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Scream Angel
     

Scream Angel

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by Douglas Smith
 

AURORA AWARD WINNER

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 that it brings, but solely on the intensity of the emotion created. Pain brings pleasure, grief gives joy, horror

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Scream Angel (an award-winning novelette) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
KristenePerron More than 1 year ago
I have to confess here that I am biased. I LOVE short stories, particularly speculative fiction short stories. The short story is a very difficult form to master, and probably the reason it has traditionally been used as a proving ground for fiction writers. Smith has mastered it. Scream Angel is about Jason Trelayne, a former soldier who was forcibly addicted to a drug (scream) that enabled him, and his fellow soldiers, to carry out systematic xenocide. Now, hiding on the fringes of civilization, Trelayne runs a circus populated by orphans from the same races and societies he once helped destroy or enslave. He is a haunted man, crippled by his addiction and his past. But, when he’s discovered and his circus family is threatened, Trelayne has to face who he was, who he is, and who he wants to be. I finished this story with a giant case of writer’s envy. In a short space, Smith lays out layers of love and redemption, and forces the reader to examine how one man can be both good and evil. There are a lot of characters and scene/time jumps within this story, something that could have been a problem in less-skilled hands, but Smith handles it beautifully. I am eager to read more of his work!