The Oppenheimer Alternative by Robert J. Sawyer

I bought The Oppenheimer Alternative on Audible.

It’s a reimagining of the lives of those who developed the first atomic bomb.

Love the reading by Josh Bloomberg.. He’s a master of the many accents:

J. Robert Oppenheimer (American non-observant Jewish parents)
Albert Einstein (German Jew)
Richard Feynman (American atheist, but both parents were from Jewish families)
Edward Teller (Hungarian Jew)
Leo Szilard (Hungarian Jew)
Enrico Fermi (Italian … but with a Jewish wife)

The book was published June 15, 2020 for the 75th anniversaries of the Trinity explosion on June 16th.

It’s quite different than the many other excellent Robert J. Sawyer books.  But I really enjoyed it.

While J. Robert Oppenheimer and his Manhattan Project team struggle to develop the A-bomb, Edward Teller wants something even more devastating: a weapon based on nuclear fusion – the mechanism that powers the sun. But Teller’s research leads to a terrifying discovery: by the year 2030, the sun will eject its outermost layer, destroying the entire inner solar system – including Earth.

After the war ends, Oppenheimer’s physicists combine forces with Albert Einstein, computing pioneer John von Neumann, and rocket designer Wernher von Braun – the greatest scientific geniuses from the last century racing against time to save our future.

Sawyer feels neither bomb needed be dropped on Japanese citizens.  Especially the second.

Click PLAY or watch an interview with the author on YouTube.


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