The Venus Belt by L. Neil Smith
Approx. 69,100 words.
Published on October 24, 2009 by
More than 150,000 women have been kidnapped without a trace or any ransom demand in the "normal" world run by the Federalists and the bureaucracy. But that is not the only problem, because the freedom-loving population in the "alternate" reality of the North American Confederacy are facing their own crises.