By David Henningham

A haunting experimental novel set on the Essex coast during the Cold War.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

A Core Sample of Armageddon

There are some crazy structures on Foulness Island.

This reading takes our narrator, James, into one of these experimental buildings, a tunnel designed to test the effects of extreme heat upon vehicles. He is brought there by Dr Jaager, an enigmatic researcher from Estonia who seems to take a keen interest in James. This extract is from the final stop on an impromptu tour of the Smallgains Nuclear Research facility; its existence a surprise and annoyance to James.

As soon as authors write about these all too real places, the collective madness of nuclear preparedness stands out. What is becoming known as "nuclear colonialism" is an incredible imposition on rest of the inhabitatants of the earth, if you think about it. Which we can't. That's the problem.     

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