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2.65  ·  Rating details ·  17 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
His grandma is just your average sweet, supportive, lipstick-wearing, enchilada-loving Christian Scientist. Yeah, and the aliens are just tourists....
ebook, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Tor Books (first published February 2010)
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Dione Basseri
Humans have a habit of insisting they know the truth of the universe. That they have unlocked the secrets of religion and God's will. So...what if an alien race were to believe them?

A particularly devout Christian Scientist manages to convince aliens that she has healing powers. Of course, if you found someone with healing powers, you'd be loath to let them go. So the aliens don't.

An interesting idea--finally, someone takes the religious nuts seriously, and also takes them AWAY--but not all that
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Kimikimi
Dec 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another Tor.com short story

I guess I liked this one, the protagonist is just really self absorbed though. It makes sense that a child would see his caregiver as a person with no depth or history, and I especially like how that was broken at the end.
Maggie Gordon
Aliens really like grandma. And then they turn evil? Or something? Though not terrible, there's just not much to work with in Tourists, nor is the prose particularly good.
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