It’s that time again, and this month we’re highlighting Kathy Tyers, author of the much-referred-to Christian “space opera” Firebird.
I already said a bit on my SpecFaith post a couple of weeks back, about how I found the book. I have to admit, the first time I read Firebird I did so more with an eye toward comparing Kathy’s concept of epsilon abilities to “the Gift” in my world. (I’m always afraid when I run across something similar that it’s going to render my stories redundant … and I promise, I came up with this idea before I read Firebird, or Marion Zimmer Bradley, or Katherine Kurtz … but I digress.)
Of course, I fell in love with Firebird and her world. I found the doomed not-romance between her and fellow wastling Corey compelling from the start—and how that plays into her growing relationship with Brennan. (Oh, yeah, I’m all about character development … but the techie stuff was interesting, too, and I totally related to Firebird’s horror of needles.)
At some point I joined Kathy’s Lady Firebird fangroup on Yahoo. We seem to discuss everything else BUT Kathy’s work, but Kathy herself does grace us occasionally with her lovely presence. Several people have asked what she’s doing these days—well, she went back to school in Vancouver, where she’s also guesting at V-Con in early October. She tells us that she is indeed at work on another SF novel.
I’m slow getting this up today … this will be our third week of homeschooling and I’m coming off of a particularly tiring weekend … but I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else has to say the next few days. Please join us!
John J. Boyer
Beth Goddard (Beth is actually heading up the tour and beginning tomorrow will post an interview with Kathy!)
Rebecca LuElla Miller