Faith-based Sci-Fi as Exploratory Apologetic (Revisited)

Over 4 years ago, I wrote an essay that caused me to seriously think about writing something like Johnny Came Home. At the time, I was writing Øtherworld, a sci-fi tale with fantasy overtones. I was having a hard time finishing it, so I wrote this essay to sharpen my focus a bit. The idea was … More Faith-based Sci-Fi as Exploratory Apologetic (Revisited)

A Sneak Peek at the John Lazarus: Mann from Midwich Book Cover Design

Though I’ve been working hard on writing the sequel to Johnny Came Home and on making a few revisions to the first novel [which will include an excerpt from John Lazarus: Mann from Midwich], I managed to carve out some time last night to work on the book cover for the newest John Lazarus Adventure. … More A Sneak Peek at the John Lazarus: Mann from Midwich Book Cover Design

John W Otte on What Video Games Can Teach Us About Backstory

While doing some market research for Johnny Came Home, I came across a post by John W. Otte, author of Failstate, a novel about superheroes who enter a TV show in hopes of winning their vigilante license. Anyway, there’s a good video on his site on what video games can teach us about backstory. If you … More John W Otte on What Video Games Can Teach Us About Backstory

Christian Science Fiction: The Limits of Time Travel

For reasons unfathomable [OK, I was reading one of Tim Chaffey’s Truth Chronicles novels], I found myself thinking about time travel the other day. Whether it has occurred to you or not, time travel is a bit tricky to deal with in a Christian novel. Why? Because whether we’re dealing with the past or future, … More Christian Science Fiction: The Limits of Time Travel

How To Cut Out 32,000 Words From Your Novel Without Checking Into an Asylum

For the benefit of any prospective Christian authors out there, and for the sake of my narcisism, I thought I’d give you a look inside my editing process. Back at the end of May, Johnny Came Home went through what I thought was its last round of edits, yet because the Bible says that wisdom is … More How To Cut Out 32,000 Words From Your Novel Without Checking Into an Asylum

Apologetics Fiction: To Preach or Not To Preach

Recently, author Keith A Robinson was featured in Answers magazine. In The Rise of Apologetics Fiction, he is quoted as saying the following: “Non-Christians don’t want to read a book that they know is going to preach to them. Therefore we are trying to re-package the information from the nonfiction [apologetics] books into exciting stories … More Apologetics Fiction: To Preach or Not To Preach