The convent of the sisters for the Missions to Africa was housed
in a one-time castle on a low promontory which threw aside the long
North Atlantic rollers like the bows of some great, basalt ship
and gave to those who dwelt there, in whatever direction they chose
to look, a view of scenery of such wild and extravagant beauty that
it was almost in questionable taste.
Sister Augustine, who heads a Rest Home on the North Irish (or Whiteland)
coast, invokes the archaic law of Sanctuary to protect an inkured
alien castaway from the paranoid temporal powers. If there’s
a wrong note in this archetypal James White story – pace,
structure, characterization, what-have-you – I must have missed
it. Except, perhaps, the extraordinarily powerful TV presenter
named ‘Ben Matlock’!
Synopsis by Graham Andrews
- ANALOG, December 1988
- voted best novelette 1988
- The White Papers (see under Books).