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1. Tell us a little bit about your anthology, Infinite Space, Infinite God II. In what ways is it different from the ISIG I? Similar?

Both are science fiction anthologies, and both star Catholic characters or feature situations with a unique Catholic angle. ISIG I was a little more thought-provoking; ISIG II is about the adventure. ISIG II has a greater hero focus as well.

2. Do all the stories have Catholic heroes, then?

Not all. In some cases, the setting is distinctly Catholic, like in "Battle of the Narthex" by Alex Lobdell, or "Cathedral" by Tamara Wilhite, but if you took away the Catholic elements, the story could not have been written.

3. Do you have a website for the book and where is it sold?

www.isigsf.com is where you can find information on both anthologies, including links for purchase from the publisher, B&N or Amazon. It's available through most distributors, too, so if you like to support your local bookstores, ask them to order you a copy.

4. Any authors from the first anthology back for the second one?

You and Ken Pick are back, of course. We love "Dyads." You two have such an incredibly rich universe, and the religion of the Thalendri, with its similarities and differences to human Christianity, is fascinating.

Colleen Drippe is back with another of her Lost Rythar stories. She has a terrific barbaric world just learning about Christianity.

Alex Lobdell returns, but this time with a hilarious story about an alien assassination attempt during a Saturday night Mass.

I've written another Rescue Sisters story, and by request, a follow-up to "Insterstellar Calling," in which our alien abductee, Frankie, phones home.

5. I see this one is approved by the Catholic Writers Guild. What does that mean to you as an editor?

The CWG Seal of Approval says that this book adheres to Catholic traditions and teachings. For me, it's a reassurance that we picked the right stories for our purpose. For sales, it's a great reassurance to Catholic bookstore owners that this book will be acceptable to their patrons from a Catholic standpoint.

6. Will there be an ISIG III?

No idea. Let's concentrate on making ISIG II a success first, then see what happens.

7. Why the interest in Roman Catholic SF? (answer from your perspective or from the writers/readers)

Because it's not been done much, and we wanted to see more examination of the future (or fantastic stories) that incorporates both faith and science. For Catholic readers, it's refreshing to see stories that don't assume that the Church is anti-science; for the science fiction reader, it's a unique angle. Incidentally, the stories don't preach, so they can enjoy the adventures.

8. Now that ISIG II is completed, what is your next big project as a writer/editor?

Publishing-wise, has Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator, comes out in December from Damnation Books (yes, there's an irony there!). Neeta is a zombie exterminator who is training up apprentices on a reality TV show.

I also a short story about a bad date with Coyote the Trickster God, "Perfect Ten," coming from MuseItUp Publishing.

In September, my fantasy novel, Mind Over Mind, comes out. Deryl Stephens' psychic powers not only subject him to the thoughts of everyone around him, but to the whims of to aliens at war. Can a brilliant intern with an unusual take on psychology help him control his powers and regain his sanity?

Writing-wise, I'm not sure. I'm between projects and a situation at home has left me with little time or mental energy for creative tasks, so I'm putting my efforts into marketing for the moment. I have several novels I've been playing with, and one I know needs a rewrite before I can send it to my publisher.

You can discover more about Karina Fabian by following the link attached to her name.


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Nov. 27th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
Hey, Heavy, is it okay if I copy and paste this over to my own LJ to show the folks there? I'll give you the credit, of course.

And thanks for the ISIG weblink. I'll have to check that one out!
Nov. 27th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)

That would be greatly appreciated, Eric. Thanks for the assist! :-)
Nov. 27th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
I just posted it, along with links. Thanks for giving permission and I hope this gets some more sales! I've already got my copy on order.

Take care on the upcoming road trip and may God bless.
Nov. 27th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the interview, and for creating such a great story!

Karina Fabian
Nov. 27th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
the market for catholic-safe fiction is probably significant. I am lutheran myself so not too much considerations to be within catholic traditions. I must look closely at this catholic writers guild aproval thing for my sci-fi "graphic novel" I will be taking from my brain to some sort of roughed out story, dialog examples, character design, art style, etc. I will also need to read these books to get a feel how far they go and still achieve that catholic-aproved status.
Nov. 28th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
Ordered my copy!
Nov. 29th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Ann, the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval can be granted to any book that supports Catholic traditions and beliefs and does not contradict its theology. It's primarily a reassurance to Catholic bookstores that this is a safe book to put on their shelves. I'm not sure it's something you need, esp. being Lutheran and not particularly writing for a Catholic Audience. You can find out more at www.catholicwritersguild.com. Look in the FAQ section.

Unlike a lot of other Christian denominations, Catholics in general do not go looking for "Catholic safe" fiction. They have little trouble with perusing the fantasy of SF sections. (This is probably true for most Christian readers, but the rise of Christian fiction shows there's a significant part of the population that does not want to read anything that contradicts their beliefs, even in the realm of imagination.) We wrote the ISIG anthologies not as "safe" fiction, but as an exploration of the future of the faith--which really isn't a safe thing at all. :)

Karina Fabian

However, the SoA was VERY important to ISIG II because we did not want any of the Catholic elements in the stories to contradict the Catholic faith.
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