Thursday, December 27, 2012

Review of "The Miracle on Tau Prime" by Alex Shvartsman

"The Miracle on Tau Prime" by Alex Shvartsman was posted in Daily Science Fiction on December 27, 2012.  "A pair of Roman Catholic priests are sent to Tau Prime to confirm a miracle when an insectoid alien begins writing holy scripture that it could not possibly know."

Mr. Shvartsman touches on some thought-provoking material in his short story.  Assuming that sentient aliens exist, were they created by the One God?  Do they have souls?  Can they be saved?  Assuming that the answers to all of the above are in the affirmative, what are the implications for humans?  Are there other holy scriptures?  And finally, if the evidence that the One God was just as involved with the creation of sentient aliens as He was with humans was put before the leaders of human religion, what would they do with it?  Embrace it?  Deny it?

I am going to remember this story for a long time--something I rarely say in a review.  7 out of 7 rocket-dragons.

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