Saturday, December 13, 2008

Noah’s Ark,” a new story by Narendra Desirazu

Thanks to the blog Biology in Science Fiction, I
just finished reading "Noah's Ark" (2008), a new short story by aspiring author Narendra Desirazu. The story recently won a prize in TheScian Science Fiction Short Story Contest 2008.

Biology in Science Fiction notes that “Noah’s Ark,” set in the 2060s and featuring NASA’s fourth Mars Lander, is a “tale of global warming and microbes from Mars with unusual properties. It's heavy on telling rather than showing, and doesn't have much action, but it centers on an interesting idea.”

Yet, "Noah's Ark" is more than a cautionary tale about global warming and a salute to scientists. It drills down to the core of mankind itself, concluding that "There was still no peace on Earth since humanity and peaceful existence were mutually incompatible." Perhaps this is the real meaning of the title of the story.

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