Friday, July 15, 2016

The Eye of Job, by Dan Reade

(SF) A military psychologist has an unhealthy obsession with a giant alien artifact that has destroyed the city of Omaha. (7,194 words)

Rating: 3, Unremarkable

"The Eye of Job," by appeared in the July-August 2016 issue of Interzone Magazine (Issue 265), published by

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: Narration is polished, dialogue is natural, and the plot follows the narrator's obsession with the Eye all the way to its logical conclusion. The fact that his delivery of human artifacts got a response from the Eye--which had ignored all previous provocations--offers some hope that his final journey wasn't just suicide.

Con: One would expect that the Eye accumulated lots and lots of human artifacts when it devoured the city in the first place. Why should the narrator's contribution make any difference? And if it had the power to read and understand pictures and letters, why didn't it just communicate with people using words?

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