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Missile Gap

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Missile Gap

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Author: Charles Stross
Publisher: Ace Books, 2009
Orbit, 2009
Subterranean Press, 2007
Subterranean Magazine / Online, 2007
Science Fiction Book Club, 2005

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Book Type: Novella
Genre: Science-Fiction / Horror
Sub-Genre Tags: Alternate History (SF)
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Locus Award-winning Novella

It's 1976 again. ABBA are on the charts, the Cold War is in full swing -- and the Earth is flat. It's been flat ever since the eve of the Cuban war of 1962; and the constellations overhead are all wrong. Beyond the Boreal ocean, strange new continents loom above tropical seas, offering a new start to colonists like newlyweds Maddy and Bob, and the hope of further glory to explorers like ex-cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin: but nobody knows why they exist, and outside the circle of exploration the universe is inexplicably warped. Gregor, in Washington DC, knows but isn't talking. Colonel-General Gagarin, on a years-long mission to go where New Soviet Man has not gone before, is going to find out. And on the edge of an ancient desert, beneath the aged stars of another galaxy, Maddy is about to come face-to-face with humanity's worst fear...

This story originally appeared in the anthology One Million A.D. edited by Gardner Dozois, was reprinted in a special edition by Subterranean Press and then featured in Subterranean Online magazine, and was later collected in Wireless.

Read this story for free at Subterranean Online.


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