Work continues to collect all published, Christian speculative stories in one place — the Speculative Faith Library.
That project has taken some time. We’ve been keeping it updated with newer novels, such as Eye of the Sword by Karyn Henely and Rift Jump by Greg Mitchell, while also adding older and classic titles. For instance, only recently is the Library listing what is, I believe, every single work of fiction by C. S. Lewis, including The Cosmic Trilogy and The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, and Till We Have Faces. Before that come J. R. R. Tolkien’s works; in fact, if you sort all books with the oldest ones first, the only authors you will find are:
J. R. R. Tolkien. (Currently The Hobbitis listed as the very first work of “modern” Christian speculative fiction.)
- C. S. Lewis. (Also currently, Out of the Silent Planet is listed as the second work of “modern” Christian speculative fiction.)
- Madeleine L’Engle.
- Stephen Lawhead.
A few bits of trivia come up thanks to the Library’s unique organization:
- Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings was published contemporaneously with The Chronicles of Narnia. Somehow I, anyway, had always assumed one preceded the other.
- According to the Top Authors “cloud” box to the right of all library pages, Stephen Lawhead has written the most novels of all.
- Left Behind series primary author Jerry B. Jenkins seems to be a close second.
- Of library books entered so far, fantasy easily wins over science fiction.
Which have you read? What works are your favorites? Which stories do you hope to read?
Meanwhile, a few new features are at the library. You may have noticed that books whose authors have written guest columns here will have their bio and links included on the listing page. They also have their columns automatically displayed. Well, now more feature boxes will also recognize any blog discussions tagged with the name of an author or his/her book. Eventually, each Library novel listing may serve as a kind of “IMDB” for Christian speculative novels, giving you anything you’d want to know about a book’s themes, genres, author, creative process, trivia, audiences, and publishers.
As always, we want to feature your novel reviews, even if they have been previously published at your own website or on another site such as Amazon or Goodreads. Write a comment after a book you’ve read, or even better, submit your novel review. And if you haven’t yet seen your favorite published, Christian speculative novel in the Library, tell us about it — submit a novel.