Technopolitana Fiction Project
Book One, completed:
Book Two, near completed:
For Whom the Nobel Tolls:
Book Three, proposed:
Loving My Nukes
-- some notes
Technopolitana Trilogy is about individuals trying to find
justice in a hostile scientific environment, The first two books
concentrate on distinct phases in the epic development of the
drug penicillin. The third, Loving My Nukes,
is about the propaganda campaign to persuade people nuclear
weapons were safe to fight among -- even if not safe to have
dropped on you.
The first book,
Penicillium, takes place in London, Oxford University &
Washington DC between the Munich conference (Sept 1938) and the
month after the US is drawn into what becomes known as World War
II (January 1942). The second,
For Whom the
Nobel Tolls takes place between the time successful
penicillin development in World War II is at its low ebb, this
January 1942 and the Nobel Prize of October 1946 where the deep
irony of this allied success is that the British win the prize
and the Americans take most of the money. Swirling
Anglo-American tensions and differences provide much of the
theme of these two books.
The central characters are
the Cambridge university educated biochemist and feminist,
Nathalie Armstrong (who has to change her name to Sonia Olnay in
the third projected book when she is on the run from both the
FBI and British Secret Service), code name MOORHEN; next....
Bill Rutland journalist, environmentalist and skeptic about
progress & .... thirdly Jacob -- Jake -- Ungar, an army
doctor who tries to break rank to push truths, about the
battlefield potential of penicillin and about the acute lack of
battlefield potential of high doses of nuclear bomb radiation.
No one knows this story. No one knows this woman. She is
forgotten and hidden, her role subverted. She is fiction and she
is a homage to the many women of this period in science and in
espionage who were forgotten and hidden by the men they
stimulated and worked among.
The third book,
Loving My Nukes, takes place in the post war era, a time
when the USA had the highest incidence of environmental cancer
in the world against the lowest investment into its sources and
cure. In the race to gain nuclear superiority between USA and
Nato and USSR, there is a sub-race for the US army to get into
the nuclear business which has become mainly the provenance of
the US air force and navy. The key struggle in the book is the
(hopelessly failed) attempt by an insider (Ungar the army medic)
and outsiders (Moorhen and Rutland) to show that a 'nuclear
battlefield' is not a safe place for US army troops to fight.
The first two books are about the tangled fights around
something that ought to shout its potential -- penicillin. The
third is about the suppression of negative evidence about
something that causes great harm -- nuclear bomb fallout.
Contemporary Setting: In October 2016, the
California based mother, fashion model and tailor for women,
Francine Olnay, discovers that her grandmother had a stolen
identity. This is Nathalie/ Sonia/Moorhen (see above). The
source of the information is a war zone reporter and writer,
Arne 'Spy' Nielsen. Their engagements with each other and
conflicts provide a lens through which the three discovered
stories are told.