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Grace Immaculate: A Tor.Com Original by [Benford, Gregory]
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Grace Immaculate: A Tor.Com Original Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 207 KB
  • Print Length: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (19 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KJJ4EO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,401 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I liked the ideas of religion and our interactions with an alien race that was emerging. Strikes a few cords of what could happen if this happened but story just too short, just as feels is getting started is over. Some really short stories work, this does not. It's not badly written and can see talent in the author so gets 3 stars. Plus I got it free, so worth a try and make up own mind. If paid for it may have been 2 stars but i try and review product as a whole.
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This is the type of short story I would have been proud to write. It is clever, intelligent and well written. Good book if you like short stories.
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Utter rubbish - Benford is a closet religious nutter, what a shame
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1.0 out of 5 stars The first time Greg Benford has disappointed me 19 Oct. 2011
By Carol R. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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I love science fiction - and I am a long time reader of Greg Benford's work. So when I saw that he had a Kindle freebie offering as a pre-order, I jumped on it, even with the complete lack of information provided about it. Looking back, that should have been my first clue that something was not quite right.

This is not a book, novelette, or even a story - this is about 5 pages of a story outline or the prologue to something. There is no depth or character development at all, and the ending is extremely abrupt which leads me to believe that this is a teaser for a future novel. I don't object to authors offering something like this, but they should be honest about it and not mislead their readers by pretending this is a stand alone offering. And if this is not a teaser/prologue - it is a very poor offering by Benford, and not at all expected from an author of his caliber.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip This One 3 Jan. 2012
By Michael Gallagher - Published on Amazon.com
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This is about a 5 or so minute read - of the Kindle contents, about half of it is short story and the rest of it is a listing of the author's many books. I really felt like I was reading the outline of a longer book vs. a real story, as there wasn't much space devoted to specific people or "stuff." It was just there. I picked this up for free during a Kindle promotion, and glad I didn't pay any money for it. If they ever do start charging for it, I would give this one a wide pass.
2.0 out of 5 stars Should had been a longer piece of work. 22 Nov. 2015
By Melnik - Published on Amazon.com
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To all who look to the stars, the biggest hope is one day make contact with extraterrestrial life. Grace Immaculate tells that story, but focusing on a subject that most first contact stories don't focus on - how religion deals with such things.

SETI has finally received transmissions from space. To help communications between the two species, groups across the planet rush to build beacons. With improved communications, the aliens - the Hydrans - start to develop an interest in human religion. An interest that might be their undoing.

The plot of the story is a great idea, however, it was executed badly. At ten pages, we get a condensed telling of the interactions between humanity and the Hydrans. We aren't shown how humanity reacts to all this, we're told. Plus, while we do get mentions of Buddhists and Muslims building beacons, it focus predominately on Christianity. I would prefer the author had focus on a myriad number of religions and their interactions instead of just one.

The story should had been a novella or a novel. Feels like a prologue to bigger work, especially with the ending hinting at more to come. Really, the best thing about it, besides the idea itself, is the short page count and it being free.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not very original 5 Jun. 2012
By Athene Five - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Benford's novels, so when this was available as a Kindle free download, I was happy to grab it thinking that it would be a real treat. It's actually rather disappointing, a 5-page sketch that takes a minute to read and appears to be a satire. It's not at all a showcase for his writing and it's very derivative - The Star, 2001 and other stories about humanity's encounter with God... Perhaps Benford is sharing a peak at a developing novel, in which case he should reconsider. Benford is a marvelous writer, but satire, if that is what this is, is not his strong suit. Thanks, anyway, Greg!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just a very short story... 28 Oct. 2011
By Vincent Tabone - Published on Amazon.com
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in the tradition of Arthur C Clarke's "The Star". Worth the zero dollars and two minutes to read. Then, go find The Star if you've never read it.
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