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The Books

Search for the Alien God

When Tom meets an alien named Jane, he finds they haven't come to invade, explore, enlighten, or exploit humanity. Instead they have come searching for something that can only be found on Earth - the truth about God. But there's a problem; Hellbound creatures who aren't limited by normal physics are determined to stop the truth from getting out. Can Tom and the aliens survive and find a way to fulfill their mission?

Striving for accurate science AND accurate theology, this book is a thought-provoking look into what could be involved in the evangelism of space, wrapped up in an adventure filled with daring and humor.

This is one of the most unique science fiction stories I have ever encountered. Interestingly, it's a scenario I've spent a lot of time thinking about. So, I was very excited to discover that someone had actually written a book about it.
We know that God created the entire universe. We know that there are billions of stars and billions of planets. Did God create all of that, only to choose to put life on just one of those planets? Possibly. But what if He chose to put his children on other planets as well? Jesus Christ came to our planet. What would those other people know about the Savior? They would have prophets, we can safely assume. They would have scripture. They would have prophecy. But they would lack a firsthand account of the Savior's life. They would lack any version of the New Testament.
I've always assumed that Christ visited other planets after his resurrection. He did say that he had "other sheep" that would hear his voice. (John 10:16) However, God could just as easily inspire men to design vessels of interstellar travel and go on a pilgrimage to seek the "Alien God". (Christ, having lived on Earth, would be an alien to them.)
That's what this story is about. A vessel from the planet Gihon comes to Earth to seek the truth about God. I really liked the theme of how important it is to seek God, and to truly know Him. One of my favorite quotes was on page 35. "Well it amazes US that, of the 100,000 known worlds with intelligent life, God chose to come to Earth and your people aren't looking for him at all." Wow! Are we looking for God in our daily lives? I for one, probably could be a lot better at that.
- Excerpt from a Goodreads review

I have to say really got into this one. I think this is a great book and plan on looking for more from this author!
-Amazon reviewer

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Dangerous Alien Robot

Raven and her crew of near-angelic robots prepare to invade Hell itself in this sequel to Search for the Alien God. When the powerful robot queen Raven is taken prisoner by Satan himself, this is just the beginning of ever-escalating action between the two forces. Can Raven and her crew survive the onslaught?

In this new book, the author continues to explore theological questions of destiny and character while presenting a dramatic look at the Eden story for Raven's kind. Science, dancing, and a spaceship being colored with magic markers will keep the reader entertained along the way.

I received this book as a first read. It was a surprisingly fun read. The book is funny and thought provoking. I like that the robots have a good and almost deadpan sense of humor and their own sense of morality and values. It's amusing that they judge scifi aliens and robots and reference old movies like Forbidden Planet and The Day the Earth Stood Still. Satan was funny and pragmatic. Humans were predictable in their actions which made it fun to see what lengths aliens would have to go to in order to prove to humankind that they were friendly. It was also amusing to see the disdain and annoyance the robots had for human misgivings. I also enjoyed the theological aspects of the book - robots claiming they wouldn't have messed up in Eden and Protestants bitter that robots ha[ve] chosen to spread Catholicism. This is a smart and delightful read that will make you question your own beliefs both religious and moral. It can be enjoyed by religious and secular folks alike and is just a great, cheeky scifi romp.
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Battle of the Queens

This is the third book in the Search for the Alien God series. It is the story of the evangelization of space by a huge robot force that is acting on behalf of mankind and commissioned by God Himself. That commission was given to Raven, the powerful robot queen who must face fantastic adversity, other robots, demons and the vastness of space to complete a seemingly impossible mission. Protagonist Ostara, the Queen of Hell, is Raven's greatest adversary. Heaven's Queen, the Virgin Mary, also plays a central role in assisting Raven in times of greatest need. The book merges current cosmology with theology, giving equal weight to both.

[T]his was a really entertaining fast-paced sic fi thriller combining the struggle between good and evil not only in our individual souls but also writ large across the galaxy. Highly recommended to those who wonder what Catholic theology is actually about.
- Goodreads reviewer

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Complete Trilogy

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Captain Kirk once asked. "What does God need with a starship?" Is there a place for robots and starships in doing God's work? David Flynn takes us on a sci-fi tour de force that hurtles through deep space taking us from the highest Heaven to the pits of Hell, a sci-fi parable of courage, duty, love and sacrifice told by a bevy of happy, well adjusted robots with a smattering of rock-and-roll sprinkled in for flavor. The Search trilogy tells us just how a starship can be useful to God and leaves us excited and changed in the process.
- Fr. M. Paul Richardson
- Catholic Diocese of Arlington

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Media Contact — Dustin Siggins

The books are illustrated by Sarah Olimpia Carts, Kathryn Flynn, and Madalena Noyes,
and edited by Rosemary Reninger and Anna Macdonald.

About the Author

Author hiking

David Flynn is a new author, who has a strong background in science and theology/philosophy, with masters degrees in both Computer Science and Catechetics.

He has had a lifelong interest in astronomy, as visitors can see from the huge telescope sitting in his living room. He is the owner of a trained cat, who regularly performs at the parties held at his home.

Beyond writing, his interests closely parallel the lead character Tom in his book series; triathlon, ham radio, dancing and ski instruction are lifetime passions. He lives, works and writes in the DC Metro area and does Cyber Security for a living.

Writing Search for the Alien God has been a chance to explore the events that resulted as Christianity spread out through the world, now expanded to all of space. People who ask if there is another book in the works always get the same answer: "Is there another planet out there?"

Excerpts from the Books

Jane sprinkling dust to produce Alta

Jane's creation of Alta, image by Madalena Noyes

Excerpt from Search for the Alien God

Alta had been wandering around the graveyard loops while Jessie and I spoke. She was taking a slow, thoughtful tour. Hearing what Jessie said about her gravesite being her phone number, and knowing that Alta could see the supernatural, I realized that the tour she was on was one of deeper discovery. She could probably see beyond these graves. After a time, she reversed the route and began reviewing the gravestones on the other side of the graveyard that she had missed on her first lap.

Jessie saw this too and then looked at me seriously and asked, "Tom, what's it like working with her?"

"Jessie, you're a dead person standing three feet from your own headstone, and you're asking me that question?"

"Seriously, Tom, there have always been dead people. There has never been anything like Alta before. You are working with a completely automated demon killer of the highest order. Your own guardian angel couldn't protect you from her if she went nuts. Doesn't that concern you?"

"First off, I apparently have several other guardians that Alta says are more powerful than she. But your greater concern is unwarranted. I see things in Alta that make me wonder why they gave her this duty in the first place. I see her great courage in battle one minute, and then the next minute she seems more like the park ranger who rescues wounded birds for the aviary."

Just as I said that, Alta lit up her sword and traced figure eights in front of her at hip level, which she had done before while walking. She was a complete master of the weapon, and a first-rate martial artist to boot. I figured Alta did this to release nervous energy.

Jessie said, "See what I mean, she's a killer."

So I hailed Alta to make a point.

"Alta! Why do you do that with your sword? Can't you just raise your hand and flatten demons with your will?"

Alta came closer and switched off the sword before she answered. "Yes, I could just use my will, but the tradition of my kind is to associate a sign or gesture with an action. Just as your God applied visible signs to things that He could do with His will alone."

Then Alta started a "show and tell" for Jessie.

"The sword is a gift from Raphael for saving him from The Watchers, and he even had it monogrammed for me. See the bottom?" she said.

And she showed us the symbol on the bottom that was Alta's sign, an ellipse bisected at the bottom with a triangle. The same symbol she wore on her belt buckle that I had noticed before.

"Ok, but why do you practice with the sword so much then?" I asked that purely for Jessie's sake. "You're already as good as you can ever get with it, by definition, seeing as you're a robot."

"Yes, but I'm not practicing with it. I just love to look at the pretty colors of the blade as they change while traveling through the air. The purple is my favorite."

Her sword was indeed beautiful when waved through the air; its reddish beam glistened with other trace colors as it was twirled through Alta's routine.

I looked over at Jessie and said, "Pretty colors. See what I mean?"

Gabriel and Raven kneeling as they meet Mary

Tea Party in Heaven, image by Madalena Noyes

Excerpt from Dangerous Alien Robot

Suddenly, a great light appeared in the field near Raven, a surpassingly beautiful Archangel materializing on the field. The angel summoned Raven his way, throwing up an energy barrier to prevent the remaining demons from following. He quickly transported her away. She found herself in a cave far removed from the battle.

"Who are you?" Raven asked.

"I am the Archangel Gabriel. I saw from Heaven that you were in trouble and thought I would come help."

"Well, thank you for saving me. I must say, you look a lot better than I do right now."

Raven was covered with dirt from the battle. None of the demons had managed to injure her, but rolling on the wasteland ground and exploding had not done her appearance any good, and demon gore had splashed on parts of her, as well. Gabriel started to clean her up a little bit with a wet cloth he produced out of thin air. He sat her down on a rock and wiped off her forehead like a mother cleaning a dirty child. Raven was happy to get a little TLC at this point. She had been through a lot.

"How's your mission going?" the Archangel asked curiously.

"Just peachy. I have a dead crew, a dead sister, and now the whole truth stranded right here in Hell."

"Well I can't help you with that other stuff, but the whole truth sounds intriguing. Why don't you tell me about it?" Gabriel said.

"I should probably be asking you. You're the one who knows God. But if you want to know what I've figured out, the truth is held on Earth by the Catholic Church," Raven said.

"You're right, I have seen God. And I can tell you that I'm not Catholic."

"What do you call yourself, then? What does the Church teach that you don't take to be the truth?" Raven asked.

"For one thing, baptism isn't necessary."

"Really!? Baptism? The Son of God told His followers to baptize everyone. Even most non-Catholic Christians agree on the importance of baptism. How can you claim that?" Raven asked incredulously.

"You're the starship captain. Do you believe the sin of an Earth man named Adam somehow obligates YOUR world to repair it? Or any of the thousands of other worlds you know of? Sins aren't transferable. Not even the other humans are affected by Adam's sin. So, with no original sin, there's no need to baptize anyone to remove it."

"Really... so what did Christ die on the cross for?" Raven asked skeptically.

"He didn't. Someone else died in His place. Those who saw Him after the crucifixion saw a man who never died in the first place. Scripture even alludes to this - Hebrews 5:7.

During the days of Jesus' life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission.

God heard Jesus's prayer. That must mean that God gave Jesus what He wanted, which was to save Him from death. So you see; Christ never died."

Raven got up, took a step back, and turned on her sword.

"Who the Hell are you? Certainly not Gabriel, do think I'm an idiot?"

"Well, it worked before!" said the Prince of Persia. He shed his Gabriel disguise and returned to his demonic form. He had hoped to deceive Raven, but since that hadn't worked, he was fine with just destroying her instead.

Tom and beautiful girl relax on deck as a winged angel serves drinks

On The Boat, image by Kathryn Flynn

Excerpt from Battle of the Queens

"Let me see your hand, Tess," she said softly, while still holding it. She waved her other hand over it, repairing it completely. For Becca, this was an easy task. Tess was ecstatic as she realized the equivalent of a miracle had happened.

Tess's robot parents just returned from shopping, so they nearly missed the entire adventure. Tess ran over to them, jumping like a toy poodle, happily sharing her good news and excerpts of Brie and Becca's visit.

The father robot looked at Tess's hand and realized what had happened. Both he and his robot wife kneeled, and bowed their heads as they spoke.

"We have heard of you. You are the robots chosen by God … the robots with souls," he said with reverence. Brie and Becca were shocked.

"Please get up right away! We are other robots just like you," Becca said emphatically, lifting them by the arm. Brie was embarrassed; Becca was shocked.

"Not like us … we have no place with God. We have hoped you might come to this world. Every robot on the planet has heard of you. We hoped that you might intercede with God for us here. Though we are far more lowly, and do not have your powers or sophistication, we know your God accepts even the least of those who seek Him. We hope for nothing in this world, except to be part of the next world," the robot father said with reverence.

"What you are asking for is a soul," Brie said.

"Yes," the robot responded.

Contact the Author

To reach me, email me at dflynn5656 [at] gmail [dot] com.