Published: 2013 in Rayguns Over Texas
Genre: science fiction
Length: about 23 pages (hard to tell on my Kindle)
Setting: outer space following a singularity, near future
Interest: I was given a copy of the short story collection following a review of another story in the book (Jump the Black by Marshall Ryan Maresca). I’ve decided to alternate reviewing stories from this book with stories from the Campbellian anthology. This collection is composed of Texan writers.
Summary: Earth has been invaded by a cybernetic cloud mind which killed the majority of humanity. Rastafarians became the dominant culture and have started using the faster-than-light traveling capabilities of the invader, called Babylon, to explore the universe looking for habitable planets. On the current mission, the explorers find a moon where it shouldn’t be, which implies someone moved it. Babylon wants the humans to go investigate the moon and make contact with the alien.
Final thoughts: An odd story, but I loved the Rastafarian culture in the space travel. I don’t think I’ve ever read a story about Rastafarians in space. There are lots of post-apocalyptic stories, so it’s always nice when there’s a new twist to the story. It wasn’t just a twist, either, since the culture was integral to the story. I was a bit disappointed with the ending. There’s a big battle between the aliens, and the humans just set up a colony on the moon. I didn’t resolve to my satisfaction.
Title comes from: Babylon was the name given to the alien force that manifested as a cloud that humans could use to travel to various interstellar locations. The moon was where Babylon fought another alien force.
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