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.
Thomas Clayton Booher
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