Tesseracts Eighteen: Wrestling With Gods by Liana K

Tesseracts Eighteen: Wrestling With Gods

EditorLiana K, Jerome Stueart

Paperback | February 17, 2015

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"Fantastic elements are integral to all faiths — gods, fantastic creatures, miracles, blessings, power and magic," says co-editor Jerome Stueart, Faith in Science Fiction college professor and author. "We are happy to continue that tradition in this unique and thought-provoking anthology with works by some of Canada's finest speculative fiction authors."

"Wrestling with Gods (Tesseracts Eighteen) is the first in the long-standing Tesseracts series to explore faith and religion in Science Fiction and Fantasy," says co-editor Liana Kerzner. "We challenged our authors to create characters who wrestled with faith — any faith, real or created for the story — who both believed and yet doubted, or who went back and forth between the two."

According to Stueart, "Wrestling has always been a pat of faith. Jacob wrestled with an angel in the night, earning him the name "Israel", which means "struggles with god." Buddha wrestled, and the hero of the Mahabharata wrestled too."

The stories and peoms published in Wrestling with Gods (Tesseracts Eighteen) are as diverse as the influences that inspired them, real and imagined, from this world and beyond.

"Some of the works are serious", says Kerzner, "Some are fantastical and humorous. All are thought provoking."

The fantastical characters featured within the works of the anthology include:

  • A mechanical android Jesus in a futuristic Shinto shrine,
  • a Muslim woman trying to get closer to Allah through surgery,
  • a pro-fighter trying to get out of his contract and into Nirvana,
  • a Catholic priest verifying an appearance of Fatima on Mars,
  • an African village both fearful and dependent on the Scorched Man to guide the dead,
  • a vampire in a Residential School, and
  • a woman who talks to a coy mermaid about theology while teaching her to read... These are just a few of the 25 unique and thought-provoking offerings that give readers a chance to see faith from the believer and the skeptic in worlds where what you believe is a matter of life, death, and afterlife.

    According to Rev. Sharon Sheffield, Episcopal priest, long-time speculative fiction fan, "This anthology has confirmed my belief that some of the best theological writing is happening in the science fiction and fantasy genres. Who are we? Do gods — or does God — exist? What is Truth? And does it matter if we believe in any of these things, or does it only matter how we act? These are questions of faith, and these are some of the questions that are raised, and sometimes answered, in these stories. Taste and see; decide for yourself. You will find that for which you seek."

    Featuring works by:

    • Derwin Mak,
    • Robert J. Sawyer,
    • Tony Pi,
    • S. L. Nickerson,
    • Janet K. Nicolson,
    • John Park,
    • Mary-Jean Harris,
    • David Clink,
    • Mary Pletsch,
    • Jennifer Rahn,
    • Alyxandra Harvey,
    • Halli Lilburn,
    • John Bell,
    • David Jón Fuller,
    • Carla Richards,
    • Matthew Hughes,
    • J. M. Frey,
    • Steve Stanton,
    • Erling Friis-Baastad,
    • James Bambury,
    • Savithri Machiraju,
    • Jen Laface and Andrew Czarnietzki,
    • David Fraser,
    • Suzanne M McNabb, and
    • Megan Fennell.

About The Author

Liana K is an award-winning TV producer & writer who has also stepped in front of the camera as the co-host of the legendary late night show Ed & Red's Night Party, the Canadian Comedy Award-winning this Movie Sucks!, and Ed the Sock's I Hate Hollywood! An episode of I Hate Hollywood was lauded by mental health workers for de-stigmati...

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Title:Tesseracts Eighteen: Wrestling With GodsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:February 17, 2015Publisher:EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770530681

ISBN - 13:9781770530683

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Table of Contents
    Foreword: The Disappearing Lion Trick
      by Jerome Stueart
    Mecha-Jesus by Derwin Mak
    Come All Ye Faithful by Robert J. Sawyer
    A Hex, With Bees by Tony Pi
    The Queen in the Poplar Forest by S.L. Nickerson
    A Cut and a Prayer by Janet K. Nicolson
    Under The Iron Rain by John Park
    The Shadows of Gods by Mary-Jean Harris
    The Machine by David Clink
    Burnt Offerings by Mary Pletsch
    Ascension by Jennifer Rahn
    The Faith Circus by Alyxandra Harvey
    The Seven Creations — Book One by Halli Lilburn
    The Rev. Mr. Alline Encounters an Uncommon Light
      by John Bell
    The Harsh Light of Morning by David Jon Fuller
    Summon the Sun by Carla Richards
    So Loved by Matthew Hughes
    The Moral of the Story by J.M. Frey
    Soul Survivor by Steve Stanton
    Exoplanet IV by Erling Friis-Baastad
    Chromatophoric Histories of the Sepiidae
      by James Bambury
    Ganapati Bappa Moriya by Savithri Machiraju
    Abominatio by Jen Laface and Andrew Czarnietzki
    When Bone Ships Sailed the Stars by David Fraser
    The Last Man on Earth by Suzanne M McNabb
    Where the Scorched Man Walks by Megan Fennell
    Afterword: The Struggle to Wrestle With Gods
      by Liana K