Monthly Archives: July 2011

Guest Post on Speculative Faith:
The Spiritual Element

As its name suggests, Speculative Faith focuses on the relationship between speculative fiction and faith with a  goal of reaching “readers and authors exploring Christian visionary fiction: novels, short stories, films and more.” I’m guest posting on their blog today, … Continue reading

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Do Happy Endings Present
A False Reality?

“We don’t want to feel less when we have finished a book; we want to feel that new possibilities of being have been opened to us. We don’t want to close a book with a sense that life is totally … Continue reading

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A Day is Like a Thousand Years:
Time Travel in Speculative Fiction

For whatever reason, I’ve wound up reading several time travel novels lately, some of which I enjoyed, others which only moderately entertained. Regardless of my feelings about the individual books, the concept of time travel intrigues me, as it has … Continue reading

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Keepers of Time

Inspiring Objects

As writers, even the smallest thing can provide a spark of inspiration. In the last post of my informal series on inspiring objects, Evangeline Denmark commented on her love of old clocks, another item which has always intrigued me, and … Continue reading

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Family Devotion in Fantasy

As I discussed Friday, more often than not, in fairy tales as well as their close kindred, fantasy novels, family affairs are troubled–or family members absent altogether. Yet some fantasy novels beautifully depict family relationships, and the positive functions of … Continue reading

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Resources for Christian Speculative Fiction Readers

If you enjoy reading Christian speculative fiction, you might be interested in these resources to help you find more titles. Where the Map Ends Booklist–just as the name implies, this lists Christian speculative fiction titles. The list is sortable by … Continue reading

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Fairy Tale Fathers and Their Failings

Through the years, fairy tales have provided commentary on marriage, family life, social mores, and more. Often deceptively simple, these stories illustrate patterns observed in life, few more distressing than that of the fractured family. A review of well-known stories … Continue reading

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The Far Country (and giveaway results)

My enjoyment of Andrew Peterson’s writing has sparked my interest in his music, and a recent visit to the Rabbit Room store revealed that he is  offering his most recent album The Far Country free for a limited time. You … Continue reading

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Hidden Heroes

“Still, I wonder if we shall ever be put into songs or tales. We’re in one, of course; but I mean: put into words, you know, told by the fireside, or read out of a great big book with red … Continue reading

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Four Free Ebooks For Writers

In these free ebooks, industry experts and experienced authors share tips on craft, creativity, and the world of publishing. Please note, I have not read all these books in their entirety, so I cannot vouch for content. Some are Kindle … Continue reading

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