Saturday, June 23, 2007

Hey, PW Mentions Speculative Faith and the Fantasy 4 Fiction Tour: WooHoo!

Four Christian speculative fiction authors from four different publishers are teaming up for the Fantastic 4 Fantasy Fiction Tour. After a kickoff July 9 in Atlanta at the International Christian Retail Show, the writers will visit churches, bookstores, libraries and homeschool groups in a dozen cities July 10-18.

While mainstream fantasy and science fiction fill shelves in general-interest bookstores, the genre has yet to really take off in the Christian market industry insiders told RBL. Suspicion of the books as too dark or occult, combined with a primary demographic that isn't drawn to the edgy—white, evangelical American women of childbearing-to-empty-nest ages—make the books less than attractive to many Christian publishers and booksellers said freelance editor Jeff Gerke. According to the authors, the goal of the Fantastic 4 tour is to raise the profile of the genre and demonstrate the inspirational qualities of the novels.


Not surprisingly given that young demographic, fans of Christian speculative fiction and aspiring novelists are busy on the Web, on sites like, run by Jeff Gerke; and Speculative Faith, and A Christian Worldview of Fiction, run by Rebecca LuElla Miller.

--"Fantasy 4 Fiction Tour Highlights Nascent Genre" by Juli Cragg Hilliard, Religion BookLine -- Publishers Weekly, 6/20/2007

John Morehead of TheoFantastique had a reaction to the above article:

When I read this item I was struck that Christians seem to have many of the same fears of alleged darkness and occultism in science fiction as they do in the horror and fantasy genres. This was a little surprising in that science fiction makes a greater appeal to technology and rationalism, two elements that strong influence modern evangelicalism.

I was also struck by how curious it is that science fiction or speculative fiction is a genre that tries to imagine what alternative worlds and realities might be possible beyond this one. This is a form of utopian thinking that would seem to overlap with Christian concepts and desires for a New Jerusalem, and a New Heavens and Earth. Have Christians lost their baptized imaginations in the contemporary age?

Hey, that's what lots of us have been saying, and saying....and SAYING!

Remember to pray--start now!-- for the blessing and protection of the touring Fantasy 4 writers. It's never easy to be away from your loved ones, facing people asking, probably, the same questions over and over, and encountering (as happens) some who may be hostile or clueless or just plain annoying.


1 comment:

John W. Morehead said...

Thank you for mentioning my blog comments on the PW story. As you can see from my blog, I frequently touch on Western Christianity's unfortunate loss of a baptized imagination so it seems as if we have this in common. Keep up the good work.