Did we release that Randy Ingermanson bonus just one week ago on Lorehaven’s podcast Fantastical Truth? Why yes. Yes, we did. Now just one week later, we have a whole slew of updates about Lorehaven, website upgrades, Realm Makers, and other events that go beyond our next Fantastical Truth.
1. Our new podcast episode ‘goes viral’: is humanity a virus?
At Fantastical Truth, my cohost and chief engineer Zackary Russell pitched this episode. Such a great discussion ensued.
Here’s a clip from the show notes:
“The earth is healing; we are the virus.” Not long ago, that slogan itself went viral. Some made fun of it. A few took it seriously.
But under the slogan lies this faint suspicion: maybe humanity is bad somehow. Something is wrong with us. We don’t belong here.
How do Christians engage with this idea in our nonfiction and in fiction?
2. You may have seen some changes around here.
If our webmaster (hallo) did his job, this Speculative Faith blog and all of Lorehaven.com is now a bit easier on the eyes.
That’s mostly because of a few cosmetic changes.
Among these is the better alignment (in desktop view) of article content, so it doesn’t crash to the page’s right side.
3. More reviews are arriving at Lorehaven.
We’ve done the math. Lorehaven magazine (free subscription here) has now released over 120 reviews since 2018.
That’s 120+ reviews of the best Christian fantasy: Christian-made, published, fantastical novels, anywhere we find them.
Last week, we began sharing those reviews with everyone.
You can find them with the newly restored ? REVIEWS tab at the top of this website.
Some new reviews will continue to be available only to free subscribers. However, with this many reviews—and especially now that we’re having advance reviews of new books!—we want to share them all where more readers can see them.
For the next few months, we will release one review a day!
For example, for this fantasy series conclusion that releases today:
Or this extended review of a space-opera classic:
Or this extended review from the alternate universe when we actually did get to Mars by now:
Even better, book reviews automatically link to the complete book information. And vice-versa.
This will help readers even better in their quest to find their next favorite story. Of course, that will benefit authors too.
Learn more about the Lorehaven project by exploring the author resources page. That’s where you can learn how to get your book listed on the site, how to request a review, and how to sponsor an ad or longer review.
4. Events are slowly resuming, one way or another.
No doubt you’ve heard the Realm Makers conference for Christian fantasy writers is going virtual this year.
- Registration is cheaper (those who’ve already paid have options to share with others or direct it for next year’s event).
- Virtual attendees will still be able to mingle, video-chat, text-chat, network, watch presentations, and share their stories.
- More people can attend the event, including those who would not have been able to reach New Jersey even before the pandemic.
For my part, of course Lorehaven will represent. I’ve been entrusted with some mentoring slots. And I may even pitch a fiction work or two.
That live, in-person homeschool conference now been rescheduled for July. There with the Realm Makers Bookstore (Lord willing!), I’ll speak on the theme of popular culture, what it’s for, and how Christian parents can train their kids to engage these stories and songs.
Next for live events: Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, in November? Again, Lord willing!
May our Creator indeed move to ensure these events can happen in these new dates, and with rational health and safety for all involved.
More updates shall be posted here as events warrant.