Monday, July 24, 2006

July Christian SF-Fantasy Blog Tour -- Day 1

I've heard back from my editor on Return of the Guardian-King and the news is good. Whew! She expects to have her full and official feedback to me by the end of Tuesday, which means my vacation is coming to an end. I don't expect to start work immediately, but plan to read through the comments and then let them simmer (if I can...)

Meantime, I was asked to take part in this month's SF/F Blog tour and, being relatively free, I agreed. It will run Monday through Wednesday starting today. This month they are highlighting Christian Fandom, "an interdenominational fellowship of fans interested in the courteous and accurate representation of Christian viewpoints in genre fiction fan communities."

Christian Fandom began as a group of fans who met at various SF conventions to support each other in an environment that was generally pretty hostile toward Christians. They continue to meet at the cons today and aso have a website (LINK) featuring reading lists of Christian oriented works -- or works from a Christian worldview, however you wish to phrase it -- in the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and (a new addition) Western. Many if not most of the books cited are not put out by CBA, but the general market.

They also have book reviews as well as reviews of films, audio tapes and music inspired by genre fiction works, and an email loop you can sign up for to discuss SF/F from a Christian perspective. Occasionally on that loop they conduct online interviews of Christian artists, agents and writers, allowing email recipients to participate in asking questions and offering comments. Transcriptions of the interviews are subsequently uploaded to the site where non-participants can read them. These include one I did with them last January. If you've not read that interview you can find it HERE.

Even if you have read the interview I invite you to investigate the site and also check out what the other bloggers on the tour have to say about it. It's being coordinated by Shannon McNear at her blog, Shenandoah's Eclectic Musings , where you'll find a complete list of the other participants.