Misbegotten (the Runaway Nun) by Caesar Voghan is an off-the-wall little episodic novelette set on an Earth ruined by asteroid impacts, roamed by armed attack-monks and Jean D’Arc cyborgs. A perfect fit for this Loathsome Summer.
So, like, there’s Hitler in his deathbed and Father Micon, a black priest is giving him his last Communion…
It is pretty much the way I think Voghan pitched the book to himself when he started writing it. And it goes a long way toward establishing the world of Misbegotten, a post-apocalyptic dystopic Amerikania, ruled by the Iron Fist of the Rodeo Pope, enforced by armies of sword-wielding monks, held together by faith, blood and good old steel.
“It was the wrong kind of field trip”
Misbegotten was kind of a blind purchase to me and (like most of them) didn’t really let me down. It’s a pretty wonky story that’s very much reminiscent of Stephenson’s Snow Crash, except with a lot more socio-religious critique than sniping at consumerist culture. It’s the right amount of wacky and properly grim and, to be honest, the aircraft-carrier-turned-monastery imagery of the Domus Mariae and the attack monks really stuck with me.
I am not a fan of episodically published stories, myself, but if Mister Voghan keeps Misbegotten at the same wonky pace he’s started off with, then he’s got my vote. And my money.
- Word Count: 17,000 words
- You can get it on Amazon, here
- And you can check out its FB page and perhaps give it a like.
- I’d buy an Action Jesuit figure, soon as they became available, personally.
Konstantine Paradias is a Greek science fiction and fantasy writer. He has a blog, called Shapescapes (shapescapes). There, you can find comic book and movie reviews, a collection of his short stories as well as lots of other (slightly unrelated) articles to while away the time. When he was a kid, he wanted to be a super-villain because he like, didn’t need your laws, man. He got over it when he got older.
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