Cruel Miracles: Tales of Death, Hope, and Holiness: Book 4 of Maps in a Mirror
Date: December 2009
Duration: 6 hours 44 minutes
This fourth volume in Orson Scott Card's five-book anthology of short stories features tales with religious themes, exploring the mysteries of ritual, sacrifice, faith, and death.
Mortal GodsIn our mortality lies our greatness.
Saving GraceA story of TV faith healers and those who follow them.
Eye for EyeAn abused child has the gift of creating illness and death in those he is angry with. Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 1988.
St. Amy's TaleA family destroys all technology.
KingsmeatWhen flesh-eating aliens take over a human colony world, one human forestalls total doom by feeding them non-essential bits of his fellow colonists.
HolyA seemingly pointless mission to bring an offering to another culture's shrine takes on unexpected meaning.
"I believe that speculative fiction-science fiction in particular-is the last American refuge of religious literature. Real religious literature, I think, explores the nature of the universe and discovers the purpose behind it."-Orson Scott Card, from his introduction