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Author Harry Turtledove
First Appearance Analog Magazine
Collected Earthgrip
Publication date September, 1987
Preceded by None
Followed by "Nothing in the Nighttime"

"6+" is a science fiction short story written by Harry Turtledove. It was originally published in Analog Magazine in September, 1987, and later incorporated into Earthgrip as the section entitled "The G'Bur".

The story is of the first trading mission to an alien planet by Jennifer Logan, a literary expert who specializes in science fiction of the twentieth century. Logan is inspired to resolve a conflict between warring primitive tribes of G'Bur by the Robert A. Heinlein novella "The Man Who Sold The Moon".


The title "6+" is the name a fictional brand of soft drink in the Heinlein novella which is discussed by the characters; Turtledove later used a similar reference as a throwaway gag in The Disunited States of America.

Note on the Illustration[]

The cover art of the Analog issue here pictured depicts a caricature of Turtledove but illustrates a different story.