Letters from the Flesh, the second book by new SF novelist Marcos Donnelly, sets a breathtaking pace, tackling far-reaching themes like evolution, fundamentalism, quantum realities, and the very core
Letters from the Flesh, the second book by new SF novelist Marcos Donnelly, sets a breathtaking pace, tackling far-reaching themes like evolution, fundamentalism, quantum realities, and the very core of human nature. The novel is a fictional collection of two sets of letters united by a single secret, but separated by two thousand years:
- the first-century epistles of a non-physical alien entrapped in the body of St. Paul the Apostle, accidentally triggering the birth of Christianity;
- the emails of microbiologist Dr. Lillian Oberland, a young college adjunct writing to her cousin Michael, a public school biology teacher facing the wrath of Creationist parents.
The letters reveal a relationship far deeper than passing coincidences-and signal that cousin Michael's unexpected conversion to fundamentalism might have interspecies consequences that cross the millennia.
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"A biting and highly entertaining intellectual delight."
"A compelling reading experience. . . . Those who can embrace Donnelly's inspired use of religious backdrop will find two genuinely personal stories that offer unexpected revelations."
"An unexpected delight."
Donnelly first published short fiction in the early 1990s, appearing in such venues as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science fiction, Amazing Stories magazine, and Bantam's Full Spectrum anthologies. His first novel, Prophets for the End of Time, was published in 1999. Donnelly's work has been praised by the New York Review of Science fiction as "utterly gripping, very funny, and very clever"; noted by Asimov's Science fiction for its "wry wisdom, comic zip, and brio".
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