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"Look Into the Sun" (1989) is an excellent stand-alone science fiction novel by one of the best SF short story writers around, James Patrick Kelly, who is maybe best known for the Hugo-nominated short story "Itsy Bitsy Spider".

The novel is set on near future Earth. The Messengers, a benevolent alien race, are integrating into society and recruiting people for their religion. Meanwhile, main character Phillip Wing is an architect who is commissioned to design the tomb of an alien living god. When Wing accepts the assignment, he is transported to the alien planet and physically changed to be able to live among the aliens. He has to learn to deal with losing his home planet and his very humanity.

The novel is beautifully written and is one of the best studies of "alienation" (literally and figuratively) I have read in the genre. Very highly recommended, as are almost all of Mr. Kelly's short works.

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