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The Dolphin Still Speaks: Leo Szilard and Science Fiction

Bill Clemente
Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies (HJEAS)
Vol. 14, No. 2 (Fall, 2008), pp. 373-387
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41274436
Page Count: 15
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The Dolphin Still Speaks: Leo Szilard and Science Fiction
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Abstract

The essay seeks to assess and to appreciate the significance of the short stories collected in Leo Szilard's The Voice of the Dolphin. Drawing on Szilard's other publications and books about his life and the turbulent times in which he lived, this paper discusses the significance of the stories in the context of Szilard's life as a scientist and activist. In particular, the essay looks at the short stories in terms of Szilard's important contributions to the creation of the first chain nuclear reaction and of atomic bombs, leading to the struggle that consumed the remaining years of his life: Szilard's unrelenting efforts to halt the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

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