Saturday, August 7, 2010

Julia M Sidorova's "Messenger" (short story, Christianity, free): Reimagining the Biblical lore of the relationship between God & Satan

Quote from short story Messenger by Julia M Sidorova
This slightly Lovecraftian tale will obviously make more sense to readers familiar with Christian lore. To me, Gabriel, Joshua (Jesus?), & Maria (Joshua's mother in this story) are just names without any cultural significance.

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.

See also.

  1. Murray Leinster's "Gateway to Elsewhere" (download): We share this Earth with the magical Djinns of middle eastern lore!
  2. 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).
Download full text from publisher's site.
Rating: B.
Related: Religious/Christian fiction.