I love stories about Satan. The basis of this Flint’s story is the Old Testament or Hebrew text of Job. Satan is a horrible gambler and Baalzebub is quick to point out that you can’t bet against the House (especially when the House is God) and expect to win.
However, Satan is angry about loosing his bet over Job’s ability to remain faithful throughout the killing of his family, the lose of this riches, and the corruption of his body.
Now, Satan has another wager, a wager he can not lose. He wagers with God that humanity will loose its faith in creation and in a creator if given a plausible alternative.
God agrees and sets out to provide proof for humanity to find of something that Satan dreamed up called Evolution. As part of the all of this, what I think is the funniest idea that I’ve heard of in a while, is that God uses the Flood to reset the playing field like you or I would clear off a chessboard before starting another match.
This is such a good story. Don’t miss it. Something Magic This Way Comes is available March 4, 2008. You should preorder a copy.
More reviews of the stories in this volume will be forthcoming as I finish them. Thank you The Fantasy & Sci-Fi Lovin' Book Review for sending this book on to me.
Flint, Eric. “The Flood Was Fixed.” Something Magic This Way Comes. Ed. Martin H. Greenberg and Sarah A. Hoyt. New York: DAW, 2008.