1. Esther says:

    ~needs a friend like Lucius~

    Welcome, Fred Warren. I look forward to your posts!

  2. Fred Warren says:

    Hi, Esther! Thanks for the welcome.


  3. Erica says:

    Hi Fred!

    This one was right on the mark! Thanks for that uplifting story.:)

  4. Steve Taylor says:

    “If I’m missing the mark, let me know—”

    You can count on it. =)

    Thanks for the story. It makes me proud to be Italian.

    Welcome to the blog.

  5. Wonderful post Fred. I look forward to reading more. You’re a funny fellow. 🙂 And thoughtful. Great combination.

  6. Fred, it’s so great to have you. I’ve been thinking perhaps we needed some more fiction-with-a-point on the site — especially the grounded-in-history-but-speculative kind with just a hint of irony!

    “He speaks of life on Earth thousands of years from now! The Empire crumbled into dust! Kingless nations ruled in the Greek fashion, by vote of the people! The Church in anarchy, split into hundreds of warring sects! I fear these are the ravings of a revolutionary and a heretic.”

    Love the sympathy Cleopas engenders with a reader. He’s not some hostile legalist or a heretic himself; he just wrongly and automatically equates “[divergent with] what we’ve been taught” (as Lucas phrases it next) with heresy. But heresy in this case means “divergent with the true Gospel.” Different views on end-times or even Art and All That are not heresy (and I fear the word in real life gets thrown around too often).

    “Cleopas, neither of us would shed many tears over the Empire, and we recognize no true king but Christ Himself, so structures of government hold little concern for us. But…thousands of years passed without our Lord’s return? Disunity in the Church? It diverges from what we’ve been taught.”

    That’s one thing both doctrine discussions and visionary fiction — or any kind of good fiction) can do — just make us double-check our beliefs, to see if what we’ve been taught is actually based in the Bible. And I believe a visionary novel could help readers imagine even more in-depth whether the Christian worldview could hold up under the most pressing of circumstances: not simply Unrequited Love or Historical Unrest but harsher circumstances, such as, oh, secular-humanist space exploration wowing the world of the future, or being taken to a created-land where actual magic is actually real. …

    By the way, just last September I saw one of the novels nominated for the ACFW Carol Award for best visionary fiction: an odd-looking cover, featuring a guy with wild hair. That novel is The Muse, published by Splashdown Books, and now after reading your column here I want to go find that book and sample more of your fiction.

  7. Fred Warren says:

    Thanks again to everyone for the warm welcome. In pondering what I might contribute this week, I thought about the ongoing debates on Christian writing blogs, including this one, about the nature, purpose, and limits of Christian fiction, particularly speculative fiction. Rather than roll in on that discussion in a conventional way, I began to wonder what this debate might have sounded like a long time ago. It turned into a spec-fic story of sorts, which felt a little strange, since I usually think of speculative fiction as looking forward in time, rather than backward.

  8. Kaci says:

    If I’m missing the mark, let me know—this is all about you, the faithful readers, and I want to do my best for you.

    Wait — there’s a mark? I was told of no such mark! Stephen, why does Fred get a mark and not me? 0=)

    I’m hoping to bring something a little different on Tuesdays—the odd, the offbeat, the weird angle that makes you think a bit after it makes you smile.

    Melikes. 0=)

  9. First, between this segment and your wonderful review of The Charlatan’s Boy, I second Stephen’s response: I have GOT to read The Muse.

    Second …

    Kaci says:
    A Clockwork Crucifix?

    I seriously burst out laughing reading this title, and I definitely want to read it now. Kaci, you simply have to invent this genre now.

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