Welcome to the "offical website" of Nicholas Wansbutter, the totally unknown science fiction/fantasy novelist and cartoonist. Why "Swords and Space"? It's a play on the "swords and sorcery" label that I thought well represented the sort of work I like to produce, which is either medieval-themed fantasy fiction or science fiction; or more frequently a genre-bending combination of the two. I didn't go with "Swords and Science" because I've never been a huge fan of the science aspect of sci-fi, and my D in first year Chemistry at university solidified this understanding along with my intentions to pursue Law rather than Medicine!
I don't pretend to be a great writer, but rather, one who has taken to heart the advice of J.R.R. Tolkein to write the type of fiction one likes to read. On this site you will find a variety of postings on my thoughts about writing, life, movies I've watched and books I've read. Readers will find, mixed-in with these musings, ramblings, and rantings, three recurring series, appearing each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, respectively. These are:
Monday: Rex Cælestis
Posts with "Rex Cælestis" in the title will contain my responses to a writing challenge issued by a reader on another blog, and also out of a desire to share, in some capacity, my thoughts and scribblings over the years on the topic of space exploration in an imagined future society that has embraced the Social Kingship of Christ.
The project will take the form of diary entries, articles, letters, and other "primary historical sources" from this theoretical future, culminating in some short stories and, hopefully, a series of short novels that I hope to make available in eBook format. Posts may not flow chronologically since I will post items as inspiration strikes me.
Wednesday: Call to Arms
To be honest: one of the raisons d'être of this blog is to market my first novel, CALL TO ARMS, so there will be regular posts about the Call to Arms universe, the characters, ideas that I have for future works, and anything else that comes to mind. I hope that fans of the novel (should any exist) will enjoy a "deeper" look into the universe and may even collaborate to some extent in continuing the "franchise" (I've not yet sold my first copy and I'm already talking franchise!). As with "Rex Cælestis", I won't be posting things in any discernable order, but as the mood suits me.
Friday: Unpublished/Unpublishable Fiction
I do enjoy to write and share my writing with others (with a hope for some constructive criticism) without throwing everything that doesn't have an immediate market into the circular file. I was also once a half-decent comic book artist but let those talents atrophy and am trying to rebuild them. For this work, too, I appreciate constructive criticism to improve my craft, with a view to eventually writing a graphic novel or ten. So, on Fridays you will see various short stories, comics, or other scribblings.
I hope that you will enjoy this blog and honour me by "following" Swords and Space and reading regularly.
Yours in Christ the King,
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
1 November, 2011
Feast of All Saints