Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Ocean That Fades Into Sky, by Kathleen Kayembe

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Future Fantasy) Human terraforming has killed off some of the planet’s original gods and diminished or changed the rest. A few of the survivors are plotting a divine revolution, but they may be betrayed at any moment. (12,248 words; Time: 40m)

"The Ocean That Fades Into Sky," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 108, published on .

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Review: 2019.305 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The best feature of this story is the tension of wondering if and when Obsequies will betray Coasts.

“Obsequies” means “funeral rites,” which is a very appropriate name.

Con: It’s hard to get into this story since success for Coasts clearly means death for all the humans on the planet. The underlying message, which seems to be that people should never colonize other planets, is pretty unappealing too. The idea of equating humanity occupying a previously lifeless planet with racism and homophobia leaves me cold.

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