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
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.
Daily 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 of Luna.
of 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 all.
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.
Hosts 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.
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 lupines.
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
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 us.
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.