Lasting impact

As can be expected, the publication of this article placed Hiroshima and the atomic bomb at the heart of the nuclear war debate. In Hiroshima in History and Memory by Hogan, the beliefs that Hiroshima created a realization of the magnitude of the event and an entrance into the analysis of the event.[27] It put forward three issues that before had not been faced: the force of modern science, the bomb and the future of nuclear weapons.[27]

The events of the dropping of the atomic bomb live in the psyche of everyone and were brought to gruesome light by Hersey.[27] Hiroshima has and will continue to be "part of our ceaseless thinking about world wars and nuclear holocaust."[28] The effects of the radiation sickness have continued to be a concern for the world and the safety of nuclear power.[29] These concerns have resurfaced since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor incident.[29] The images brought to the public after the publishing of Hiroshima were revived in the world’s eyes [29][30]

The grotesque images depicted in Hiroshima led the way for a new wave of science fiction literature. A wave of "future-war" stories such as Flash Gordon are "narrated from the point of view of an 'everyman' who witnesses the invasion of his country first hand. As the narrators struggle to survive, we get to witness the horror of the attack through their eyes, and come to loathe the enemy aliens that have so cruelly and unjustly invaded their country."[2]

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