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The Lucky Strike by Kim Stanley Robinson
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Feb 15, 2012

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Every three years or so I rediscover the genre of short stories and find myself amazed by what an impact they can make in such a short amount of time.

I've had The Lucky Strike lying around for a few years and happened to stumble across it again after reading an article on io9 about alternative histories. The story deals with the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and how history might be just a little be different had the Enola Gay and its crew crashed on a test flight before her bombing run.

The story is by no means my favorite piece of literature by Kim Stanley Robinson, but I think he does a pretty good job of depicting a realistic alternate history while at the same time bringing up still very real questions about whether the bombing of an actual city at the end of World War II was necessary. It's an important question to at least consider given the ongoing development of nuclear weapons in an increasing amount of countries.

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