Notes

Yes… we are in America.  We loved dropping that bomb on our readers.  And while Duster is 100% fiction, there is more than a kernel of truth behind our story:

From the moment the war in Europe ended on May 8, 1945, the OSS (Office of Strategic Services, of which our character OSS Man is a representative) and the JIOA (Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency) worked assiduously to bring German and Nazi scientists to America under conditions just like these–both to keep their innovations out of the hands of other nations, and to employ them in our continuing fight against Japan… and future enemies.  Project Paperclip was formalized by the recently installed President Truman in August of that year, just a few months after our story takes place.  Our own government worked to create false histories and employment records for many of the scientists in order to comply with anti-Nazi regulations.  Wartime can inspire some interesting compromises on the part of people like OSS Man…