Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Author/Editor Interview: Karina Fabian

I am pleased as intergalactic punch to interview Karina Fabian, the talented writer who, along with her husband Rob, co-edited the anthology, Infinite Space, Infinite God II. Ain't they a cute couple? :)

Karina Fabian

Rob Fabian

Infinite Space, Infinite God II contains twelve science fiction stories featuring Catholic heroes. Meet a time traveler who sacrifices his life to give a man a sip of water, and the nun who faces venomous snakes to save a friend. Share the adventures of priests who battle aliens and machines in order serve the greater good.

Infinite Space, Infinite God II spans the gamut of science fiction, from near-future dystopias to time travel to space opera, puzzles of logic to laugh-out-loud humor and against-the-clock suspense. A great read for any science fiction fan--a must-read for the Catholic sci-fi lover.

Now on with the interview!

Q: How did you go about gathering the stories for ISIG II? Did you contact your favorite authors or did you put out a general call let them flock to you?

Karina: I went to all the contributors of Infinite Space, Infinite God I and Leaps of Faith and let them know we were looking for more stories. Then I put out a general call through some common venues like duotrope.com as well as through my website groups. It took us a couple of years to get stories we really felt good about, so I can't say folks flocked to us, but we got some real gems!

Q: I understand there's a study guide. Could you tell us a little about it?

Karina: Actually, the study guide for ISIG II is under development. But it will mostly be discussion questions, usually with some answers or things to consider from the author of the story himself.

Q: These are all Catholic tales, but do you think they would appeal to non-Catholics as well?

Karina: Absolutely. As one of the authors has told me, any of these stories would have been perfectly at home in the old Asimov's or Analog that he grew up reading. The first requirement of all of these stories was that they be excellent science fiction. None of these are "message stories," either, so no fear of being preached to.

Q: Which of the stories, besides your own, stuck in your head most after reading it?

Karina: Oh, please! That's like asking, "Which child are you most likely to think of at the end of the day?" Let me answer this way:

Those I most think of for their worldbuilding: "Dyads," which is a space opera with an incredibly detailed and realistic universe populated by amazing creatures. "Ghosts of Kourion," a time travel story that brings ancient history to life. "Exercise in Logic," because I love Barton's aliens, even if they are infuriating!

Those that I remember for their heroes: "Tenniel," by Colleen Drippe', because her bishop is both spiritually strong and a fighter. "Tin Servants" because of the sacrifices Father ?? went thought to live out his calling; "Cloned to Kill" because of how Father ?? not only stand up against a powerful entrepreneur, but also a clone trained to kill that he's trying to save.

The "high adventure": "Basilica," because there's some great working-against-a-timeline action.

The comedy: "Battle of the Narthex" by Alex Lobdell.

The one that makes me cry: "Cathedral." I still tear up when I remember the last line.

Q: Thank you so much, Karina. This has been a pleasure!

~Aaaand we're back. Wow, I'm excited to read ISIG II. Aren't you?

Infinite Space Infinite God II is available through Twilight Times Books.

Also visit Karina Fabian on her blog and find out where else she's stopping on her tour. Good news, she'll be guest posting at my other blog, CatholicOnceAgain, on Dec. 2nd. :D

Take a gander at the review of Infinite Space, Infinite God II at Tribute Books Reviews.

And, of course, watch the super-cool trailer! :)


Karina Fabian said...

Thanks for hosting us today, Amanda!

Amanda Borenstadt said...

It's my pleasure! :)

Lydia Kang said...

Great interviews, thanks Amanda! (and the fabulous Fabians)

Amanda Borenstadt said...

Thanks, Lydia! :)

Shelley HW said...

Interesting concept. I've never heard if another book like it. Great interview.

Amanda Borenstadt said...

Thanks Shelley! :)

Amie Kaufman said...

I was thinking as I started reading this post that this really sounded like something that would match up with the old Asimov's and Analog stuff--the old hard sci-fi stuff often dealt with big questions like these. Sounds like a fantastic read, thanks for the interview!

Amanda Borenstadt said...

Yes, totally, Amie! :)
And thank you for stopping by to read! :D

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