Mythic Orbits 2016

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This anthology is a showcase for the best stories submitted in the general field of speculative fiction by Christian authors for this project. It represents a wide variety of genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal.  There is no common theme to these tales, though the subject of empathy or lack thereof does come up in them repeatedly. This is most definitely not an anthology about orbits which are somehow mythical.


The main goal of this anthology was to demonstrate that Christian authors can write speculative fiction well. Stories with a wide range of appeal are included here, mostly serious, some with humor, some with “happy endings” and others clearly not so happy. All of them worth reading.


Some of these stories feature Christian characters in speculative fiction worlds, some make use of Christian themes either subtly or overtly, while some have no discernible connection to Christianity at all. Christian authors are featured in this collection rather than specifically Christian-themed stories.


There was no specific content or doctrinal test for these tales, though it happens to be that they are basically clean. As long as the violence mentioned in a few of these stories wasn't portrayed too graphically, this collection would rate a PG in the US movie rating system for the suffering mentioned in a few of these tales and a few relatively mild words like “bastard.” Sexuality in this anthology is limited to being attracted to someone and a single story kiss.


In doctrine, these stories do what speculative fiction as a whole does—create worlds unlike our own and put the reader inside them. These stories do not assert these unreal situations are actually true...though things that are imaginary can reveal truths about what is real. Nothing here overtly contradicts the Bible. Even strict interpretations that there cannot possibly be ghosts or fairies or certain particular monsters as some of these tales include could be simply reinterpreted as involving demons, if a reader wished to do so.

As much as these tales do not engage in graphic sexuality or violence or wander into asserting strange doctrinal beliefs are actually true, they nonetheless create unusual worlds, make unexpected twists, and otherwise are mentally engaging stories for young adult and adult readers alike.


Fourteen of the best speculative fiction stories by Christian authors, spinning science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal genres into worlds of intrigue and delight.

Featuring Graxin by Kerry Nietz, author of Amish Vampires in Space and A Star Curiously Singing, Mythic Orbits 2016 has something for every speculative fiction fan.


By Kerry Nietz, Kirk Outerbridge, Mark Venturini, Matthew Sketchley, Sherry Rossman, Cindy Emmet Smith, Linda Burklin, L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright, Joshua M. Young, R.V. Saunders, Richard New, Kat Heckenbach, Lisa Godfrees, Travis Perry (Editor)




"A collection of brief, delightful departures--and a few welcome chills.
A truly enjoyable and impressive anthology."
--Tosca Lee, New York Times Bestselling author


 "This collection presents a satisfying spectrum of storytellers, some familiar and others new on the scene. Some of the tales are unsettling and some are comforting; many are thought- provoking. Enjoy the ride."
--Kathy Tyers, author of the "Firebird" series, CrystalWitness, Shivering World, One Mind's Eye, and Star Wars: TheTruce at Bakura




"Mythic Orbits 2016, by Bear Publications, edited by Travis Perry, is Christian speculative fiction at its best. These fourteen stories ferry you away to lands of fantasy, sci-fi, and in at least one instance—Christian horror.
As one of the contributing authors, I had no idea what to expect from the others. But I was pleasantly surprised by the breadth and width of story interests. All of the stories are either thought provoking, comforting, or outright deranged.
Fun reads. Highly recommended."

-- RIchard New, member of Word Weavers-International and is the former president of the local chapter: North Jax Word Weavers.




"What a fascinating collection of stories! There is a little bit of everything in here, from ghosts to twisted fairy tales to robots to aliens. If you can’t find a story in this anthology that you like, there must be something wrong with you. Just kidding. But seriously, I was impressed with the breadth of speculative fiction that is represented in this collection.
Equally important to me was the variety of lengths of the pieces. I know that may sound weird, but if you only have a few minutes, there are some rather quick stories you can dip into and enjoy. On the other hand, some of the pieces are quite a bit longer, giving you something to really sink into and soak for a while.
While all the stories were good, I did have a few favorites: “Nether Ore” by Kirk Outerbridge, “Cameo” by Linda Burklin, “Clay’s Fire” by Kat Heckenbach, and “The Water Man” by Sherry Rossman, all stood out for me. I definitely recommend that you pick up a copy for yourself and see which stories you like best. :)"

-- Laurin Boyle




"I really enjoyed this short story collection. Although I'm not normally a big Sci-Fi person, most of the stories were just what I would call "quirky," which I love. Most seemed almost "normal" until some little twist would let you in that something wasn't quite right. I love that sort of thing. Some of the stories are short and some are longer, but each is easy to read in one sitting and each is written so well. The only bad part about these stories is that you get caught up in the characters and they are gone too quickly. I hope some of these authors will expand their stories into larger works. I think this is a great way for readers to find some new authors as well. If this is a genre you enjoy, pick up this book and, perhaps, you'll find a few new authors you love along the way."

-- Sue Fairchild


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