Winter 1945 – The Brighter the Future, the Darker the Shadow Cast


As Laudner spoke, he paced around his work tables. He said, “We saw what technology could do in Germany. In Japan. It can be put to terrifying purpose!” He stopped to adjust a wire on one of his contraptions. “But it can used to such greater wisdom. It’s not that difficult. It’s simply a matter of considering all the possibilities.”

He held up a round box topped with a halo of blue and copper wires. He turned two of the knobs on one side of the box. He looked at meter of some sort that stuck out from the other side. He raised an eyebrow and then looked at me as if for the first time. He said, “Oh my. There’s a possibility I had not considered.”