Hi. My name is Carol. I love science fiction and fantasy.
Some days it’s like that when you’re a Christian and a fan and writer of speculative fiction. Kind of feel like you’re at a 12 step meeting. So it’s more than a blessing to find like minded brethren and share this space with them.
The first book I remember reading by myself is CHARLOTTE’S WEB. (To a seven year old a spider who can read and write is fantasy.)
The opening line is still one of my favorites:
“Where’s Papa going with that ax?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.
How can you not keep reading?
I also think Charlotte illustrates one of the most fundamental tenets of the Christian faith—love for our friends.
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
John 15:13 (NLT)
Charlotte embodied the essence of sacrificial love to me during my childhood. I wanted to be as good a friend as Charlotte. (I also wanted to learn to read spider webs, but that’s probably a different conversation.)
From Charlotte, my love for the fantastical ballooned. I can’t remember specific titles, but I do remember reading every book in the elementary school library by the time I finished fourth grade.
Then I discovered Star Trek in the summer of 1974. OH MY! Can you say Spock-o-licious?! It was all over from that point. At the age of 10 I knew my destiny lay in the stars, one way or another. And, I wanted to marry Mr. Spock. (I’m not going to discuss what that might say about me!)
I’m new to the world of Christian science fiction and fantasy. When I read Tolkien in junior high, I had no idea he was a Christian. Same for Lewis.
So here I am with a whole new world opened up to me. I’m almost finished with Tyers’ Firebird trilogy. I’ve read Bryan Davis, Donita Paul, R. K. Mortenson, and Kathryn Mackel. I can’t wait to read more. I can’t wait to see what God’s going to do with all this energy and enthusiasm He’s creating in us for this wonderful, amazing, disturbing genre.
Welcome aboard. Get ready for some lively opinions and thought provoking fun.