“The Darwinist,” by Diaa Jubaili; translated by Alexander Hong.
Short Story, Strange Horizons November 2017.
Part of Strange Horizons‘s special issue celebrating SFF from the Arab League community and diaspora.
Very little commentary on this piece so far; I’ll just quote a bit from Charles Payseur’s review:
This is a rather weird story about belief and about longing and about corruption. (…)
The story sticks mostly to the “facts,” which is an interesting frame for a piece of speculative fiction. I think it enhances what happens, though, the impact of the ending, by building up a world that seems almost mundane, where the magic has been disproven, where the rejection of the ideals of communism and Darwinism have made room for a more religious fundamentalism that brings in tanks and the promise of war. (…)
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