Hilarious little novella based around a paradox:
Can the existence of a disembodied spirit prove that a ‘channeler’ claiming to communicate with spirits is a fraud?
Our protagonist, Rob, is a freelance journalist and professional skeptic. His assistant, Kildy, is a gorgeous and wealthy Hollywood type moonlighting in the field. Rob has a crush on Kildy, but fears she’s far out of his league.
It’s Kildy who’s picked out the latest target for an exposé: The New Age charlatan Ariaura, who channels the spirit ‘Isus’ and sells her adoring audience overpriced swag.
But when Ariaura, mid-lecture, starts spouting shocking and off-script announcements that seems like they could only have come from the mind of the notorious atheist and skeptic H.L. Mencken (deceased), Rob has to worry – is Kildy setting him up?
As expected from Connie Willis, extra-fun.