"Bellos" is the name given by the space cadets of the GapSpace facility to the hypothetical object, a large rock, that might have hit a stepwise Earth and wiped out the entire planet, thus creating the Gap.[1]

The High Meggas

In the universe of The High Meggas, the object that destroyed the Gap was given the name "the Fist" by Larry Linsay. It was a nickel-iron asteroid that hit 10 or 15 thousand years ago.

The Earths surrounding the Gap were also hit by the Fist, albeit with less destructive results: craters, continental drift, colder climate, thin air, a wobbling planet.[2]


  1. The Long War - Chapter 31
  2. A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction - The High Meggas
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