Afterlife fiction (redundant, I know)

This isn’t exactly etiquette-related, but it seems like the kind of thing that might be interesting to people who visit here.

Even if there’s no afterlife, most of us have been brought up with some notion of one, typically more the “St. Peter at the Pearly Gates” vision of popular culture than any actual version from an actual religion.

And it can be fun to play around with that notion, as a couple of authors have done recently in these two short stories: “The Egg” by Andrew Weir (notable for its use of the rare 1st-person omniscient POV) and “The Damnation of Richard Gillman” by Greg Knauss (notable for its appropriation of the absurd yet widespread notion that everyone goes to heaven, if only they believe in some deity of some sort or another).

(link via Waxy, pic via Zazzle)

One response to this post.

  1. Both really cool stories, thanx for sharing.
    My favorite afterlife story is still Niven and Pournelle’s Inferno. Chilling to read, but still fascinating.


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