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Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Pyramid of Amirah by James Patrick Kelly -- Reader’s Guide

Fantasy & Science Fiction, April 2004

How do the first three sentences capture Amirah’s mood?

What had Amirah expected when she offered herself to the meaning? When Amirah receives the news, what is her reaction--rather, what reaction does she note?

What part do jokes play in this religion? Compare and contrast between this and “Serpent.”

About when was the name “Betty” last in vogue? What does that suggest about her pyramid?

Compare the appearance or lack of miracles in this story and in “Serpent.” What might that suggest?


  1. Thank you, Mr. Kelly. :)

    This packed in a lot of story, too, in so tiny a space.

    More to come.