Infinite Space, Infinite God II Anthology

 

This anthology of 12 science fiction stories features a wide range of science fiction stories–from time and space travel to virtual reality, alien abduction and interplanetary politics.  Tying the stories together is the Catholic faith of the characters, but this is not a religious book.  Rather, the stories explore how faith gives people strength, and how an extablished religion (in this case, Catholicism) will adapt to the changes of the future–from dealing with aliens cultures to handling the challenges of a virtual world where anything goes.

When Rob and I sent out the call for stories, we asked for three things:

  1. Great science fiction
  2. Accurate and positive portrayal of the Catholic faith
  3. Science and faith working together rather than in opposition.

The variety of stories is a testimony to the talent and imagination of the writers:

  • The Ghosts of Kourion by Andrew Seddon: A grieving professor escapes back in time to live among a doomed people.
  • Antivenin by Karina Fabian: Rescue Sister Rita takes on a ship full of venomous snakes in order to save a friend.
  • An Exercise in Logic by Barton Paul Levenson: How do you convince an infuriatingly logical race to stop an asteroid?
  • Cathedral by Tamara Wilhite: A genetically engineered human spends the last of her tortured days righting her wrongs.
  • Otherworld by Karina Fabian: Does sin really count when it’s virtual?
  • The Battle of the Narthex by Alex Lobdell: An alien battle in a most unusual setting–tickles the funny bone and touches the heart!
  • Tenniel by Colleen Drippe’: The battle for souls becomes a battle to the death.
  • Tin Servants by J Sherer: In order to serve his people, Paul becomes an android–but can he really care for them as a tin servant?
  • Basilica by John Rundle: Caprizo battles machines and thwarts an enemy armada to keep a doomsday weapon from their hands.
  • Cloned to Kill by D. Mak: How can a man of peace protect a clone designed to kill?
  • Frankie Phones Home by Karina Fabian: A sixteen-year-old alien abductee calls her family on the way back for official First Contact.
  • Dyads, Ken Pick and Alan Loewen: Enter the fascinating culture of the Thalendri in a story of intrigue, terrorism and religious tolerance.

We compiled Infinite Space, Infinite God II at the request of Lida Quillen, publisher of Twilight Times Books, because we enjoy reading science fiction that does not ignore the soul just because the technology is so exciting.  We feel this book adds something to the genre–and that the stories are great reads.  I’ll be sending you another e-mail with more information, but if you like what you’ve read here, please purchase it now by clicking the button below.  Please feel free to forward this to a friend!

 

Ghostwriting Workshop Coming in May

Life as a Ghost (writer) — Ghostwriting Workshop
Meet: Tuesday evenings in May, 6:30 – 8:00 at Amarillo Public Library East Branch.
An informative and interactive workshop for writers who are interested in becoming a ghostwriter or those who would like to know more about it. A key to ghostwriting is learning how to use voice. Even if you don’t think you’ll try ghostwriting, this workshop helps fiction writers learn methods to give their characters individual voices. I’ve ghostwritten books for international clients and one of her books was on the Amazon Best Seller List in Canada. Participants will come away with an overall grasp on what it takes to be a successful ghostwriter, how to find you client’s voice, and the opportunity to experiment with writing in someone else’s voice.
I’d love to see any of you in the area attend. In my previous workshops, we’ve had a good time – at least I’ve had a good time and the evaluations reflect the attendees also had a good time. It’s always a busy month but come when you can if five weeks commitment is too much for May.

Happy Easter

Jessus blessings on kids

The sleepy colors of winter
Fade fast in the dawn of
Spring.
The joy of Easter’s promise,
Delivers sweet reason to
Sing

 

Refreshed from her snowy
Slumber,
Mother Earth exalts her
Worth.
In a colorful burst of glory,
She blazons her wondrous
Rebirth

Renew your spirit, refresh
Your soul,
Rejoice with all humankind.
Celebrate life everlasting.
Peace and wonder are
Yours to find.>

The blessing of the Lord
be upon you…
Psalms 129:8

 

The Fisherman’s Wife Excerpt

Available in print, Kindle, and Nook.

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(Note: This work of fiction set in the first century Palestine portrays the life of Simon Peter’s wife, as I see it may have happened.)

Time blurred one day into the next. Johanna mechanically went through her daily chores. Her pregnancy kept her exhausted all the time. Finally, her time arrived and she went into labor. Leah and the midwife helped her. It lasted for hours. Johanna had to be supported on the birthing bricks. She couldn’t hold herself up anymore. With one last push, the baby boy slid into the midwife’s hands. Johanna collapsed.

Leah and Esther exchanged looks with the midwife. She shook her head and covered the little boy with a cloth. Johanna, barely coherent whispered, “Why do I not hear my baby cry?”

Leah enfolded her daughter in her arms. Johanna keened into her mother’s shoulder. She had failed again.

When Simon came to inquire of his wife and child, Esther and Caleb took him to the shoreline now empty of fishermen and boats. Simon sat down and buried his head in his hands. Then, after awhile, he rose, composed and aloof.

Simon and Johanna’s home seemed permanently silent. No children played in the court yard or splashed in the water’s edge when the boats came in from fishing. The months passed and Johanna lost hope of bearing a live child. Finally, Simon stopped coming to her at all. …

Johanna fell on her face and prayed for death or a child. “Oh God, like our mother Rachael, fill my womb with a child that I may redeem myself before my husband and my people.”

 

Rebekah Redeemed Excerpt

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Benjamin sized up the little girl. A flicker of recognition in the older man’s eyes quickly turned to ice. Stepping closer he reached down to the child and she pulled away. “Look at me, child,” he commanded with a little less animosity in his voice.

Rebekah lifted her chin and looked into her uncle’s brown, lined face. He pushed the shawl off her stringy brown hair, and for a moment the lines in his face softened and his eyes showed compassion. “You look like your mother,” he mumbled to himself. Then he stood back, cleared his throat and narrowed his eyes once more.

“You want me to take her in, is that it?”

“Yes. We have little and cannot take her as our own.”

“What is in it for my wife and me?”

“She is strong and a good worker. She is good with lambs. She can help with cooking and drawing water. I know she looks small, but she is strong and obedient. She could be a useful addition to your household. A daughter is not like having a son, but they can work.” Caleb tried to sell the idea to the shopkeeper.

“Well,” he sized up the child and scratched his bearded chin. “She could help my wife.” He stood in silence, strolled out into the street, and looked up and down at his friends and neighbors. Then, turning on his heel, he walked back to Caleb and said without emotion, “You asked around the village for me? Others know of the child?”

“We asked people so we could find you.”

With one more glance up and down the street, Benjamin saw the rabbi walking toward them. “The Torah does say that we are to care for orphans and widows. She is my dead sister’s child, no matter what else happened between us. I will take her in, but not as a member of my family.”

“Shalom. May you…”

Benjamin reached for the girl. He interrupted Caleb, “I will not pay you for her. Go back where you came from. I take her because it is my duty under the Law of Moses.”

Caleb turned to go. Benjamin pushed Rebekah toward the back of the shop. She looked over her shoulder at her father’s friend for the last time.

“Come. You must meet your mistress. You have taken up enough time. I have a business to run and customers to serve.” He spoke as if he were an important man.

Rebekah stepped through the door into a small courtyard and into a new life. She prayed silently that it would get no worse.

 

Books for Spring

With the weather warming up in at least some parts of the country, Spring is in the air. The old saying is that “a young man’s fancy turns to love.” I always wondered what the girl’s minds turn to. Now I feel like I have the answer – gardening books.

If you live in an apartment and think you have a black thumb, then put silk flowers in pots on your balcony or patio area. Put soil in the pots and then put the stems into the ground. They don’t care if you water them or not and stay pretty all summer. You can put them away for the winter. They can be cleaned by gently spraying them with water, shake them out, and let them air dry.

However, for those of you who want to make the effort to work in your yard there are always new books each spring. For example, Gardening All-in-One for Dummies, Vegetable Gardening for Dummies, Organic Gardening for Dummies, and the list goes on. There are plenty of books available that are not a part of the “Dummies” series. You can find books about gardening specifically for your area and climate. If your budget is tight this year like some are, Kindle is less expensive, but you can also go to the public library. You may have a garden club with free classes to help you learn more about gardening.

For those of you who have no interest in gardening, then check out “A Turn in the Road” or “Hannah’s List” by Debbie Macomber – released this month! Jodi Thomas has a new book out this month, “Texas Blue.” These can get you started. Happy reading.

Writer’s Workshop

If you live in the Panhandle of Texas, then you may want to reserve Saturday, April 16, 2011, for a road trip to Friona, TX. The Friona Public Library and local writers group invited me to do a workshop for them. You’re all invited. Lunch between sessions is pot luck so bring something yummy along to share.

Workshop Schedule

Saturday, April 16, 2011

at the Friona Public Library

Morning session 10:00 – 12:00 – Plot and Character Arcs

Lunch

Afternoon session 1:00 – 3:00 – How to edit your manuscript

Book Signing during lunch and from 3:00-3:30

Audio Books

Audio books have been around for quit a while. There is a section at most book stores where you can find them and of course you can purchase them online through various websites like Amazon and Barnes & Nobel. I’ve borrowed many of them from the public library. I’m always reading more than one book at once and spend hours on the computer writing or reading so much that my eyes get tired. Listening to a book lets me enjoy reading even when my eyes are too tired to read from a  printed book.

Audio books remind me of bed time stories. Sometimes I listen to them while I’m cleaning house or working in the yard and garden. Audio books can be downloaded from some libraries and many books that are classics can be down loaded for free to computers or MP3 players.  One of the sites I use is Free Classic AudioBooks. They are great to keep you company and awake on road trips if you’re traveling alone or your companion is asleep during the drive. They are enjoyable and are a great way for people with vision problems or who have lost their sight to continue reading.

I’d love to hear how you feel about audio books. Leave a comment.