Mary Doria Russell mentioned on her blog that a 20th anniversary edition of her novel The Sparrow is planned. That novel, together with its sequel Children of God, are ones that I have mentioned here before on more than one occasion (including a podcast as well as movie plans that, for better or worse, seem to have come to naught). There are other science fiction novels that explore theological themes in fascinating ways, but when it comes to realistic characters that I found thoroughly engaging and not at all stereotypes, and a plot which tackles theodicy as well as cross-cultural misunderstanding as part of its first contact scenario, there really isn’t another novel in the running. I highly recommend them.
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