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The Speed of Belief

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The Speed of Belief

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Author: Robert Reed
Publisher: Lightspeed Magazine, 2019
Asimov's Science Fiction, 2017
Series: The Great Ship Universe

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Book Type: Novella
Genre: Science-Fiction
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An alien world is inhabited living, highly-intelligent rivers. Those rivers have made a deal with the Great Ship: Send them a mortal human as a sacrifice, and humanity will be given planets and moons as gifts. But who would willingly volunteer for such a duty? A stubborn man named Amund, it turns out. And before it is over, this ordinary mortal holds the lives of billions in his grasp.

This novella originally appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, January-February 2017, and was reprinted in Lightspeed, Issue 107, April 2019. It can also be found in the anthology The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 3 (2018), edited by Neil Clarke.


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