Books: Malice in Wonderland

Atomic and genetic skulduggery is hijacked by amateurs

Fiction can anticipate fact. The cold war, espionage and terrorist novels of the past 20 years were often uncannily predictive; their plots now seem too true to be good. Technology is today's hot pistol, and it is in the hands of the amateur. It may be possible, for example, to heist Plutonium and fashion bombs to hold the world hostage. Private scientists might produce gene-altering chemicals. Almost any handyman can assemble a plastique weapon aimed at a Prime Minister or a whole city block. It is...

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