Ken Liu. A Brief History of the Trans-Pacific Tunnel. (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2013)

Liu moots an alternate 20th century with gargantuan engineering undertaking that links the continents. Charlie, a Formosan, has spent most of his life either working on the tunnel build, or subsequently living in one of the city waystations under the tunnel. Liu subtly explores some of the politics necessary for the build to happen, and the sacrifices made (some necessary and chosen, others less so).

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