Sunday, December 3, 2017

A Third of the Stars of Heaven, by Cadwell Turnbull

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(SF) Henrietta has inoperable cancer, but she rejects the medical treatments the aliens are offering. (4,966 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"A Third of the Stars of Heaven," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 91, published on .

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Pro: Henrietta does what she thinks she needs to do to save her soul. It’s not entirely clear that she’s correct, but it’s not clear she’s wrong either.

Con: The ending, contrasting her mother’s peaceful end with the horrible deaths of Henrietta’s husband father and son, makes Henrietta’s choice look really bad. Connecting that to her trust in God makes the ending feel off somehow.

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