Monthly Archives: March 2011

Holy of Holies

With spring coming and the world wakening anew, this poem by GK Chesterton caught my eye. While short, the poem provides a fitting reminder of the wonder in the smallest and simplest aspects of the world around us. I’m not … Continue reading

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Book Giveaway: A Star Curiously Singing by Kerry Nietz

For this giveaway, I’m venturing beyond fantasy into science fiction territory with A Star Curiously Singing. In this novel, Kerry Nietz writes of a dystopian Earth in a unique, compelling fashion, capturing the foreign nature of the futuristic world in … Continue reading

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Mysteries from the Ocean Depths

In the ocean depths, scientists have captured unusual tones, almost as otherworldly as the singing planets.  Some sounds rumbling through the ocean have a reasonable explanation–earthquakes, volcanoes, or sea animals–but the origins of other noises captured in the Vents program … Continue reading

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The Argument Against “Christian Horror” (a Response) by Mike Duran

March 2011 Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour

Is the horror genre incompatible with the Christian faith? Many would say so. But a closer inspection of the arguments reveals flaws. What are those arguments? Perhaps the most common is the one that centers around this verse: Philippians 4:8 … Continue reading

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The Resurrection, Day 1:
The Supernatural and Christian Horror

March 2011 Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour

I have a confession. For the first time since participating in the CSFF blog tour, I haven’t read the featured book–the reason being genre. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a follower of Mike’s blog and appreciate his thoughtful discussions of … Continue reading

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Short Stories from Other Worlds

While I love writing fiction–and fantasy especially–I haven’t dabbled in short stories yet. Something in me struggles to think in terms of short. I start with the kernel of an idea that I think would perhaps fit a short story, … Continue reading

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Roverandom by JRR Tolkien,
A Review

Unlike Lord of the Rings, Roverandom has remained largely hidden from the public eye, but it’s worth a closer look. Tolkien wrote this novella for his son, after the loss of his son’s favorite toy dog and intended as a … Continue reading

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Novel Openings: Are You Hooked?

How long does it take for a novel to grab your interest or turn you off? It might be a few pages, or even a few paragraphs, but somewhere in those opening lines you usually get a sense if a … Continue reading

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On Heroes and Perseverance

If you’ve read Lord of the Rings, you’re familiar with Frodo and Sam’s arduous journey through Mordor to the Cracks of Doom. After all hope has faded, after it’s clear that continuing will mean their deaths, and even after their … Continue reading

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Mythic Creature: The Chimera

Name: Chimera or Chimaera Appearance: Awkward in appearance, the chimera possessed three heads–that of a lioness, goat, and snake. The lioness head came first, sometimes depicted with a close-cropped mane, other times with rays or flames surrounding it. This head … Continue reading

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