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It’s now live — one can order, at least from CreateSpace, my collection of short stories, Thumbnails of the Fantastic.

Soon, it should be listed on Amazon (CreateSpace is related to Amazon), and when I can find it there, I will let people know. I do not know if ordering it directly from CreateSpace or from Amazon will change things or not — though I would expect, if you order it from Amazon, they might put its shipping with everything else you order from them (so I would hope).

The collection is of twelve stories — some science fiction, some fantasy, some horror, but all of them have elements of myself and my thoughts on life, the universe, and everything in them.

I’ve chosen, for now, CreateSpace for the print edition of the book. They do not offer a hardback edition, but for a collection of short stories, I do not think a hardback is necessary. At least, at this stage.

The cost right now will be $12 + S/H. The size of the book will be similar to a Verso book, and so I used Verso’s pricing to determine my own.

I decided to bring three short essays I’ve written on Islam and put them together for a cheap e-book edition. The longest essay is available elsewhere online for free, explaining why Christians and Muslims can be said to share the same God, and raising the issue of whether or not Christians can even consider Muhammad to be a prophet.  The other two essays complement each other; one is on the early Islamic philosopher Al-Farabi, and the second is on Al-Ghazali. They represent two radically different Islamic takes on philosophy and reason.

You can order it here: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/8176

Through the years, I’ve been writing short stories and novels. Most of them remain unedited and so have not been submitted to any place for publication. A few of my stories have been edited (to various degrees), and I decided to collect them together, and offer them to anyone who might be interested in what I have written.

The texts have been collected, and I am ready to share them with the world.

I have first released them as an e-book. This is because this process was easier and quicker to do than trying to put them together for a hard copy edition. I am working on finding a place for such an edition;  if you are not wanting to order an e-book edition, but want a printed edition of my book,  you will have to wait. I hope the wait will not be too long (I am finalizing my decision as to where I will have them published, then I will edit it for the book format I choose, and then I will have to wait to see a proof of the book before it is finalized — I expect this will take roughly a month, if not less time).

You can order the e-book in smashwords, herehttp://www.smashwords.com/books/view/8099 .

I called my book Thumbnails of the Fantastic to represent the fact it is a collection of short stories from the horror, science fiction, and fantasy genres. I have also included a brief introductory essay to indicate the value of these genres to a religious scholar as well as a concluding epilogue to point out the value of fantastic literature and why such tales should be studied by academics.

The table of contents reads:

Introduction

How Peter Lombard’s Sentences Saved the World

Fermi’s Pair of Ducks

The Innkeeper’s Secret

What St. Jerome Did Not Know

Death Awaits Him

He and She

The Test Subject

The Zombies

The Curious Case of the Missing Tea

What Dreams Are Made Of

The Vampire

The Puppeteer

Epilogue: On Fantastic Literature

Because of how e-books function, there is no page numbers in the title page for the electronic version of this book. I have linked to the previously released online versions of two of the stories (they have changed slightly for the e-book).

I am putting myself out on a limb with this publication. I hope people find the stories worthwhile and will recommend them to their friends.

When Pigs Fly

When the bird flew, I thought nothing of it; now, it’s been said, swine flew — the world will never be the same again.

The direction and pacing of the episode is slightly off, and the first episode seemed to be one padded storyline, preparing the audience for the touted trip to earth. There is a sense of mystery to the story in that we don’t know who the new hologram really is, but beyond that, I also got a season 1 vibe to the whole story. This is probably because the budget, like the first season, is low (though CGI helps make it look much higher than it is), and with low budgets, characterization instead of special-effects slapstick works best.

3/5.

It’s going to be quite busy. Not only will I be celebrating the resurrection of Christ, I will have new Doctor Who and Red Dwarf episodes to watch

The Doctor Who story is called, Planet of the Dead, and doesn’t sound or look as interesting as some of the stories which will come out later this year. But I’m hoping it is better than it looks.

Now Red Dwarf apparently is three episodes, starting with one on Good Friday. It celebrates the 25th anniversary of the show, and brings the crew… Back to Earth.

That looks like classic Red Dwarf!