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Offline AjoxerTopic starter

Nuclear weapons defy description.
« on: June 05, 2007, 12:59:38 PM »
There are words we sometimes try to use to describe them, but they're pale, pathetic shadows.

Openheimer was right.

Azathoth, one of the three Lovecraftian Elder Gods, is described as being the basis for nuclear explosions. They're a small fraction of his being, teleported onto earth, in a wave of nuclear insanity. Is it any surprise that people would think this, after seeing the way a single bomb could cause so much destruction?

Edit: That might not be canon, and instead the product of my own wacky mind... But meh.
« Last Edit: June 05, 2007, 01:07:57 PM by Ajoxer »

Offline Vekseid

Re: Nuclear weapons defy description.
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2007, 02:19:06 AM »
Lovecraft died long before the atomic bombs were detonated.  I often wonder what he would have thought of humans harnessing that sort of power.

A fission device is basically harnessing the excess energy of an ancient supernova.  A tiny, insignificant fraction of it.

Offline Celestial Goblin

Re: Nuclear weapons defy description.
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2007, 07:05:21 AM »
Lovecraft described Azathoth as 'nuclear chaos'. Even though he meant 'nuclear' as 'something as the center', the descriptions still seem almost prophetic.

Demon Sultan who can destroy everything and is kept from it by lesser demons dancing around his throne...

And his herald is Nyarlathotep, who enjoys to create complex and innovative machinery...

He KNEW;)

Offline AjoxerTopic starter

Re: Nuclear weapons defy description.
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2007, 11:54:14 AM »
It's true, the supernova thing. When you see the Tsar explode, it's a miniature sun coming into existence on earth, and the sheer devastation it wreaks...