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While the Morning Stars Sing: An Anthology of Spiritually Infused Speculative Fiction Paperback – July 1, 2011
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The collection of stories, poems, and illustrations bound within the covers of While the Morning Stars Sing will speak to you in that way if you're open to speculative musings about life with spiritual themes. They are generally very overt in following their genres: whether science fiction ("We Are Us" by T.J. McIntyre), horror ("The Blood of Thousands" by Steve Goble), fantasy ("Patron Saint" by Breanna Teintze), romance ("Butterflies Dancing" by Rachel Thomson), or even folklore ("A Fisherman's Tale" by Pete Mesling).
Each has harmonizing chords, some louder than others, that enhance the melody of their narrative with a tone evoking deeper meanings, like a vocal backed by organ or choir.
I especially liked "Fragments" by Aaron Polson for it's buildup of mystery that ends with an aching heart-tug, and "Mound of Mud" by Fred Warren for its simple humor and appealing characters operating within a fantastic situation; and "One Blink For Yes" by Margaret Karmazin because it proves that someone besides me has read Journeys Out of the Body.
The "spiritually infused" theme of the collection is an excellent orchestration by the editor, Lyndon Perry, and aptly resonates with the stories published on his website, Residential Aliens.
My own contribution to the anthology is "Davis and the Goth," which is my (embellished) reminiscence about being bullied in Bible Camp with the fervent desire for deliverance.Read more ›