This story might have been in Omni. Our hero learns that the concept of space travel has been erased from human memory by an alien virus - almost everyone just can't understand the concept even if it's explained.

The main character is apparently only somewhat affected - he can understand the idea when someone else explains it, but doesn't remember satellites or the moon landing.

There's a reference to a UN speech by an south Asian diplomat who bemoaned the deaths in his nation due to bad weather that was not predicted due to lack of satellites - his speech was viewed by the world-at-large as a symptom of a mental breakdown.

The story ends, if I recall correctly, with the situation unresolved - it's clear the aliens will be doing something against humanity in the future, but not clear what people will be able to do in response.


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