Sunday, December 27, 2015

Heaven Come Down, by Ben H. Winters

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(SF) Teenage Pea has survived the deaths of everyone else on her colony, and now she's starting to hear the voice of God. (4,600 words; Time: 15m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"Heaven Come Down," by (edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey), appeared in The End Has Come (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The narration does a good job of establishing how Pea isn't quite balanced--as one would expect of someone who witnessed the mass suicide of her friends and relatives. We start the story wondering what this voice of God is--realizing that it led everyone else to their deaths. There's tension because we suspect it's connected to aliens that wanted people off the planet.

Con: The story gives us no real reason to expect that God will turn out to be descendants of the original crew who went to a different planet. The powers of these beings seem to be far, far beyond anything normal people could do, which makes it hard to believe they'd have any interest in Pea.

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