2007 Wrap

Well, of course I can’t do a comprehensive summation of the year, and I suspect everyone will be sick of all the Best-Of lists before too long. But I did think there were some memorable things that unfolded in the Christian fiction writing community which should be chronicled somewhere.

And, yes, these items will be heavily tipped toward fantasy and the things I’ve been involved in. In no special order:

  • Harvest House publishes an adult fantasy (with a male protagonist), George Bryan Polivka’s The Legend of the Firefish
  • Karen Hancock wraps up her four-book fantasy trilogy with the much-awaited finale, Return of the Guardian King
  • Four Christian fantasy authors (published by four different houses) tour the East coast after ICRS
  • Sparked by the Fantasy Four Tour, the Washington Post runs a story about Christian fantasy on the front page
  • Wayne Batson and Christopher Hopper interview with Reuters
  • Publisher’s Weekly mentions both “Rebecca LuElla Miller” and “A Christian Worldview of Fiction” in an article about Christian Fantasy
  • WaterBrook adds two additional fantasy titles by new authors
  • Latest In Spec launches, completing the year with a special Christmas gift issue
  • Donita K. Paul releases DragonFire, book four in the Dragon Keeper Chronicles. There’s one more to come
  • Batson’s newest fantasy Isle of Swords hits the CBA best-seller list two months in a row
  • Nav Press publishes the first two of Sharon Hinck’s long awaited The Sword of Lyric books, The Restorer and The Restorer’s Son
  • I have my first article published in a glossy magazine, a piece on blogging in the February 2008 Victorian Homes, now on newsstands
  • Good friend and fellow fantasy writer Sally Apokedak wins the ACFW Genesis contest
  • Sword Review and Dragons, Knights, and Angels merge to form a new webzine, MindFlights
  • Bryan Davis signs a contract to write YA fantasy for Zondervan
  • CSFF Blog Tour membership reaches a hundred! (That just happened last week! 😀
  • Fantasy Challenge and Fantasy Challenge II give participants a chance to win copies of fantasy titles
  • Well, I know there were other important publishing events in 2007, but these are the highlights that jumped out at me. So what do you have to add? Feel free to leave a comment and list things I’ve left off.

    Published in: on December 31, 2007 at 12:23 pm  Comments (8)  

    Anomalous Saturday Post—Atheists on the Run

    It seems I’ve done it again, tangled with a group of atheists because of what I said. My post yesterday prompted a response from Jay Lake, the author of the book I mentioned. Here’s the gist of what he said:

    The post is really quite thoughtful, and logical within the terms of her faith and worldview. (Hat tip to lordofallfools for reminding me of the difference between internal logic and external logic.) At the same time, she explicitly conflates secular humanism with the works of Satan.
    – Jay Lake at Lakeshore

    First, Mr. Lake’s reaction is a reminder to me that more than my intended audience may read what I write on the internet. My intention in my post was to incite a reaction from Christians about fantasy, but because of Mr. Lake’s blog post, I have evidently incensed some atheists.

    Besides decrying dualism (which I do not subscribe to), the commenters were pretty adamant in their opposition to my views. One woman says this about me: “She’s a fine example of the sort of Christianity from which I run screaming away hysterically.” Another proudly announces she’s been a tool of Satan for decades. A different author complains that even his novel with a demon protagonist hasn’t received “hate mail” from “fundies.” Another merely posted a series of quotes:

    Michael Bakunin
    “All religions, with their gods, their demi-gods, and their prophets, their messiahs and their saints, were created by the prejudiced fancy of men who had not attained the full development and full possession of their faculties.”
    [God and the State]

    Michael Bakunin
    “But here steps in Satan, the eternal rebel, the first free-thinker and emancipator of worlds. He makes man ashamed of his bestial ignorance and obedience; he emancipates him, stamps upon his brow the seal of liberty and humanity, in urging him to disobey and eat of the fruit of knowledge.”
    [God and the State]

    “The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.”

    “I myself am human and free only to the extent that I acknowledge the humanity and liberty of all my fellows… I am properly free when all the men and women about me are equally free. Far from being a limitation or a denial of my liberty, the liberty of another is its necessary condition and confirmation.”
    [The Knouto-Germanic Empire and the Social Revolution]

    In a separate comment, he then adds “(In other words… even were Jay a tool of Satan, even were Satan to exist… Jay would still be on the right side.)”

    I think these comments make my points for me. What specifically am I saying?

    1) atheists are becoming more vocal and more “evangelistic,” making an effort to convince others to adopt their views
    2) the atheistic view—that there is no God, and consequently no Satan, and probably (though I’m under the impression that not all atheists agree on this) no supernatural or spiritual dimension at all—is contrary to Truth.
    3) fantasy, a genre whose central trope is good versus evil, must undergo a redefinition of “good” in the hands of an atheist author, since God Himself is Good.

    Certainly I don’t expect to win points with any atheists for holding such beliefs, though I am sorry some are running away hysterically. That was never my intention.

    Ironically, I see myself just like each one of those commenters and like Mr. Lake himself. I am a thinking, feeling, rational, choosing, human living in a world that is not what I wish it were. I would love to make a difference, to give some small number of people—or large number of people, if the opportunity were there—the peace and purpose and security they long for.

    I happen to believe this is accomplished through the spiritual, not the physical, and therein lies the difference.

    Still, I didn’t expect people to be running away hysterically! 😮

    Published in: on December 29, 2007 at 12:46 pm  Comments (7)  
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    Fantasy Friday – The Third

    Today I discovered a book review of Mainspring by Jay Lake, who describes himself as “a highly vocal critic of Intelligent Design/Creationism, and a raging secular humanist. ”

    The interesting thing is, though the reviewer thought he would find a science fiction adventure, half way through the book he mistakenly concluded this was a Christian fantasy where Intelligent Design was taken literally. His conclusion: “I found the underlying message to [be] more disturbing than thought provoking.”

    My reaction to all this is a mixture of amusement and dismay. Amusement because the reviewer couldn’t see the secular humanism of the author’s worldview, and actually thought his message was the opposite of what it was. Amusement that he stopped reading before any of those misconceptions could be straightened out.

    The dismay comes on two fronts. First is the fact that a supposed Christian message would cause this reviewer to put the book down. Now, obviously, this “Christian message” wasn’t too plain, since it was actually non-existent! But the fact that he believed this was the direction the book was going and therefore put the book down, does not bode well for stories having an impact on those disinclined to listen.

    It doesn’t surprise me really, especially in light of my recent conversations with atheists. More and more I am coming to understand the truth that spiritual things are discerned spiritually. If you discount spirituality, you end up blind to the spiritual. It’s not an “act of God” in the usual sense we understand that term, but a releasing on His part to allow Man to go the way he wants to go. But here’s the dismay. More and more people, in spite of postmodernism, seem to be stepping boldly forward and declaring their atheism.

    Which brings me to the second front. I am dismayed that fantasy is being used in this process. As is necessary to make fantasy a tool of atheism, authors are redefining good and evil. Again, it is not a surprise. I have been saying in my query letters and/or proposals for longer than I care to recall that this reversal was bound to happen, but to actually see the process starting to take hold is grievous.

    God is good. So is His moral law, His Word, His plan of redemption, His work in the world through His church. To treat Him as the enemy is heinous.

    It is the ultimate reversal, which is why these books seem intriguing to some, and it is a clever tactic—to take a tool meant for one purpose and use it for another. I recognize that method as something God Himself does. That Satan, the ultimate copycat who cannot create anything, employs this scheme is not unexpected.

    It is frustrating, however, when we who know Good as He truly is, and recognize the moral battle we are a part of, do not use, to its greatest advantage, a tailor-made vehicle to tell the old, old story. Fantasy is that vehicle.

    Slowly we are coming to it. But so are the atheists and secular humanists.

    Published in: on December 28, 2007 at 10:57 am  Comments (4)  

    The End of Fall (into Reading)

    Callapidder DaysAutumn came to a quiet close last week amid the flurry of pre-Christmas activity. I often like to take note of those singular events—the shortest day of the year, a blue moon, February 29, the Ides of March. But my interest in the end of autumn has to do with the close of the reading period set out for those of us participating in Katrina’s (Callapidder Days) Fall Into Reading event.

    For the past three months, those of us participating have been reading books on our wish list. I came much closer to completing my selections than I did during a similar springtime activity. Here’s my final report:

    √ Auralia’s Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet (WaterBrook).
    √ Scarlet by Stephen Lawhead.
    √ Crimson Eve by Brandilyn Collins (Zondervan).
    The Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin.
    √DragonFire by Donita Paul (WaterBrook).
    √ Landon Snow and the Volucer Dragon by R. K. Mortenson (Barbour).
    Restorer’s Journey by Sharon Hinck (NavPress).
    √Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince by J. K. Rowling.
    A check mark indicates a completed read.

    As you can see, I have two books on the list that I did not finish. The one, The Restorer’s Journey, doesn’t come out until February or so, but I have been receiving advance copies months ahead of the release date, so I put this one down hoping. It wasn’t to be.

    The Dun Cow is unfinished for a very different reason. It’s a tiny book, and I’ve been reading it in bits and pieces for some months. Finally I decided a week or so ago that I should take some free time and finish it so I can check it off the list. I read twenty or so pages more, putting me at the half way point, and I just had to stop. People rave about this book, and I will do my best, since it is so short, to finish it, but I’m finding it hard.

    I see some things that I’m guessing make people think this is such a good book, but frankly, so far, a hundred pages in, I find it depressing. Yes, there are small acts of kindness and some redemptive imagery, but animals (yes, a la Animal Farm, or Watership Down, the characters are all animals) die and mourn and conjure evil and steal and fear and brag and … love. Yes, there is some love, just not enough to make the other stuff worth dealing with, at least in anything but thimble-sized doses.

    But what I really wanted to report on was the final book I did complete—Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince by J. K. Rowling. I see no reason to give a full review. Many have done so before me and undoubtedly have done a much better job than I am capable of. I will say that I thought the book was so good, I proceeded to get book seven the next day and devoured Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in less than a week, a real feat for a slow reader like me.

    By book five of the Harry Potter series, I was immersed in the story world and relishing the experience. That continued on throughout the final two books. It was fun to read like that again.

    The story was unpredictable (though I’d heard much about it already), suspenseful, intriguing, heart-warming, moving, and important. Yes, there was a strong redemptive theme running through it. That in and of itself makes the story important. But it’s also important because of what it means to reading and what it says about readers.

    My guess is, the books will be studied for a long, long time. Look at the spate of non-fiction books that have already cropped up to challenge or explain or justify the series.

    And if publishers were paying attention, it should also change how we perceive younger readers. No more is the little book a requirement for tweeners. Nor is a big book anathema for young adults.

    Ideally the series will also serve as a model for Christians, since it is a great example of how to write redemptive themes for Anyone (not just for those who already believe in redemption).

    I could say more, but this post is long enough as it is. Suffice it to say, Fall into Reading was a wonderful adventure that put me into books I enjoy, and I’m hoping there will be another similar Spring Thing in 2008.

    Published in: on December 27, 2007 at 3:30 pm  Comments (1)  

    From the Rag Bag

    Having parents who lived through the depression, I grew up with the idea that nothing should be wasted. Not even rags. Hence, we had a “rag bag” in the laundry room. It was a collection of out-worn or out-grown clothes that had “seen better days.” In other words, even Goodwill had no use for them.

    No problem, because there was always room in the Rag Bag. That stained or holey tee shirt became a dust rag (notice the name of that cleaning item? 😉 ) or a cloth with which to wash the car or one to put down in the cat’s box when she had her litter of kittens.

    The Rag Bag is useful stuff, though no longer new and fresh. The colors might be faded, the cuffs frayed, but that doesn’t diminish their ancillary value.

    All that being said, from time to time, I will pull out bits and pieces from the Rag Bag to share here at A Christian Worldview of Fiction. It might be industry gossip scuttlebutt or something I’ve observed or an opinion I want to rant about share.

    I’ve done this already on occasion, calling the posts things like Hodge-podge or Bits and Pieces or This and That—just different names for Items from the Rag Bag. 😀

    So, what’s in the Rag Bag today? A little praise for my local Borders Bookstore.

    So many people complain about Christian fiction ending up in some dark corner of the store. Not Borders in La Habra, CA. The Religion section is in the middle of the store, right behind fiction, between numerous non-fiction subjects of interest, and before the extensive YA/children’s section. Not only that, the shelves are labeled, and the first one you see as you approach the aisle with the Religion sign hanging over it is “Christian fiction.”

    It gets better. Face out were George Bryan Polivka’s The Hand that Bears the Sword and Donita Paul’s DragonKnight, with all four of her books on the shelf. There were other books face out, too, notably Brandilyn Collins’s Crimson Eve. Good, I thought. They are calling attention to the Right Books. 🙂

    But there’s more. In that section of Christian fiction, I am confident more authors were represented than in the fiction section of my local CBA store. The difference was, not so much shelf space was committed to past titles of the Big Name authors. Yes, their latest were there, and the whole series of the Jenkins/LaHaye books might have been there, just not in triplicate. Which meant, more shelf space for authors who are just beginning to build a name.

    And I’m still not done. When it came to YA, it seems there is no religious section, or if it exists, it was not labeled as such. Consequently, among the significant number of YA titles, I found a several Christian authors. Without a label, there was a fantasy section, and sure enough, Wayne Thomas Batson’s The Isle of Swords was there, face out, next to the mass paperback version of The Door Within.

    And get this. The Isle of Swords was also one of the featured books in a display, like an endcap, only it was prominently located near the Christmas books display—sort of like the displays at the front of the store where adults can find “recommended” books or best-sellers or new releases. I don’t know if the YA books end up in these displays or not because the publishers buy the position, as they do the books in the front, but even if the kudos belong to Thomas Nelson instead of Borders of La Habra, it was very cool to see Wayne’s book featured like that.

    So I left encouraged and happy and determined to turn in the name of that particular store to Latest In Spec for inclusion in the Favorite Bookstore section!

    Published in: on December 26, 2007 at 2:35 pm  Comments (3)  
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    He Shall Be Called God with Us

    I’ve decided that Christmas is as two-toned as the colors we most associate with the holiday. One is primary, the other secondary, both attractive but completely divergent. So with Christmas, we have a primary purpose for the holiday—the celebration of Christ come down—and a secondary—the gift-giving family time with all the traditions. Both are attractive, but unless a person intentionally connects the two, quite divergent.

    I was reminded of this when one of the local Christian radio stations claimed to be playing Christmas music with a difference, then proceeded to air “Frosty, the Snowman.” Yes different, I thought. Different that you thought there was anything different about that secular song over some other secular song.

    Once again, C. S. Lewis in Miracles (MacMillian) made some profound observations that apply to the primary purpose of Christmas:

    The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation. They say that God became Man. Every other miracle prepares for this, or exhibits this, or results from this. Just as every natural event is the manifestation at a particular place and moment of Nature’s total character, so every particular Christian miracle manifests at a particular place and moment the character and significance of the Incarnation. (chapter 14, p. 112)

    In the Christian story God descends to re-ascend. He comes down; down from the heights of absolute being into time and space, down into humanity … down to the very roots and sea-bed of Nature. … One may think of a diver, first reducing himself to nakedness, then glancing in mid-air, then gone with a splash, vanished, rushing down through green and warm water into black and cold water, down through increasing pressure into the deathlike region of ooze and slime and old decay; then up again, suddenly he breaks surface again, holding in his hand the dripping, precious thing that he went down to recover. He and it are both coloured now that they have come up into the light: down below, where it lay colourless in the dark, he lost his colour too. (chapter 14, p. 116)

    I’ll be off tomorrow, as I suspect you will be also. May you have a joyous Christmas Day, including some recognition and celebration of Immanuel, God with us, God come down to bring us up with Him.

    . . . And Bring Forth a Son

    More from Miracles by C. S. Lewis:

    Christianity does not involve the belief that all things were made for man. It does involve the belief that God loves man and for his sake became man and died. … The sceptic asks how we can believe that God so “came down” to this one tiny planet. The question would be embarrassing if we knew (1) that there are rational creatures on any of the other bodies that float in space; (2) that they have, like us, fallen and need redemption; (3) that their redemption must be in the same mode as ours; (4) that redemption in this mode has been withheld from them. But we know none of them. … If it is maintained that anything so small as the Earth must, in any event, be too unimportant to merit the love of the Creator, we reply that no Christian ever supposed we did merit it. Christ did not die for men because they were intrinsically worth dying for, but because He is intrinsically love, and therefore loves infinitely. (emphasis mine, excerpted from chapter 7, p. 53)

    It is therefore inaccurate to definite a miracle as something that breaks the laws of Nature. It doesn’t. … If God annihilates or creates or deflects a unit of matter He has created a new situation at that point. Immediately all Nature domiciles this new situation, makes it at home in her realm, adapts all other events to it. It finds itself conforming to all the laws. If God creates a miraculous spermatozoon in the body of a virgin, it does not proceed to break any laws. The laws at once take it over. Nature is ready. Pregnancy follows, according to all the normal laws, and nine months later a child is born. … The moment it [the miraculous] enters her [Nature’s] realm it obeys all her laws. Miraculous wine will intoxicate, miraculous conception will lead to pregnancy, inspired books will suffer all the ordinary process of textual corruption [unless the Holy Spirit also provides miraculous preservation], miraculous bread will be digested. … A miracle is emphatically not an event without cause or without results. Its cause is the activity of God: its results follow according to Natural law. (excerpts from chapter 8, pp. 60-61)

    As Scripture indicates, God’s infinite love prompted Him to miraculous activity: sending His Son to earth as a baby. And so, Christmas. 😀

    A Virgin Shall Conceive

    Nativity Scene, Photographer: Ian BrittonI suppose it’s natural around Christmas time to think more about God, especially God with us, God Incarnate, God taking the form of a baby. And certainly my recent discussions regarding the existence of God have propelled my thoughts in that direction as well.

    Now I am reading C. S. Lewis’s book Miracles which is much more of an apologetic for God and His work in the world than I had realized. Interestingly, I can see more clearly why Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials, calls himself the anti-Lewis. The thing is, because Lewis had himself been an atheist, he could anticipate the arguments an atheist would make against the Supernatural.

    Unsurprisingly, the miracle Lewis refers to with some frequency is the virgin birth. Here are some of his thoughts in answer to the argument that people of old believed in miracles because they didn’t have the scientific knowledge we have now.

    You will hear people say, “The early Christians believed that Christ was the son of a virgin, but we know that this is a scientific impossibility.” Such people seem to have an idea that belief in miracles arose at a period when men were so ignorant of the course of nature that they did not perceive a miracle to be contrary to it. A moment’s thought shows this to be nonsense: and the story of the Virgin Birth is a particularly striking example. When St. Joseph discovered that his fiancé was going to have a baby, he not unnaturally decided to repudiate her. Why? Because he knew just as well as any modern gynecologist that in the ordinary course of nature women do not have babies unless they have lain with men. … When St. Joseph finally accepted the view that his fiancé’s pregnancy was due not to unchastity but to a miracle, he accepted the miracle as something contrary to the known order of nature. All records of miracles teach the same thing. In such stories the miracles excite fear and wonder (that is what the very word miracle implies) among spectators, and are taken as evidence of supernatural power. If they were not known to be contrary to the laws of nature how could they suggest the presence of the supernatural? How could they be surprising unless they were seen to be exceptions to the rules? And how can anything be seen to be an exception till the rules are known? … If St. Joseph had lacked faith to trust God or humility to perceive the holiness of his spouse, he could have disbelieved in the miraculous origin of her Son as easily as any modern man; and any modern man who believes in God can accept the miracle as easily as St. Joseph did.

    There’s more. Good stuff, important to recall when we are approaching the celebration of that which is impossible except for the God with whom all things are possible.

    CSFF Blog Tour – Wayfarer’s Journal, Day 3

    As part of the blog tour focusing on Wayferers Journal, I decided to review one of the short stories from the first issue published in February.

    I should mention that WJ is more than an anthology of short stories. Founder and editor Terri Main has a vision for creating a community centered on science fiction. As such, the WJ site has regular chats, and Terri hopes to build on that foundation. In addition, the Journal has some poetry along with essays and reviews.

    And speaking of reviews, back to the subject at hand. I chose for review “The Reconstructed Man” by Johne Cook.

    The Story. This interesting short story delves into the question, What makes a man. In some future period, when technology has advanced to the point that androids can appear to be human, one such wealthy, independent android meets with the protagonist for an apparent interview over lunch. During their discussion, however, it becomes clear that they both share a secret, one with deadly consequences and with resurrection implications.

    Strengths. I’ve made no secret that science fiction is not my genre of choice. It was with some feet-dragging that I finally wadded into this story. At first I considered doing a “one page edit” a la Marcus Goodyear, but surprisingly, the further I went, the more I wanted to continue. There were just too many unanswered questions.

    Which brings me to one of the main strengths of the story. Author Johne Cook did a masterful job creating tension coupled with suspense. The first few sentences served to hook me at once:

    The man sitting across from me in the restaurant wasn’t technically human. It is true he used to be a man, and other than the government-mandated purple eyes, he looked like one now.

    I, of all people, knew better.

    From that start, there was one question raised after another, even as answers began to dribble across the screen.

    I also liked the way Cook wove in the spiritual questions without bringing the story to a halt. Instead, the spiritual came into play naturally because of who the characters were.

    Weakness. I am certainly no expert when it comes to this genre, but one thing jumped out at me. While there were some significant developments—air cars, artificial beings, waitress touch pad, instant at-the-table payment, laser guns, and so on—that establish this as distinctly futuristic, Cook relied on some very current phrases and analogies such as “house of cards,” and “cornered animals.” He even maintained some technology that seemed inconsistent—helicopters with gunmen sliding to the ground on ropes, for instance, and they stilled Googled for information.

    Certainly not everything in the future would change, but the technological advances seemed a little uneven. Why would ground transportation advance but not air transportation, as an example. And why would they still use the same kinds of cliches that are common today (his tie felt like a noose, for instance). I would expect at some point the out-moded items would fade from the vernacular.

    But what do I know? Not a sci fi person!

    Recommendation. For those of you who are sci fi people, you will love this story and undoubtedly many of the others you’ll find at Wayfarers Journal. I highly recommend you take some time over your Christmas break and treat yourself to science fiction of the short variety.

    Also, stop by the other blogs discussing the genre and the Journal: Brandon Barr Jim Black Justin Boyer Grace Bridges Amy Browning Jackie Castle Carol Bruce Collett Valerie Comer CSFF Blog Tour D. G. D. Davidson Chris Deanne Jeff Draper April Erwin Marcus Goodyear Andrea Graham Jill Hart Katie Hart Michael Heald Jason Joyner Kait Carol Keen Mike Lynch Margaret Rachel Marks Melissa Meeks Mirtika or Mir’s Here John W. Otte John Ottinger Rachelle Steve Rice Cheryl Russel Ashley Rutherford Hanna Sandvig James Somers Steve Trower Speculative Faith Jason Waguespac Laura Williams Timothy Wise

    Published in: on December 19, 2007 at 1:02 pm  Comments Off on CSFF Blog Tour – Wayfarer’s Journal, Day 3  

    CSFF Blog Tour – Wayfarer’s Journal, Day 2

    When choosing books/web sites to feature for a blog tour, it is often a difficult decision. What if we point people to something new that doesn’t meet their expectations, and they trash it? But what if we only feature the tried and true, how then will people discover and support the new and upcoming?

    Thankfully, CSFF Blog Tour has an administrative team that discusses just such pros and cons when making the decisions what to highlight each month. But my intent is not to give a window to the behind-the-scenes working of the tour.

    Wayfarers Journal bannerInstead, I wanted to lay the ground work for my comments about Wayfarer’s Journal, a new, up and coming science fiction webzine, not yet a year old.

    Interestingly, founder and editor Terri Main already gave a rather objective review of the site, pointing out some areas of improvement that I hadn’t thought of.

    My impressions on visiting Wayfarers Journal of course are from one outside looking in. I found a site that opens quickly and easily (important especially to those of us still using dial-up), has a clean over-all appearance, is easy to navigate from page to page, includes all the main things I’d want to look for except contact information (there is an address for submissions, but a place to send questions and comments would also be helpful).

    I like the mission statement, delivered up front on the home page. Although science fiction is not my genre of choice, I think what Wayfarers Journal is doing is critical. I remember how I felt as a fantasy fan when all seemed bent the other way. Nowhere could I find the kinds of stories I loved (which is one reason I started writing. I was under the delusion that the stories weren’t out there because no one was writing them rather than that no one was publishing them).

    I also like some of the goals Terri envisions. You can read more about what she hopes to accomplish in an informative interview with Jim Black.

    Other CSFF’ers have reviews of some of the stories, thoughts about the importance of Christian science fiction in formulating our ethical standings about the technologies just around the corner, and a mixture of both. It’s well worth the time to read what others on tour are saying: Brandon Barr Jim Black Justin Boyer Grace Bridges Amy Browning Jackie Castle Carol Bruce Collett Valerie Comer CSFF Blog Tour D. G. D. Davidson Chris Deanne Jeff Draper April Erwin Marcus Goodyear Andrea Graham Jill Hart Katie Hart Michael Heald Jason Joyner Kait Carol Keen Mike Lynch Margaret Rachel Marks Melissa Meeks Mirtika or Mir’s Here John W. Otte John Ottinger Rachelle Steve Rice Cheryl Russel Ashley Rutherford Hanna Sandvig James Somers Steve Trower Speculative Faith Jason Waguespac Laura Williams Timothy Wise

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