by Thomas Wm. Hamilton
The Raqq intelligence officer scowled. The information made little
sense, and that meant he had to report it without being able to
His commander took the report, and said, "How definite is this?"
"An economic journal mentions it, as do two different science
publications, and there was a small note in a college alumni magazine."
"Food rot! I don't understand, but in wartime who knows what's
important? I'll have to kick this upstairs. Someone in Qakh may
The Raqq Intelligence headquarters had no idea how to interpret
this oddity either, but called in several advisors. One said, "Uranium
has several forms. Most are merely slightly radioactive..."
The Intelligence officer growled, "You think they plan spreading radioactive dust?"
"No, sir, uranium is not a good choice for that, and it would leave the land unusable for the monkhs also."
"Theory suggests one form can be made into a super bomb. There's
even a theory most of the craters on Earth happened because the humans
used such a bomb on themselves."
"Whose theory? What evidence?"
"Ghornokh originated the theory. Should I have him brief you?"
The briefing went badly, as Ghornokh had problems speaking on a
level most could understand. But enough got through. The Raqq initiated
a program to develop a superbomb based on uranium, just in case the
Monkh were doing the same, and might be successful.
© 2017 Thomas Wm. Hamilton
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