Tools for Writers
More than perhaps in any other genre, many readers who love Christian speculative fiction would also like to become writers of Christian speculative fiction.
And why not? If we have tasted the power of what this kind of novel can do, why wouldn't we want to harness that power ourselves? Surely we have a story to tell and a strange world we have imagined. So why not take others along?
A Signpost in the Wilderness
I have arranged this section of the Web page around the following five subsections:
Writing and Publishing Subtopics
The large article, "The Biz," covers a wide array of subtopics of interest to the aspiring speculative novelist. Those subtopics are:
Worlds We've Yet To See
WhereTheMapEnds boasts an extensive listing of Christian speculative
fiction for you to read. But I suspect you are here on this page
because you're possessed of the same notion I couldn't get out of my
head before I published my first novel.
"Yes," you say, "those novels are wonderful. I've read many of them
and fully enjoyed them. But there's one problem: nobody has told
exactly the story I want to read. Some have gotten close, but there's
a world I want to see that no one is describing. There's a tale I need
told that apparently no one else knows. So I'm just going to have to
write it myself!"
If those are the words resounding in your head, you're in the right
place. We need you to learn your craft to its highest potential and we
need you to understand publishing, because, frankly, we need your
story. Lovers of Christian speculative fiction are poorer than they
could be because they have not had the opportunity to explore your
understanding of what lies in the space marked terra incognita
Some of the most exciting speculative ideas I've ever seen have been
in unpublished manuscripts. It is my joy as editor and acquisitioner
to encounter thousands of proposals and manuscripts by aspiring
novelists. Some of them, for sundry reasons, I wasn't able to get
published at the time, but the ability of their authors to imagine
fantastic worlds was never in question.
In these unpublished works I have seen lizard men who served the Lord
and underwater cities teeming with intelligent life. I have seen an
alternate medieval church that had to wrestle with the idea of whether
or not elves have eternal souls. I have seen a young woman catapulted
forward to a time when all knowledge of God has been lost. I have seen
a man teleported to an alternate universe. I have seen a woman
transported back in time to where now only castle ruins stand.
I have seen children who speak with beings that hold the universe
together with thread. I have seen a man who returned from hell with a
demon still after his soul. I have seen a detective use a time machine
to investigate in person the claims of Christ. I have seen a young
woman who can visit other people's souls, the starship Evangel in
stardock, and the immortal Apostle John riding a whale.
You, dear Christian speculative author, are the one who goes to the
unexplored land for the benefit of the rest of us. You stand at the
threshold of the unknown and describe for us what you see. You show
us, dear friend, what lies beyond where the map ends.
And it is on these pages where I hope I can help equip you to get your
skills and your manuscripts and your knowledge to the place where you
can succeed in bringing your stories to the reading public. Because we
need them. We need you.
It is my hope that you, intrepid explorer, will leave these pages
better equipped to chart out and report back for us what you see
beyond where the map ends.