Books and Writing

Tag: science fiction

A Peculiar Charge of Energy

What is fantasy, exactly? How is it different from other kinds of fiction? Where does it come from? Much better writers than myself have explored these questions over the decades, but they are still fascinating to pursue.

In a sense, all story-telling derives from the human urge to understand the world around us, and most importantly, our place within it. To understand ourselves and the human condition.
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The Sparrow – Mary Doria Russell

I hunted this up and read it based on a friend’s recommendation. He said it was probably the best “First Contact” story ever written.

It’s certainly a disturbing and thought-provoking account of first contact with an alien species, though the core of the story is one man’s relationship with God, and a head-on confrontation with the “Problem of Evil”.
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