Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pray for Sally's Healing

Lots of you who are in the ACFW/CSFFBT or just fans of Christian SF who've hung with us others in that subcategory of fandom, y'all probably know Sally Apokedak. She's a lovely lady and loves the Lord and fantasy. :)

Please pray for her healing. She had post-surgical complications and needs your prayers. Thanks...

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

First HIGASHI NO EDEN film--KING OF THE EAST--Due This Month!



I hope the English subbed version hits the internet pretty soon after the November 28 Japanese release date. Man, that was a cool anime, and ending all cliffhangery as it did with our hero asking Juiz to be set up as King of Japan, well, gotta see where that goes. Wish it had been more than 11 episodes, but if the films rock, I'll forgive em. ;)

The second film releases January 9.

Ah, can't wait.

Trailer (Japanese only) here. Not that great a trailer, but, eh.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Some Spectrum 16 Featured Artists


Ths artist stood out for me in the new SPECTRUM 16, which I just got in the mail today. Andrew Jones.

Another you might want to visit. I'd never heard of him before, but I liked the pieces of his in S16. Jeremy Enecio.

Every year I have artists I look forward to, and this year, Donato Giancola did what he usually does. Wow me. Visit his online gallery and prepare to go "Whoa!" Here's one featured in S16.

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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Woo Hoo! Finally, V Debuts Tonight!


The commercials with the ridiculously gorgeous Morena Baccarin have been whetting my appetite for the remake of the (I didn't like it much) 80's original of "V". I read that Alan Tudyk is also in the cast, so two of the FIREFLY crew are back in a show with spaceships. Cool.

Remember. 8pm. Tonight.

I look forward to seeing how the aliens will act in the New Millenium--will they "tweet" their propaganda?--and if they will thrill or disappoint. I have my fingers crossed for " thrilled." I want so badly to have a cool new sci-fi show to get hooked on.

Now, to make coffee. I've been up since 2 am, so I'm pretty sleepy. Staying awake until 8pm will be no mean feat, given I only slept 4 hours, anyway. (And dang, I fell asleep on Castle, with that other Firefly fellow, Nathan Fillion. The Firefly alums ain't doing too shabbily.)

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Houdini Seance...Live Online on Halloween


Skeptics and magicians attempt to contact Houdini's ghost. Snarf.

Tonight at 9pm EST, if you're interested.






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Friday, October 30, 2009

SUPERNATURAL Last Night: Cool He-Witch and a Hunk from the Past...and fear of aging...

I haven't been watching SUPERNATURAL faithfully. Sometimes Sam and Dean annoy the heck outta me, sometimes I like them. So, spotty viewing is the result.

Plus, the angels acting so dorkily really annoyed me, even though I loved Castiel's first rumply appearance.

Still, I watched last night and I enjoyed the episode with the "gambling for years" Irish he-witch, Patrick. And no, it's not just that the Patrick was a hottie, though he was, in that sort of "I'm not pretty, but I'm cool and, hey, listen to this sexy accent of mine" way. What I liked best, though, was that he had his shades of dark and light. He seemed as if he might be a ruthless gambler at first meeting, but then you saw that he was fair (which we could have gleaned from the opening minutes, as he did let a guy regain his youth, after all, fair and square). He was able to really love, and really feel loss. He wasn't homicidal, though he'd sanguinely take 50 years of one's life if one were stupid enough to gamble them away.

So a villain with his honor code, and really, rather sympathetic by the end.

And with Dean getting a solid dose of what it feels to be old and achey, ie Bobby, well, there's a good lesson there for the younger hunter. As a gal bullseyeing toward fifty, boy, did I sympathize with the pangs and pains of aging. The running cheeseburger gag holds all sorts of horrors for a gal like me that does have to get cholesterol tested regularly. Aging sucks. (On the plus side, this episode made it easy for me to stick to grilled chicken and salad and green tea for supper last night.)

How nice to see Chad Everett, btw. I was just into puberty when I had a mad, mad crush on him as the clogs-wearing, too-too-good looking doc on MEDICAL CENTER. The years have been creasingly, crinkly rough on Chad's once-gorgeous exterior, but you can still see he was a hunk once, under all those age lines. (Okay, I really need to stop thinking about aging.) :::mad dash for the moisturizer:::

It's a flawed show, SUPERNATURAL is, but occasionally, it's fun to tune in and see what they're up to. And I can always appreciate an attractive man with a Celtic accent or a bit of nostalgia.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

DARKER THAN BLACK 2: Ryuusei no Gemini--For Those Who Liked Darker than Black the first go round

While my hubby didn't get into DARKER THAN BLACK with me in the last few months, I was definitely hooked by the futuristic anime of contractors, dolls, mysterious gates, conspiracies, shadow powers, and such. Plus really cool opening theme (for the first few episodes, anyway) by the Abingdon Boys School, "Howling." Had the mister download it to the iTouch for me. :)

While the first season had some pacing issues--particularly that really rushed ending-- it still asked enough questions and had enough action and emotional stuff going on to keep me hooked. I wondered what new powers would be displayed by contractors and what remunerations (ie, the price they paid to use them, such as eating eggs, napping, breaking fingers, drinking liquor, smoking, earmarking novel pages, etc.) I really wondered sometimes, why the lead character had such lame fight scenes on occasion (and why wear a mask that predictably shattered in an alarming majority of altercations). And how would those episodic sorts of stories cohere? Still, there I was, every week, waiting for Comcast to set up the next chapters for me. And by the time the end came around, yes, there were hints of what was to come set up from episode one. Some episodes were scarily moving and beautiful.


Well, after the last episode of the first season, I didn't know for sure if there was going to be a continuation, though the finale just begged for one. Too many loose ends.

So, here we go. Hei is back (with cool long hair and that "won't stay put" mask again). But whether he'll be the major player, I dunno. Prolly.

Episode 1 of DARKER THAN BLACK: Ryuusei no Gemini brings us into the world of twins Shion (a boy) and Suou (a girl), both of whom were at ground zero during a meteor strike. Shion has since become a contractor, though his power hasn't been evidence. We just see his damage post meteor-strike (as he's chair-bound and seems to have lost an eye.) The scene where we see him ridicule the emotion of love to his own sister is quite chilling. Even so, we can see that he cares about her, to some degree, anyway, enough to try to protect her when the poopoo hits the fan and our girl goes on the run.

Prior to the fleeing and fighting, we have a set-up of Suou as a vivacious schoolgirl into photography (like her mama), and it's easy to like her and her pals. Then her world goes upsy-daisy, and we see one of her friends become a contractor in a heartbreaking scene, horrible to watch because of the youthful sweetness that preceded the change. Great set-up, great complications.

Oh, and a familiar face bites the dust, er, snow in episode one. That tells me that the "all bets are off about who lives" concliusion of the first season carries its tone right into episode one of the second season. Perhaps no character is utterly safe from doom. It's more interesting that way, actually, if sad. We'll see.

The animation is very pleasing to the eye ,and the first fight scene has cool contractey stuff.

Like the first series, the relationship/issues between siblings is key. Hei and Pai's tribulations and powers were a big thing in the first DTB. Suou and Shion will be our siblings in crisis in the second. I'll be rooting for the twins, for sure.

If you've seen the first season, but haven't gone for the second yet. Here. Watch the first few episodes (Japanese with English subs).

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

There weeks...stupid flu still not gone

I'm past most of it, I'm sure. The goop is 80% reduced. But the fatigue seems to want to linger. I could hardly read the paper yesterday, as it was hard to hold it up to my face. My arms would just wimp out. And it's not like I have weak arms. I've got a year plus of 2 to 3 times a week of strength training with a personal trainer under my belt (and above it). But there you go. Mean germie.

Today, I had enough energy to shave in the shower and blow-dry my hair, before I had to sit down and take a rest. Progress!

My face shows I'm getting better. I no longer look like a gray-faced ghoul with crazy hair that needs a nap. My torn up lips (from coughing, wiping lips, etc) are healing up, thanks to lots of vaseline and lip gloss.

I can afford to rest and get over this as no one depends on me for their daily care anymore (with both parents gone, with hubby self-sufficient and attentive). How do single moms or dads who have to look after others no matter what manage to get through a bout of swine flu? Dang.

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The "Simple" Art of Query Letter Writing According to Agent Jennifer Jackson

I thought this was a pretty helpful blog entry. The "personalization" tip is one I don't recall seeing before, btw. (Or maybe I did and forgot, since it's been a couple years since I've kept up with any of this stuff.)

So, for those of you in the querying stage, or close to it, drop by and check it out.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Marcher Lord Press' New Publishing-Meets-Idol Contest

Marcher Lord Press, the premier publisher of Christian speculative fiction, today announces the debut of a revolution in fiction acquisitions.

"Marcher Lord Select is American Idol meets book acquisitions," says publisher Jeff Gerke. "We're presenting upwards of 40 completed manuscripts and letting 'the people' decide which one should be published."

MLP SelectThe contest will proceed in phases, Gerke explains, in each subsequent round of which the voters will receive larger glimpses of the competing manuscripts.

The first phase will consist of no more than the book's title, genre, length, a 20-word premise, and a 100-word back cover copy teaser blurb. Voters will cut the entries from 40 to 20 based on these items alone.

"We want to show authors that getting published involves more than simply writing a great novel," Gerke says. "There are marketing skills to be developed--and you've got to hook the reader with a good premise."

Following rounds will provide voters with a 1-page synopsis, the first 500 words of the book, the first 30 pages of the book, and, in the final round, the first 60 pages of the book.

The manuscript receiving the most votes in the final round will be published by Marcher Lord Press in its Spring 2010 release list.

No portion of any contestant's mss. will be posted online, as MLP works to preserve the non-publication status of all contestants and entries.

Participating entrants have been contacted personally by Marcher Lord Press and are included in Marcher Lord Select by invitation only.

"We're also running a secondary contest," Gerke says. "The 'premise contest' is for those authors who have completed a Christian speculative fiction manuscript that fits within MLP guidelines and who have submitted their proposals to me through the Marcher Lord Press acquisitions portal before October 29, 2009."

The premise contest will allow voters to select the books that sound the best based on a 20-word premise, a 100-word back cover copy teaser blurb, and (possibly) the first 500 words of the book.

The premise contest entrants receiving the top three vote totals will receive priority acquisitions reading by MLP publisher Jeff Gerke.

"It's a way for virtually everyone to play, even those folks who didn't receive an invitation to compete in the primary Marcher Lord Select contest."

The premise contest is open to anyone with a completed Christian speculative fiction manuscript that meets MLP guidelines for length, content, genre, worldview, audience, etc. To enter, authors must complete the acquisitions form found at the Marcher Lord Press site and supply all the components listed below on or before October 29, 2009.

Marcher Lord Select officially begins on November 1, 2009, and runs until completion in January or February 2010. All voting and discussions and Marcher Lord Select activities will take place at The Anomaly forums in the Marcher Lord Select subforum. Free registration is required.

"In order for this to work as we're envisioning," Gerke says, "we need lots and lots of voters. So even if you're not a fan of Christian science fiction or fantasy, I'm sure you love letting your voice be heard about what constitutes good Christian fiction. So come on out and join the fun!"

Marcher Lord Press is a Colorado Springs-based independent publisher producing Christian speculative fiction exclusively. MLP was launched in fall of 2008 and is privately owned. Contact: Jeff Gerke; www.marcherlordpress.com.

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Sadly Clueless Quote of the Month

I had followed a link to a post requesting authors/titles of Christian fiction. I did post some suggestions, but I couldn't help noticing this comment from someone who only makes me shake my head sadly at the simplistic logic and limited scope of vision:
There arent any christian fiction authors since a fiction book is nothing more than a long lie. Since telling lies is a sin…………

Yes, go ahead. Shake your head, too.

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Wouldn't Be Surprised if the Swine Flu Felled Me

But I won't know for sure as I never went to the doc.

Don't think I'm nuts. Recently, my doc and I talked about the possibility of my getting the flu shot, as I'm in one of the high-risk groups (chronic respiratory issues, immune issues). We made sure I was well-stocked with my respiratory Rx's to prepare for flu season.

When I came down with the sore throat/chills followed by sweats/mega-phlegm/congestion/fatigue/puking from hard coughing, I was all set at home with my asthma and allergy meds, my nebulizer meds and machine set-up, dreaded Sudafed, and etc I just needed hubby to get me expectorant--and later cough suppressant and expectorant, when I went nearly two days without sleeping cause the coughing would not cease long enough for me to doze off--and plenty of juices and smoothies, which is made easier with Jamba Juice and Julio's Natural Foods nearby. Papaya with soymilk and Mango with soymilk are very yummy, and Blackberry Bliss and fresh OJ are always a sweet treat for the sickly. If you can get it, tamarind water (Mexican or Caribbean style) is tasty. Fresh, real lemonade has Vitamin C.

I've also had enough onion soup from Gourmet Diner and matzoh ball soup from Roasters N Toasters to give birth to an onion-scented chicken with cheese breath.

Nine days after first getting symptoms, I still feel like crap, still am coughing so much I have very little voice left, am sore anywhere I have muscles that aid in coughing/breathing, and still have enough phlegm and snot to drown a small village, which is a vast improvement over the tsunami of plegm and snot that could have swamped Texas. I'm alive. So far, miserable, but making wee progress.

I do miss my twice-weekly Pilates sessions. Ah, well.

Just saw a Google news linked article with a recommendation that people with the flu stay at home and treat it themselves--ie, call their doc while avoiding ER or doc's office. Makes sense if we want to contain the spread. I even warn the UPS and FED EX guys, who have been delivering super-strong manly tissues in bulk quantities (thank you amazon) and reading material to me, to disinfect their pens thingie and hands. If they don't, what can I say? Their bad.

If I hadn't taken precautions, I'd have had to hit the urgent care, especially after sleeping nearly-sitting-up for four hours on one side (the lesser congested one) made one leg swell up, then I forced myself to switch sides and then had that leg swell up (from the pressure on my hip, I'm guessing, in that weird propped up position). Just in case, I'm downing cherry concentrate and coconut water for the blood thinning salicylates and excess fluid removing Potassium (those soups are salty!)

I hope to be able to sleep lying down soon. :) Would be nice...

So, yeah, figure I got flu-ed, and that after managing to avoid a cold or bronchitis for over two years (did have bad asthma flare-ups, but that's not going away). I hope and pray you don't catch this bug.

Although, really, the Hong Kong flu was so much worse. I am convinced that I was close to being a fatality that time. My dad and mom got so scared, my dad carried me (and at 9 years old, I wasn't lightweight) through snow-covered South Bronx streets, with my mom following behind to catch my boots as they slipped off my limp feet. I couldn't have walked if they'd promised me a lake full of chocolate egg cream. I remember her face. She was worried, my stoic mom, bending down to pick up my boots. I remember the series of injections--five in all-- that hurt like heck, but kept my airways open.

Anyway, don't catch this. It sucks really hard and there are folks dying from it. Wash your hands. Carry hand disinfectant. Don't go to work or school if you have some bug. Be considerate.

Or as I tell my husband nowadays--and yeah, I got it from him, and he probably got it at work--"Think like Monk. Be Monk." And then hand him alcohol wipes and bottles of hand sanitizer and paper towels, the latter so he won't directly touch doorknobs.

I don't want another one of these things.

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Thursday, October 08, 2009

If You Accept Free Books To Review, You Better Read Up on New FTC Rules Effective December 2009

You could start with this article.

I've decided not to accept free books from the CSFF blog tour anymore, since we always link to amazon.com, and that makes it linked to "seller"--and an advertisement, I guess. I'll only buy the books I want to read and skip the rest, as I have done, anyway for a year plus. I hope publishers will start to make electronic manuscripts available for review. Those we can delete, hence, not be "compensated."

Would be easier on my eyes, too.

I wonder if those reviewers who get free books and only gush and give 5 stars (maybe 4) without any real criticism will be under more scrutiny...



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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

They Took Away LIFE, ELI STONE, and PUSHING DAISIES, and Now They've Taken DEFYING GRAVITY

Stankorank reality ho-fests stay on the air, but a drama with astronauts--including one "of the faith"-- that was hinting at coolness to come gets cancelled.

Sucks, people. Sucks.

I'd have rather seen DOLLHOUSE sacked. (And know that I'm scratching my head into a festering landscape at the fact that FIREFLY got cancelled but DOLLHOSUE got picked up for season two. Huh? Huh? :::scritch, scritch:::)

At least I still have BONES and CASTLE and BIG BANG THEORY (which I have to find a way to watch since they moved it from 8pm, dangit) and LIES and DROP DEAD DIVA (for now) and can hope that FLASH FORWARD is not gonna let me down too much, since they already de-emphasized science in favor of the cops aspect. (Love Mr. Cho and the dude who was Steve in COUPLING, though, and I'm always happy to see one of the Fiennes brothers.)

And HOUSE recaptured me after losing me post  Amber's death. The time in the mental facility and the program asking if a doctor should labor to save a genocidal tyrant's life rehooked me.

If TV just stinks, though, I can always watch free anime online. :D
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Very Cool: The Drum Song -- Adjoa Skinner Video

The Drum Song - Adjoa Skinner from Charlie peacock on Vimeo.



For those of you attending the Mt Hermon conference next year--and I know several of my ACFW pals really love this conference-- you may have heard the keynote speaker is gonna be Charlie Peacock. Christians of my age (ahem, almost 50) will be familiar with the name of Charlie Peacock from his CCM music. Well, he produced this lovely little music video. (Marginally related: Check out this Q&A with Peacock's missus, who clearly has developed her gift of hospitality to an art. Makes me wish I could eat at her supper table!)

Ms Skinner gives a really pleasing performance--from the beauty of her own self, lovely and graceful of face and form and movement--to the simple prettiness of the set, to the simple pleasure of the song accompanied only by that shaker-clacker thing (dunno the actual name) and the drum (small, African type whose name I also don't know). Find more of her on YouTube.

Enjoy.

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A Little Late Reporting on It, But Go Read a Rhysling Winner Today!

I never got around to posting about the Rhysling Award winners of 2009, but one of my fave SF poets got second place in BOTH categories. Go, Sam! And I apologize for my late congrats.

Make sure to visit the list of winners HERE, read a first place short form poem HERE, and read Sam Henderson's "Spell" (short form) over at Goblin Fruit and her long-form "Hungry: Some Ghost Stores" at Lone Star.

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Can TLC Please Pull the Plug FOREVER On "Jon and Kate Plus Eight" or "Kate Plus Eight" or Any Variation Thereof!!??? PLEASE!!!!!

I long for the day when I never see the faces of these people again, especially the big, steaming pile that is Jon Gosselin.

Please, TLC, I beg of you, cancel this show and let these people raise their kids in private. Please, no more deals. I'm sure they've made enough over the years to put in their kids' names to send them to college. Do us all a favor and force Jon to support his kids the old-fashioned way: by working. Let's see how much time he has to be a playboy/media-ho when he's gotta work 14 hours a day.

Make them go away!

Folks, go here to ask TLC to pull the plug forever on this media circus that has gotta be doing some weird stuff to those kiddies.

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Sunday, October 04, 2009

Writing Fantasy Can Get You "Excommunicated"


This is a news bit from last year, Nov of 2008, but since I have not really kept up with stuff literary or newsy or online-y for more than a year, I only caught this just now:

Christian author of fantasy disfellowshipped for writing a vampire novel.

I give Mr. Lewis great credit for not showing any meanness toward his disfellowshippers. I'd be quite miffed and maybe not so charitable, which just goes to show what an immature stinker I am. :)

In an interview, he said this:


6) How has this ordeal affected your faith? And your family?

Not to sound overly dramatic, but it felt like God was personally turning his back on me. And since the Elders didn’t just hold me responsible, they held my wife responsible, too… I really can’t describe the turmoil it unleashed in my home. Things have calmed down considerably, but it’s still an issue we deal with every day. It’s silly of me to hold God responsible for what are essentially the actions of a few men, but for awhile I was very angry with Him.


I haven't read the novel, but I can see from the synopsis what would make more than a few of the members/elders/pastors in my former Southern Baptist fellowship have a holy cow. Maybe a half dozen of them. But I would hope they wouldn't use some of the less than saintly tactics that seemed to have been employed in this disfellowshipping, even if in the end they found that what I wrote was violating some holy law.

Granted, there are folks who think if you have a character who uses cuss words, you've just shattered the sanctum, and that's a way of thinking that is just too boxy for me to accept as legit. But I can see where there are some works a leadership can discuss and unanimously agree is corruptive, in which case, the author and church just don't fit well.

And when I see the surveys that show more and more people are refusing to be involved with organized religion and do their worship at home or in informal groups, I think the sort of heavy-handed elder/pastor restrictions may play a part in this. So many iconoclasts in the Bible were unacceptable to the leaders of their day, would be considered oddballs today, and somewhere we forget to leave room for those who are a bit odd, strange, loud, visionary, and offensive, even.

Not that writing of vampire sex may be the route to holiness, mind you. :) I can see where this would be a cause for discussion with elders, sure. But after all the uproar over Harry Potter, and even the comments I recall seeing about WIND FOLLOWER, a novel I saw as truly God-honoring and Bible-infused, I got purely tired of shaking my head at what some Christians have to say about literature of the fantastic. I cannot live in a 10 x 10 literary cell.

If the fictional depiction of humanity is not somewhat offensive or very offensive to some or all to some degree, it's probably not very honest--that's my philosophy. People can be luminous and people can be full of love and people can majorly suck and people can be so terrifying it's hard to keep one's poop in one's bowels contemplating the horrors we visit upon each other.

Vampires are, in general, gonna be humans warped to a higher order of uncleanness (generally, I say, since we can have good vamps and funny vamps), so to write about vampires probably means you're gonna write very dark and scary and offensive stuff--to non-vampires for sure and to those seeking saintliness even moreso (or less so, if the saint involved is well aware of the dark side of mankind as opposed to highly self-protective and sheltered.)

Since I believe the reason I enjoy fantasy is not just for the "oohh--wheee" fun factor of the weird and magical, but because the skewing of reality allows fantasists to comment pointedly on the human and social conditions beyond the mere material (ie, the spirit/soul/eternal figures into this, too), I expect the darkness of that which is dark is even darker in dark fantasy. The limitations of the real are removed, yes, but also the identification. You may not be able to face the child molester in fiction, but maybe the child-stealing fairy or a child-devouring werewolf (who is not "us", yet is us) is a way to delve into that dark human impulse to steal away or harm or destroy the innocent.

I saw the magic in Harry Potter as a hyperreality, a metaphor of sorts, and not as "here, be a witch" sort of magic. (Since it was innate, humans could not become witches or wizards, be it their desire or not.) Magic as inherent traits, like shyness or thrill-seeking or wimpyness or courage or smarts or agility.

I see vampires as a vehicle to examine exploitation (feeding on humans), sexuality (the built-in idea of the allure of sin/wickedness/darkness to regular folks; conjoining in blood requiring "necking"; etc), power, mortality vs immortality, dark vs light, temptation, shoot, even venereal diseases (which was part of the metaphor that seemed obvious to me when I read Bram Stoker's work during the initial, terrifying progress of AIDS.) How do people change if they lose their soul? What does it mean to live forever, how does that affect you? Who would be tempted to be one, who would not, and who would seek to eradicate vampires or assist them? I think exploring all those elucidate some part of what it is to be a human who wants to live longer than our lives allow, who are revolted at the idea of drinking human blood, but might find that act also sacred and Christian in some way--"This is my blood... shed for you...as often as you drink it."

Have I read STAKED? Nope. Never ever heard of it until today. And I don't know if I would stand with the elders or with Lewis--so it's not like I can take a solid side. However, I can't help but sit and ponder the implications.

I do think that disfellowshipping should be for something significant, something serious--Paul had the young man disfellowshipped for sleeping with his father's wife, which, yeah, I can see that. I find it hard to think that writing a novel about a man sleeping with his stepmom (or mom, for that matter), would merit the same harsh reaction. Ne?

Are you writing something that could get you in ecclesiastical hot water? Do comment.


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Saturday, October 03, 2009

If You've Got the Moolah & The Passion to Write SF, Consider a Mentorship with Nalo Hopkinson

In recent weeks, the part of me that misses writing is making itself very, very noisy. I've not written in almost 2 years, and I feel the void. I know my neuroses are a beeyotch, and my fears are obstacles, and my sense of just not being good enough, no matter what X editor or Y writer or Z chum says, is this wall in front of my face.

But reading about the mentorships available with Nalo sure made me want to write again.

Not that I think she'd want to mentor me, mind you, as I'm a pretty traditional Cuban gal, but I do admire her talent and her passion. And I sympathize with her health situation, as I also have my chronic ills that sap my energy and cause me to have to restructure my life and activities. Well, and we were both born in Caribbean nations, but immigrated North to English-speaking lands, now that I think about it.

So, back to the mentorships: If you have a passion for literature, good writing skills (grammar, sentence structure, etc), are writng SF, figure you are simpatico with Ms. Hopkinson as a person (she talks about herself in the info page for the mentorship), and you've got $2000 for the non-refundable mentorship fee that covers 3 months of email-facilitated mentoring/critique, well, check out this info.

But hurry. Applications will be accepted only through the deadline of October 5th. Mentoring begins October 15th.

And if you're not interested in mentoring, but have a ton of cash lying around (or just a big unused pile) and want to support a scholarship for one of her mentorees, you can do that, too.



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Friday, October 02, 2009

Cybils Open For Nominations

The Cybils are taking nominations for books aimed at kids. Have a book you're passionate about for that age group? Maybe a book featured in the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy blog tour? Was it published between Oct. 16, 2008 and the close of this year's nomination period? Then have a go at the form.

Limitation: One book per genre. (SF and Graphic Novels will take a nom for either an elementary/middle grade level or a teen/YA level book, if you prefer one to the other.)

For a peek at books already nominated in the Science Fiction/Fantasy genre, lookee here.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

October's not Just Hispanic Heritage Month...for TOR, it's Steampunk Month

October is Steampunk Month on Tor.com with giveaways, wallpapers, reviews, and posts by guest bloggers from the steampunk community. I'm looking forward to the interview with Tim Powers.

Go HERE to check it out. They include a link to Cherie Priest's STEAMPUNK FAQ, in case you aren't familiar with the term. Her short definition is this:

Steampunk is a style (of books, clothes, video games, movies, etc.) that draws its inspiration from old science fiction stories. By “old” I mean Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Mary Shelley, and their ilk. Steampunk art is often (but not strictly always) indicative of a place and/or time wherein steam is the dominant form of high technology. Or at least it usually looks like it is.


Need more? Visit Steampunkopedia.

Want some steampunk novels to try?
THE ANUBIS GATES by Tim Powers
THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
IRON WEST by Doug TenNapel (graphic novel)
or...just browse some titles

So, is there an Hispanic Heritage steampunk story out there? :)

Anyway, if you have a steampunky Christian fantasy story you wanna submit to MindFlights, we'll be open for subs again later this month. Think about it...


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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Another Site for Writers of Christian Fantasy

Pay a visit to HOLY WORLDS, a team blog of Christian fantasy writers.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Time to Preorder the Sequel to John Olson's SHADE --POWERS


Speaking of novels featured in the CSFF blog tours:

While SHADE by John Olson had some flaws, notably in the characterization of the principal females, I still enjoyed the novel and want to read the follow-up, POWERS. (I like this cover better than SHADE's, with the nice swirl of colors and creepy bayou-hooded figure thing.) Doesn't look like our homeless hero shows up as per the blurb (unless he's the prophet). We shall see. I liked Melchi.

It releases in December, so says amazon.

Anyone else gonna read this?

Here's the blurb from the publisher's site, and if you go there, you can watch a short promo video and read a chapter:

“Bury me standing. I must be buried standing.”

Powers, the follow-up to John Olson’s Shade (“a must-read for those who enjoy Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti” —Publishers Weekly), introduces a sheltered Gypsy girl named Mariutza. Her grandfather utters a mysterious last request before dying in her arms after being shot by ten cloaked men.

Those same men die before her eyes, but strange powers continue to pursue Mari through the swamps of southern Louisiana where she has always hidden from “the Badness.”

The whole world seems to join in the chase—helicopters, soldiers, government agents, and the police are all trying to kill her. Mari’s only hope of survival is to find Jaazaniah the Prophet, the mythical hero of her grandfather’s bedtime stories. But she has never been outside the swamp or known other humans besides her grandfather and one teacher. How can this lone girl survive the bewildering world of men long enough to find a prophet who might not even exist?


That's got my interest piqued!



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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour: THE VANISHING SCULPTOR


September's featured book for the CSFF blog tour is Donita Paul's The Vanishing Sculptor. Donita is well-known to our tour and Christian fantasy readers for her successful series of Dragonkeeper novels.

I have to admit that The Vanishing Sculptor reads too young for me. I gave up at about page 12. I'm one of those readers who needs some intense conflict, super weird happening, heart-grabby event, snappy dialogue pretty fast. Something really quirky or dark or horrifying or exciting needs to hit me FAST, or a big odd puzzler. I don't generally go for gentler reads. And this has a gentler tone and younger aspect than I prefer. My attention span is lessening with each month, I think. Dang me.

Considering I get big, red, painful, oozy bumps on my face from reading glasses, a book has to fit the Mir-mode for me to risk facial woes, and while I like the premise of this story a lot, the tone and pace just didn't pass the "Should I risk gross scaly-itchy-oozy patches for this?" test. Sorry. I feel bad. :(

However, I think that if you have a young adult fantasy fan in your home, this might suit them to a tee. You know with Donita that you won't have something offending your youngun (or you), and there will be fantastical elements that are sure to please younger readers--talking birds and dragons and a resourceful, youthful protagonist.

Do visit Donita's blog and say hi.. And look around her site, as you'll find all sorts of stuff, including her testimony, games, and a shop to buy t-shirts and mugs with dragony stuff. And buy the book!

Visit my tourmates, please:
Brandon Barr
Jim Black
Justin Boyer
Rachel Briard
Karri Compton
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Linda Gilmore
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Ryan Heart
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Julie
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirtika
Eve Nielsen (posting later in the week)
Nissa
John W. Otte
Lyn Perry
Crista Richey
Cheryl Russell
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Speculative Faith
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Dona Watson
Phyllis Wheeler
Elizabeth Williams
KM Wilsher

CSSF Blog Tour




If you enjoy, write, read, or just want to support Christian SF and Fantasy with your blogging, then head over to the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy blog tour site and join up.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

OFFWORLD by Robin Parrish--Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour

CSSF Blog Tour



The return of NASA's first manned mission to Mars was supposed to be a momentous day. But when the crew loses touch with ground control before entry, things look bleak. Safe after a treacherous landing, the crew emerges to discover the unthinkable--every man, woman, child, and animal has vanished without a trace. Alone now on their home planet, the crew sets out to discover where everyone has gone--and how to get them back--only to discover they may not be as alone as they thought.


This month, the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy blog tour features OFFWORLD, a science fiction novel by Robin Parrish. You can catch the trailer for the novel at YouTube.

Visit Robin's blog. And do read the chapter excerpt HERE. If ya like that, do buy OFFWORLD.

Visit the other CSFF Blog Tour tourmates:

Brandon Barr
Jim Black
Justin Boyer
Keanan Brand
Gina Burgess
Canadianladybug
Melissa Carswell
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Linda Gilmore
Beth Goddard
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Ryan Heart
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Julie
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirtika
Eve Nielsen (posting later in the week)
Nissa
John W. Otte
Lyn Perry
Steve Rice
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Speculative Faith
Stephanie
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Dona Watson
Elizabeth Williams






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Monday, July 20, 2009

CSFF Blog Tour: THE ENCLAVE

CSSF Blog Tour



Karen Hancock is one of those trail-blazing contemporary figures in Christian SF within the so-called "CBA"-- three letters that still denote the publishing houses that put out Christian books. I remember the chatter when ARENA came out. You might recall the slew of awards that she earned over the years for her novels, including the books of the Guardian-King series.

This week, the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour focuses on Karen's latest offering: THE ENCLAVE. Here's a blurb:

When Lacey McHenry accepts a prestigious research fellowship at the world-renowned Kendell-Jakes Longevity Institute, she sees it as a new start on life. But a disturbing late-night encounter with an intruder leads to an unexpected cover-up by Institute authorities, and she soon realizes there's more going on than she ever imagined. She finds a supporter in genetics researcher Cameron Reinhardt. However, Reinhardt is a favorite of the Institute's director, and she can't help wondering if he, too, is in on the cover-up. The brilliant but absentminded researcher turns out to have his own secrets, some of them dark and deadly. The Enclave is characterized by adventure, intrigue, spiritual analogy, and romance, all set in an unusual but fully realized world--one that may have its foundations on earth but which, the more one learns of it, doesn't seem much like the earth we know at all.


I pre-ordered THE ENCLAVE months ago. I got it last month. I lost it this month. Hubby and I dug through my piles and burrows and under the bed and sofa, but no luck. The book clearly walked with God and was no more, because the Lord took it way. :)

So....I'll be buying another copy tomorrow from a local store. Hey, Karen, I will count for two of your sales numbers. :) I did try to find a way to buy it for download to read on my 'puter or my Sony Reader, but it wasn't available as far as I could see. The publishers need to look into that, eh?

Obviously, I haven't read THE ENCLAVE yet, so I can't review it. But I will. Meanwhile, you can read the first chapter HERE. Meanwhile, please visit Karen's site and, please, my tourmates-- who may actually have comments on the story itself. :)

Here ya go:

Brandon Barr
Jennifer Bogart
Keanan Brand
Grace Bridges
Canadianladybug
Melissa Carswell
Valerie Comer
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Janey DeMeo
Jeff Draper
Emmalyn Edwards
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Beth Goddard
Todd Michael Greene
Heather R. Hunt
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Julie
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Mike Lynch
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirtika
Eve Nielsen
Nissa
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
James Somers
Speculative Faith
Stephanie
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Elizabeth Williams



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Saturday, May 16, 2009

J-Rock Video The Mir's Digging: Gackt - GHOST English Subtitles

Okay, my current fave video/song from the J-Rockers. And Gackt is very easy on the eyes on this one, where he actually looks like a guy, not one of his androgynous he-she-ish looks. Some of the translated lyrics don't make sense (Embrace your shortened frame?), but who cares. Sounds good, looks good, catchy, and trying to sing the Japanese parts is fun. Thanks to Purinboshi on YouTube.com for the translation.

Cool Matrix-meets-America's Best Dance Crew choreography.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Interesting blog entry on "Christian Fantasy"

A nibble:
So I think we want to keep that in mind–that Christian writing to a non-Christian world view is, at best, often just neutral. There is an increasing divide between Christian and non-Christian thinking, and translation is needed.

So our world view has to be backed up and anchored effectively to reality, and relying on the pop culture’s thirst for clear-cut heroism is probably not sufficient. Winds change. God doesn’t.

Also, what’s being done with Christian fantasy today is reinvention and revision, not direct challenge on the genre’s own grounds. It’s taking the same Gospel story, still without showing non-believers any realistic background for it, and just retelling the same thing over again.


Read it here.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mr Darcy and...alternate reality...and ZOMBIES!

What woman in her right literary mind didn't fall head over heels for Mr. D. I did! Our fascination was cemented by the famous showcasing of our communal, international passion in the Bridget Jones novels. Mr. D rules!

Well, this week has been the SF-ification of Pride and Prejudice, it seems. First, I watched LOST IN AUSTEN, which has the cute premise of sending a modern-day gal obsessed with P&P right into P&P Land. Plot mayhem ensues as her presence, and Lizzie's absence, cause things to go way off the canon. Will the 21st century gal be able to love a Regency male? Rent it and find out. I got it from Netflix. It's enjoyable, although the latter third sort of gets slightly wearying. The ending works nicely. And the guy who plays Mr. Darcy does a decent job, too. He's no Colin Firth in the role, but who is?

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"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains."



Today, I came across a featured book at the Sony Reader bookstore: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. That one is just begging for a Monster by Mail treatment, doncha think?

You can read the opening pages at amazon.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Heads Up on Higashi No Eden, a Terrific New Futuristic Anime with Religious Elements


"The King has come to save us from the dark! Who could ever doubt? We have faith!"
--quoted "Scripture" from opening theme of Higashi No Eden


Well, futuristic being a couple years on (2011). Higashi No Eden translates to Eden of the East, and since we quickly head to Japan during the first episode, there ya go.

Here's the plot summary from Anime News Network:

On November 22, 2010 ten missiles strike Japan. However, this unprecedented terrorist act, later to be called as "Careless Monday," does not result in any apparent victims, and is soon forgotten by almost everyone. Then, 3 months later... Saki Morimi is a young woman currently in the United States of America on her graduation trip. But just when she is in front of the White House, Washington DC, she gets into trouble, and only the unexpected intervention of one of her fellow countrymen saves her. However, this man, who introduces himself as Akira Takizawa, is a complete mystery. He appears to have lost his memory. and he is stark naked, except for the gun he holds in one hand, and the mobile phone he's holding with the other hand. A phone that is charged with 8,200,000,000 yen in digital cash.


It only recently premiered on Japanese telly, but I've watched three episodes online and this is a high-quality anime that has that Bourne Identity vibe (ie, main character has had his memory wiped, however it seems he did it willingly to himself. Mebbe.) However, there is a gentler quality to Akira than there was to Jason B, which makes him likable, even winsome. There are moments when the artist(s) capture a particular look by making minor adjustments to the features that really affects how we perceive him. Very well done.

What the viewer might covet most--or be most interested in at first--is this neat special cellphone that essentially gets whatever the user wants done and done RIGHT AWAY (but it is fingerprint-keyed to a particular user). Want a car, a boat, a person killed? Done.

Of particular interest to me is how the religious element is developed. We see twelve "messiahs" hinted at (the main character is called this, and he's only the number IX of XII). We see psalms-like "verses" or prayers in the opening sequence. We hear Saki talk about how Japan needs to help itself in episode one. We know there have been terrorist attacks, and by a later episode, it's clear that Akira may have committed an atrocity (or not, who's to say just yet, I'm guessing). He even calls himself a terrorist in his amnesiac state. The voice that answers the wondrous cell phone is a "judge" (Juiz) and the XII are the "Chosen" or the "selected ones." If there is to be an EDEN in the East, then are these "messiahs" supposed to bring it to fruition via acts of violence? How are they chosen? Who foots the humonmgous bill? Who is their "God"?

The animation is terrific. The voice actors do a very good job. There is a certain romantically appealing chemistry in the blossoming friendship of the lead characters. It's got a mystery-thriller vibe with a bit of sci-fi, some odd, possibly religious/cult-based well-funded organization/conspiracy, and a bit of manga-ish humor tossed in to keep it from being suffocatingly paranoid and tense. Clues are given, and it's fun making theories about what is the deal with the phones, the huge bank account, the immediate wish-fulfillment, the danger, the murders, the implications of the religious elements, etc. Images that will recall 9/11 purposely are rather haunting. There is something very, very dark afoot, and it's a great hook.

The opening theme song is FALLING DOWN by Oasis, and man, is that a terrific song. The opening itself is a delight to watch. See it here.

The episodes are up at Youtube (in parts) and entire episodes can be found (subbed, not dubbed) at AnimeFreak.tv, where I caught them.

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Adam Lambert and MAD WORLD Made The Mir Cry!

I was NOT enjoying watching AMERICAN IDOL tonight with hubby. Some really nowhere performances.

Then, my fave from day one, Adam Lambert (I also like Allison Iraheta and, probably third best, Danny G) comes on and starts singing one of my very favorite songs (and if this preference weren't proof of my innate melancholia, I dunno what is), MAD WORLD, written by Tears for Fears' Roland Orzabal adn released in 1982--the year I met my hubby. It was later covered gorgeously--improving on the original--by Gary Jules. Ah, that minimalist piano and moody cello. A rainy day song...lie in bed and brood about life. You may have heard it used to perfection in the film DONNIE DARKO. Well, as soon as I realized what Adam was singing, I ran--literally RAN with arms flailing--to turn off the lights and raise the TV volume.

He rocked it like mad. I was crying. CRYING. The only AI performance that ever made me cry. The moody lighting, the quiver on the word "nervous". Loved it. (I would have preferred going low for the final words, back to the downlow gloom, but he went high. S'okay. Adam's the bomb.) He's been so consistently interesting and excellent, we may be getting us the first gay American Idol first place winner. (Clay Aiken came in second, after Ruben, if ya recall.)

AI redeemed itself in those last few minutes for the previous ho-humness.

In case you're curious, here are links and the lyrics to hear MAD WORLD:

Gary Jules' take on it--better than TforFears' even. Watch it with FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST visuals, if ya want.

Mad World
by Tears for Fears


All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
And their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow
And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I'm dying
Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
'Cos I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very
Mad World

Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday
Made to feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen, sit and listen
Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me
Hello teacher tell me what's my lesson
Look right through me, look right through me

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I'm dying
Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
'Cos I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very
Mad World

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Saturday, April 04, 2009

SF Cover Art Contest and a Prayer Request for Baby Max

I'll ask for the prayer first, since it's more important than a contest. Marcy Rockwell (speculative poet and editor over at MINDFLIGHTS.COM) has a new baby-yay!--who has a heart defect--:(--and I'm asking for healing prayers on Max Gerard's behalf. Thanks. Visit Marcy's journal for updates and info and a pic of wee Max G.

Now, the contest:

If you create speculative art (ie, fantasy art or science fiction art) and think you have created or want to create something that fits the guidelines/needs of MINDFLIGHTS MAGAZINE, please consider entering. No entry fee. First prize is $50.00 and we also offer cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd places and any Honorable Mentions selected.

The Rules and deadline can be found here.

If you have a pal who is an amateur SF artist (or pro who may be interested), pass the word along.

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Ebook for a Buck: WINTERBIRTH

Throughout April, you can download a fantasy novel by Brian Ruckley for a dollar: WINTERBIRTH. PW gave the novel a starred review, and here's a snippet of it:

Scottish author Ruckley's outstanding fantasy debut, the first installment of the Godless World trilogy, introduces a sprawling realm abandoned by the gods after two races united to destroy a third. The peoples left behind struggle with centuries-old prejudices and unresolved conflicts that threaten to destroy them all. The start of winter is traditionally a time of celebration, but when the elflike Kyrinin and religious fanatics called Inkallim interrupt the festivities at Castle Kolglas with a masterfully planned attack, the bloodshed is just the first move in an apocalyptic war that won't end until the world itself is unmade...(Sept.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Available on Kindle, Sony Reader, and from booksonboard.

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Marcher Lord Press' Newest Three Books of Christian SF

Jeff Gerke of MARCHER LORD PRESS has announced the next three books are out, including "a far-future SF, a mind powers fantasy, and a near-future dystopia with assault gunships." Here's his summary of them--and a bonus available for buyers during the first week of April:

By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson is a thrilling fantasy about a young hero and heroine who are discovering their abilities to "bloodvoice"--to communicate telepathically.

It is a land literally divided into Darkness and Light, and mystery surrounds both sides. Achan, a young stray (worse than a slave) is hearing strange voices in his head, and Vrell, a girl disguising herself as a boy to avoid a forced marriage, is trying to learn to block out the voices pressing into her mind.

Meanwhile, strong men with foul agendas seek them both. And a strange new voice, higher than them all, calls to Achan. Deceptions will be unveiled, foes will be found out, and identities long hidden will be exposed. No longer will they be...By Darkness Hid.

Library Journal calls By Darkness Hid a "thoroughly entertaining and smart tale" and gives it the coveted "highly recommended" stamp of approval.

Starfire by Stuart Vaughn Stockton is as original as it is alien. This science fiction thriller takes you to a world where saurians--dinosaur-like beings who speak and use advanced technolgoy--wage war against one another and seek to control devastating weaponry left over by an ancient civilization.

Rathe is a saurn from a low caste, whose only hope of bettering himself is through the combat ring. On his first mission with his new military squad, he is thrust in the middle of a destiny larger than he could ever imagine.

Torn between his desire to protect a small saurin in his charge and the counsel of a prophet representing a God he doesn't believe in, Rathe is forced to make a horrible choice, one in which he will cause suffering no matter what he chooses.

Starfire is utterly unpredictable and irresistably engaging. As Christian fantasy novelist Donita K. Paul says, "I was thoroughly enmeshed in this out-of-this-world world!"

The Dark Man by Marc Schooley is difficult to classify. It is equal parts near-future adventure, dystopian America, spiritual and psychological thriller, and romantic espionage spy drama.

And also helicopter gunships. And a building that talks. And a screaming banshee. Plus bombs, disguises, Ferris wheels, and a mysterious wooden puzzle box.

It's a Christian Twilight Zone that is impossible to put down--or forget.

Charles Graves is a master of disguise who infiltrates the final cells of the underground church--and brings them down. But this futuristic Saul of Tarsus has his own Damascus Road experience, and suddenly he must help the very ones he sought to exterminate.

If only his dead brother would leave him alone. And the talking wood-block puzzle.

The Dark Man is intense psychodrama with masterful writing and deep Christian thoughtfulness.

By the time you read this, all three of these incredible new novels will be available for purchase.

BONUS: If you buy one or more of these books within the first week of April, you will receive a free download of the PDF versions of the book(s) you purchased. While you're waiting for the novels to arrive in your mailbox, you can begin reading them right away. And when the hard copies actually arrive with their beautiful covers, you'll want to crack them open and read them all over again!


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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Tonight's LIFE ON MARS series finale

Okay. When Sam turned to Gene said, "Dad..."--I just about howled myself off the couch.

Cute ending, and given the cancellation, I guess they had to give us something suitable in short order. They could have done much worse. Or just copied the original. I'm glad they did something different. And, yes, I was singing along to "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters." The last shot...trippy, and very, very right. A giant 70's loafer step for mankind. On Mars. Yesssss.

Can I say I'm very happy Sam didn't go splat this time?

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Hugo Nominees Are Announced

Here they are:

Best Novel (639 Ballots Cast)
Anathem by Neal Stephenson (Morrow; Atlantic UK)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury)
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (Tor)
Saturn's Children by Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit)
Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi (Tor)

Best Novella (337 Ballots Cast)
‘‘The Erdmann Nexus’’ by Nancy Kress (Asimov's Oct/Nov 2008)
‘‘The Political Prisoner’’ by Charles Coleman Finlay (F&SF Aug 2008)
‘‘The Tear’’ by Ian McDonald (Galactic Empires)
‘‘True Names’’ by Benjamin Rosenbaum & Cory Doctorow (Fast Forward 2)
‘‘Truth’’ by Robert Reed (Asimov's Oct/Nov 2008)

Best Novelette (373 Ballots Cast)
‘‘Alastair Baffle's Emporium of Wonders’’ by Mike Resnick (Asimov's Jan 2008)
‘‘The Gambler’’ by Paolo Bacigalupi (Fast Forward 2)
‘‘Pride and Prometheus’’ by John Kessel (F&SF Jan 2008)
‘‘The Ray-Gun: A Love Story’’ by James Alan Gardner (Asimov's Feb 2008)
‘‘Shoggoths in Bloom’’ by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov's Mar 2008)

Best Short Story (448 Ballots Cast)
‘‘26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss’’ by Kij Johnson (Asimov's Jul 2008)
‘‘Article of Faith’’ by Mike Resnick (Baen's Universe Oct 2008)
‘‘Evil Robot Monkey’’ by Mary Robinette Kowal (The Solaris Book of New
Science Fiction, Volume Two)
‘‘Exhalation’’ by Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)
‘‘From Babel's Fall'n Glory We Fled’’ by Michael Swanwick (Asimov's Feb 2008)


Best Related Book (263 Ballots Cast)
Rhetorics of Fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn (Wesleyan University Press)
Spectrum 15: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art by Cathy Fenner &
Arnie Fenner, eds. (Underwood Books)
The Vorkosigan Companion: The Universe of Lois McMaster Bujold by
Lillian Stewart Carl & John Helfers, eds. (Baen)
What It Is We Do When We Read Science Fiction by Paul Kincaid (Beccon
Publications)
Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008 by John
Scalzi (Subterranean Press)

Best Graphic Story (212 Ballots Cast)
The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle Written by Jim Butcher, art
by Ardian Syaf (Del Rey/Dabel Brothers Publishing)
Girl Genius, Volume 8: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones
Written by Kaja & Phil Foglio, art by Phil Foglio, colors by Cheyenne
Wright (Airship Entertainment)
Fables: War and Pieces Written by Bill Willingham, pencilled by Mark
Buckingham, art by Steve Leialoha and Andrew Pepoy, color by Lee
Loughridge, letters by Todd Klein (DC/Vertigo Comics)
Schlock Mercenary: The Body Politic Story and art by Howard Tayler
(The Tayler Corporation)
Serenity: Better Days Written by Joss Whedon & Brett Matthews, art by
Will Conrad, color by Michelle Madsen, cover by Jo Chen (Dark Horse
Comics)
Y: The Last Man, Volume 10: Whys and Wherefores Written/created by
Brian K. Vaughan, pencilled/created by Pia Guerra, inked by Jose
Marzan, Jr. (DC/Vertigo Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (436 Ballots Cast)

The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer, story; Jonathan
Nolan and Christopher Nolan, screenplay; based on characters created
by Bob Kane; Christopher Nolan, director (Warner Brothers)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army Guillermo del Toro & Mike Mignola, story;
Guillermo del Toro, screenplay; based on the comic by Mike Mignola;
Guillermo del Toro, director (Dark Horse, Universal)
Iron Man Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway,
screenplay; based on characters created by Stan Lee & Don Heck & Larry
Lieber & Jack Kirby; Jon Favreau, director (Paramount, Marvel Studios)
METAtropolis edited by John Scalzi; Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, Tobias
Buckell, John Scalzi, and Karl Schroeder, writers (Audible Inc.)
WALL-E Andrew Stanton & Pete Docter, story; Andrew Stanton & Jim
Reardon, screenplay; Andrew Stanton, director (Pixar/Walt Disney)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (336 Ballots Cast)

Lost: “The Constant”, Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof, writers; Jack
Bender, director (Bad Robot, ABC studios)
Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Joss Whedon, & Zack Whedon, & Jed
Whedon, & Maurissa Tancharoen, writers; Joss Whedon, director (Mutant
Enemy)
Battlestar Galactica: “Revelations”, Bradley Thompson & David Weddle,
writers; Michael Rymer, director (NBC Universal)
Doctor Who: “Silence in the Library”/”Forest of the Dead”, Steven
Moffat, writer; Euros Lyn, director (BBC Wales)
Doctor Who: “Turn Left”, Russell T. Davies, writer; Graeme Harper,
director (BBC Wales)

Best Editor, Short Form (377 Ballots Cast)
Ellen Datlow
Stanley Schmidt
Jonathan Strahan
Gordon Van Gelder
Sheila Williams

Best Editor, Long Form (273 Ballots Cast)
Lou Anders
Ginjer Buchanan
David G. Hartwell
Beth Meacham
Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Best Professional Artist (334 Ballots Cast)
Daniel Dos Santos
Bob Eggleton
Donato Giancola
John Picacio
Shaun Tan

Best Semiprozine (283 Ballots Cast)
Clarkesworld Magazine edited by Neil Clarke, Nick Mamatas, & Sean Wallace
Interzone edited by Andy Cox
Locus edited by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong, & Liza Groen Trombi
The New York Review of Science Fiction edited by Kathryn Cramer, Kris
Dikeman, David G. Hartwell, & Kevin J. Maroney
Weird Tales edited by Ann VanderMeer & Stephen H. Segal

Best Fan Writer (291 Ballots Cast)
Chris Garcia
John Hertz
Dave Langford
Cheryl Morgan
Steven H Silver

Best Fanzine (257 Ballots Cast)
Argentus edited by Steven H Silver
Banana Wings edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
Challenger edited by Guy H. Lillian III
The Drink Tank edited by Chris Garcia
Electric Velocipede edited by John Klima
File 770 edited by Mike Glyer

Best Fan Artist (187 Ballots Cast)
Alan F. Beck
Brad W. Foster
Sue Mason
Taral Wayne
Frank Wu

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (288 Ballots Cast)
Aliette de Bodard*
David Anthony Durham*
Felix Gilman
Tony Pi*
Gord Sellar*

*(Second year of eligibility)


The 67th World Science Fiction Convention, known as Anticipation, will
take place in Montréal, Québec, Canada from Thursday, August 6th
through Monday, August 10th, 2009.

Some are available online as free reads. Check the list here for reader links.

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