Sunday, June 24, 2018

Render Unto Caesar, by Eduardo Vaquerizo

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Near-Future Horror) Resentful of the punishment the Church has sentenced him to, Father Augustine plans to reveal one of its dark secrets. (5,002 words; Time: 16m)

"Render Unto Caesar," by (translated by Rich Larson, edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 07-08|18, published on by .

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Pro: The dialogue is natural and the narration is transparent, which speaks to an unusually excellent translation.

Con: Too many things break suspension of disbelief. Giving a man a uterus and forcing him to have a baby as a punishment is just bizarre. If nothing else, the drugs needed to make it work would likely harm the infant. Second, the reporter doesn’t talk like a reporter, and if he wanted to kill the story, he wouldn’t have showed up in person. Third, if the church wanted kids to brainwash, why not just run an orphanage?

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