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A relative told me about a book they read when they were young; about from 1980 through to 1995.

People live in a dome on Earth (must be after some apocalyptic event) and they think they are the only survivors. They are unable to venture outside, so cannot see what the world is like.

A man commits a crime, and is given the ultimate penalty: he is shot out of the dome high into the atmosphere, to die.

At the end of the story, the man looks down at the Earth as he is shot out and sees similar domes all over the countryside... then dies.

Any ideas what this story could be? My relative is almost certain it is a book, but it could possibly be a long short story or novella.

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    "A long short story" I wonder if that makes it a medium story. – Möoz Mar 18 '16 at 9:15
  • Novella, maybe? – FuzzyBoots Mar 18 '16 at 12:44
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    I have read this and believe it was a book. I rather liked it at the time I think. Published over 30 years ago so before about 1985. The rebellious were exiled by catapult. The domes or perhaps walled cities were I think on top of towers above a (perhaps previously toxic) cloud layer and no one had seen the surface in generations. – KalleMP Apr 19 '16 at 20:44
  • a similar story is WOOL a YA series, but its silos rather than domes. – GwenKillerby Jun 30 '17 at 3:15
  • @GwenKillerby Don't know that I'd consider WOOL a YA, but there are some similarities between the "cleanings" and ejection into the environment -- if the OP read only one of the stories that made up the first novel, this might be all s/he got. You might want to make that an answer and let folks vote on it. – Zeiss Ikon Jul 5 '17 at 13:36

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