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"The Irvhank Effect"  
New Destinies Volume II
Author Harry Turtledove
First Appearance New Destinies, Volume II
Collected No
Genre(s) Science Fiction
Publication date 1987

"The Irvhank Effect" is a short story by Harry Turtledove. It was first published in New Destinies II, Baen 1987, and reprinted in There Will Be War VIII: Armageddon, edited by Jerry Pournelle & John F. Carr, Tor 1989. It has not been reprinted since.

In the story, two physicists named Irv Farmer and Hank Jeter accidentally discover a method of controlling radioactive decay. After a number of months of secret research, they designed a device which allowed most nuclear reactions but prevented atomic and hydrogen bombs from detonating anywhere on Earth. The two successfully tested the device, activate it and then begin writing up a science paper for peer review and publication calling the field it generated the Irvhank Effect after their first names.

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