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Short story of a dome (or at least a barrier) that appeared over a city overnight – it may have been New York or Manhattan. There was not any explanation or claim of responsibility. An engineer could hear a B-flat tone that it produced and that was a clue to solving it. The dome/barrier was actually a test, as the perpatrators were evaluating it as for a more large scale use/attack. I read this between 1975 and 1990 in an anthology.

The story isThe Boxby James Blish (famous in Star Trek circles). Originally published in 1949 and republished several times, including in The Best of James Blish and Beyond Control 1972/74. It was even made into a teleplay on the show The Secret Files of Captain Video, broadcast Sept. 5, 1953. The episode had Werner Klemperer (Col. Klink of Hogans Heros).

A desperate race against death as a scientist & associate, rush to save a suffocating city entombed within a mysterious encapsulating covering.

It was in the1952 Omnibus of Science Fictionby Groff Conklin. I remember that story vividly, as well as a few others from that book.

Here it is for salein the edition I remember reading (printed in 84).

by James Blish (famous in Star Trek circles). Originally published in 1949 and republished several times, including in The Best of James Blish and Beyond Control 1972/74. It was even made into a teleplay on the show The Secret Files of Captain Video, broadcast Sept. 5, 1953. The episode had Werner Klemperer (Col. Klink of Hogans Heros). I wonder if Stephen King borrowed the idea for his book.

Here is a description: A desperate race against death as a scientist & associate, rush to save a suffocating city entombed within a mysterious encapsulating covering. You can read it

I feel like a story like this was discussed in the Incomparable podcast but I cant find the reference anymore… I did some searching and all I could find was All Flesh Is Grass (1965) by Simak… OK the book I was thinking about was Spin from Wilson, so definitely not what youre looking for… Hope this helps…

Hello and welcome to SFFSE! Could you give some description of the story you have provided to help the OP make a determination of whether this is the story they are searching for?

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