THE GOD ENGINES by John Scalzi, illustrated by Vincent Chong. Burton, MI; Subterranean Press; 2009. 1st edition, 2nd printing.
Length: 136 pages.
Captain Ean Tephe is a man of faith, whose allegiance to his lord and to his ship is uncontested. The Bishopry Militant knows this -- and so, when it needs a ship and crew to undertake a secret, sacred mission to a hidden land, Tephe is the captain to whom the task is given.
Tephe knows from that the start that his mission will be a test of his skill as a leader of men and as a devout follower of his god. It’s what he doesn’t know that matters: to what ends his faith and his ship will ultimately be put -- and that the tests he will face will come not only from his god and the Bishopry Militant, but from another, more malevolent source entirely...
Author John Scalzi has ascended to the top ranks of modern science fiction with the best-selling, Hugo-nominated novels Old Man’s War and Zoe’s Tale. Now he tries his hand at fantasy, with a dark and different novella that takes your expectations of what fantasy is and does, and sends them tumbling.
Say your prayers... and behold The God Engines.
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly:
“If J. G. Ballard and H. P. Lovecraft had ever collaborated on a space opera, the results might have been like this: ferociously inventive, painfully vivid, dispassionately bleak and dreadfully memorable.”
“[Scalzi's] writing has never been crisper, and his ideas carry a freshness and energy most other fantasy authors will envy.”
From Fantasy Literature:
“[The novella] leaves an indelible impression on the reader. It is a hauntingly powerful and provocative tale that will have John Scalzi fans, fantasy lovers, and newcomers alike talking about The God Engines.”
From the Sacramento Book Review:
“Scalzi somehow manages in a mere 136 pages to create believable, like-able characters who exist in a world that, while fantastic...is both wonderful and convincing.”
From SF Reviews.net
“In its surprising final third, when assumptions are overturned, beliefs are challenged, and our heroes’ sense of what’s right and wrong in the universe is thrown into chaos, The God Engines shifts into high and redlines right across the finish. The climax is as visceral as anything Scalzi’s ever done.”
Fine in fine dj.