Kathleen Ann Goonan. Creatures with Wings. (Engineering Infinity).

More spirituality in this story than you tend to get in a whole volume of a Year’s Best anthology.

A young man on Honolulu finds himself whisked away from Earth on its final day of existence, and he has to make sense of what has happened, and what happened to his wife prior to that, as he and a few fellow Buddhists eke out a living on a very alien planet. There are many questions to be answered – both about that which is out there, and that is within. And his path to enlightenment comes through a small packet that he brought with him.

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