Tuesday, December 30, 2008

LOST GENRE GUILD - Blog Tour Day 2
Promoting and supporting biblical speculative fiction since 2006

"The Lost Genre Guild's mission is to raise the awareness and respect for Biblical speculative fiction, and to encourage, educate and support the writers of such fiction."

Website: http://www.lostgenreguild.com/

On day two of the Lost Genre Guild Tour I wanted to discuss a few of the book titles and the founder's site. I first heard about the Lost Genre Guild through another member a few months before release of a speculative anthology entitled, Light at the Edge of Darkness. The book contained stories about aliens, time travel, a vengeful angel, ghosts, and bleak tales of the future. Here at last I found other people who enjoyed a good fantasy, science fiction, or horror story. And they were Christian authors. I was hooked.

The next book I heard about from the Lost Genre guild was Flashpoint by founder Frank Creed.
Frank's book reminded me of Bladerunner meets the Bible. In the future churches have moved underground and it's up to the Sandmen to show others a different path for their life. Of course the Sandmen have weapons to defend themselves and protect the innocent, but without the usual bloodbath you've come to expect from a techno-thriller.

Both books told the kind of stories I enjoyed reading. They didn't come across as rehashed Sunday School stories, but they weren't filled with gratuitous voilence or bedroom scenes either.
Lost Genre Guild stories provide a happy medium between the two extremes.

Frank Creed, kindly answered a question about upcoming Lost Genre Guild style books:

As one of the Lost genre Guild founders, would you like to mention any upcoming speculative fiction books you, or other members, will release in the coming months? Any word on a release date for Flashpoint II - War of Attrition? My son and I are looking forward to reading the sequel.

This will take a couple days to answer—I’ve been on a no-mail status for a few weeks now. My own War of attrition and Forever Richard are forthcoming this spring—no dates yet. Terri Main’s Creative Calisthenics and Marcher Lord Press’ new releases are about to pop. How bout I comment with more on this news?

Thanks again, Mr. Creed.

Day three of the Lost Genre Guild Blog brings information about other Guild members, their sites, and books you might also enjoy.

*Participants’ Links:

Brandon Barr
Justin Boyer
Keanan Brand
Kathy Brasby
Grace Bridges
Valerie Comer
Frank Creed
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Janey DeMeo
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Andrea Graham
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Timothy Hicks
Joleen Howell
Jason Isbell
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Lost Genre Guild
Mike Lynch
Rachel Marks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Hanna Sandvig
James Somers
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespac
Phyllis Wheeler
Timothy Wise


Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

These are both excellent posts, Tim. I love your interaction with Frank. Great information through the interview questions.


Fantasythyme said...

Thanks Becky,
My son and I are big fans of Frank's book Flashpoint. I read the e-book for a review and enjoyed the story so well I bought a hard copy. :)


TWCP Authors said...


It is nice to see Frank Creed showcased with the Lost genre Guild!

He's the genius behind the LGG, works hard to get the word out _everywhere_ about this little known genre of Christian fiction --and is selfless in promoting everyone's fiction, not just his own.

Novelist M.L. Tyndall calls him "one of a new generation
of spiritual warriors" and on Jeff Gerke's Anomoly Frank has been referred to as "one of the "great champions" of Christian spec-fic.

Thank you for providing this information!

Frank Creed at TWCP

Frank Creed said...

Well, if the pressure ain't on now.
Be back tomorrow with a few book titles. OuT oF StEa m . . .

Grace Bridges said...

Flashpoint is one of my all-time favourites, too. Rock on!

Frank Creed said...

First, here's a copy & paste from the CSSF's own Rebecca Miller. While these are mostly YA, nominees are CSSF readers favorites and recent releases. While the LGG's privacy policy keeps me from name dropping, over half the nominees are LGG members.

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Nominations for the 2008 Clive Staples Award for Christian Speculative Fiction are:

Auralia’s Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet (WaterBrook)
Demon: A Memoir by Tosca Lee (NavPress)
DragonFire by Donita K. Paul (Waterbrook)
Father of Dragons by L.B. Graham (P&R)
Fearless by Robin Parrish (Bethany House)
Flashpoint by Frank Creed (The Writers Cafe Press)
Isle of Swords by Wayne Thomas Batson (Thomas Nelson)
Landon Snow and the Volucer Dragon by Randy Mortenson (Barbour)
The Legend of the Firefish by George Bryan Polivka (Harvest House)
The Restorer by Sharon Hinck (NavPress)
The Restorer’s Son by Sharon Hinck (NavPress)
Scarlet by Stephen Lawhead (Thomas Nelson)
A Wine Red Silence by George L. Duncan (Capstone Fiction)
Wind Follower by Carole McDonnell (Juno Books)

The works that are eligible are Christian worldview science fiction/ fantasy/allegory/furturistic/supernatural novels published in English by a royalty paying press between January 2007 and December 2007.

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And these are the Guild's featured authors for this tour:

Brandon Barr: and co-author Mike Lynch recently announced that the first chapter of their new novel won a "first chapter contest" at the Dead Robot Society.

Grace Bridges: Author of Faith Awakened, a cyberpunk tale with a classic old literary sci-fi style; and Legendary Space Pilgrims, a continuation of Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, and Lewis’ Pilgrim’s Regress. She also manages our blog and bookstore.

Johne Cook: Editor of Double Edged Publishing’s Ray-Gun Revival, serial author and head of the Guild’s Packer fan-club. The kind of guy who wears green and yellow jerseys to Chicago.

Rick Copple: A sci-fi and fantasy author . . . and poet, Rick may be one of the LGG's newest members but he is no stranger to Christian speculative fiction. Infinite Realities, Rick's novel is published by Double-Edged Publishing and his short stories appear in all the best Christian spec-fic ezines. Read his article, Fantasy and Christianity at ResAliens and make sure you visit his blog: Copple's Creations

Steve Doyle: Steve and I go back to my first speculative fiction forays into the Web: elfwood.com and the Herscher Project. Steve is one of three authors on this list with whom I share publication in the Light at the Edge of Darkness anthology. Check out Steve's links:
Elfwood (world's largest fantasy and sci-fi site)
The Herscher Project (all things speculative fiction: for writers)
Steve's website: Doyle Books
New Book News: as the name says

Karina Fabian: One of the few LGG members I’ve met in the flesh. Karina joined the Lost Genre Tour at the Chicago Tribune Book Fair. We will both be presenting workshops at the Catholic Writer’s Conference Online in February. She’s editor of the Infinite Space and Infinite God, and Leaps of Faith Christian sci-fi anthologies, and has an amusing pet—a dragon named Vern.

Andrea & Adam Graham: Editors of Laser & Sword magazine, the Grahams are into Podcasting, and Kilt-making (am I starting to sound like the Dating game announcer, or is it just me?). They’re two of the three authors on this list with whom I share publication in the Light at the Edge of Darkness anthology. Other links include:
Adam's Blog
Kings Kilts

Paulette Harris: Paulette is a writer of inspirational supernatural fiction. Polly’s active in our newsgroup and calls Colorado home. Check out her blog at Come and Sit Awhile.

Caprice Hokstad: Author of The Duke’s Handmaid and Nor Bars an Iron Cage, Caprice is a member of many Web communities, and a great encourager, and a manuscript proofreader for The Finishers. Check out her blog, Queen of Convolution and her official website Latoph (which is way cool!)

Mike Lynch: co-authors with Brandon Barr, and is a frequent contributor to the LGG newsgroup. Mike's much like Brandon, but with more facial hair. 8D

Terri Main: Editor of Wayfarer’s Journal, Communications instructor, our resident voice recognition software expert, and an aspiring Moon-whodunnit novelist and nonfiction author of Creative Calisthenics. Terri has been instrumental at getting the LGG mentors board off the ground and running!

Scott Sandridge: is an editor for Fear and Trembling, a Speculative Fiction Writer, Speaker, Reviewer, and Columnist. Check out his blog A Work in Progress where one can learn all sorts of information about the state of this country!

Sherry Thompson: Author of Seabird, book one of the The Narentan Tumults which is reviewed on the Guild Review. Sherry is a frequent contributor to the LGG newsgroup and can be counted on to dish up some fun as well as serious comments. Visit the Scroll Chamber for more about Sherry—including some great artwork!