Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Still You Linger, Like Soot in the Air, by Matthew Kressel


(Far-Future SF) Gil teaches students how to communicate with the Numens, vast, star-spanning alien intelligences indistinguishable from gods. (5,664 words; Time: 18m)

"Still You Linger, Like Soot in the Air," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 123, published on .

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Review: 2020.410 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Gil is a holy man who’s found that his service to his god is a painful burden, not a blessing. He cannot escape, and he cannot even warn Tim to flee.

The story does a good job of making it clear how much Gil loved Demi, and how much he still mourns his loss.

Con: There’s no actual plot to the story. Gil starts and ends exactly where he was, no wiser for the experience.

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