Starting on Monday, June 6, the robots will overrun our server. Scarcely has the ink dried on Kerry Nietz’s new sci-fi standalone Lost Bits before we’ve chosen this robo-drama as our next Book Quest selection in the Lorehaven Guild, exclusive to free Lorehaven email subscribers.
We invite readers teens and older, who love hard-edged yet warm-hearted sci-fi, to join this new Book Quest.
About Lost Bits author Kerry Nietz
Kerry Nietz is an award-winning science fiction author. His novel A Star Curiously Singing won the Readers Favorite Gold Medal Award for Christian Science Fiction and is notable for its dystopian, cyberpunk vibe in a world under sharia law. It is often mentioned on “Best of” lists. Among his writings, Kerry’s most talked about is the genre-bending Amish Vampires in Space. AViS was mentioned on the Tonight Show and in the Washington Post, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. Newsweek called it “a welcome departure from the typical Amish fare.” Kerry is a refugee of the software industry, a husband, father, technophile and movie buff.
Listen to Fantastical Truth episode 61: How Does Edgier Science Fiction Challenge Christian Readers? | with Kerry Nietz
Lorehaven reviews Lost Bits:
K-404 awakens and finds himself in a robot’s grave. Soon he recovers power and motive: he is a caretaker unit, created to serve his assigned family. Why then can’t he remember their fate or the reason he was abandoned in this vast inhuman land? Kerry Nietz’s robo-drama Lost Bits follows the earnestly heroic Four as he finds new allies and fights rogue bots to preserve his purpose. Clipped prose mimics Four’s thought mechanics, while endearing side characters support the android’s quest. Lost Bits boldly leads fans out of dead wastelands into celebrations of life, exploring the nature of humankind through the lenses of a human creation.
Best for: Fans of simple science fiction guided by deeper algorithms.
Discern: Bot-on-bot violence, often involving robo-rebels.
Book Quest guidance
- Quest title: Kerry Nietz’s Lost Bits
- Quest Guide: E. Stephen Burnett
- Genre: Science fiction
- Skill level: Age 14 and older
- June 6–12: chapters 1–16
- June 13–19: chapters 17–32
- June 20–26: chapters 33–49
- June 27–July 3: chapters 50–67
The Lorehaven Guild serves a community of heroes who gather to celebrate Christian-made fantastical fiction with delight and discernment. These stories include (but are not limited to) fantasy, science fiction, and beyond.
Heroes of the Guild will explore their favorite creative works in these genres. We will focus on Christian-made stories, yet occasionally include general market books.
Guild heroes can join monthly Main Quest parties that travel into the fantastical worlds of new books. We will explore these stories’ beauty, goodness, and truth (and opposites!), applying their meanings to the real world of our ultimate Author.
Heroes can also join occasional Side Quest parties that travel into other books, such as older Christian-made stories or general market novels.
How to join the Lorehaven Guild
Subscribe free to Lorehaven! We’ll send you the exclusive invitation link.
Then, use the Discord app or your browser to enter the Lorehaven Guild. Once inside the Guild, you can browse the Lorehaven Sacred Scrolls faith statement (this one only applies to Lorehaven staff creators). Then you’ll sign off on the Code of Honor (this one applies to all Guild members).
Once you finish, enter the Great Hall and pass into the Guild itself.