- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,401 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Grace Immaculate: A Tor.Com Original Kindle Edition
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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.
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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