Letters From the Flesh

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Letters from the Flesh, the second book by new SF novelist Marcos Donnelly, sets a breathtaking pace, tackling far-reaching themes like evolution, fundamentalism, quantum realities, and the very core of human nature. The novel is a fictional collection of two sets of letters united by a single secret, but separated by two thousand years:

o the first-century epistles of a non-physical alien entrapped in the body of St. Paul the Apostle, ...

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Overview

Letters from the Flesh, the second book by new SF novelist Marcos Donnelly, sets a breathtaking pace, tackling far-reaching themes like evolution, fundamentalism, quantum realities, and the very core of human nature. The novel is a fictional collection of two sets of letters united by a single secret, but separated by two thousand years:

o the first-century epistles of a non-physical alien entrapped in the body of St. Paul the Apostle, accidentally triggering the birth of Christianity;

o the emails of microbiologist Dr. Lillian Oberland, a young college adjunct writing to her cousin Michael, a public school biology teacher facing the wrath of Creationist parents.

The letters reveal a relationship far deeper than passing coincidences-and signal that cousin Michael's unexpected conversion to fundamentalism might have interspecies consequences that cross the millennia.

Reviews

"A biting and highly entertaining intellectual delight."

-SF Weekly

"A compelling reading experience. . . . Those who can embrace Donnelly's inspired use of religious backdrop will find two genuinely personal stories that offer unexpected revelations."

-scifidimension.com

"An unexpected delight."

-Locus Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889953437
  • Publisher: Robert J Sawyer Books
  • Publication date: 4/30/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Donnelly first published short fiction in the early 1990s, appearing in such venues as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science fiction, Amazing Stories magazine, and Bantam's Full Spectrum anthologies. His first novel, Prophets for the End of Time, was published in 1999. Donnelly's work has been praised by the New York Review of Science fiction as "utterly gripping, very funny, and very clever"; noted by Asimov's Science fiction for its "wry wisdom, comic zip, and brio".

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About the Author:

Marcos Donnelly’s short ?ction has appeared in such venues as The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, and Bantam’s Full Spectrum anthologies. Donnelly’s work has been praised by the New York Review of Science Fiction as “utterly gripping, very funny, and very clever” and lauded by Booklist as “brilliant and controversial.” Donnelly works as a Spanish teacher in Upstate New York, where he lives with his wife Vikki and stepdaughters Tara and Elissa.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2004

    Brilliant

    This is the book weve been waiting for, but everybodys been too afraid to write. God meets Darwin. Simply put, brilliant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2004

    Make room on your shelf next to Morrow, Blish and Miller

    SF has always had a fascination with the tension between religion and science. The result has been some of the most intelligent, literary and enduring novels ever written in the genre. Donnelly has written such a novel in 'Letters from the Flesh'. Two seemingly separate but resonant plots move you through an examination of what it means to believe and what it takes to be a believer. But watch carefully, because Donnelly has as much to say about 'scientific belief' as he does religious belief. This author obviously understands and sympathizes with believers in both. But this novel is not a dry intellectual exercise. Donnelly's tightly written plot moves at an almost blistering pace, taking you from the crowded streets of ancient Damascus to a media-driven riot in modern America, delivering you to an unexpected resolution that is surprisingly tender. Sometimes outrageous, always brilliantly executed and well-written, this novel is well worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2004

    the best book ever !!!!

    I read the book and it was the best book i ever read not to mence I personly know Marcos Donnelly (Don Marcos) and talk to him about the book you will in joy the book.

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