MYTHIC ORBITS 2016: BEST SPECULATIVE FICTION By Christian Authors by Kerry NietzMYTHIC ORBITS 2016: BEST SPECULATIVE FICTION By Christian Authors by Kerry Nietz


byKerry Nietz, Kirk OuterbridgeEditorTravis T Perry

Paperback | December 31, 2016

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This anthology is a showcase for the best stories submitted in the general field of speculative fiction by Christian authors for this project. It represents a wide variety of genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal.  There is no common theme to these tales, though the subject of empathy or lack thereof does come up in them repeatedly. This is most definitely not an anthology about orbits which are somehow mythical.

The main goal of this anthology was to demonstrate that Christian authors can write speculative fiction well. Stories with a wide range of appeal are included here, mostly serious, some with humor, some with “happy endings” and others clearly not so happy. All of them worth reading.

Some of these stories feature Christian characters in speculative fiction worlds, some make use of Christian themes either subtly or overtly, while some have no discernible connection to Christianity at all. Christian authors are featured in this collection rather than specifically Christian-themed stories.

There was no specific content or doctrinal test for these tales, though it happens to be that they are basically clean. As long as the violence mentioned in a few of these stories wasn't portrayed too graphically, this collection would rate a PG in the US movie rating system for the suffering mentioned in a few of these tales and a few relatively mild words like “bastard.” Sexuality in this anthology is limited to being attracted to someone and a single story kiss.

In doctrine, these stories do what speculative fiction as a whole does—create worlds unlike our own and put the reader inside them. These stories do not assert these unreal situations are actually true...though things that are imaginary can reveal truths about what is real. Nothing here overtly contradicts the Bible. Even strict interpretations that there cannot possibly be ghosts or fairies or certain particular monsters as some of these tales include could be simply reinterpreted as involving demons, if a reader wished to do so.

As much as these tales do not engage in graphic sexuality or violence or wander into asserting strange doctrinal beliefs are actually true, they nonetheless create unusual worlds, make unexpected twists, and otherwise are mentally engaging stories for young adult and adult readers alike.

Title:MYTHIC ORBITS 2016: BEST SPECULATIVE FICTION By Christian AuthorsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 7 × 4.25 × 0.77 inPublished:December 31, 2016Publisher:Bear PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1635358884

ISBN - 13:9781635358889

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Table of Contents

Editors Introduction 4The Bones Don't Lie 9 By Mark VenturiniThe Disembodied Hand 36 By Jill DomschotEscapee 43 By Richard New Nether Ore 52 By Kirk OuterbridgeA Model of Decorum 129 By Cindy Emmet SmithDental Troll 149 By Lisa GodfreesHMS Mangled Treasure 154 By L. Jagi Lamplighter WrightDomo 206 By Joshua M. YoungCameo 223 By Linda BurklinClay's Fire 262 By Kat HeckenbachGhost Roommate 270 By Matthew Sketchley Baby, don't cry 290 By R V SaundersThe Water Man 297 By Sherry RossmanGraxin 314 By Kerry Nietz

Editorial Reviews

"A collection of brief, delightful departures-and a few welcome chills. A truly enjoyable and impressive anthology." -Tosca Lee, New York Times Bestselling author "This collection presents a satisfying spectrum of storytellers, some familiar and others new on the scene. Some of the tales are unsettling and some are comforting; many are thought-provoking. Enjoy the ride." -Kathy Tyers, author of the "Firebird" series, Crystal Witness, Shivering World, One Mind's Eye, and Star Wars: The Truce at Bakura