The Undying FireH. G. Wells
A game of chess in the heavenly realms, and God and Satan discourse on the nature of mankind.
1919. The Creator determines and conceals the aim of the game, and it is never clear whether the purpose of the adversary is to defeat or to assist him in his unfathomable project. Apparently, the adversary cannot win, but also he cannot lose so long as he can keep the game going. But he is concerned, it would seem, in preventing the development of any reasoned scheme in the game.
Herbert George Wells (1866–1946) was an English writer. He is best known for his science fiction novels The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The First Men in the Moon and The Island of Dr Moreau.