Wrestling With Gods: Tesseracts 18
Ed. by Liana Kerzner and Jerome Stueart
While SF and religion make for uncomfortable bedfellows, sometimes there’s no keeping the divine in its place. The theme of the latest volume of Tesseracts, an anthology of Canadian speculative poetry and fiction, is “wrestling with Gods”: the eternal struggle of human faith.
Of course faith has many dimensions, and the Gods take many forms – old and new, homegrown and alien, organic and mechanical. But what’s interesting here is the way faith is rarely presented as being on the defensive in a secular age. Instead, it’s the enlightened forces of science that are trying to resist the pull of the spirit, and more often than not losing the struggle. It seems the only way to win a wrestling match with God is to give in entirely.