The Alexander Jablokov series continues.
Raw Feed (1989): “Many Mansions”, Alexander Jablokov, 1988.
A great, funny, original story whose inspiration seems to be Marx’s (out of context) remark that religion is the opium of the masses.
Jablokov takes the metaphor literally and to much humorous effect. If religion is an opium, what do you do with opium? You smuggle it.
I loved the end with Kinbarn, religion addict and smuggler, overdosing on religion, his soul permanently in Nirvana.
One could quibble and ask why the Temporal Constabulary seems to be so unaware of the magnitude of the smuggling operation, or one could wish for more details on how religious addicts get their fix (going through the rituals? handling the icons? studying the theology?), but plausibility takes a back seat to this inventive, humorous tale.
Jablokov can handle humor here as well as horror in his “Deathbinder“. He is a writer of many moods and tones but always inventive.