March 3, 2014
Father Ruiz of the Star Brothers, sets off to convert the heathen of Fen Colony and finds himself in a moral rats’ nest. Dealing with a totalitarian government, an invasion of rebels, an entrenched native hierarchy and warring tribes, not to mention the gelens themselves, who turn out to be moon worshipping semi-telepaths, his difficulties multiply. When his first convert turns out to be a war criminal and the most powerful empath on the planet, things can only get worse.
Praise for Gelen
An excellent science fiction novel that tackles the role of religion, the challenges of missionaries and the highs and lows of life in space. Gelen has the realistic challenges experienced by early missionaries set in a complex universe reminiscent of Firefly (though Drippe conceived her world first.) If you like Canticle for Liebowitz, you should read Gelen.
– Karina L. Fabian
– Andrew Seddon
Mrs. Drippe’s prose is interspersed with delightful phrasing. It makes for an entertaining read that also gets at the heart of what it is to be human. It’s rare for me to want to stop in a book and chew on a phrase for several moments, to ingest, apply it to myself, and read it again. I found myself doing that in this book more than a few times.