A matter of mass

short SF story

Father Zio is to be replaced. His Bishop has come to Outpost Psi, in the remote outskirts of the galaxy, and brought his replacement: a paracreational shepherd in the terminology of the Mother Church. But Father Zio will be… well, damned before he leaves his flock to the pre-programmed care of a robot. 

Publication history

  • First published in Chinese translation in the SF Comet Contest (winner) as 事关弥撒 (December 10th, 2014)
  • Reprinted in Sci Phi Journal (February 27th, 2017)
  • Reprinted in Teleport Short Story Contest (Honorable Mention) (October 31st, 2018)
  • Reprinted in Polish translation in Grupa Wydawnicza Alpaka (December 14th, 2018)