Gwyneth Jones. The Vicar of Mars. (The Year’s Best Science Fiction 29th Annual Collection)

First published in Eclipse Four (ed Strahan)

A neat little Martian horror story, with a pleasantly different protagonist – The Reverend Boaaz Hanaahaahn, High Priest of the Mighty Void – a massive Shet, covered in folds of grey skin. He’s on Old Station, Butterscotch, trying to ease into a looming retirement with some quiet work in the colony. However, a call from social services to check up on one Isabel Jewel leads him into some dark recesses of his mind – or, rather, lets something into the dark recesses of his mind. Scary, and just that bit different.

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