Monday, April 7, 2008

Mini review: "Hell is the Absence of God" by Ted Chiang

"Hell is the Absence of God" by Ted Chiang won a Hugo Award and a Nebula Award. It's a story about the relationship between man and God, and the events that influence this relationship. In an alternate world where miracles and the appearances of angels can be seen constantly, Neil Fisk must reconsider his relationship with God after losing his wife after the appearance of an angel. Like the other short story I read, "Hell is the Absence of God" dwells on another classical theme, the love of God, and like in that one Ted Chiang manages to make you reconsider and rethink your opinions about this themes. A very interesting read.

" God is not just, God is not kind, God is not merciful, and understanding that is essential to true devotion."


Harry Markov said...

I loved that quote and it sums it up pretty well for Christianity, otherwise the whole balance/order thingy won't be doing that much of a job. Yup!

Mihai A. said...

Yes it says a lot.