By Any Other Name: On the Effectiveness Of Myths and Allegories in Today’s Christian Speculative Fiction

In Till We Have Faces, Lewis took the myth of Psyche and Cupid and retold it as a Christian myth or allegory. In this tale, Psyche is a type of Christ, the sacrificial substitute for her beloved Orual, and also a type of Ecclesia, the beloved of the God of the Mountain. Just as we … More By Any Other Name: On the Effectiveness Of Myths and Allegories in Today’s Christian Speculative Fiction

It Takes All Kinds: On The Spectrum of Authors Who Write Christian Speculative Fiction

I’ve been writing on the Biblical Boundary Problem that Christian Speculative Fiction has developed since many of us tossed out the unrealistic standards associated with CBA/ECLA publishing houses. In doing so, I identified two groups of authors by the fact that they either emphasize the Christian or speculation parts of the Christian speculative fiction equation. … More It Takes All Kinds: On The Spectrum of Authors Who Write Christian Speculative Fiction

Christian Speculative Fiction and the Biblical Boundary Problem

In a recent post, fellow author Mike Duran proposed that writers of Christian speculative fiction have a “God problem:” that is, we have a problem where it concerns how far we can speculate about God where it concerns writing fiction. How much speculation is too much? And what should our standard be, if any?These are … More Christian Speculative Fiction and the Biblical Boundary Problem

Writing Christian Fiction: The Limits of Time Travel from the Biblical Perspective

Dr. Who premiered this fateful day in 1963. I’ma  big fan of everyone’s favorite time-travelling madman in a blue police box. The Doctor has traveled to the very origins of Earth itself and to its death… and rebirth! Of course, it’s all fiction and it’s all written very much from an evolutionary point of view, … More Writing Christian Fiction: The Limits of Time Travel from the Biblical Perspective

Overcoming Writer’s Block: A Process Analysis Essay

At first, you’re optimistic. Hey, you’ve written before. It’s nothing new. You even like it. This won’t be so bad. It’ll be over before you know it. The pep talk does nothing to cover up the fact that you know you have writer’s block. You don’t have a clue what to write about. It doesn’t … More Overcoming Writer’s Block: A Process Analysis Essay

Spiritual Character Development & Avoiding the ‘Testimony Fiction’ Trap

A while back, I wrote an article on writing believable characters. Characters that are true to life have problems, real problems that Christ can solve. They might cuss, drink, have extramarital sex, do drugs or be consummate jerks, but much as the Bible gives us our heroes warts and all (King David’s life alone should … More Spiritual Character Development & Avoiding the ‘Testimony Fiction’ Trap

Chapter excerpt: Defending Genesis: Chapter 20 – Evolution as Science Fiction

The following is excerpted from my new non-fiction book, Defending Genesis: How We Got Here & Why It Matters: I write a bit of science fiction in my spare time. I’ve always enjoyed sci-fi. I call it the thinking man’s genre. It’s a great way to explore the human condition as we speculate about where … More Chapter excerpt: Defending Genesis: Chapter 20 – Evolution as Science Fiction

Size Does Matter: Writing and Drawing to Scale When Your Characters are Larger-Than-Life

           Back in the spring of 1998, I remember being really pumped when I found out that they were remaking Godzilla. There hadn’t been a decent Godzilla film since the ill-conceived Godzilla 1985, which frankly was about as bad as the 1976 “Jeff Bridges” King Kong remake. I’ve always been a big fan of the campy Godzilla/kaiju … More Size Does Matter: Writing and Drawing to Scale When Your Characters are Larger-Than-Life

Faith and Zombies: Does Zombie Fiction Have A Place In Christianity?

Everywhere I look these days, I see zombies. In my neck of the woods, you can see them at a local scifi/horror convention called ShockaCon, and we even have an annual Run Like Hell HallowEast Zombie 5K Run/Walk that takes place in Charleston, WV’s East End. The latter event benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Here’s a bit of the description … More Faith and Zombies: Does Zombie Fiction Have A Place In Christianity?