“As the Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye wandered the galaxy harvesting dead stars, they liked to talk...”
Thus begins the epic 2015 Nebula Award Short Story Finalist “The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye” by Matthew Kressel, a galactic-spanning story that takes place over centuries, in a future where the galaxy has been obliterated by an enigmatic all-powerful entity known as The All-Seeing Eye.
“‘The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye’ by Matthew Kressel is an excellent story of a single huge creature, the Eye, roaming the universe with its story telling companion…This story is very entertaining, right from the start. You get a strong insight into these odd creatures with huge life times and some hints at all sorts of interesting cultures they have come across. The ending is excellent…I recommend this story – it’s definitely worth reading.” —Tangent Online
“A far-future horror story, an effective game of slow reveal, in which we gradually discover that the true is not what we had supposed.” —Locus Online, Lois Tilton
“A very good story.” — SFRevu, Sam Tomaino
“A touching space opera…Thumbs up in terms of reader satisfaction and 4.80 out of 5 stars.” —Imagined Worlds
“I really enjoyed this story. The tone seems light at the beginning, like an intergalactic buddy road trip between the Meeker and the Eye, but as the Eye seeks Beth’s secret’s relentlessly it gets much darker. Solidly entertaining, far future SF.” — Diabolical Plots
“I give this my highest recommendation.” —30-Second Sci-Fi Book Review
Matthew Kressel is a multiple Nebula Award and World Fantasy Award finalist. His first novel, King of Shards, was hailed as, "Majestic, resonant, reality-twisting madness," from NPR Books. His short fiction has or will soon appear in Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Tor.com, Nightmare, Apex Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Interzone, Electric Velocipede, and the anthologies Mad Hatters and March Hares, Cyber World, Naked City, After, The People of the Book, as well as many other places. His work has been translated into Czech, Polish, French, Russian, Chinese, and Romanian. From 2003 to 2010 he ran Senses Five Press, which published Sybil's Garage, an acclaimed speculative fiction magazine, and Paper Cities, which went on to win the World Fantasy Award in 2009. His is currently the co-host of the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in Manhattan alongside Ellen Datlow, and he is a long-time member of the Altered Fluid writers group. By trade, he is a full-stack software developer, and he developed the Moksha submission system, which is in use by many of the largest SF markets today. You can find him at online at http://www.matthewkressel.net, where he blogs about writing, technology, environmentalism and more. Or you can find him on Twitter @mattkressel.