I am trying to find a novella (and its follow up short story) that were published in "Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine" on the order of 20 years ago (+/- 5 years).

Premise: for reasons unknown, in contemporary times all the stars in the universe have gone out. The novella covers the whole thing, from the discovery past the end of the universe (it's complicated). The short story was more focused, was set before Earth's atmosphere had condensed to liquid. It made fun of CNN journalist Wolf Blitzer's name. Also, the Russians bombed their own rioting people in Moscow, and back in the US, there were neighbors mobbing the protagonists towards the end.

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    Were they going out without any fuss? – Mr Lister Mar 20 at 15:30
  • @MrLister the novella wouldn't have "covered the whole thing". – LSerni Mar 20 at 15:44
  • longshot, maybe wrong period, doesn't look like it was in IASFM, but: Last Contact by Stephen Baxter? – Ross Presser Mar 20 at 16:44
  • @MrLister the rest of it doesn't sound anything like that story – moopet Mar 20 at 18:11
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    There is an Arthur C. Clarke short story "The Nine Billion Names of God" (1953) which is quite famous, but was first published decades before the indicated period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nine_Billion_Names_of_God – M. A. Golding Mar 21 at 15:45

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