Residential Aliens, Day 1: A Zine for Readers of Christian Speculative Fiction

CSFF Blog Tour

For the most part, we feature books on the CSFF blog tour, but this month we have a speculative website–Residential Aliens. According to founder Lyn Perry, Residential Aliens is a “a zine of spiritually infused speculative fiction” that seeks to give “fans of science fiction, fantasy, and spiritual & supernatural thriller a quality venue in which to share their passion.” Yet it’s more than an online zine–Residential Aliens also releases a quarterly print magazine, anthologies, and (in the future) novels. I appreciate their vision to expand the genre of Christian speculative fiction, and their goal of reflecting eternal realities even in the shortest of stories.

So what can you expect if you stop by the website? At first glance, the navigation is a bit confusing, since the sidebar blends in with the main page and some of the links are buried far down in the sidebar, rather than toward the top where they can be easily spotted. If you persist and delve deeper, you’ll find a wealth of short stories of a speculative nature, accompanied by some intriguing artwork. They also offer an array of downloadable content on Scribd and Feedbooks, among other places. Right now, the most recent issue of the magazine is available for free download on Smashwords. In addition, Lyn is holding a drawing for a space opera anthology, which sounds like an entertaining book. So if you enjoy Christian speculative fiction, take advantage of the opportunity to get your hands on new reading material.

Also, if you’re a writer or artist, Residential Aliens is accepting submissions for flash fiction, short stories, serials, poetry, and artwork/artist interviews. The payment is small, but they don’t require exclusive rights. For details, visit their submissions page.

Since we’re featuring a website this month, I’m curious…will you sit and read stories online? Or does that format deter you?

For more discussion of Residential Aliens and its offerings, visit the other blog tour stops. And come back Wednesday for a review of one of their short story offerings.


  • Rebecca LuElla Miller
    August 22, 2011 - 5:44 pm · Reply

    Great question. I have a low tolerance for stories online. They have to grab my attention and hold it or I’ll start skimming pretty quickly. I rarely skim when I’m kicking back in my easy chair, settling in to read for the enjoyment of a good story. Somehow it’s harder for me to get in that same mindset when I’m reading on the computer.

    That being said, I have done my share of story reading online before. Some were connected to a contest. Some I’ve read because friends wrote them, and I was happy to see their work published online.

    I have to be honest. Until the tour, I thought ResAliens was all sci fi, so I didn’t give it a serious look, being into fantasy as I am. I’m happy to learn it’s more.


    • Sarah Sawyer
      August 23, 2011 - 4:55 pm · Reply

      I think since the computer is where most of us work, it’s not as relaxing. I occasionally read stories online, but not often–I need to have strong incentive (such as a blog tour, for instance :)).

      Residential Aliens does have a science fiction sound, despite the name being taken from Hebrews. While I prefer fantasy, I still enjoy a good science fiction tale (Kerry Nietz’s A Star Curiously Singing comes to mind).

  • Sally Apokedak
    August 23, 2011 - 1:28 pm · Reply

    I have read entire books online, but that’s rare. They have to keep me interested. I am not a huge fan of the short story, so it’s unlikely that I’ll read short stories online. I like big fat books. I like to get to know characters and worlds and I like to spend quantity time with them, as well as quality time.

    • Sarah Sawyer
      August 23, 2011 - 4:57 pm · Reply

      Ah, a fellow lover of enormous novels! The bigger the better, in my mind (provided the story is good, of course). I’m not much of a short story reader, either, so I’m not sure I’m the best judge of quality in that arena. Still, it’s good to expand reading horizons once in a while.

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