Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Take Eight: Christian Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog Tour: Where The Map Ends



The Home of Christian Speculative Fiction

Congratulations. You have reached the edge of what is known. Beyond this point, the map cannot help you.

You should be proud: almost no one makes it this far. Now, take my advice and turn around. If you keep traveling the way you're going, only God knows what you'll find.

But if you are determined to brave the blankness on your map, if discovering what lies beyond the fringe does not terrorize you, then go. And...I will come with you. For I, too, feel the call of this void.

Summon your courage, dear friend. Tighten your pack and gain a fix on that star right there. Come, let us explore what no one has seen. Let us find what lies in that realm where the map ends.


And this, my friends, is the opening for this month's Christian Sci-Fi/Fantasy blog tour highlight--the website of freelance editor and author Jeff Gerke.

A severe overdose of real life prevents me from blogging at length, but this site, one of the most ambitious Christian SFF sites on the web, is not to be missed. A very comprehensive list of Christian speculative fiction of many flavors and pages of writer's tips reveal Jeff's heart for both the genre and aspiring authors.

And check out his personal site, Jefferson Scott, especially the works in progress. He's a wonderful writer, in his own right ... Grasping at Angels made me cry. (Okay, so maybe that isn't so hard to do, considering the subject matter ...)

Also, please visit the other participants:

Nissa Annakindt
Jim Black
Grace Bridges
Jackie Castle
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
CSFF Blog Tour
Gene Curtis
D. G. D. Davidson
Chris Deanne
Janey DeMeo
Tessa Edwards
April Erwin
Kameron M. Franklin
Linda Gilmore
Beth Goddard
Marcus Goodyear
Andrea Graham
Todd Michael Greene
Leathel Grody
Katie Hart
Sherrie Hibbs
Sharon Hinck
Christopher Hopper
Jason Joyner
Kait
Karen
K. D. Kragen
Tina Kulesa
Kevin Lucia and The Bookshelf Reviews 2.0 - The Compendium
Rachel Marks
Rachelle
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Eve Nielsen
John Ottinger
Robin Parrish
Cheryl Russel
Hanna Sandvig
Mirtika Schultz
James Somers
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Daniel I. Weaver
Timothy Wise

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for your nice post about WhereTheMapEnds, Shannon.

    And thanks for pointing folks to www.jeffersonscott.com. I'm glad/sorry that "Grasping at Angels" made you cry. I love it.

    Here's a tidbit: I originally wrote it all in present tense. It was how I bridged the distance I felt between myself and who I could've been if I'd been born 700 years before in England. But in the end present tense was just too weird for publishers so I revised it into past tense.

    Thanks again for the post!

    Jeff

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  2. First, I love the logo - the edge of the map and the "world" beyond. So very cool. (Old maps have dragons on the edge, and a warning like, "Here be Dragons," which is what you find where the map ends.)

    But really, is present tense so disconcerting? I guess it depends on the genre, but I like the sense of immediacy and urgency it gives to a book. Sometimes.

    Great intro, Shannon!

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  3. Shannon, anyone ever tell you you should be a writer? hahah--you just have this knack with words. Made me at once want to click over to Jefferson Scott's site and read some of his fiction. Well done.

    Oh, and wouldn't you know, I left two people off the list: Nicole and Wayne Thomas Batson. IF life lets you, would you please add them to the list. Thanks.

    Becky

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