Pictured in photo: Readers of all ages are blown away by the pure sci-fi space opera-ness of Star Chosen
Please enjoy my latest press release, beamed to you now with only half the intergalactic hype:
Silly Daddy Blasts Into Space with Star Chosen Sci-Fi Novel
March 31, 2010
North Riverside, IL, USA, Planet Earth
The latest major work from Silly Daddy cartoonist and Xeric Award winner, Joe Chiappetta, is not a comic book. It's a 67,000 word science fiction novel called "Star Chosen." The book took over five years to write and is a cross between Battlestar Galactica, Narnia, and of course, Silly Daddy.
Star Chosen, the 126 page, perfect bound softcover book retails for $10 US and is available now through Amazon at
The book's back cover description follows:
"Deleting history was just the beginning. Blast off with STAR CHOSEN, a space opera of post-biblical proportions! After war, heartbreak, and the erasure of all history and culture, whose side will you fight on: the Proud... or the Chosen? In a time yet to come, the high-tech Faith War threatens to destroy all religions across the universe. One small yet bold group, known as 'the Chosen,' survives, but will they rebuild, or be torn to space dust across a cold universe?"
While the printed book is available through Amazon, the novel is also selling on Chiappetta's website as an e-Book in all the major e-Reader formats: ePub, Mobi, PDF and even as a TXT file. Star Chosen, the e-Book, sells for $5, and is DRM-free. The book can be loaded onto multiple devices, and can be read on the Kindle, Sony E-Reader, iPhone, iPad, any computer, and any smartphone.
Chiappetta is not new to the sci-fi genre. His 1998 Xeric Award winning Silly Daddy graphic novel was also a major work of science fiction. Ironically, the imaginary gadgets depicted in that 1998 story resemble the devices that Chiappetta used in real life to create the 2010 Star Chosen novel. A Pocket PC was used to write the new story, and a Tablet PC was used to prepare the Star Chosen files for print production.
Going from the comics format to an all-text novel wasn't part of the original plan. Chiappetta started out on the project with the intent to tell the story as a weekly television series. Nevertheless, five years and 71 chapters later, Chicago area author, Joe Chiappetta, launches Star Chosen, a science fiction novel for all ages.
Best known for his ground-breaking and typically off-beat coverage of family relationships, Joe Chiappetta is a husband and father of three. Joe has written and published over 20 Silly Daddy comic books, numerous zines, an ongoing webcomics blog, and now, a science fiction novel.
What is a Christian Novel?
The most direct way to determine if any work of fiction would be considered truly a Christian book, is to ask yourself this; If Jesus Christ were the actual publisher, would he endorse and wholeheartedly promote the book to the world? Search the scriptures to see if the book's values are in alignment with Jesus' values. Another way to assess a book's alignment with Christianity is to consider the underlying purpose of the book: what is being promoted therein. Would it repel or attract people to Christianity? What makes any novel a Christian novel is that the content presents an overall interest and intent to share the good news about Jesus Christ to the readers in an enlightening manner. This can be done in any one of three methods:(1) Directly portraying Christians talking about Christian topics
(2) By example of the characters modeling Christ-like behavior
(3) Allegorically, where characters/events are symbolic of biblical elements
In the case of Star Chosen, all three methods are used in the novel, and I pray that Jesus Christ gives the book his blessing/approval.