ETA: SF Comet is now defunct, so the story’s no longer online there. Check out the story’s page for other reading opportunities.
In case you missed it, my short SF story A matter of mass, which won the international SF Comet contest this November, is now a free read on the SF Comet website.
In the story, protagonist 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.
You can read a first…