Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Emissaries from the Skirts of Heaven, by Gregor Hartmann

★★★☆☆ Average

(Religious SF) A theocracy called the Diversity rules most of human space, but it’s threatened by a schism, and a Sister raised up from poverty may hold the key to finding peace. (7,360 words; Time: 24m)

"Emissaries from the Skirts of Heaven," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 09-10|18, published on by .

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Review: 2018.486 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It covers a lifetime, but the overarching plot is really about Grace’s attempt to make a difference to humanity. Her insistence on standing by her principles ends up getting her exiled, and yet even in the twilight of her life, she’s still trying to make a difference, both in her writing and in the child she’s trying to rescue.

Con: It’s hard to root for someone to make a theocracy better rather than to destroy it.

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