A mechanical Jesus for your shrine, the myths of cuttlefish, a vampire in residential schools, a Muslim woman who wants to get closer, surgically, to her god, the demons of outer space, the downside of Nirvana. The 24 science fiction and fantasy stories and poems included in Tesseracts 18: Wrestling with Gods take their faith and religion into the future, into the weird and comic and thought-provoking spaces where science fiction and fantasy has really always gone, struggling with higher powers, gods, the limits of technology, the limits of spiritual experience.
At times profound, these speculative offerings give readers a chance to see faith from the believer and the skeptic in worlds where what you believe is a matter of life, death, and afterlife.
Featuring works by: Derwin Mak, Robert J. Sawyer, Tony Pi, S. L. Nickerson, Janet K. Nicolson, John Park, Mary-Jean Harris, David Clink, Mary Pletsch,
Jennifer Rahn, Alyxandra Harvey, Halli Lilburn, John Bell, David J n Fuller, Carla Richards, Matthew Hughes, J. M. Frey, Steve Stanton, Erling Friis-Baastad, James Bambury, Savithri Machiraju, Jen Laface and Andrew Czarnietzki, David Fraser, Suzanne M McNabb, and Megan Fennell.
About the Author
Liana K is an award-winning TV producer and writer who has also stepped in front of the camera as the co-host of the legendary late night show Ed and Red's Night Party, the Canadian Comedy Award-winning This Movie Sucks!, and Ed the Sock's I Hate Hollywood! An episode of I Hate Hollywood was lauded by mental health workers for de-stigmatizing mental illness. Another early episode was well-received for its look at religion in Hollywood.
Liana also provides commentary, reviews and video interviews for video game site gamingexcellence.com. She is co-columnist of 411 Mania's "The 8 Ball", and host/writer of Liana K's Geek Download, heard weekly on the internationally syndicated radio program Canada's Top 20. She has edited and contributed writing to a comic book mini-series: Ed and Red's Comic Strip.
She has hosted and produced the Prix Aurora Awards ceremony three times. She is founder and chair of the Futurecon organization, which uses Science-Fiction and Fantasy elements to reduce various types of stigma and raise money for various charities.
Her stranger achievements include: modeling for videogames, having her superhero toy and art collection featured on TV's Space channel, researching and presenting a paper on Mormon Cosmology in the Twilight Saga, and having a DC Comics character named after her. Liana is an avid cosplayer and her costume work made her the face of Western cosplay on Wikipedia.
Jerome Stueart makes his home in the Yukon Territory. Hailing from Missouri and West Texas, Jerome came up to the Yukon to work on northern science fiction. He fell hard for the place. Stueart is a graduate of Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop in San Diego (2007) and of the Lambda
Literary Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices (2013). He has been published in Fantasy, Geist, Joyland, Geez, Strange Horizons, Ice-Floe, Redivider, On Spec, Tesseracts Nine, Tesseracts Eleven, Tesseracts Fourteen and Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead. He earned honourable mentions for both the Fountain Award and Year's Best Science Fiction 2006. He co-edited Inhuman. As a cartoonist he was featured in the Yukon News, and as a journalist he wrote for Yukon, North of Ordinary, Air North's in-flight magazine. He's worked as a janitor, a trolley conductor, an embedded reporter in a remote northern research station, a Religious Education director, and a marketing director.
He wrote five radio series for CBC, and one of them, Leaving America, was heard around the world on Radio Canada International. Jerome has taught creative writing for 20 years, and taught an afterschool course in fantasy and science fiction writing for teens for three years. He teaches a workshop he designed called Writing Faith in churches across Canada and the USA.
Table of Contents- Introduction: Jerome Stueart
- Mecha-Jesus by Derwin Mak
- Come All Ye Faithful by Robert J. Sawyer
- A Hex, With Bees by Tony Pi
- The Queen in the Poplar Forest by S.L. Nickerson
- A Cut and a Prayer by Janet K. Nicolson
- Under The Iron Rain by John Park
- The Shadows of Gods by Mary-Jean Harris
- The Machine by David Clink
- Burnt Offerings by Mary Pletsch
- Ascension by Jennifer Rahn
- The Faith Circus by Alyxandra Harvey
- The Seven Creations ? Book One by Halli Lilburn
- The Rev. Mr. Alline Encounters an Uncommon Light by John Bell
- The Harsh Light of Morning by David J?n Fuller
- Summon the Sun by Carla Richards
- So Loved by Matthew Hughes
- The Moral of the Story by J.M. Frey
- Soul Survivor by Steve Stanton
- Exoplanet IV by Erling Friis-Baastad
- Chromatophoric Histories of the Sepiidae by James Bambury
- Ganapati Bappa Moriya by Savithri Machiraju
- Abominatio by Jen Laface and Andrew Czarnietzki
- When Bone Ships Sailed the Stars by David Fraser
- The Last Man on Earth by Suzanne M McNabb
- Where the Scorched Man Walks by Megan Fennell
- Afterword: Liana K
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Tesseracts Eighteen: Wrestling With Gods, Liana Kerzner and Jerome Stueart, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, 2015 This yearly compendium of Canadian fantasy and science fiction tales deals with matters of religion and spirituality. The religions of Christianity and Shintoism are mashed together in a weird amalgamation, led by an android Jesus. A Muslim woman uses surgery to get closer to Allah. A woman summons Ra, the ancient Egyptian Sun God, to see if he can do anything about a Canadian winter. There is a story about a teacher in a rural school, forcing Indian children to learn the ways of the white man, a teacher who just happens to be a vampire. The Hindu god Ganesha is convinced to get rid of his elephant trunk to be more acceptable to modern Hindus. There is also a Last person on Earth story. Another Tesseracts volume equals another bunch of Very Good to Excellent stories. They will certainly get the reader thinking about Truth and who we are as human beings. As usual, this is very much worth reading.