- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: The Writers Cafe Press (November 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934284106
- ISBN-13: 978-1934284100
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,561,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Leaps of Faith
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Again and again I marveled at the creativity behind the far-flung worlds contained within these pages... Do yourself a favour and let these unusual stories expand the horizons of your soul.
----Grace Bridges, gracebridges.blogspot.com/
Seldom does a book come along like Leaps Of Faith, where science fiction is blended with Christianity to produce excellent stories to inspire and enjoy. Two Thumbs Up --midwestbookreview.com/rbw/jan_03.htm
5 out of 5 Stars from Scribes World Reviews! "Karina and Robert Fabian merge science and faith in an anthology of fifteen Christian science fiction stories that ignites our imaginations." --Scribes World Reviews
From the Author
I'm writing this seven years and seven books after Leaps of Faith came out. Leaps was my first published book (aside from some craft books), and mine and my husband's first anthology. I'm thrilled at the opportunities it opened up for me, because truly, it has helped define my career.
Leaps of Faith started on a date. My husband, Rob, and I have always been good communicators, so I wanted to do something different on our dinner-date. Rather than talk kids or dreams or relationship, we talked stories. We wove a fantastic universe where humankind had settled the solar system and the Catholic Church was forging its presence there--including an order of nuns dedicated to search and rescue in outer space.
Having written some stories, I sought out a chance to get them published, which led me to talk with Kathryn Lively of FrancisIsidore e-press. She asked me if I'd consider expanding to an anthology of many writers of Christian SF, and I gladly agreed.
Rob and I had a grand time seeking stories. We ended up rejecting some real stinkers. The most memorable were the ones that wanted to clone Jesus to force the Second Coming. No one was able to pull it off convincingly, alas. We also found some gems--stories we still think about seven years later. We were thrilled to have some members of SFWA submit, and some of the authors of Leaps went on the write for Infinite Space, Infinite God I and II. When FrancisIsidore shut its doors and Kathryn moved on to different adventures (raising a family and editing for Mundania), we were blessed to find The Writers' Cafe Press, which put it out in print as well as e-book again.
Probably what we're most proud of when it comes to this book is that we focused on an area seldom expolored: religion and science fiction interacting positively, rather than using SF to evangelize (or argue against science) or taking the more common SF approach that science and religion do not mix--or even worse, that human kind needs to outgrow their archaic faith beliefs.
I hope you'll pick up Leaps of Faith. It's a fun book, no matter what your faith beliefs.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Leaps of Faith does not fit into a neat little cubbyhole, but then neither does God. And if you think of God in a box, you really need to expand your horizons a bit. I recommend Leaps of Faith as a handy way to do just that. I hope you will give it a try. You'll be glad you took that little leap yourself.
In fact, I'm pretty sure the only anthologies of science fiction short stories written from a Christian perspective (aside from the C.S. Lewis collection, Of Other Worlds) are the ones Robert and Karina Fabian have assembled: Infinite Space, Infinite God, and Leaps of Faith.
Leaps of Faith is a collection of 14 short stories, from a wider faith perspective than the Catholic-focused Infinite Space, Infinite God. There's a good mix of adventure, drama, introspection, and humor, and I found most of the stories both entertaining and thought-provoking. They don't all end cheerily or with every theological conundrum neatly tied up in a bow. As Dr. Simon Morden says in his foreword to the anthology, "Good storytelling isn't safe."
Reviewing all 14 stories individually would be way too tranquilizing, so I'll just hit the high points:
"High Hopes for the Dead" by Alex Lobdell: The collection leads off with a poignant tale of pathfinders in the early days of interstellar travel, their mortality rate so high that the job amounts to a suicide mission. One character's simple act of faith transforms despair into hope for the entire community--then that individual's faith is put to the ultimate test.
Faith and prejudice grapple in "Comprehending it Not," by Cherith Baldry. A priest must choose whether to solemnize the union of a man and an android, a biologically-manufactured woman. Can an artificially-created being have a soul, and if so, what are the implications for religion and society? Similar questions are posed in Susanne Marie Knight's "The Convert," but here the intended union is between a human and a very alien being.
Vincent Malzahn's "Quantum Express" is a chilling little story that speculates on quantum teleportation technology and its implications for the human soul. I won't be stepping into that transporter booth, thank you very much.
"Leap of Faith," the anthology's namesake, co-authored by the Fabians, is a story from their Rescue Sisters universe, in which an order of spacefaring nuns watches over travelers and workers in Earth orbit and beyond. In "Leap of Faith," a young Sister must overcome her fear to accomplish a rescue mission, and we discover that sometimes even miracles need a hand.
Is human history written in stone? Time travel and its possible results are addressed humorously in "Moses Disposes," by Frank C. Gunderloy Jr., and more seriously in Karina Fabian's "Tampering With God's Time."
Martyrdom is the theme of the last two stories. "Sometimes We Lie" is Barton Levinson's gripping tale of an alien convert to Christianity, a master spy who must run a lethal gauntlet for a chance to practice his new religion in peace. In "Lost Rythar," by Colleen Drippe, missionaries attempt to evangelize a lost human colony that has fallen into barbarism. Both stories eloquently communicate the truth that faith is more often and effectively spread through sacrifice than through persuasion.
This is a wonderful selection of quality science-fiction stories with Christian themes, and it's strong evidence that we could use a lot more collections like it.
Yes, I've only covered nine of the stories. You can read the rest yourself.
The stories are all well written, it is good solid sci-fi from the get to the go. Well edited, attractively packaged, this book is a great read at a bargain price for all that you get. Buy it, no matter what your spiritual beliefs are.
I'm not sure what one other reviewer was complaining about the book being heavily slanted towards Catholicism being the one and only true path. I'm a Maverick, non-religious, dogma-free, non-denominational spiritualist Christian with a background in Zen training and Taoist studies, and I didn't feel like I was being preached at or trying to be converted at all.
It seemed to me that "Comprehending it Not" undermined a proper understanding of humanity, and both it and "The Convert" ignore the imagery behind marriage: two becoming one in a way that has spiritual and theological aspects.
Certain of the stories--most notably "Confirmation," but also to a lesser extent "Quantum Express," for example--seemed to imply that spiritual phenomena are basically just physics at work, while "The Faith Equation" assumes that faith cannot coexist with knowledge. I thought "Sometimes We Lie" reduced Christianity to just a moral philosophy.
However, "High Hopes for the Dead", "The Smile," "God's Gift," "Tampering with God's Time," "Leap of Faith," "The Relics of Venice," and "Lost Rythar" are all very good, and "Quantum Express" and "Sometimes We Lie" (despite my reservations) are worth reading. "Moses Disposes" is a fun read, though as a language geek I found the ultimate point inaccurate.
So seven excellent, two good, one roughly neutral, and four bad. That's pretty good for an anthology.