's portrayals ring true to me."
Gregory Benford, physicist at UC Irvine, agrees: "The
feel and detail of the Manhattan Project figures is deep and well
done. I knew many of these physicists, and Sawyer nails them
Based on the latest research and recently declassified
documents, Sawyer will enthrall your audience with stunning
revelations about the dawn of the atomic age. Did you know that:
Further details about the above points with sources
- Following Hitler's suicide, many Manhattan Project
scientists did not want to continue the atomic bomb. The
initial fear had been that the Nazis would get it before the
Allies did, and, with the war in Europe over, they saw no reason
- The Japanese had been making overtures to surrender through
diplomatic back channels for over a year before the US
dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Had their one
demand been accepted, the war in Japan would have ended in 1944.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt shocked the hell out of Winston Churchill by
deviating from their agreed script and demanding "unconditional"
surrender from Japan in a live radio broadcast. Churchill
only subsequently backed that demand so as not to be seen as
contradicting the American leader.
- In the end, despite the posturing about "unconditional"
surrender, the Allies gave the Japanese the one and only thing
they'd wanted a year earlier, namely letting their divine emperor
Hirohito retain his throne (which he did until his death in
- Leo Szilard, who got Einstein to write to FDR urging the
creation of an atomic weapon, circulated a petition calling
for a demonstration of the bomb for Japanese experts, rather
than its use on Japanese cities. General Leslie Groves had the
petition branded Top Secret and hidden away so that the
bomb could be dropped to end World War II, establishing a
post-war order with America as the only superpower.
- As an outgrowth of the Manhattan Project, the US
was developing an atomic-bomb-propelled rocket called Orion
that could have put humans on Mars by 1965. The Limited Test
Ban Treaty of 1963, which banned nuclear explosions in space,
scuttled the project.
More About Sawyer's Book:
Every character in The Oppenheimer Alternative
is a real and famous historical figure, portrayed with Sawyer's usual
meticulous attention to accuracy. Besides J. Robert
Oppenheimer, the book features the powerful and quirky
personalities of Edward Teller, Richard Feynman,
Enrico Fermi, Leo Szilard, and German rocket
pioneer Wernher von Braun.
"Incredibly realistic: the characters, locations, the era, and
even the science. I felt like I was back in Los Alamos
and I should know: I worked there! Breathlessly riveting; Sawyer
pulls it off masterfully." Doug Beason, former
Associate Laboratory Director, Los Alamos National
"Sawyer portrays brilliantly and poignantly the struggles of
the scientists who started it all and were consequently obliged
to bear an unbearable burden." James Christie,
Chair, Project Ploughshares, member organization of the Nobel
Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear
Robert J. Sawyer is a member of the Order of
Canada, the highest honor given by the Canadian government,
and is past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy
Writers of America.
The Toronto Star calls him "Canada's answer to
Michael Crichton" and The New York Times says he's
a writer of "boundless confidence and bold scientific
The Oppenheimer Alternative,
coming June 2, 2020, is his 24th novel.
For interviews, please contact publicist Carolyn Clink:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-507-1346
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