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"Superfuel"­ at the Decatur Book Festival

The Atlanta Science Tavern is pleased to sponsor Richard Martin as a featured author in our Science Track at this year's AJC Decatur Book Festival.

Richard will be introduced by Stephen Fleming, Vice President, Economic Development and Technology Ventures, and Executive Director of the Enterprise Innovation Institute at Georgia Tech.

Richard Martin
Superfuel: Thorium, the Green Energy Source for the Future

In this groundbreaking account of an energy revolution in the making, award-winning science writer Richard Martin introduces us to thorium, a radioactive element and alternative nuclear fuel that is far safer, cleaner, and more abundant than uranium.

At the dawn of the Atomic Age, thorium and uranium seemed to be in close competition as the fuel of the future. Uranium, with its ability to undergo fission and produce explosive material for atomic weapons, won out over its more pacific sister element, relegating thorium to the dustbin of science.

Now, as we grapple with the perils of nuclear energy and rogue atomic weapons, and mankind confronts the specter of global climate change, thorium is re-emerging as the overlooked energy source as a small group of activists and outsiders is working, with the help of Silicon Valley investors, to build a thorium-power industry.

In the first book mainstream book to tackle these issues, Superfuel is a story of rediscovery of a long lost technology that has the power to transform the world's future, and the story of the pacifists, who were sidelined in favor of atomic weapon hawks, but who can wean us off our fossil-fuel addiction and avert the risk of nuclear meltdown forever.

Richard Martin's feature story in Wired catalyzed the thorium power movement. An award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Time, Fortune, The Atlantic and and many other publications. Martin is the editorial director of Pike Research, a leading clean-energy firm. He lives in Boulder, CO, with his wife and son.

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  • Ernie C.

    A very informative talk. I was surprised to hear that China is pulling ahead and plans to have a test-scale LFTR in the next decade or two.

    September 2, 2012

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