Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Last Gods, by Sam J. Miller

★★★★☆ Recommended

(Climate Change) On the edge of the ruined land, village people worship Orcas as gods. Unbeliever Kelb is up to something, and Adze tries to help him because she loves him. (6,200 words; Time: 20m)

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Pro: Miller makes his miserable future world very real. He does a good job of putting us into the mind of his handicapped heroine as well. The plot is complete, if twisted. She sets out to help Kelb, but she ends up deciding to kill him. He sets out to destroy people's faith in the gods, but the only faith he shatters is hers.

That's why she kills him. Not because he stole so much food that people would starve. Not because he originally planned to sell her into slavery. But because those pictures destroyed her faith.

Con: It's a victory of ignorance over knowledge, and that's hard to applaud.

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