"Poised between intransigent scepticism and uncritical credulity, it [science fiction] is par excellence the literature of the open mind."
This story is most often quoted as being the first reference to the idea of atomic energy and an atomic bomb. The first explicit use of the phrase "atomic bomb" was in the 1914 novel The World Set Free by H.G. Wells; see the article for atomic bomb.
This novel bears a number of similarities to the works of writers like Blavatsky, writing about the etheric nature of the world and the universe.
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