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Critical Mass (Arthur C. Clarke short story)

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Country  United Kingdom
Published in  Lilliput
Publication date  March 1949
Author  Arthur C. Clarke
Genre  Science Fiction
Followed by  The Ultimate Melody
Language  English
Publisher  Pocket Publications
Originally published  March 1949
Series  Tales from the White Hart
Preceded by  Armaments Race
Similar  Arthur C Clarke books, Other books

"Critical Mass" is a science fiction short story by Arthur C. Clarke, first published in 1949. This comic story describes the relationship between a village and a nuclear research facility located near it. On the day that the story takes place, a truck carrying a mysterious cargo has an accident, and the driver flees. The terrified villagers are about to begin an evacuation, when the narrator discovers that the cargo were merely caged bees.

The piece was later published as the fifth story in Clarke's collection Tales from the White Hart.

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Critical Mass (Arthur C. Clarke short story) Wikipedia


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