Christmas draws near, and books are perhaps the best gifts you could give. You’ll find listed here a few Christian speculative fiction releases (feel free to mention others you’re aware of), but I encourage you to browse back through past months if you’re searching for the perfect gift for friends or family.
by Ryan Grabow
Brandon Dauphin feels like a dying ember. He’s jobless and feels worthless, and falling in love has only made his problem worse.
In an authoritarian and overstimulated 22nd-century America, all he can do to relieve his pain is indulge in the computer-simulated fantasies of a network called Dynamic Reality…until a virus takes control of the simulation.
Unable to return to the real world, Brandon finds that the virus shares his questions about existence, and that she will stop at nothing for her answers.
by Jill Williamson
A girl discovers her geneticist father is covering up multiple secrets—all of which are named Jason.
Martyr—otherwise known as Jason 3:3—is one of hundreds of clones kept in a remote facility called Jason Farms. Told that he has been created to save humanity, Martyr has just one wish before he is scheduled to ‘expire’ in less than a month. To see the sky.
Abby Goyer may have just moved to Alaska, but she has a feeling something strange is going on at the farm where her father works. But even this smart, confident girl could never have imagined what lies beneath a simple barn. Or what would happen when a mysterious boy shows up at her door, asking about the stars.
As the reality of the Jason Experiment comes to light, Martyr is caught between two futures—the one for which he was produced and the one Abby believes God created him to have. Time is running out, and Martyr must decide if a life with Abby is worth leaving everything he’s ever known.
Some speculative news
Those of you who are homeschooled or are homeschooling your children may have interest in the new curriculum guide intended as a companion for By Darkness Hid, the first book in Jill Williamson’s Blood of Kings fantasy trilogy.
Marcher Lord Press describes it this way:
This 24-page resource is designed to maximize the literary benefits of the novel, By Darkness Hid in a homeschooling format. It includes chapter discussion questions, as-you-read bookmarks to help your student increase his vocabulary skills, hands-on artistic activities that include making a map and designing your own heraldic flag, and fun creative writing assignments.
A student/teacher lesson plan gives a day-to-day schedule to work through the novel in three weeks. By allowing one extra week for additional writing or other projects, a student can finish the book in one month.
Also, a reminder, I’m holding a giveaway for Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas, which you can enter here, if you’re so inclined.
What books are on your wish list this year?