Today, I'd like to share information about a collection of twelve science fiction stories, Infinite Space, Infinite God II. Twilight Times will be putting Kindle copies of the book and its companion, Infinite Space, Infinite God I on sale during the tour. For the tour, ISIG II is $2.99. ISIG I will be only 99 cents April 11-13; then $2.99 for the rest of the tour.
Secular Press Summary: Twelve science fiction stories featuring Catholic heroes. Meet a time traveler who sacrifices his life to give a man a sip of water, and the nun who faces venomous snakes to save a friend. Share the adventures of priests who battle aliens and machines in order serve the greater good.
Infinite Space, Infinite God II spans the gamut of science fiction, from near-future dystopias to time travel to space opera, puzzles of logic to laugh-out-loud humor and against-the-clock suspense. A great read for any science fiction fan--a must-read for the Catholic sci-fi lover.
The Ghosts of Kourion by Andrew Seddon: Professor Robert Cragg thought that he could escape the grief of losing his wife and daughter by traveling back in time to study a city soon to be destroyed by an earthquake. He felt safe in the fact that he could do nothing to save these people, but when he befriends a local family, however, he realizes he must try. In the end, he cannot save them, but he learns that if he cannot save the ghosts of Kourion, he can at least ease their sufferings.
Antivenin by Karina Fabian: Three nuns from the Order of Our Lady of the Rescue offer help to a ship that is off-course and not answering hails. They find the ship crawling with venomous snakes who have killed their handler and bitten the pilot. When one bites her partner, Sister Rita must conquer her phobia and snatch the antivenin from their nest.
An Exercise in Logic by Barton Paul Levenson: An ancient alien satellite has diverted an asteroid toward a human colony planet. The people who built the satellite refuse to veto programming logic installed by their ancestors. Can an Ursuline sister who is also an alien contact specialist change their minds?
Cathedral by Tamara Wilhite: Katarina's kind were engineered to love scientific research and dedicate themselves to bettering mankind until their jumped-up neurology caused them to die an ignoble death while in their twenties. Perhaps Katarina could have lived with this, but when she discovers the medicines she created were actually drugs to control the population, she spends the last of her tortured days righting her wrongs.
Otherworld by Karina Fabian: Father Jonas is haunted by the loss of his mother, who died while in a virtual reality world. As a priest, he's driven to evangelize to the players in Otherworld--to remind them of reality and the God who cares about what they do on both worlds.
The Battle of the Narthex by Alex Lobdell: What do you get when you mix a royal assassination, alien militia and the Saturday night Mass-and-Spaghetti dinner? Battle of the Narthex tickles the funny bone and touches the heart!
Tenniel by Colleen Drippe': Bishop Tenniel must fight the leader of the Wolfbane clan to win the conversion of the tribe to Christianity, saving their lives as well as their souls. Another exciting tale from Colleen Drippe's Lost Rythar universe.
Tin Servants by J Sherer: Father Paul's desire to serve his people in war-torn Ghana that he allowed himself to altered to resemble the androids sent to provide medical help. Once there, however, he finds himself limited in the comfort he can offer, and embroiled in a conspiracy to convert the andorginacs into soldiers.
Basilica by John Rundle: A Navy buddy needs help fixing up an old clunker of a spacecraft and Father Carpizo arrives to do his old friend a long overdue favor. As he turns wrenches, however, Carpizo finds a mystery to whet his appetite: a riddle deep rooted in the history of the Church. The scholarly priest unwittingly uncovers a dark secret which others have paid for with their lives. He is suddenly confronted by unspeakable evil and now Carpizo must make the ultimate sacrifice to destroy it…if only there is enough time.
Cloned to Kill by D. Mak: The power of Baptism helps a clone programmed to kill find her humanity--but to what lengths will Father Markham have to go to protect his new ward?
Frankie Phones Home by Karina Fabian: Sixteen-year-old Frankie was kidnapped by aliens who wanted to understand the mysteries of her human religion. Now, as they return to Earth to make First Contact, Frankie calls her family.
Dyads, Ken Pick and Alan Loewen: Father Heidler's latest assignment takes him to Cathuria, where the Catholic Church and all of Earth are blamed when a failed missionary's desperation boils over into terrorism. With the planet in the midst of riots and the Archbishop/Ambassador to Cathuria severely injured in a retaliatory strike, Father Heidler negotiates a delicate maze of politics and religious convictions to find a way to restore peace and reconcile the two worlds.
About the AuthorsColleen Drippe' ("Tenniel"): Colleen Drippé has two books set in the "Lost Rythar" universe: Godcountry and Sunrise on the Icewolf, (NovelBooks). She has also written children's books and many short stories, one of which was about Brother John's predecessors to Rythar and appeared in our Christian SF anthology, Leaps of Faith (The Writers' Cafe Press). http://cdrippe.tripod.com/
Karina Fabian (Editor, "Frankie Phones Home," "Otherworld," "Antivenin"): Karina Fabian writes a wide variety of fiction involving characters with faith. Her first anthology, Infinite Space, Infinite God I, won the EPPIE award for best sci-fi. Her humorous fantasy involving a dragon and nun detective team, Magic, Mensa and Mayhem, won the 2010 INDIE for best fantasy. She's also written a small devotional with her father, Deacon Steve Lumbert, Why God Matters. Visit her website at http://www.fabianspace.com.
Barton Paul Levenson ("An Exercise in Logic"): Barton has a degree in physics. Happily married to genre poet Elizabeth Penrose, he confuses everybody by being both a born-again Christian and a liberal Democrat. His work has appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, ChiZine, Cricket, Cicada, The New York Review of Science Fiction and many small press markets. His e-novels, "Ella the Vampire," "Parole," and "Max and Me" can be downloaded now from Lyrical Press or amazon.com, and his first paperback, "I Will" is available from Virtual Tales (or amazon). Barton was prohibited from entering the Confluence Short Story Contest again after winning first prize two years in a row.
Alex Lobdell ("Battle of the Narthex"): Alex Lobdell has a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame and is a former editor of The Montana Catholic. He teaches at Chienkuo Technology University in Changhua, Taiwan, which he enjoys immensely because he gets to hang out with people who build robots, work in laboratories, use words like "mechatronoptics," and own patents. (They also know how to fix his computer when he breaks it.) His work has appeared in Leaps of Faith (Writers Café Press) and Infinite Space Infinite God (Twilight Times Books). His work, more sinisterly, has also appeared in red ink on vast multitudes of student essays. He does, however, endeavor not to be unduly harsh with the red ink, both from a Christian standpoint and because it might be unwise to foster grudges in students capable of designing robots. Vengeful robots.
Alan Loewen ("Dyads"): Alan Loewen lives near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife, three children, a Sheltie, a homicidal parrot and way too many cats. A pastor for two small country churches and a writer, he is working with fellow author Ken Pick on a trilogy that will further expand the adventures of Father Eric Heidler and Jill Noir, a character that appeared in Mask of the Ferret in Infinite Space, Infinite God I. His blog documenting his writing adventures can be found at http://literary-equine.livejournal.com/
Derwin Mak ("Cloned to Kill"):Derwin Mak lives in Toronto, Canada. His story “Transubstantiation” won the 2006 Prix Aurora Award for Best Short-Form Work in English. His novel The Moon Under Her Feet was a finalist for a 2008 Prix Aurora Award for Best Long-Form Work in English. His second novel, The Shrine of the Siren Stone, was published in 2010. With Eric Choi, he co-edited The Dragon and the Stars (DAW Books), the first anthology of science fiction and fantasy written by persons of Chinese ancestry living outside China. His website is www.derwinmaksf.com.
Ken Pick ("Dyads"): Ken Pick is a computer programmer and moderately-practicing Catholic layman from Southern California. Cursed with a hyperactive imagination, he writes (among many-many other things) in an attempt to stay sane. He is currently working with co-author Alan Loewen expanding "Mask of the Ferret" (Infinite Space, Infinite God I) and "Dyads" into a braided novel, the first book in a projected trilogy. An additional story in the same arc, "Down to Cathuria", appeared in the small-press anthology Different Worlds, Different Skins (AnthroDreams, 2009). The universe of "Mask of the Ferret" and "Dyads" has been gradually accreting in all its richness inside his head since the late 1980s; the first story published in that universe (the real story behind the "Choking the Chicken" viral video mentioned in "Dyads") was re-podcast in December 2009 by AnthroDreams at http://anthrodreams.libsyn.com/ad-016-kill-23. He has been published in the print fanzine Yarf! in the distant past,and is a regular contributor to the webzine Freelance Traveller.
John "Fish" Rundle ("Basilica"):After graduating from college summa cum laude, John turned to writing fiction simply to relieve stress. It became a wonderful outlet for his imagination and he eagerly wrote first plays and then detective fiction then novels and finally short stories. A lifelong Christian, he enjoys writing religious fiction at every opportunity and is no stranger to writing for a Catholic audience. John lives a quiet life in the wilds of Arizona with Iris, his long-suffering wife of almost twenty years.
Andrew Seddon ("Ghosts of Kourion"): A native of England, Andrew writes both fiction and non-fiction. He has three novels: Red Planet Rising (Crossway Books, 1995),Imperial Legions (Broadman & Holman, 2000), and Iron Scepter (Xlibris, 2001). He has contributed a chapter to Staying Fit After Forty by Don Otis (Harold Shaw, 2001), short stories to the anthologies Sky Songs and Sky Songs II (Skysong Press, 2002 & 2005), and is co-author of the devotional Walking with the Celtic Saints (Crossroad, 2004). His short fiction appearances include Physician Magazine, Hereditas, St. Linus Review, Dreams and Visions, Lost Worlds, Galactic Citizen, Burning Light, Dusk & Dawn, Time Pilot, Show & Tell, Mediphors, and Writers' International Forum. His non-fiction articles have appeared in numerous medical and non-medical publications. Andrew, a family practice physician in Montana, and his wife Olivia enjoy travel, classical music, marathon running, and hiking with their black German Shepherd, Finzi. http://www.andrewmseddon.com
J Sherer ("Tin Servants"): J Sherer lives in Southern California and works as a marketing supervisor for a large credit union. When he's not writing, he enjoys playing sports, catching up on his favorite stories, and working with others on business strategies and tactics. His blog, Constructing Stories (www.jsherer.com), is a place where writers of all levels can engage in meaningful dialogue about the writing and storytelling process. He also partners with Nathan Scheck to present a free online science fiction adventure experience called Time Slingers (www.timeslingers.com). J Sherer's past publication credits include Infinite Space, Infinite God; Dragons, Knights, and Angels Magazine; and the West Wind.
Tamara Wilhite ("Cathedral"): Tamara Wilhite is a professional technical writer and the "IE in IT" blogger for the Institute of Industrial Engineers. She is also the author ofHumanity's Edge; Saving Money, Time, Sanity and Yourself; and Sirat: Through the Fires of Hell. Her work has also been included in the Bonded by Blood, Genres, andUniverse Pathways anthologies. Print and Kindle editions of her books are available on Amazon.com. www.myspace.com/humanitysedge
About the Editors
On November 3, 1990, Rob and Karina Fabian were married at the Air Force Academy chapel, thus starting a collaboration that has resulted in four children and three anthologies. While the children are still works-in-progress, their books have won an EPPIE award for best sci-fi (Infinite Space, Infinite God), and been top placers in the Preditor and Editor polls (Infinite Space, Infinite God and Leaps of Faith). In their spare time, they like to play crazy card games and watch sci-fi and Mythbusters.
Robert Fabian: Rob is a Colonel in the USAF whose training is in military space operations, but whose career has ranged from commanding an ICBM maintenance squadron to tracking satellites in deep space, and from working as a space policy analyst for the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy to speechwriting for the Chief of Staff of the US Air Force. He served as an Air Force Research Fellow with the Rand Corporation. He has written several articles on the military and commercial use of space, the most recent of which appeared in Astropolitics: The International Journal of Space Power and Policy. A life-long sci-fi buff and real-life space enthusiast, Rob handles the technical/detail side of the Fabian writing team.
Karina Fabian: After being a straight-A student, Karina now cultivates Fs: Family, Faith, Fiction and Fun. From and order of nuns working in space to a down-and-out faerie dragon working off a geas from St. George, her stories surprise with their twists of clichés and incorporation of modern day foibles in an otherworld setting. Her quirky twists and crazy characters have won awards, including the INDIE book award for best fantasy (Magic, Mensa and Mayhem), and a Mensa Owl for best fiction (World Gathering). In May 2010, her writing took a right turn with a devotional, Why God Matters, which she co-wrote with her father. Mrs. Fabian is former President of the Catholic Writer’s Guild and also teaches writing and book marketing seminars online
About the Illustrator
Kurt Ozinga has been an illustrator/graphic designer for over thirteen years. Schooled in painting and drawing, Kurt now does most of his work on the Macintosh. Kurt is an illustrator with a passion for his work. Educated at Detroit's Center for Creative Studies, he enjoys illustration, graphic design and photo manipulation. A lifelong resident of Michigan, Kurt is married to a delightful German named Heike, with two stellar sons. You can find Kurt on the water if he isn't in front of his Mac.http://home.earthlink.net/~kurtozinga/
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