Talk:A Colder War

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Bruce Sterling, "The Unthinkable"[edit]

Stross's "A Colder War" revisits a theme that Bruce Sterling used in "The Unthinkable": Cthulhu Mythos entities as Cold War weapons. Shoggoths in particular form a metaphor for nuclear weapons, a weapon too "unthinkable" for a sane person to want to use, or too readily out of control. In Sterling's 1991 story, the horror is in the notion that if the US and USSR had had Cthulhu-tech, they would have brought such demonic weapons to the same readiness, and the same brink of disaster, that they actually did with atom bombs. In Stross's story, it is the transformation from the tense but survivable Cold War standoff to the irrational politics of the '90s Middle East that triggers disaster. --FOo (talk) 06:29, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

A bit long?[edit]

Isn't the plot summary a bit long here? -- (talk) 11:48, 20 January 2009 (UTC)

Yes, Far too long and detailed. We do not want chapter-specific summaries. I am going to drastically edit and abridge it. YLee (talk) 20:49, 7 August 2009 (UTC)


If anyone wants to add some more referencing, is a good starting point and what I used for my past couple of edits. --Gwern (contribs) 11:42 25 August 2010 (GMT)

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