Story Synopsis for Infinite Space, Infinite God
Edited by Karina and Rob Fabian
The Harvest, Lori Z. Scott: Barry Martinez, a doctor-turned-priest,
has the distasteful duty of harvesting the organs from a dead HuNome, a genetically engineered chimera used for work on the
moon and for replacement parts for humans on Earth. HuMones, made by combining
human and animal DNA, are considered less than human; even the Church has remained undecided on just how human these workers
are. Can Fr. Martinez see past the strange cat-like eyes into the souls beyond? And if he does, will he champion their freedom as Moses once championed God’s
Well, Adrienne Ray: Private Oscar
Talbot is an ordinary soldier with an ordinary mission: to scout the defenses
of the town of Hopkins’ Well in prelude to
attack. Sure the mission means using transporter technology to get to Mars, but
the tax break is great and what’s the big deal? When the mission goes wrong,
Talbot discovers that his government doesn’t want to subdue the colony, but destroy it; that the sands of Mars are haunted
by the last battalion sent on the mission, and that he, himself, is no longer human but made from the sands of Mars itself.
John, Colleen Drippe’: Humans
have spread across the galaxy, yet internal strife had caused it to lose track of many of its colonies, which subsequently
lost much of humankind’s most basic knowledge, including knowledge of the True Creator.
However, the intergalactic government, secure in its role as savoir of the race, would just as soon see the archaic
Christina faith die. As Brother John and his fellow priests land on Rythar to
evangelize, they risk their lives for their faith and for those to whom they would bring faith.
Calling, Karina L. Fabian: A different
take on evangelism. When aliens abduct Francis Marie, an average teenager, they’re
not interested in scientific studies. They want this Catholic schoolgirl to return
to their planet and explain this faith that has captured their hearts.
Bread, Karina and Robert Fabian: Spending
six months a year in space mining asteroids is tough, but for Personnel Supervisor Ray McHenry, there are compensations. His role as a Catholic deacon means the majority of the strong Catholics in the Company
have flocked to Blair Asteroid Mining Station--the only station in the Company where weekly Eucharist provides solace and
strength. When Blair’s shipment of Host is lost in an accident, Ray is
ready for tough times--but not nearly as tough as when the Host start mysteriously multiplying!
Jubal and the Womb of Silence, Tim Meyers:
Brother Jubal finds tranquility and peace in the barren landscape of Oceanus Procellarum and dreads the days when he
must visit the station for air and other supplies. Yet God often calls us to
new avenues of service, and Brother Jubal must tremblingly open himself to a wilderness far more intimidating than the desolation
the Ferret, Ken Pick and Alan Loewen: An
agent of the Order of St.
Dismas is on the trail of an ancient artifact that can destroy minds psychically. Fr.
Eric Heidler’s faith and training are his shield against the artifact’s attack, but in the end, it’s also
his insight and ability to accept a genetically-engineered passenger for both her human and animal aspects that saves them
Madeleine, Simon Morden: Is there
a place for an overly strong, genetically mutated girl from a broken home in the slums?
Madeleine may find her answer in the Order of St. Joan, a group of nuns with the special calling of acting as bodyguards for priestrs who live in
areas too dangerous for even the most holy of men.
of the Envoy, Alex Lobdell: After
nearly starving to death on his damaged spaceship, Luke Kittery thinks he’s found salvation--or at least survival--on
the Envoy, a multi-generational ship which had been lost in space itself for 120 years.
However, in their despair, the people of Envoy have turned to a false god--the earth itself--and the leaders see Catholic
Luke as a threat to their religion and their power. Only two children who were
raised in isolation by the deposed Catholic priest know the true faith, and Luke must depend on them to save him from the
wrath of the Hosts of the Envoy.
Understanding, J Sherer: When Detective Tack was a child, he saw
his father endure the pain of being excommunicated from the Catholic Church he loved--not for something he did, but for what
he was--a genetically engineered human. Even worse, it was only after his death
that the Church issued and edict proclaiming all humans--engineered or not--welcome.
So when a serial killer starts targeting priests and women religious, he’s none too happy about being on the
case. However, as the case unfolds, and he discovers that all the targets were
genetically engineered in the womb, Tack must confront his feelings and come to an understanding that will allow him to solve
the case and forgive the Church he loved and hated for so long.
Mater, Rose Dimond: A complex story
about the joys and trials of two children, now grown, who were visited by the Blessed Virgin.
One, who has died a painful death from cancer, is being considered for sainthood, while the survivor’s faith
is being rocked in a world turned upside down by war and the personal challenges of the untimely death of her husband and
the estrangement of her violent son. Where is the assurance Mary had given her? How can Her promises come true when so much has changed? When the Pope himself comes to her to take her away on a colony ship, she must decide--follow the command
of God’s earthly representative, or the directions of God’s own mother?
of the Wolf, Alan Loewen: In this
new take on the old legend of St. Francis, St. Francis goes to confront the Wolf only to discover he is a genetically engineered
traveler from a future in which his kind are enslaved. As he unfolds his story,
St. Francis sees his calling, and in the end, the tender saint’s efforts lead to a future of peace between humans and
Three, Karina and Robert Fabian: A
freak accident has sent the space freighter Poubelle on a collision course with the L5 station. Tumbling wildly and without a distress beacon to alert the busy facility, it may be too late for the sisters
of Our Lady of the Rescue to get a tow on it and pull it to safety. Peter, the
sole survivor on Poubelle, is nonetheless badly injured, yet must make a long and painful trek across the internal chaos of
the ravaged ship to auxiliary control. Fortunately, he is not alone; he has the
prayers of Mary Elizabeth, a young nun of the “Rescue Sisters,” and the very personal intervention of the Blessed
Gillian of L5. Faith, hope, and love--these three pull him through the physical
and mental hell to a salvation both corporeal and spiritual.
Far Traveler, Colleen Drippe’: Special agent Mark Kendall
is sent back in time to witness the crucifixion of Jesus. A lapsed Catholic,
he feels he’s been made the butt of a sick joke by his Jewish supervisor, yet when he is there, he discovers the truth
of Jesus’ sacrifice: that He died not the change the world, but to change
and Unusual Punishment, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff:
Liam Connor, a member of an IRA splinter group, considers himself a freedom fighter and true Catholic, willing to make
any sacrifice to further his cause--including blowing up a busload of Protestant schoolchildren. After being convicted, he is given the choice: capital punishment
or participation in a highly experimental rehabilitation program. When modern
technology makes him confront his sin, Liam finds that the only way to save himself from insanity is to move from justification
to true remorse, and finally, this “true Catholic” learns about the nature of Confession.