Death-Ray, RAY, Bladerunner discussed on Invention
It was clearly not nearly at the same level by say the fifties and sixties, right? And certainly by the time I as a child in the eighties when I was reading my grandfather's, popular, mechanics and popular science magazines. I I don't remember. Seeing anything about death raise like that was not in. That's where you would see it like that. Right. Those are the places where you would have seen like a popular obsession with this kind of pending technology win those magazines have been from they were they were current. He he was Colonel. Okay. So they were all, you know, nineteen eighties additions. But, but yeah, there was no talk of that. And then also, you know, I think I may have alluded to this in the last episode, but certainly you begin to see a fall off in the the use of of of and death rates in science fiction to you see sort of the return to to using bullets. You see that in like like aliens, you see that. I believe in Bladerunner. They do they have more ballistic techno. Yeah. Yeah. He's got a gun shoots like huge bullets. They're almost like rocket bullets. Yeah. So it's like finally everyone was like, yeah. Kinda done with Reagan's. Let's get back to putting a big chunks of metal and people. Yeah. So Raygun fever never completely went away. But it definitely died down a lot by the middle of the twentieth century. And the question is why. I think a big answer. Here is World War Two. First of all, you could say okay, now, people are reading reports from the battlefield. And it's like where are all these death-ray is we've been hearing about we've been hearing about death rates for decades now and nobody's using them. There were there were a few news reports throughout the war that kept hinting at rumors of a German or Japanese secret weapon that many supposed to be a death-ray. But there were just never any solid reports of one being used in the field. I think this clearly undercut public confidence in the idea of a death Ray being a real thing. I if they're real wire wiring, the major powers using them. But that doesn't mean that during the World War Two era. The major powers were not still interested in death raise. There was some research that continued to go on during this period. If possible they wanted the edge. There's a story that even like the Nazi Albert Speer talks about having this guy coming to him who's really interested in the Nazi government acquiring death-ray is, but he but spear just mocks him. Says okay, I'll make you Commissioner of death rays, Nazis, generally, not known for their their humorous quips. I guess they they th that's that's a pretty solid burn. And of course, it wasn't just some people in the German power structure. You know, the the the allies the Japanese they remained interested in the idea of a death Ray and carried out some research. But it just never materialized. It was never practical would require too much energy. It didn't work at a great enough distance. That seemed to be the major problem was that what actual real physical death-ray research did take place found that. Yeah, you can use. You know, you can use radiant energy of some kind to to cause damage to something. It just doesn't work at a great distance. And of course, in other angled all of this too. Is that certainly by the close of the war. We saw the the awful potential of nuclear weapons hadn't been demonstrated to horrific affects and we're still living in the aftermath of of those. Stations. We are still living in an age in which the threat of of their use continues to remain horror of modern life. Absolutely. I mean, there is a new cutting edge almost science fiction terror weapon to think about and that was nuclear weapons, and yeah, I mean once once you had atomic bombs actually being deployed, you can see how that would replace whatever kind of attention people might have been devoting to extra or not xrays to death rays beforehand, and you can see that in the in the fiction of the time to what will what was big in the science fiction and popular films of the nineteen fifties. It was the.