What was that short story?
April 27, 2012 10:14 AM   Subscribe

Some time ago, likely in the 90s, I read a less than novel length sci-fi story, about a man whose job was cleaning up high-energy physics projects after the fall of third world dictators. The main plot point was a black hole being used to generate electricity through the penrose process. It was likely in analog magazine. Does anyone remember this, or similar stories?
posted by bzbb to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (5 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
The Clockwork Atom Bomb

A recording of the story. The recording is originally from Escape Pod, but it sounds like the first link gets to the story sooner.

A PDF of the story
posted by danielparks at 10:32 AM on April 27, 2012 [7 favorites]

I popped in to say that I had recently heard this one one of the podcasts I listen to. Turns out it was The Clockwork Atom Bomb on Starship Sofa, but as danielparks said, searching to find it revealed that it was on Escape Pod earlier.
posted by straw at 10:56 AM on April 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

Popped in to say I heard it on StarshipSofa, so thirding daniel and straw. Good story.
posted by Artw at 11:10 AM on April 27, 2012

Some aspects of this were in David Brin's Earth, though it doesn't sound like the exact plot you describe (and was certainly novel length).
posted by advil at 12:02 PM on April 27, 2012

That was good. Thank you.
posted by aeschenkarnos at 4:06 AM on April 28, 2012

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