Friday, June 14, 2019

Said of Angels, by Eric Del Carlo

[Clarkesworld]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Space Opera) The Arch Hierophant of the Cooperation needs to handle the question of a dead prophet’s divinity, so he doesn’t need the distraction of dealing with an illegal civilization in a distant star system. (13,394 words; Time: 44m)


"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 153, published on .

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Review: 2019.333 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This story explores the decisions of the galaxy’s supreme religious authority as he weighs decisions that might lead to the start of a great civil war. It invests a lot of time in showing us what a wonder that civilization is and how much good it does, so we’ll understand just how much is at stake here.

The little poem at the end summarizes everything in a uniquely chilling way.

Con: This story is told almost entirely in dry narration, which makes it awfully dull, and most of it is infodumps that have little or no relevance to the plot.

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