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Falling Angel: 11/22/08
I really enjoyed the reprint of Eugene Mirabelli's "The Only Known Jump Across the Time" but I'm not sure what I think of his latest F&SF story.
The story follows the tragic romance of a part-time computer programmer and a fallen angel named Morning Glory (or sometimes Jill). She lands on his skylight during a heat wave and stays for a period of time for fantastic sex and take in food.
It's basically five pages of sex so fantastic words can't describe it followed by her tragic death. Jill hints at the reasons behind her escape (as she calls it) from heaven but never goes into the details. Brendan, the programmer, never thinks to ask her about it or to question her presence. I wish he had.
The last thing that annoyed me that so many writers seem to get wrong: the California Institute of Technology calls itself Caltech. It's one word with a small t. NEVER EVER on pain of DEATH: Cal Tech. Dear editors and writers of the world, learn this!