any device powered by nuclear energy, esp. a nuclear-powered engine
The slim, graceful ship rose smoothly into the atmosphere…as the gentle hum of mighty Farrel Atomics poured their millions of horsepower into the McKinley space-drive discs.
Webster smiled at the fireplace with its blazing wood…. Useless because atomic heating was better—but more pleasant. One couldn’t sit and watch atomics and dream and build castles in the flames.
The two men fell silent then, looking at the neat brown rows of sacks, feeling the star ship tremble slightly under them with the thunder of her great atomics.
He stood…feeling his small sub rocking gently in the calm sea, listening to the quiet purr of the atomics beneath him.
There evidently wasn’t a leak in the atomics after all—that girl from Comm checked out with no radiation burns.
J.W. Campbell, in Wonder Stories
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