New Reviews and Short Stories

Deborah Cullins Smith has reviewed Infinite Realities by Rick Copple: "Hold this book in your hand with a touch of awe."

Sue McGeown has reviewed League of Superheroes by Stephen L. Rice: "...delightfully realistic yet quirky..."

And let's not stop there - Sue also reviewed Leaps of Faith, the anthology edited by Karina and Rob Fabian: "...open up our head and our hearts to the limitless expanse of time and space."

Jo Linsdell posted a new review of Faith Awakened by Grace Bridges: "...a nice change from the ordinary."

And new short fantasy at the Mindflights treasure trove:

Soulsong by Rabia Gale - The war bard Elinor gets more than she bargained for when she has to sing for her supper.

Bottled Dreams by Victoria Sonata - Three men lost at sea find a letter promising everyone’s greatest dreams…and they wish for WHAT?

And TODAY is release day for Jeremy Robinson's brand new book KRONOS.


Online Madness - the Guild is busy!

The Web's going mad lately. Here are just a few of the mind-boggling things that are going on. Why not get along and join in?

Virtual Book Signing at Variance Publishing
Jeremy Robinson offers a world premiere - buy a book online, then meet the author via webcam and chat while he signs your book! Events are scheduled for January 22 and 24. See the site for details.

Over at Shoutlife, Terri Main and Frank Creed have opened a forum to discuss how best to go about ministry and book promotion in Second Life. Using one network to discuss the use of another - it's so crazy it might just work! Check out "Ministry in Second Life".

Steve Doyle has created a webpage for Bill McGrath's Sword of Fire series. Here you'll find video trailers, audio segments, and sample chapters.

Karina Fabian is thrilled to announce the discovery of a cover artist for her upcoming novel, Magic, Mensa and Mayhem. Check out some preliminary sketches - and some of the other finalists!

Last but most definitely not least: Alisha Paige delivers an incredibly rich in-depth interview with Sherry Thompson of the Guild, concerning her novel Seabird and the ongoing Narentan Tumults.

Phew! Enough for today...happy reading!


The Weird and the Wonderful

Looks like Monday's becoming our day to dig out some of the more quirky archives of our genre. What better to perk up the first day of the week?

Today there's more from C.S. Lewis. First, an excerpt from a lecture he gave; then a modern mash-up movie trailer for Out of the Silent Planet; and for the same book, part 1 of an animated version. If you don't know the book, this makes a good intro, and if you do know it... well, have fun!

The Everyday Invaded by the Marvellous

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis: A Modern Movie Trailer

Out of the Silent Planet: Animated Version Part 1

Finally today we have an article that's surely of interest to sci-fi and fantasy folks. In this article about scientific experiments in Germany, it is proposed that the world as we know it could be a hologram controlled by another dimension. Sounds like great story fodder...

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Cyberpunk Novelist Frank Creed to Appear at Second Life

For Immediate Release:

Award-winning Christian Cyberpunk author Frank Creed will be appearing in Second Life, Tuesday, January 20 at 7 p.m. For Second Life residents the direct link to the location is slurl.com/secondlife/North%20Bound%20Marina/226/25/24 (or you can become a Second Life resident by going to www.secondlife.com and downloading the software).

This will be an informal discussion in which Creed will share about his writing, his life and the state of Christian speculative fiction. Questions will be entertained by Creed. Afterwards, plans include virtual surfing and socializing.

Creed is the founder of the Lost Genre Guild, a group of writers, editors and publishers of different types of speculative fiction with a Christian worldview.

"Christians own the copyright to demons and angels and spiritual warfare," notes Creed. "Yet, the bookshelves of Christian bookstores are almost totally devoid of speculative fiction except for some fairly sanitized young adult fantasies. Nevertheless, there is a small, but growing, group of writers and independent publishers using modern technology to make quality Christian speculative fiction available."

Creed is the author of Flashpoint and War of Attrition, both published by The Writer's Café Press. Set in a future where fundamentalist Christians are considered terrorists, these books follow the exploits of a group of supernaturally cyber-enhanced resistance fighters using nonlethal weapons in an attempt to protect members of the underground church from the "Neros" or agents of the government seeking to crush the resistance and "re-educate" their members.

"I guess I created the first Christian Cyberpunk novel identified as such," says Creed. "There was a series of books published in the 1990s which might qualify as the first, but they were never marketed as cyberpunk."

In addition to writing the novels, Creed also helped co-author a role playing game based on the stories.

"I'm a gamer from way back. So, it was only natural for me to want to create an RPG where my readers could enter the world of The Underground," Creed explains.

Flashpoint has received critical acclaim and won several awards including: Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year (Elfwood 2006), CFRB Impress Award for best novel toured (2007), finalist for the Pluto Award for the Best Science Fiction Novel Reviewed, and was nominated for the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Clive Staples award.

"Jesus understood the power of the story to communicate in his world. We are creating the parables of a new generation," says Creed.

For more information email Terri Main at webservant2003@yahoo.com