Some bishops play golf or go fishing in their spare time. Archbishop John Myers of Newark has been writing a science fiction novel. The title is Space Vultures. Co-author Gary Wolf, a lifelong friend of the bishop’s, says the book is an old-fashioned pulp sci-fi tale. “It has attacks in space, flesh-eating vampires. You name it it’s in there,” he says. The story is a fast-paced intergalactic tale about a heroic marshal and a con man, who team up with a widow and her two children to fight the Space Vulture, the “most villainous marauder in the cosmos,” according to Wolf.
The book will be published late this year or early in 2008 by Tom Doherty Associates. Bishop Myers and Wolf got an advance in “the low six figures” according to press reports.
Many priests have written popular novels. (Think Andrew Greeley, who got his start years ago when my boss, Tom McGrath, then editor of U.S. Catholic, published his first short story.) But not many bishops have become novelists. Only Cardinal John Henry Newman comes to mind.