Introductions

Discussion in 'Fantasy / Horror' started by Wayne Batson, Jul 3, 2007.

  1. galacticlord

    galacticlord Registered User

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    Sounds like neat stuff, James. I read Wayne's review of your book some time ago, you clearly come highly recommended.

    I've also worked on a Christian-influenced science fiction book....well it's actually now a duology since the story ended up north of 180,000 words and I had to cut it in two. Anyway, I'm just editing it now. It's not really science fiction fantasy. It takes place on Earth, in the 22nd Century. It's more Robert Heinlein/Philip K. Dick than Star Wars, which will make it a certain curiosity among the Christian spec fiction community, should it get published.
     
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    My name is David

    I enjoy watching movies, reading, video games and pretty much trying to have a good time

    I have not yet read any of the books

    I am not huge in to fantasy yet. But I did enjoy Lord of the Rings and beleive it or not, the Harry Potter books (I beleive you find whatever you're looking for when it comes to a book)

    I am 26 years old and I am looking for some good fantasy books to read. The Door within books intrigue me and I beleive that I would like to give them a try. Any suggestions on some fantasy books that someone of my age may enjoy would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Take Heart

    James, your tales sound like something I would absolutely love! There's a bit of a move towards SciFi now too in the CBA market, granted it's more like a slow lurching crawl, but at least it's not stalled anymore. Last Sci Fi/ Science fantasy that was Christian I came across was Kathy Tyers "FireBird" trilogy and that was in the last decade. :(
     
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    CoolDog Orianus Creation Series

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    Since this is the introductions thread, my name is D. Shane Burton, and I am a Christian sci-fi/fantasy author.

    My trilogy is Christian sci-fi/fantasy, but I published through Xulon, the largest Christian POD publisher, so the books are available online and to order through bookstores, causing them to remain in obscurity.

    To find books in these genres you really have to search and be willing to take a chance on books not from the "big" Christian publishers.

    Here is the genre on Amazon containing Christian books in the sci-fi/fantasy genre:

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...63259?rank=+salesrank&submit.x=10&submit.y=15

    Here are a few websites focused on these genres:

    http://www.wherethemapends.com/

    and

    http://www.christianscififantasycentral.com/

    I am glad these genres are being discussed here, as I find nowhere else on this forum to really discuss them among peers.

    D. Shane Burton
    Author of the Orianus Creation Series
     
  5. CoolDog

    CoolDog Orianus Creation Series

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    If you plan on selling your book to a mainline publisher, they do prefer between 80 to 120 thousand words. I published POD, so I left my three novels intact. The first was around 176,000, the second around 203,000 including the glossary, and the third just over 187,000 words. I published in size 10 font to keep the page numbers down, and I prefer size 10 anyway. I'm just saying there are options to publish the book intact if you so desire. In a 6X9 paperback in 10 font, your book would probably be around 380-390 pages long.

    Shane
     
  6. Wayne Batson

    Wayne Batson Tolkien Disciple

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    Hey, Scribe, BigDave, CoolDog--really glad you all came. Love the conversation. Connections lead to well, more connections! :D
     
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    CoolDog Orianus Creation Series

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    Thanks for the welcome! I am glad to see somewhere on this forum where Christian authors and readers are getting to know each other, and also the non-Christians who are not prejudiced against our works.

    As you can see, I joined three years before you and only have 20 posts. I am glad to see some like-minded authors and readers here now.

    Shane
     
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  8. galacticlord

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    I might stick with splitting it in two. They'd make good sizes for Tommy Nelson books, should they be interested, and I'm hoping to aim it to YA audiences anyway.
     
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    *runs around the room squealing excitedly* Scribe is here!!!! Yay! :D

    *waves* Hi Scribe!!
     
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    Hi Pais!

    *runs around in circles as well* Hi Pais Charos! It's so good to be able talk with fans and writers and authors of this genre. I all ways feel like I'm all by my lonesome in my love of it. Though I have, like a worm in an apple, been making inroads at work for fantasy and science fiction. ;)
     
  11. Roheryn

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    • Name or User Name
    Roheryn!
    • Interests/Hobbies
    firstly, the three 'R's, riding, reading, and 'riting! Horses in general, or maybe, equines in general, manga/anime...
    • Have you read The Door Within Trilogy or not?
    the first, in the process of procuring the second... or trying to...
    • Have you read Isle of Swords or not?
    not yet... :(
    • Your "Gateway" book--ie, the fantasy book that ushered you into a love for the fantasy genre.
    I would have to say... Alan Dean Foster's Spellsinger. My mom was tired of me reading the same books over and over again, and asked my uncle ot give me a book. The first one I borrowed was, Spellsinger. I was hooked, and it opened up my eyes to all the great fantasy/sci-fi books out there!
    • Anything else you want to share.
    uh... if anyone was wondering... I'm, as was recently put, during the Fantasy Fiction Tour, the 'famous' Roheryn! ((if I could spell my own name at 12:40 at night... morning... whatever...))
     
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    I somehow failed to mention that positions 1-6 of my top ten all time movies are taken up by Star Wars. Not quite sure how that slipped my mind.
     
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    Hi Roheryn!:D
     
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    Wayne Batson Tolkien Disciple

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    TOO funny. Positions 1-3 of mine are The Lord of the Rings Movies, #4 The Matrix...:D
     
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    Lord of the Rings and The Matrix are in my top five, the only movie that tops that on mine is Princess Mononoke!:D Oh...and Star Wars is so awesome! I have rewatched that and LOTR too many times for my own good!
     
  16. Roheryn

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    well... I don't have my favorite movies in a specific order... but I like
    Lord of the Rings
    Narnia (the newest version)
    Laybrinth
    Hidalgo
    The Last Unicorn
    FullMetal Alchemist: Conquerer of Shamballa
     
  17. galacticlord

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    I never thought to rank my favorites by order. The movies I really, really like would be Star Wars, the Indiana Jones trilogy, the Back to the Future trilogy, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, Mortal Kombat, The Neverending Story, Nausicca of the Valley of the Wind, Big Trouble in Little China, and Transformers. Probably a few others I've left off the list.
     
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    Hmmm, favorite movies, favorite movies. . . How about current favorites? Which would be

    1) The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (new version)
    2) Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl
    3) Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark
    4) Indiana Jones the Last Crusade
    5) Mirror Mask
    6) The Island
    7) I, Robot
    8) Hidalgo
    9) Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring
    10) The Sting

    ;) These are only current favorites and their rank is subject to change, though The Sting and Indiana are pretty much all ways in the top 10.
     
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    1.Princess Mononoke
    2.Lord of the Rings
    3.The Matrix
    4.Star Wars
    5.Pan's Labyrinth
    6.Ghost in the Shell
    7.Nightmare Before Christmas
    8.Devil's Backbone
    9.Edward Scissorhands
    10.Pirates of the Caribbean
    Runner ups:Stargate movie, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, and Dark Crystal, oh... and Narnia!!!
     
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    If you liked Edward Sissorhands, and Nightmare Before Christmas, you'd love MirrorMask. Neil Gaiman co-wrote the script.