Missile Gap

Missile Gap

Illustration By J. K. Potter

Dust jacket and interior illustrations by J.K. Potter

Subterranean Press is proud to announce a stunning novella by Charles Stross, with a cover and interior illustrations by J.K. Potter!

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 newly-weds 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…

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies
Lettered: 26 signed copies housed in a custom traycase

From Booklist:
"With the dazzling success of his last two novels, including the Hugo-nominated Accelerando (2005), Stross is rapidly establishing himself as one of the preeminent masters of hard sf. Here he takes a breather from weightier fare with a bizarre, nevertheless brilliant alternate-history novella featuring a protracted U.S.-Soviet cold war...Once again, Stross sets the bar high for his colleagues, should they be feeling competitive, in this mind-bending, intriguing yarn."

From Publishers Weekly
"The result is a blend of 1900s H.G. Wells and 1970s propaganda, updated for the 21st century in the clear, chilly and fashionably cynical style that lets Stross get away with premises that would be absurdly cheesy in anyone else's hands."

From Green Man Review
"There are some pretty creepy moments here including one that remminded me of the Cthulhu mythos. Or possibly the Pod People. Really. Truly. And the ending was a proper surprise, as I wasn't sure how Stross would wrap it up. Indeed that's the gold standard for good storytelling for me -- interesting characters in a plausible setting (no matter how farfetched it seems at first glance) with an ending that I wasn't expecting. Bravo Stross!"

J. K. Potter
Charles Stross
104 pages
United States
Out of Print