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This short story introduces the petroleum products like gasoline and oil that make up the Hydrocarbons. Then it shows how Oxygen forms alcohols and acids, and how alcohols and acids form esters, which in turn form polyesters. The book illustrates how fats are formed and how soaps are formed from fats. Proteins are discussed as well as salts. Finally nuclear fusion is illustrated. All of these chemical concepts take place in the context of a story. The story takes place in ChemistryLand. It shows how men from a town take over a gas station and turn it into a bar. With time the bar turns more and more violent. Then things turn sour. An entrepreneur decides to take advantage of the situation and sets up companies that make useful products like polyesters and soaps. In the end ChemistryLand is threatened by a terrorist with a nuclear bomb.
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