Fr. Z: Science Fiction Novel Star! UPDATE

UPDATE: Since I posted this, I have finished the second volume.  Fun.  It is sort of like…. Galaxy Quest meets…. The Magnificent Seven.  It’s like… Stargate meets… Indiana Jones.

As I mentioned, there is a character in the book named after yours truly.  While I think the real me might have done one or two things differently, I have a couple pretty good moments including what may be the best one-liner in the book.

And I didn’t die!  There’s hope that I will be carried over into the third book of the trilogy.

Now for my original post:


I have mentioned the writer Chris Kennedy.

He has put out, first, a duet of rollicking fun about the Chinese invading Seattle and a ragtag group who save the day (the Magnificent Seven could take a lesson).  He continued with the ragtag group in a trilogy sequel of rollicking fun in a science fiction mode.

He has taken to putting real people into his books, as “red shirts”.

Many of them die in glory!

I, your humble writer, am a character in the second book of the trilogy.  I am a “BLACK SHIRT”!

The book is all about me, actually….

well, no.  I am a just character in the book.

I don’t know yet if I will die.  Die in the book, that is.  I know I am going to die.

SO ARE YOU! Go to confession.

That said, I think I make it to the third book.

I suggest you start reading Kenney’s fun books with this.

This ain’t Heinlein, people.  But it’s fun.

An excerpt from the new book from my iPhone capture of a Kindle page (one of many) wherein I, your scribe, am featured.


Spoiler: While priests were not accustomed to carry edged weapons, I get to have a very famous sword.


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  1. Kathleen10 says:

    I think Mr. Kennedy has chosen well.

  2. Netmilsmom says:

    Ooooo! how fun is that!
    Time to light up my Amazon account! (from the link, of course)

  3. OrthodoxChick says:

    Very cool!

  4. Dimitri_Cavalli says:

    Good luck with that.

    We’ve had so much bad science fiction written in the last 50 years about “the spirit of Vatican II” and “the heresies oc Vatican II.”

  5. I would like it better if you had a light sabre.

  6. MouseTemplar says:

    Interesting “fan fic”, just loaded up the Kindle with Red Tide. Have I said how much I appreciate your book reviews and mentions? My husband is an Aubrey and Maturin fan and he loves the sea titles you share.

  7. Dimitri_Cavalli says:

    You should buy your own General Zod costume (the Terence Stamp one from the Christopher Reeve era).

    It would be great to see you say, “Kneel, Nancy Pelosi! Kneel before Vatican II, which condemned abortion in Gaudium et Spes!”

    [I like the Zod armor in the most recent Superman flick.]

  8. Sheesh, Dimitri, don’t give him any more bright ideas …

  9. bookworm says:

    Speaking of putting real people in novels… my husband is working on a series of Western novels in which the protagonist is a fictionalized version of a real person — the guy who, according to the county property records, built an old farmhouse that we lived in years ago. He uses the guy’s real name, birthdate and place of residence, but goes on to invent a backstory for him in which he fought in the Mexican War and later got involved in helping a slave escape through the Underground Railroad. The guy himself is, of course, long dead, but he probably still has descendants around, and I’m wondering what would happen if the book was published and one of the guy’s descendants didn’t like what was written. Could he sue us or try to stop publication in some fashion? This character, by the way, is a basically good guy and a hero but he does get involved in some gunfights and fistfights involving slave catchers, horse thieves, and the like.

  10. Kent Wendler says:

    “This ain’t Heinlein, people.”

    And that might just be more of an endorsement than a criticism. RAH gave a lot of evidence of spiritual slippage as he aged – seeking, but going ever more astray. His “Lucky Starr” novels and “Podkayne of Mars” were ok, but “Job, A Comedy of Justice” is about as blasphemous as it gets.

  11. Dimitri_Cavalli says:

    Actually, Philippia, I excel in Bad Taste and Poor Judgment.

  12. Actually, Philippia, I excel in Bad Taste and Poor Judgment.

    This could be the start of a beautiful friendship.

  13. Massachusetts Catholic says:

    Will there be a movie? Who will play you in the movie?
    (I hope there will be robots who sit in the front row and say funny things in front of the screen.)

  14. majuscule says:


    Or sift through Google results.

    Would love to read the book when published!

  15. NBW says:

    Very cool, Fr. Z.!

  16. UncleBlobb says:

    How wonderful. I’ve always thought you were larger than life, Fr. Z. After all, “Save the Liturgy, Save the World!”

  17. The Masked Chicken says:

    Well, not knowing whether or not time travel is involved, I find it rather, “suspicious,” that a Catholic priest would be cavorting with someone named, “Calvin,” hmmm…

    The Chicken

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