Here "nuclear option" means just what it did for fifty years or so. That is, the HIDEOUS option, not the metaphoric and eviscerated meaning when the term is applied today to political actions. A possible new START treaty with Russia, with more reductions in warheads and delivery vehicles, would seem to make "Nike," my alarmist novel about the nuclear threat in the 1950's and 80's, not so pertinent anymore. But hold on. Not until worldwide nuke arsenals drop to a level of a two digit number, a long, long way to go from the thousands still more or less on alert, the novel may then be deemed "historical." In the long meantime "Nike," NOT a "techno-thriller by any definition, should continue to strike fear and anger in the perceptive reader - that wise men of those past decades enabled deployment of nuclear warheads in their obscene thousands. Those readers who don't wish to dwell on that "option" are welcome to ride the novel's rollercoaster of sentiment, wit and romance instead, and try to figure out the murder.
Causes stan scott Supports
Nature Conservancy, Mid peninsula open space district, Tri-Valley Cares, Western States Legal Foundatiion, Audubon, Sierra Club