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message 1: by Carl (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:46PM) (new)

Carl | 6 comments Since fantasy came up in one of the other topics I thought I'd see who else out there has read Christian Fantasy or Science Fiction, and what they thought of it. I know there have been many attempts to get the genres to "break in" in the CBA, but from what I hear it doesn't typically go so well. Still, there is a lot out there, and I'd like to hear titles and opinions. Here's a list of some of the authors who I can think of who fit (in no particular order):
Stephen Lawhead (the most obvious, the most prolific, and the most successful)
Kathy Tyers
Karen Hancock
Donita Paul (haven't read any of hers yet! What do people think?)
Sharon Hinck
John Olson
Randy Ingermanson

And I know there are others! Just can't think of any of them.

message 2: by Alexandra (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:47PM) (new)

Alexandra | 423 comments I liked This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti

message 3: by Penny (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:57PM) (new)

Penny yes Frank Peretti's book are really good
i have read 2 the prophet & the oath.

message 4: by Margaret (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:57PM) (new)

Margaret Chind (cherryblossommj) | 3 comments If you haven't already, you should check out the Christian Science Fiction Blog Tour...

message 5: by Alexandra (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:11PM) (new)

Alexandra | 423 comments I've only read the "This Present Darkness" series, so I can't really comment on his other books - other than to say I started House but didn't get very far before I quit. I don't mind creepy so much, but I just could not get into it.

Has anyone else read it? Does it get better, worth sticking it out?

message 6: by Chel ♪ (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:12PM) (new)

Chel ♪ (pianochick) | 3 comments Hey Janis I have read the whole thing of House and to me I doesn't get much better at least in my opinon. Is "This Present Darkness" series good?

message 7: by Alexandra (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:12PM) (new)

Alexandra | 423 comments Chel, thanks, that helps. I'll probably give "House" another try.

I really enjoyed the "This Present Darkness" series. It's speculative about battles between angels and demons, demons attempting to hinder Christians, prayer giving angels strength. Many ideas like that about things we can't really say we know for sure, but are interesting to ponder.

I also recommend C.S. Lewis' space trilogy - starting with Out Of The Silent Planet for any of you who like Christian science fiction and haven't read it yet.

I also liked The Great Divorce, although I'd say the theory presented isn't entirely biblical, it's still a good read - another one I had trouble getting into at first - and interesting to ponder ideas, even if to think through why you don't agree with it. I'll also say I don't think Lewis intended to mean this was his true theory of heaven and hell, it is a fiction story, but it gives food for thought.

message 8: by Chel ♪ (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:13PM) (new)

Chel ♪ (pianochick) | 3 comments Thanks Janis
I have to check those books out they sound interesting

message 9: by Llama (new)

Llama Castillo | 4 comments I really like Peretti. I have read This Present Darkness, Piercing the Darkness and The Oath. I have Visitation and The Prophet but have not read them yet. I liked The Oath, even if was on the darker side, because he was showing what sin really looks like. It is not neat and pretty, it is deep, ugly and will destroy us. Another author I like is Harold Myra, I have his trilogy Children of the Night, The Shining Face and Morning Child. It is more fantasy than scifi but it is really good.

message 10: by Amie (new)

Amie | 1 comments To me, Dekker had the stronger influence in the book, House. I love Peretti, and his books make me think about real life and how much spiritual warfare is present and real, but we don't recognize in the natural realm. Dekker is good vs. evil, but a little further out there, and I saw that in the book, House.

message 11: by Jim (new)

Jim Smoak (jsmoak) | 1 comments I've enjoyed both Peretti and Dekker very much; I've read all their books. I have to agree about House though. It seems to be more of a horror book that a fight between Christian good and evil. Because of my disappointment with the book, I didn't even bother with the movie. Dekker's trilogy was great. Even though it was categorized as "youth fiction", I really enjoyed it as an adult. I also enjoyed all of Peretti's books. Has anyone read The Fall of Lucifer by Wendy Alec? I really enjoyed the book, which is supposed to be a part of a trilogy. However, Alec hasn't published the next book and it's REALLY aggrevating. I've sent her an email asking when it will happen, but never received a response.

message 12: by Mountainman91 (new)

Mountainman91 | 1 comments While we're on the topic of christian fantasy, I feel obligated to reccomend the Circle Trilogy (Black, Red and White)by Ted Dekker as excellent, Christ-exalting fiction that is worthy of serious consideration. Dekker has complicated plots, a fast paced writing style and some awesome analogies.
As for House, I must agree that it was vaguely dissapointing and had few theological ramifications, but a book by a Christian author need not be 'preachy' like Peretti often is.

message 13: by Midnightrose (new)

Midnightrose | 3 comments hello all, first time post here. i love science fiction and have been in the star wars/star trek thing for years. when it comes to mixing it with christian fiction, i don't know. i think there should be a bit more of a line of distinction.

i love peretti's book darkness book(present and piercing). his prophet book was awesome as well. when i started reading the visitation one, it got a little weird. i think the points he was trying to make in his first books, of showing the reality of spiritual warfare may have taken a turn on some of his later ones. mixing too much fiction may glorify the wrong spirits. i may be totally off base, but shouldn't you have an overall good feeling about the book when done reading it, instead of thinking, what was with that character? i got the same feeling when reading some of roger elwood's books.

i have more peretti's on my list to read and need to check out this dekker guy too. nice to meet you all. :)

message 14: by Pat (new)

Pat Harris (patharris-dragonwriter) | 1 comments Hey all, I'm a self-published faith-based fantasy/scifi author with a grand total of one book released and a second on the way.

It is my belief that speculative fiction is a powerful way to communicate spiritual themes in a non-spiritual format to extended audiences. But I agree with Mountainman91 that it should definitely not be preachy - which can be a challenge to a writer who's excited about the foundations beneath the themes in their work. But done well it can make for an awesome read.

Tx to Carl for an interesting topic.

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message 16: by Jason (new)

Jason (jokers_knight_out) Well, Christian speculative fiction is meant to push boundaries and speculate on how celestial things work and let the imagination go wild.
With that in mind (and some of you may not think some of these are Christian, but they are Biblically-accurate):
This Present Darkness, Piercing the Darkness, The Oath (Frank Peretti)
The Chronicles of Histories megaseries, Adam, THR3E (Ted Dekker)
The Jerusalem's Undead Trilogy, The Senses series (Eric Wilson)
Waking Hours (Lis Wiehl)
The Watchers, The Warriors (Mark Andrew Olsen)
Shade (John Olson)
And now for a little shock, but I have seen completely explicitly pro-Gospel messages in the works of Stephen King.
Yes, I have taste in dark fiction, no I'm not ashamed of it. God doesn't have to work in "light" fiction to reach to people, not if that's the only way certain people can be reached.

message 17: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Bailey (jsbailey) | 47 comments I write what might be considered speculative fiction, and some of my work has been "dark." I don't believe that all Christian fiction needs to be sugary-sweet--there is a market for that, and I do not choose to write for that market.

Another author who writes speculative fiction is Robert Liparulo. I've only read The 13th Tribe but it was amazing.

message 18: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Bailey (jsbailey) | 47 comments Just found this post today: Is speculative fiction weird?

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Wm. Scott Conway (wsconway) | 21 comments Has anyone hear read Brian Godawa's "Chronicles of the Nephilim" Series? Biblical speculative fiction, and not for the faint of heart either. It will be six in all, although only four have been published upon this posting.

I have read all four of the published books, and I find them compelling, albeit I can see where some might find them irreverent.

message 20: by Steve (new)

Steve Copland (stevecopland) | 2 comments I've read Lawhead and Peretti's early books. I haven't read Peretti's latest books, but was interested in the comments here about how 'dark' they are.

As an author and historian, it's extremely difficult to portray, for example, 1st century Roman culture to Christian readers. The rampant sexuality and violence of Roman culture has been accurately portrayed in series such as 'Spartacus', but what was a common sight for Romans and Christians in Roman cities, is pornographic when depicted on screen.

Movies like 'Ben Hur', a favorite of mine, often portray Roman culture as almost puritan, a far cry from reality. The NT writers such as Paul and Peter wrote a great deal about sexual sin. Paul even had to rebuke Corinthian men for continuing to visit temple prostitutes (1st Corinthians 6). Just how does a Christian author portray the reality without crossing lines of decency. It's not easy.

As for the 'dark' side. I struggled when portraying the demon possession of Mary in 'Mary Magdalene: A Woman Who Loved' and received both criticism and applause. To be honest, I drew on my own experiences in satanism prior to salvation.

Also, how does one portray the power of possession in say Eastern religions and do Christians really want to recognize such power? My character portrayal of Simon Magus is both 'speculative' and biographical. The best sources of information (early theologians) claim that he levitated for Nero. Some Christians find that too fantastic, but I have seen such things.

Having said all of that, my applause goes to writers like C.S Lewis and Tolken. I well remember reading the Narnia Chronicles while still involved in the occult and they spoke to me in that darkness. Some Christians can be so incredibly narrow minded that they fail to see that the Lord uses Christian fiction and fantasy. Such people will condemn anyone who reads any Bible other than the Kings James, but the tragedy is that they are also very often unable to communicate the gospel to their own genration.

God has given many of His children a rich imagination. If the mind of that writer is sanctified in Christ, then He can use them to portray the gospel in creative work, not to change the non-negotiable truh of Scripture, but to get people to seek Him. Blessings.

message 21: by Alice2015 (new)

Alice2015 | 5 comments I loved the book: The Fisherman's Wife, by Kathleen Glavich. It's historical fiction set in Biblical times but such an incredible and poignant love story on so many angles - marital love, friendships, sacrifice, and the love of God. The writer uses scripture throughout the book to make key points and get the reader thinking. I read on her website that her motto is "All My Words for The Word". The book is dedicated to all Christian women who spread the Good News of Jesus with passion. This was a fantastic and life changing book for me!

message 22: by C.J. (new)

C.J. Brightley (cjbrightley) | 2 comments I haven't read all of Ted Dekker's work, but I would definitely second the recommendation of the Circle Cycle (Black, Red, White, Green). I'm just starting Green now, but the others were amazing. Darkness is portrayed, but not in order to glorify darkness... instead, it's done to show how amazing grace is. I've read and enjoyed a lot of softer Christian fiction, but those stories won't mean much to a large segment of readers. Some readers will relate more to darker stories, and having Christian authors show some darkness as they glorify God is good! It's just one more way to reflect God to the world.

I'm working on a Christian urban fantasy / supernatural thriller series right now. It's not as dark as House, but it's definitely more violent than, say, Janet Oke's books. But the point isn't to glorify evil... it's to glorify God and the magnificence of grace. The reality of God is that He triumphed over darkness, not the darkness never existed.

At the same time, as Christians we don't need to wallow in portrayals of darkness because that's not good for our own minds and hearts. So finding that balance as a writer can be challenging!

message 23: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Onuorah (michelleonuorah) | 2 comments I recently released a sci-fi with Christian themes and while the majority of the sci-fi reading audience enjoyed the premise, they were admittedly thrown off by the mention of faith.

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message 24: by Cliff (last edited Sep 06, 2013 08:31AM) (new)

Cliff Ball (cliffball) | 35 comments If any of you are interested, readers and authors alike, I'm trying to start up a new website that focuses on Speculative Fiction written by Christian authors (mostly indies). The books don't necessarily have to be a Christian message, but does have to be a clean read.

There's author pages, new releases, book reviews (haven't posted any yet), bargain ebooks under $2.99, and eventually interviews of authors and guest posts.

Check it out at

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