Matthew Cook. Insha’Allah. (Interzone #235 Jul-Aug 2011)

In the skies above the arid land of Afghanistan/Pakistan, humanity is at war with the E’k. Whilst that aeronautic combat takes place in the cloudless skies, on the ground below, the black turbanned mullahs hold sway, giving women little choice in their lives, making for a different kind of oppression and resistance.

Shaomi prepares the bodies of her dead countrywomen for burial – it is god’s will. When a female human, born not of this Earth, is brought to her house, badly injured, she is willing to risk all to treat her.

A different perspective for an alien invasion story, making for an interesting read.

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