1/12/2009

Genre Videos and Upcoming Releases

Here are three genre videos for your viewing pleasure. First is Jeremy Robinson's latest video blog in which he talks about his podcasting activities and marketing by authors and publishers.
Then comes a video made by Ezlo from the Lost Genre forum. It's actually a short supernatural movie based on a story by Ezlo.
Finally, in a rare captured moment, J.R.R. Tolkien tells how he came to begin writing about Hobbits.

Jeremy Robinson Video Blog #6


Matters of Life, Death, and Headaches by Andrew Bunk


Tolkien on Hobbits


Marcher Lord Press has announced the release list for April 1st. Here's what Jeff Gerke said about the new lineup:

The books comprising the second release list of Marcher Lord Press are Starfire by Stuart Stockton, By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson, and The Dark Man by Marc Schooley.

Starfire is one of those kinds of books I created Marcher Lord Press to publish. Because of Stuart's subject matter the book is all but unpublishable at traditional Christian houses. It's a far-future, non-earth, non-human science fiction novel. Not a humanoid in the bunch. But it's terrific and needs to be published. If the regular houses can't do it, let's create a house that can. Oh, wait, that's what I've done! :D

Starfire is the story of Rathe, a member of a race of talking, machine-using dinosaur people. (No, really.) Rathe is trying to make his mark in his military unit while concealing the secret of his quick advancement through the ranks. The empire he serves is at war with an enemy that is on the brink of discovering the secret of a lost civilization--a civilization whose Starfire weapons system will assure victory to whichever side seizes it first. A mysterious follower of an all but forgotten God warns Rathe not to use the weapon as he has planned to.

By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson is a wonderful fantasy with dual protagonists. Each is something other than what he or she appears, and both are learning the dangers of who they are. Both hero and heroine find they are capable of bloodvoicing--a powerful and feared form of telepathy. While our heroine strives to keep her identity hidden, our hero must learn who he truly is. Though when the world finds out, it will likely mean his death. Meanwhile, a different kind of voice is calling...

The Dark Man by Marc Schooley is the first novel I acquired for the second list. This book is so imaginative it defies all categorizations (except "Amazing"). It's a near future urban thriller about a master of disguise whose job it is to infiltrate the last remaining Christian cells and bring them down. But this futuristic Saul has a Damascus Road experience and becomes a figure like Paul. With helicopter gunships. And a dead mother who may not be dead. And a child's wooden box puzzle that kind of talks. A lot.

The impulse that launched Marcher Lord Press is very much alive in these new selections. Incredible imagination, masterful writing, and subtle (or not so subtle) Christian content.

4 comments:

Andrew said...

Hey Andrew Bunk author of Matters of Life Death and Headaches here, I've uploaded a higher quality version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHqNkdlbyGE&feature=channel_page here to check it out.

Anonymous said...

Because of Stuart's subject matter the book is all but unpublishable at traditional Christian houses. It's a far-future, non-earth, non-human science fiction novel. Not a humanoid in the bunch.

Thus breaking three of the four taboo tropes of Christian SF, inherited from Christian Pre-Trib Apocalyptic. My kind of edginess.

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Anonymous said...

Starfire is one of those kinds of books I created Marcher Lord Press to publish. Because of Stuart's subject matter the book is all but unpublishable at traditional Christian houses. It's a far-future, non-earth, non-human science fiction novel. Not a humanoid in the bunch.

Starfire is the story of Rathe, a member of a race of talking, machine-using dinosaur people. (No, really.)


Sounds like the type of stuff I write -- far-future, non-Earth, non-human, except I go more for furry nonhumans than scalies. (And if Starfire got pubbed, that means there's hope for me.)

Marcher Lord, you DO know that qualifies Starfire as a FURRY novel, don't you? Might use that angle -- if it was already released and I had sell sheets/ad flyers, I'd be putting them out at FurCon later this month.