I have the Quinton self-sinking atomic bomb, the Swiss said, without so much as a blink of his mild blue eyes. In these days of science, Mr. Drew, any invention ahead of the general run—like electronics, rocket propulsion, atomic power, and so on—should be welcome. Quinton unzipped his briefcase as he talked. Therefore we must be one jump ahead of everybody else, as our American friends would phrase it. I have asked the War Office here to interest themselves, but there were such delays, so much difficulty in getting to the fountain head, I decided to see if I could get some action out of you.
Here, sir, is the plan—or rather the blueprint. Drew took it and flattened its curling ends with the palms of his hands. Wheezing, he spread it out on the desk and gazed at it. Quinton got to his feet and came over to him, began tracing out important details with a long, immaculate finger. You may or may not be scientist enough to grasp the idea, sir, he said presently. Stated briefly, it is this: an atom, as all scientists agree and as many laymen know, is analogous—at least in the matter of scale—to a kind of miniature solar system, a nucleus like a sun, with a greater or lesser number of electrons moving round it like planets.
You understand? In ordinary iron, for instance, the molecules have north and south poles like all other molecules, but they point in every possible direction, indiscriminately. Pointing haphazardly though each is a small magnet; they tend in the mass to cancel each other out. It is when the whole mass is magnetized that all the poles point in one particular direction. This explanation, sir, is essential, Quinton said, noting the ill-concealed irritability. But, if all the poles point in one direction only, it means that they become parallel, blocking so small a portion of the space they normally occupy that they can pass right through ordinary matter.
Matter becomes penetrable and, to the bomb, has about the same resistance as very thick oil. If the bomb is placed on the floor, say, with its magnetic apparatus working, it will sink into that floor, drawn by the force of gravity. Wherever it may settle—and it vanishes from sight immediately it sinks below surface—it remains as a deadly hidden danger until the time-fuse fires it.
You must see the advantages! The bombs can go anywhere, through anything, and remain hidden! Wise man! Drew nodded vigorously.
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I have been a master-watchmaker since the age of twenty, and the making of this intricate bomb with its small magnet controls and scientific devices is one of the finest things I ever did. Of course it took me a long time to work out the model.
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Now it has been done, the duplicating will be easy. I am the financial head of this organization, not the man with the brains. Your experts can, of course, arrive at only one conclusion, he said finally.
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And that being so, you might as well know my terms now. I shall want a million pounds in advance royalties, and the balance of terms to be arranged.
It might even be worth a million to keep me quiet! Quinton shrugged. However, I merely tell you my figure beforehand so that you will know how to plan accordingly. I certainly will not take less. As for the blueprint. You shall have an undertaking and receipt for it, Drew said. After all, the Drew Financial Trust is not a firm that is here today and gone tomorrow, you know.
Afraid not. We may even have to make a working model before we can be certain. Quinton—in consideration of him allowing us to have—er—Blueprint Number. This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue? Upload Sign In Join. Save For Later. Create a List. Summary When financier Emerson Drew's hired killer pushes scientist-inventor Rajek Quinton down an abandoned mineshaft, Drew and his conspirators believe that the way's clear to exploit Quinton's amazing new invention, which will make them millions.
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