“That Leviathan Whom Thou Hast Made.” A short, LDS sci-fi by Eric James Stone.
Finished this back in August. I picked up this story primarily because I wanted to see how a Mormon author handled LDS characterizations and portrayals in a way that successfully resonates beyond the scope of an LDS audience.
I really enjoyed this story and found it satisfying that, in the end, each of the characters with different points of view retained their points of view and agreed to disagree. It wasn’t preachy at all, just very, very genuine characters that believe what they believe and act as perfect foils for each other in the process. I also thought the sci-fi elements were extremely creative and enjoyed the dynamic of bringing another sentient species with a very different “culture” and physiology into the equation for LDS theology to handle. While the LDS elements provided the main backdrop for this story, the main conflicts were universal rather than LDS-specific. And the swales were really fun aliens. It was an enjoyable read.
I also enjoyed this story because it was a short read and easy to get through in one sitting (I have a short reading attention span sometimes). 😉
Highly recommended. You can find it here on Amazon.