Hell is the Absence of God by James Trimarco, Ted Chiang

Hell is the Absence of God

James Trimarco, Ted Chiang

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fiction fantasy science fiction short stories challenging reflective slow-paced


In a world much like our own, the existence of Heaven and Hell are objectively proven. Indeed, the souls in Hell can be seen, and angels occasionally come to Earth, typically causing a mixture of miraculous events and capricious disasters.

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reflective 83%
sad 66%
emotional 50%
adventurous 16%
dark 16%
inspiring 16%
mysterious 16%


fast 66%
slow 16%
medium 16%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 60% | A mix: 40%

Strong character development?

Yes: 80% | It's complicated: 20%

Loveable characters?

No: 60% | It's complicated: 20% | N/A: 20%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 60% | N/A: 20% | No: 20%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 80% | No: 20%

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