Julia M Sidorova's "Messenger" (short story, Christianity, free): Reimagining the Biblical lore of the relationship between God & Satan
Story summary.God is an alien invader from some other universe. His kind can sense that a far world is florishing with life, & then wants to take it over. Only he cannot do this directly; he can interact with only the most "powerful" creators of the target world; enslave them, & occupy through them.
Earth is inhabited with magical beings we aren't normally aware of; powerful beings of which Gabriel & Beelzebub are specimen. It's through them that God is trying to invade Earth.
Story is narrated by Gabriel. Eventually, he will have a plan to foil God.
- Murray Leinster's "Gateway to Elsewhere" (download): We share this Earth with the magical Djinns of middle eastern lore!
- Ian R MacLeod's "Second Journey of the Magnus" (download): Yet another "birth of the Christ" story, published a few months back by Subterranean Online; otherwise unrelated to current story.
Fact sheet.First published: Clarkesworld, #47 (August 2010).
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Related: Religious/Christian fiction.