Book One Of The Messiah Trilogy
by Tom Flynn
In 2344, Terra is the most backward planet ever granted membership in the Galactic Confetory. It has two exports: the consumingly immersive medium called “senso” … and Earth religions, which jaded Galactics just can’t get enough of.
From the planet Vatican, Roman Catholicism teaches that God sends his Son to world after world. The Church levies vast fees to reveal which of each world’s historical religious figures (if any) truly Incarnated the Cosmic Christ.
Then a famed mathematician calculates where God will send his son next … a ruined planet where most offworlders are forbidden.
A lascivious Cardinal … a bumbling Mormon trideevangelist … a vengeful planetary mining magnate … everyone wants a piece of the newest Christ. Never mind that the man himself is a conscious fraud who can’t control his closest followers.
This tour de farce builds a complex future world, confronts classic issues of faith and “infotainment,” and spews mind-numbingly horrendous puns. A must-read satire!
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Tom Flynn is a secular humanist activist, author of the 1993 polemic The Trouble with Christmas, and the longtime editor of Free Inquiry magazine. He founded the newsletter Secular Humanist Bulletin and edited the 2007 reference work The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief. He is the author of three science-fiction novels: Messiah Games, Nothing Sacred, and Behold, He Said. Though some reviewers assume he’s an angry ex-Mormon, Flynn insists that no, he’s an angry ex-Catholic; everything he knows about the Mormon phenomenon he learned from books.
Flynn lives in the Buffalo, New York, area with his wife Susan (which explains a lot about the name that keeps showing up in the dedications of his works).