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"Getting Real"  
Asimovs Mar2009
Author Harry Turtledove
First Appearance Asimov's Science Fiction
Reprinted No
Collected No
Genre(s) Science Fiction
Publication date March, 2009

"Getting Real" is a science fiction short story written by Harry Turtledove and published in the March, 2009 edition of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.

It takes place in a dystrophic Los Angeles in 2117 where the United States is no longer a world power but an "economic basket case" ever since China refused to renew its loans to the government a century earlier. Concurrently, a new technology called "Real" proves to be as addictive as any number of controlled substances, much tot he detriment of the U.S. When a war breaks out, it proves disastrous for the U.S., in a broad parallel to the Opium Wars of the early 19th century.