I just did a quick count and there are 493,687,152 active English-language blogs, more or less. Make that 493,687,153, now.
What possible difference could this one additional blog make? In the blogosphere, probably none. But to you? Maybe something.
I’m doing a blog about the subjects and themes and issues brought up in The Rockets’ Red Glare. First thing you will notice is that I said “I’m,” not “We’re.” My co-author, Dr. Michael Gresalfi, won’t be participating. Due to the operational nature of Dr. Gresalfi’s work in the prevention and response mission areas he supports within the larger WMD emergency preparedness arena, he is unable to engage in the types of free-flow dialogue that I want to encourage with both our readership and the media.
So, you’re stuck with me. The content of this webpage, and the posted editorials, blogs, and other public interactions are mine alone.
I have been in the nuclear industry a long time, and in radiological emergency preparedness and response most recently, so I know a bit about radiation safety and emergencies, including intentional ones. Michael and I have created a new genre, we call it Forecast Fiction, to describe what we tried to accomplish with this story. So, in the course of researching and writing, I learned a lot more, and not all of it was reassuring. To be more clear, most of it wasn’t. I will be addressing some of these issues.
In addition to me, I’ll be pulling in some of our expert audience for their views and comments, and responding to any questions or comments from our readers. We’ll be covering such topics as the safeguards surrounding access to radioactive materials, the real work of the government agencies tasked to prevent exactly what we described in the book, and providing some resources that you might find interesting and useful.
My next article will cover a recent Wall Street Journal story on the Boston Marathon bombers and their ties both to radical Islam and domestic hate groups.
See, it wasn’t far-fetched at all. It was Forecast Fiction.