WOW. Uh… one-sentence summary… “Apollo 8 crashed into the heavenly crystal sphere surrounding the Earth and cracked it.” Or “A disgraced kabalist working for an international theonomics corporation runs afoul of the UN agency in charge of policing the use of names of God.” How about “a manifesto on the moral necessity of the conquest of hell”? Or just “Theodicy.” Also puns. Bad, bad puns.
I cannot emphasize enough how much I loved Unsong, by Scott Alexander. I read it in about a week, and since then I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Distraction, yes, escapism, okay, wish fulfillment, certainly, but there’s something both comforting and inspiring about the way Unsong‘s characters turn their determination into action. Plus, I learned a whole lot about kabbalah, and that can’t hurt.