Sisters of the Vast Black

Sisters of the Vast Black Review

The sisters of the Order of Saint Rita captain their living ship into the reaches of space in Lina Rather's debut novella, Sisters of the Vast Black.

Years ago, Old Earth sent forth sisters and brothers into the vast dark of the prodigal colonies armed only with crucifixes and iron faith. Now, the sisters of the Order of Saint Rita are on an interstellar mission of mercy aboard Our Lady of Impossible Constellations, a living, breathing ship which seems determined to develop a will of its own.

When the order receives a distress call from a newly-formed colony, the sisters discover that the bodies and souls in their care—and that of the galactic diaspora—are in danger. And not from void beyond, but from the nascent Central Governance and the Church itself.

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  • carol.

    There's something incredibly campy sounding about nuns in space. But this is less meme and more character study in the most unique space faring vehicle yet (even surpassing Tchaikovsky's webship). In ...

  • Kayla Dawn

    This was beautiful...

  • K.J. Charles

    An excellent novella which could be summarised as 'nuns in space' but has a great deal more than that going for it. There's exceptionally good, economical worldbuilding and terrific plotting, with eve...

  • Vivian

    Quirky. I contemplated doing a Venn diagram, and then decided I'd rather read.This is an amalgamation of concepts, many of which has the potential to disenfranchise readers. While the the argument abo...

  • Fiona

    They all prayed in the dark, be it to the Christian God or the Islamic one or the Hindu many-faced pantheon or the cruel, calculating, exacting god of Science.Sisters of the Vast Black tells the story...

  • Rachel (Kalanadi)

    This one surprised me. I was pretty sure it wouldn't be my thing (let's just say "nuns in space" is not actually a buzzword for me), but it turned out to be a really good story. Solid plot, solid char...

  • Ash

    I love reading neat little novellas like this one that revolve around such a unique concept. In Sisters of the Vast Black, that concept is “nuns in space.” I am not religious and my knowledge of t...

  • Lindsay

    An order of nuns aboard a living spaceship minister to remote human colonies in the aftermath of a devastating interstellar war.The amount of world-building and characterization crammed into this shor...

  • Jamie

    The first half or more of this novella length story consists of some excellent setting and character development. A close knit group of nuns in space, running missions of mercy and service in the name...

  • Lata

    4.5 stars. An excellent story about -Nuns in space, travelling from colony to colony, giving medical aid, marrying people, and doing other things deemed appropriate by their Earth-based church and mal...