As an excellent follow-up to writing about a science fiction future, I read an article today about Russia’s Doomsday device, Perimeter. I was first shocked that they had one – the most familiarity I have with one is watching Dr. Strangelove in high school. But it exists, and it’s active, and it continues to be upgraded to this day.
Perimeter’s very existence is surreal and far from comforting.
The very idea of such a relic of the Cold War mentality is alien to me; the Berlin Wall came down about the time I learned to talk, so it belongs very firmly in the realm of The Past, that mystical country of questionable relevance. Perimeter drives home in the most graphic way possible that nuclear war is something that was seriously considered for a long stretch of time.
I’m quite glad we never tipped over that brink.