*I received a free ARC of this short story with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: Advanced aliens have arrived to destroy any life on Earth and all the traces of our existence. Their mission is to wipe out any life in our Universe.
While unsuspecting humankind is not aware of deadly menace, alien invaders analyze intelligence information and get ready to initiate the cleansing protocol. Suddenly some of the data gathered disturbs those powerful unimpassioned aliens.
The Cleansing is a short, satirical sci-fi story.
Aliens are ‘cleansing’ the galaxy of every form of life and stumble across a certain blue-and-green planet, third from the sun. Assessing the threat as nebulous, they are about to embark on their basic cleanup when an Analyst points out a detail they have overlooked… ‘the archives’.
This is a joyful, sly acknowledgement of the importance of fiction (visual, audio, written) to humanity and how we build our very existence around and through it. As a book-nerd I thoroughly enjoyed the path the plot took and trying to spot references to specific sources.
I recommend this short to fans of sci-fi with a sense of humour!
“It’s a poorly developed, organic, technological civilization. Third level. Primitive weaponry, but in significant quantities. No orbital defenses. No immediate threats to us. Life is concentrated only on the third planet from the star. There are a few individuals orbiting the planet. I recommend a simple cleanup protocol.”
– Anton Eine, The Cleansing
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