Transcendence: First Letter to Ka-tulong by Roger Anthony Farinha


Transcendence: First Letter to Ka-tulong by Roger Anthony Farinha
Publisher: New American Spring
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (7 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Human history is more mysterious than you might realize!

A human agent’s communique (in letter form) to the representative of a big-brother alien species which have been assisting human technological progress in the interest of sparking our own species’ spiritual transcendence–

This is a fictional invention created to convey a non-fiction, social-political message…

Can a letter change humanity’s destiny?

The premise of this tale caught my attention right way. I really liked the creativity the author showed by writing the entire thing in the form of a letter. There were times when I had to read between the lines in order to understand what had recently been going on between Utusan, the person who wrote the letter, and Ka-tulong. It was entertaining to figure those sections out as they made me curious to know more about the world these characters lived in.

The run-on sentences made it difficult to understand. There were times when I needed to read the same passage over again a few times to understand what the main character was trying to communicate. While I understand that the protagonist was writing in a flowery and stylized way, it would have been a lot easier to get what he was saying if some of his sentences had been shorter.

One of the things I enjoyed the most about this story were all of the references to things have have recently happened it included. Mentioning specific politicians and events made Utusan’s update on the status of humanity even more powerful than it would have been otherwise. This was a very good decision on Mr. Farinha’s part. The preface said there is a full length book coming about these characters, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this snapshot of their lives is expanded there.

Transcendence: First Letter to Ka-tulong was a highly imaginative piece of writing that I’d recommend to anyone who likes the science fiction genre.

Comments

  1. Thank you for your fair review. The book is available in the latest edited form for free here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/697836

    There is also a second letter here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/703177

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