We do it so much the word has entered the official lexicon–type a word or phrase (or if you’re
paranoid narcissistic prying nosy curious, try your name or a friend’s name) into the Google search engine, and click “Google search.” You’re googling! Wait for a fraction of a second (or minute, depending on the speed of your internet connection), and all manner of strange and wonderful connections to places around the globe will appear. Click one, then another, then another…
Writers have become obsessed with getting their work into the coveted first result to a Google search. There is a cottage industry of hints, tips, and manuals for making this happen, but it’s often just a matter of having an unusual name or title that nobody else is using. Search on Speculative Faith, or my own blog, Frederation, and you’ll find us both standing proud on that first line. I don’t think either of us employed any special strategy to get there.
In an effort to contribute something useful today, I googled “Christian speculative fiction.” Here are the top ten results:
1. Christian Science Fiction (CSF), which unfortunately did not load for me. Google helpfully offers a link to a cached page from a recent visit to the sites it lists. This reveals “Christian Science Fiction” as the home page for the Christian Science Fiction web ring, and stories by Rick Sutcliffe.
2. Biblical speculative fiction – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – Wikipedia article on “Biblical Speculative Fiction.”
3. WhereTheMapEnds, the forum and blog for Christian spec-fic publishing house Marcher Lord Press.
4. The Clive Staples Award for Christian Speculative Fiction, an annual readers’ award for excellence in Christian spec-fic, administered by our own Rebecca Miller.
5. Amazon.com: Christian Speculative Fiction–An Emerging Genre! – An Amazon list of Christian spec-fic, compiled by a lady from North Miami Beach who uses the handle, “Mir.”
6. Christian Speculative Fiction – a ‘lost’ genre? at The Crafty Writer – An interview with publisher Jeff Gerke of Marcher Lord Press.
7. Novel Rocket: Christian Speculative Fiction Panel — Pt. 1 – Novel Rocket, formerly Novel Journey, is a blog honored by Writer’s Digest as one of the best websites for writers. Here we find a panel discussion of Christian spec-fic featuring Jeff Gerke, Rebecca Miller, and Frank Creed.
8. Frank Creed – Christian Speculative Fiction – As you might expect, the home page for Christian spec-fic writer Frank Creed.
9. sbniccum.com – Home – A blog. If you scroll down, you’ll find a brief definition of Christian speculative fiction and some suggestions about where to look for it.
10. Christian Speculative Fiction Authors and Writers | FamilyFiction.com – FamilyFiction.com, “Your Christian Fiction Information Source,” offers here a linked list of Christian spec-fic authors, including yours truly. Oddly, it’s indexed in alphabetical order by first name.
The cool collage in the picture above is by the talented C0lette Wibisono. You can find more of her art at http://merchantofmarvels.blogspot.com