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By James Morrow, a trilogy of speculative novels centering on the literal bodily death of the Godhead of Judeo-Christian theology. Jehovah. The Prime Mover. Creator and Judge of the world.
I had the good fortune of attending a presentation ("Stop Me Before I Kill God Again") by the author himself at Philly Phrolics, where he likened the creative process of writing fiction to Einstein's gedanken experiment - you have some hypothetical initial conditions (God exists, and He is recently deceased), and an idea of how things behave in your theoretical model (the Corpus Dei decays like any other meat; much of Western civilization has staked its faith on God's eternal nature), and you set it in motion and watch for "unexpected inevitabilities" to shake out. His thesis: Fiction is interesting because of the way that an unfolding narrative reveals events at once surprising and necessary. It appeals simultaneously to our needs for pattern (necessary, inevitable conclusions) and novelty (surprising, unpredictable... "novel"). To Morrow, writing is all about dispensing revelations in a way that keeps the reader hungry for more.

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