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Complete Darkness, by Matt Adcock

10 January 2020

John Saxbee considers a post-apocalyptic vision of hell

WHAT if Dark Matter, the 90 per cent of the universe which we know noth­ing about at all, is actually hell? What if, 300 years from now, the Prince of Dark Matter imposes his terrifying, high-tech-fuelled will on our post-apocalyptic world, includ­ing the en­forced unification of all religions into his own Great World Church in which “everyone believes the same thing so it must be right”?

But what if everyone doesn’t be­­lieve the same thing, and an Elijah v. the Prophets of Baal-type show­down sees Cleric20, “a hedonistic loner with a chequered past”, over­come the forces of darkness, at least for now? This religion-meets-sci-fi-meets-computer-gaming geekdom is a gory, witty adventure with more than a passing nod to H. G. Wells, C. S. Lewis, and Douglas Adams.

If you see the drama of salvation as a continuous feedback loop hold­ing out hope for humankind even in the most dystopian of futures, then this is for you. But if not, don’t worry: the mystery of Dark Matter may be solved before Matt Adcock’s hyperactive imagination delivers Complete Darkness 2, 3, 4, or more.

Dr John Saxbee is a former Bishop of Lincoln.

Complete Darkness
Matt Adcock
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