Friday, September 18, 2015

Evangelist, by Adam-Troy Castro

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, November 2015;   5,456 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story  Recommended By:   SFRevu:4

A man hits bottom and visits a soup kitchen run by aliens pitching their own religion.

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We liked the concept of aliens running a soup kitchen and preaching their own gospel. Tom's pain at all he's lost comes through strongly enough that we never think the tale is meant to be funny.

We don't buy the idea that repeated free meals would eventually shame most people into accepting the implant. The place would be packed--like a real soup kitchen in hard times. Also, it seems very unlikely that a man acquainted with hunger would deliberately throw up a free meal. At a minimum, the story hasn't prepared us for Tom feeling that strongly.

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