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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:47 pm 
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The free to download podcast of The Scent of Their Arrival by Mercurio D. Rivera has been posted to the Transmissions From Beyond website.

Read by the author and Matthew Kressel. Originally published in Interzone 214, February 2008 .

Please feel free to comment on this story and its production.


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An engrossing tale that illustrates what distinguishes superior science fiction from the ordinary. The idea of an alien race that communicates through its sense of smell is an interesting conceit, but Mercurio Rivera uses it not as the endpoint but rather the starting point for a ruminative exploration of interplanetary communication. The real star of this story is the Reviled, of whom I hope we have not seen the last....


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At first I was expecting it to be another dull 'world building' piece rich in detail about an alien culture but without much action. Glad I was totally wrong! This had me engrossed right to the end, and every time I thought I had it worked out, it took another twist.

The idea that beings from different planets or dimensions might not just misunderstand but actually kill each other unintentionally is a fascinating one. I liked the implication that The Reviled may not have even intended to harm the humans, it just worked out that way. I also hope we haven't heard the last from them.


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I just listened to this and loved it. Really well read too (on both counts).

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