Timothy Paul, author of:
Sciene Fiction / Fantasy / Science Fantasy.

In stubborn pursuit of traditional publication.
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Musings on writing and life.
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Who's stories am I writing?
Ego wants to tout my stories as uniquely original and inspired only by my own creative sense.  But look close at any of my tales you're likely to find hints of:
Bob Kane, Stan Lee, Rod Serling, Gardner Fox, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, William Shakespeare, Isaac Asimov, Alistair MacLean, John Wyndham, Chris Carter and a few others.

Ultimately, I credit the inspiration to write to the divine creator who shaped us in His image and sent His son to redeem us.

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A Divine Creator?

Book review: "2016 Guide to Literary Agents"

Micro story from the Stealth Files: "Checkers"

RSS from: Amazing Stories

RSS from: NY Times Science Fiction

Short stories by Timothy Paul in the Visions series from Lillicat Publishers


Latest release by
Timothy Paul:

"Perchance to Dream"


in:
Visions IV
Available at:
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In the words of the bard, "what dreams may come...must give us pause." Will our first journey to a distant star be one of peaceful bliss, or an ongoing nightmare?
"Gypsy in the Belt"
in:
Visions III Inside the Kuiper Belt

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"The biggest delight in this anthology was Timothy Paul's 'Gypsy in the Belt,' ... Action, suspense, clever dialogue, and well-
developed characters take this story to a level I wasn’t expecting. I look forward to more from Timothy Paul."


Carol Kean, reviewer and critic for Perihelion online magazine. See Carol's full review here.

"Shepard's Pi"
in:

Visions II Moons of Saturn

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"Timothy Paul’s 'Shepard’s Pi' is cerebral, fast-paced and tricky enough for any thriller fan. A shady guy named Brad Shepard breaks into the First Bank of Saturn, is on the run, and in need of money, so he falls for a get-rich-quick scheme that could easily be his last."

Carol Kean, reviewer and critic for Perihelion online magazine. See the full review here.
"Cavia Porcellus"
by D.A. Couturier
and Timothy Paul

in

Visions of Leaving Earth Cover

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Fifty tickets the ad said but the elevator only held five at a time.  The first five, so lucky to be so honored. Where exactly did the elevator take them? And who exactly returned? Cavia Porcellus is Timothy Paul's first collaboration with his spouse and gifted author, D.A. Couturier. Follow her blog here. 

More by Timothy Paul, available in print or ebook:

"Outpost 68"and
"Guard Your Thoughts"
in

The Future is Short Vol. 2

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"Pyrat Rum"
in
Final Ships

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"The Tenth Gold Piece"
in

Giant Tales World of Pirates


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C o n s i d e r



Suppose there really is a divine creator who designed our universe. Will anything His critics say or do change the laws He put in place?  Would He need me or anyone else to stand in His defense? And exactly what part of mankind might have been made in His image?  The capacity for creation? Or perhaps imagination?

If science insists His word is untrue, will He mind if I take some liberties with science . . . just a little? After all, if I bend a few laws of physics, chemistry or biology, the people and places I  come from a mind He created.

BOOK REVIEW: 

“2016 Guide to Literary Agents”

Writing a story is one thing. Selling it is another universe. For anyone who has dreams of seeing their work in print through traditional publication, Chuck Sambuchino’s “2016 Guide to Literary Agents” is a MUST HAVE for your reference shelf. Beyond a simple directory, the book explains why an agent would want to read your work as well as why they might not.

I especially loved the collection of first pages of rejected works with comments by agents who explain exactly where they stopped reading and why. No doubt I will return to these many times. And as often as I’ve pitched my work at a conferences, the information provided here gave me a new appreciation for what an agent does and what authors are expected to do for themselves.

Edited by an industry-recognized leader in connecting writers and agents, the 2016 Guide provides eye-opening tips on how to write a synopsis or craft a proposal for a non-fiction work. Along with a list of do’s and don’ts for query letters, Mr. Sambuchino explains how and why it’s important to research the right agent for any work.

Alphabetical listings and profiles of reputable agencies is the heart and soul of the book. And the index of agents organized by genre makes a great cross-reference. As an author who’s determined to break in through traditional channels, I give the “2016 Guide to Literary Agents” a solid five star ratings along with my thanks to the editor for making agents more accessible.

How would your life change
if everything you said

and everything you did
was streamed live online,

available for download at any time
by anyone
who cared to watch
your most private moments?



The World of Y'Kar

How would your life change
if everything you said

and everything you did
was streamed live online,

available for download at any time
by anyone
who cared to watch
your most private moments?


The World of Y'Kar

Authors to watch:
D.A.Couturier
Critical reviews and comment:
http://www.nyrsf.com/                http://www.locusmag.com/
Contemplation:
Evidences of a World Beyond

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Unlock a door with the key of imagination:






Checkers
by Timothy Paul

“Nice o’ ya to play a game with me, Frank,” Charlie said gruffly. “Ever’ body else won’t have nothin’ ta do with me. Think I’m crazy. Don’t wanna hear about it. But I know what I saw. Kid just popped up outa nowhere back in ‘47. I was sittin right over there, getting some shade from a big cactus.” The old man slid a red checker into a corner and his opponent spit a stream of tobacco slick as a whistle into the brass spittoon six feet away. “Kid just stared at me for a full minute, then asked me for a drink o’ my soda. He took the bottle out o’ my hand, then while he was still downin’ it, disappeared agin.” Frank didn’t answer. Didn’t matter none. This kind o’ nonsense was good for entertaining conversation on a hot day and not much more. The two men looked up at the sudden sound of wind as a dust devil blew in toward the rotting oak deck. When the small twister vanished, they straightened up the board in front of them and went on with their game. Another sound caught their attention and they looked up, just in time to see a young boy pop into view out of nowhere. He stood there on the dusty plain, holding an empty soda bottle and stared at them. Nobody said a word.

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Faith, fantasy, horror, sci-fi -- is there a tennable synthesis?


 Super Heroes   A few personal favorites:

Mere Christianity
by C. S. Lewis

Mere Christianity

What faith in Christ SHOULD look like.

The Shack
by William P. Young

The Shack

Would God be offended,
flattered or amused?

The Time Machine
by H.G. Wells

cover The Time Machine

Few writers have influenced a genre more than H.G. Wells on science fiction. We'll never know the time traveler's name, but his description of the distant future continues to inspire the speculative genres.

The Hobbit and
The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkein

Tolkein's Fantasy

One Christian thinker matched Wells' influence on a genre. Tolkein's middle-earth classic wasn't the first fantasy, but it still inspires followers and immitators.

Ender's Game
by Orson Scott Card

cover Enders Game

Can a 6-year-old be a hero? Can he be a villain by 12? What's really in the heart of a child genious?

And what of darker tales?

The Historian
by Elizabeth Kostova

The Historian
Would your father lead you on a trail of discovery and danger through cryptic, unfinished letters? 

The Martian Chronicles
by Ray Bradbury

Martian Chronicles

Just about everything I've read by Bradbury is memorable. None more than this famed collection.

The Andromeda Strain
by Michael Crichton

Cover Andromeda Strain

And you think ebola's scary?

Day of the Triffids
by John Wyndham

Day of Triffids

An apocalyptic vision uncovering the dangers of extremist thought: survival of the fittest played out on a British stage.