Enlightenment


Author: Douglas Smith
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Pages: 75
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458112996
Publication date: 13.10.2011
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He was the only one left to honour a dead race's last wish.
Aurora Award Finalist.

Think of human emotion as a geography, with peaks of pleasure and valleys of pain. Imagine a drug that flips the valleys and makes them peaks, too. You react now to an event based not on the pleasure or pain it brings, but solely on the intensity of the emotion created. Pain brings pleasure, grief gives joy, horror renders ecstasy. Now give this drug to a soldier. Tell them to kill. Not in the historically acceptable murder of war, but in a systematic corporate strategy--of xenocide. They will kill. And they will revel in it.

Welcome to the world of Scream.

Jarrod is a Scream-addicted soldier forced to take part in the destruction of entire races. But when his unit encounters the Be’nan, aliens who hold the secret to true enlightenment, no one is prepared for the result.

Note: includes an afterword by the author and excerpts from many of his other stories

REVIEWS

'…reaches far past the muddled mediocrity of swashbuckling tales forgotten before the page is turned to the next story. I enjoyed the alien anthropology and the details are tremendous…in this tale of tremendous sacrifice' —Alan Latimore, Tangent Online

'My favourite of the selection was 'Enlightenment' by Douglas Smith. A strange story indeed about Earth people engaged in strip-mining planets and relocating indigenous populations. ... The end is horrific in many respects but it's also thought-provoking.' —SF Crowsnest Reviews

'…[tells of] a spiritual undertaking by a member of a brutal planetary occupation force who 'goes native' in which Douglas Smith provides a riff on Ray Bradbury's famous rationale of space travel: for Man to find God in the cosmos. A science fictional depiction of the mistreatment of 'aliens' to subvertly criticize the atrocities of imperialist colonization.' —SF Site

'... unexpected twists and a superb ending; the story is as powerful as any in the [Chimerascope] collection (A++)' —Fantasy Book Critic

'Douglas Smith…succeeds in evoking an alien society with mythic/religious overtones in his moving tale ENLIGHTENMENT.' —New Hope International Review Online

'Another strong story, looking at humanity's treatment of indigenous people.' —Best SF

'...oppressed inhabitants of distant worlds making the ultimate sacrifice in order to bring mankind back to the realisation of what right and wrong truly mean.' —Whispers of Wickedness reviews

'Nicely judged depictions of alien customs…' —SF Site

'...was my favourite of the issue. ‘Enlightenment’ went exactly where I expected it to, but that was where I wanted it to go--I was there for the ride' 'Stories [were] great, particularly ‘Enlightenment.’ [I] was just engrossed in the whole thing...and applaud it thoroughly!' '…just blew me away…I was taken away by the lovely prose.' '...provoked some really interesting ideas…' '…mind-blowing…' —InterZone readers forum
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Douglas Smith is an award-winning Canadian author described by Library Journal as "one of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction." His fiction has been published in twenty-six languages and thirty-two countries. His work includes the urban fantasy novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, and the collections Chimerascope, Impossibilia, and La Danse des Esprits. His non-fiction guide for writers, Playing the Short Game: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction, is a must read for any short story writer.

Doug is a three-time winner of Canada's Aurora Award, and has been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, CBC's Bookies Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane. A short film based on Doug's story "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down" won several awards at film festivals around the world.

His website is www.smithwriter.com and he tweets at twitter.com/smithwritr

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