Well, it’s a bit late but as one says, better late than never, so finally after a 10 day delay here is the interview with Karina. . .
Welcome back to my blog, Karina. I must say that it is always a pleasure to get emails from you. I believe you are quite a bit younger than I am, but your comments like “sweetie” are nice after a tiring day at work and sure do make me feel good.
Glad you’re back just in time as we’re off Tues to the East Coast. So without further ado please join me in welcoming Karina Fabian.
Gloria: Karina! There you are! How was the move?
Karina: Crazy. The week before we left, my 8-year-old broke his arm, we got hit by a drunk driver, and my new laptop died, taking a week’s worth of data and all my e-mail addresses, etc. with it. (I had them on back up, but the drive was packed.) Then, of course, we were on the road, with intermittent Internet. Once we got here, we had some problems getting my e-mail to send out. Crazy times, but we’re here at Minot AFB; Rob loves his job as Squadron Commander of the 91 MOS; the house is beautiful; the kids are loving school (a big concern after having home schooled for 5 years); and I’m fully connected to the Internet.
Gloria: Wow. Are your moves always this eventful? The most important thing is that you made it safely to your new destination.
Karina: Not really, and the upside is things have gone very smoothly here in Minot. It’s a small town and a small base, so we already know our neighbors. We also got our household goods the day after getting our base house—an amazing feat. I’m now alternating between working and unpacking boxes. Boxes are going to go a lot slower now that I have my beloved connectivity, though! Plus I have several assignments due, including workshops and a manuscript.
Gloria: More sci-fi?
Karina: No, this one is a fantasy comedy about a dragon detective and his image partner who have to chaperone the magical creatures at a human Mensa convention in Florida. The story I’m basing it on, “Magic, Mensa and Mayhem” just won an award.
Gloria: Congratulations! Well,tell us about your science fiction anthology,Infinite Space,Infinite God, which came out Aug 15.
Karina: Infinite Space, Infinite God, an anthology of fifteen stories about the future Catholic Church, explores the future as it impacts the moral and religious issues of our time, using the Catholic Church as its “lens”. Experience the Church’s struggle to evangelize aliens and lost human colonies and to determine the soul-status for genetically modified humans, genetically-designed chimeras, and clones made from the Martian sand. Discover religious orders devoted to protecting interstellar travelers or inner-city priests. Experience technical advances that allow monks to live in solitude on the Moon and help one criminal learn the true meaning of Confession. Learn about the present and future advances that will affect Catholic doctrine in introductions by the editors.
This is not just sci-fi for Catholics, however. The stories are strongly plot and character driven, not preachy or evangelizing in nature. It won the 2007 EPPIE award for best science fiction, and has received great reviews from readers of all faiths. If you like thought-provoking stories that recognize that faith will continue to be a part of the human condition, Infinite Space, Infinite God is for you.
Gloria: Is this a book for adults only, or is it something kids can read?
Karina: None of the stories are very violent or sexual, but some of the concepts do get a little deep. I’d say 14 and up. I have had some folks comment that teens should read this because of its treatment of modern and future issues. In fact, one mother went so far as to say that all kids should read it before they reach voting age.
Gloria: Did you intend to write a social commentary, then?
Karina: Actually, no. Rob and I wanted to put together a fun, exciting read of science fiction that recognized that the Catholic Church would still be a viable presence in the future. That so many have found it valuable in this regard is icing on the cake for us. However, that is what good science fiction does—makes you think.
Gloria: Thanks, Karina, for checking in. Where can folks learn more about your book?
Karina: Thank you, Gloria, for your patience! To learn more about Infinite Space, Infinite God, go to http://isigsf.tripod.com. You can order it directly from the publisher at www.twilighttimesbooks.com or from www.amazon.com. If you like bookstores (we do!), you can order it by the ISBN number: 978-1-933353-62-3. Libraries can order it, too. (Ingrams and Baker and Taylor are the distributors.)
Gloria: Well, as always, it was great having you here today. Looking forward to having you visit again.
Till next time,