1. Terry Palmer says:

    Another great article.  I’d like to add a message from my fantasy writing if others don’t mind.  For I write of a world that lost light to the last town, overcome by dark reach, until…
    For man fought against man, letting dark reach teach them, turning of deliberate stance against light.  Man turned from good to evil, embraced bitter for that of sweet, exchanged dark for light.  Man even took away the rights of those who stood for what is right.  Who can know it? 
    That’s my message which is drilled into that last village, standing for light.  Stand for light or be overcome by dark reach.  And they do.  Cre – lo – Way appears at the end times to deliver those lost in darkness setting up battle after battle between those who stand for light against all manner of dark reach.  Will you stand with us or let dark reach overcome, pulling you down without hope?  Who knows?

    • Hey, Terry, if you’d like people to know about your book, the best way to do that would be to fill out a form to submit it to the library. We really don’t want our comment section to read like spam, though of course you can talk about your writing if it applies. Hope that helps give you a guide.


  2. Speculative fiction–speculating about outer space, dragons and magic! I’ve been studying the mystery genre, because for this month’s Camp Nanowrimo I’m trying to write a spec-fic mystery, sort of like Dresden, but in my own universe. The mystery genre is more like a puzzle, although sometimes writers do delve into deep subjects along the way. Less “nature of the universe” and more “the nature of man and what gives him that bent toward evil”.
    All murder mysteries eventually run into that question–why do we kill each other at all? Is there any way to fix it? The author’s worldview always comes through loud and clear as their characters struggle for an answer.

    • I like the comparison of genres, Kessie. I’ve read mystery writers who say it is the perfect genre because of what it reveals about Humankind’s heart. I can see that, except I think it’s too easy to think that we have to solve our problems and that we are capable.

      I love mystery and think I’ll always want to use a little mystery in my writing no matter what the genre (just like using a little romance! 😉 )


  3. Bainespal says:

    Yes, an awesome article.  I agree.  I think the common characteristic of speculative fiction is the vision of faith, looking beyond actuality to see what is more real than present experience.
    That element of faith and wonder is more important than the tangled genre and sub-genre classifications.  Much of the difference between the genres is setting.

    • The thing that dawned on me as I put this together, Bainespal, is that the general market fiction has the same component, though some are giving an obvious nod to what we’d consider forces opposed to God. Nevertheless, there’s that recognition that we aren’t all there is. So yes, some of the difference is setting, but some is a recognition of the other without distinguishing light and dark or even recognizing it and choosing the dark.

      In other words, because there is this commonality, I’m not saying all speculative fiction is “good.” Avatar is my favorite example. Clearly that movie embraced the other on many levels. I’d even say it passed the “faith and wonder” test, but I wouldn’t say it honored God as God.


  4. Galadriel says:

    I like that as an explanation for speculative fiction…they all acknowledge that there’s so much more to life than we normally see

    • Galadriel, the thing I like about that realization is that it gives Christians a place to start talking with other readers of speculative fiction. They’re acknowledging the same thing we know to be true. It makes us and what we write more alike than what they, or perhaps we, have thought.


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