Ninety Thousand Horses single work   short story   science fiction  
Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 Ninety Thousand Horses
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'As the story opens, it is 1943 and Louise Clermont is working as a decoder at the secret base in Bletchley Park. She is visited by a man who must be very important to even know that she works there. She had delivered a lecture at Oxford in 1931 and had shown calculations that had shown that a rocket such as the one in the Fritz Lang film, Woman in the Moon could be built. She is shown pictures of rockets being built by the Germans at Peenemünde and tells her visitor that they must be destroyed at all costs. To convince him, she tells him a story of something she witnessed in 1899.'

Source: SFRevu ( (Sighted: 20/6/2014)


  • Steampunk note: The steampunk elements in this story are relatively minor. Nevertheless, the combination of the English turn-of-the-century setting and anachronistic technology gives it some resonance with the style.

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  • Appears in:
    y Analog vol. 132 no. 1/2 January 2012 7506723 2012 periodical issue 2012 pg. 98-114
    Note: Illustrated by Mark Evans.
  • Appears in:
    y Ghosts of Engines Past Sean McMullen , United States of America (USA) : ReAnimus Press , 2013 7506599 2013 selected work short story science fiction fantasy

    A collection of Sean McMullen's previously published stories.

    United States of America (USA) : ReAnimus Press , 2013
    pg. 219-246
Last amended 23 Jan 2017 15:45:14
  • c
    United Kingdom (UK),
    Western Europe, Europe,
  • 1943
  • 1899
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