Under John W. Campbell, Astounding Science Fiction went through
phases where it seemed to think it was Popular Mechanics.
One critic said that it sometimes read like it was printed on
laboratory filter paper.
This portrayal of an atomic power plant from 1947
is an example of how some people felt that the line between science
fiction and reality had become blurred or even erased. It's
actually a nice, compact little arrangement of the reactor, the steam
pipes, the turbine, the dynamo, and the control panel. Something
seems to be missing, though. Oh, yes, I know: shielding.
It's the Chernobyl Special!
I'm out of here!