I'm generally fascinated by the effects of nuclear bombs. It's not the
technology I'm interested in as much as the aftermath; the images from
the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, along with the stories and related
social phenomena (Godzilla is just a trivial example) hold an
irresistible sway over me.
After spending about 20 minutes reading through George Weller's rediscovered report
of Japan's nuclear aftermath it was really, very difficult lifting my
jaw off the floor. It's an astonishing read, particularly because it
combines the early 20th century technical ignorance regarding nuclear
weaponry and its various effects with surprising candour and lack of
naivette. I was a little concerned with the reliability of the
publication, but I suppose having it reported on CNN and subsequently slashdotted lends it at least some credibility.
At any rate if you have any interest in the post-apocalyptic, you
owe it to yourself to read the report. That said, you also owe it to
yourself to play Fallout. Sleep tight.