I think the "modern magic" is one of my favorites. I leave reading stories in our day and world with magic, werewolves, faery's ect. At the same time i find it the hardest because so many of these things have occult, non Christian elements in them that are super hard to rewrite in Christian context. This type of fiction is so closely linked to our own world i find it hard to write because i don't want to perceive something that would be a stumbling block and which might pervert the Gospel
So in what ways have you found to make writing"modern magic" easier?
Does anyone else have the same reservation i seem to have.
I would love to to learn by reading other Christian writers who have done this, but i find very little of this type of Christian Speculative Fiction available. Can anyone point me towards author in this sub-genre
Post by morganlbusse on Dec 29, 2010 14:31:05 GMT -5
Hey Nova, I have the same reservations you have when writing fantasy in our world (probably why I invent my own world).
The only book I can think of that does Christian fantasy in our world (and did a pretty good job) is John Olson's Shade and Powers. I haven't read any others. Hope that helps a little
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Post by Heather Titus on Jan 3, 2011 20:01:54 GMT -5
Hey Nova! I'm the same as Morwena...I have a hard time reconciling magic or anything in our world, so I create my own. I honestly don't know how you can put magic in our world, unless you make it a product of someone who is originally from another world (as Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopkins did in their ongoing series The Berinfell Chronicles).
As for Christian fantasy writers, Bryan Davis' Dragons In Our Midst and Oracles of Fire series are set in our world and involve Merlin, Arthur, and dragons. Those are amazing reads. The Berinfell Chronicles are good too. I can't think of any more just now.
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Nice post, Nova! It's a tough thing to do. The context is a bit dated, post-WWII, but CS Lewis' third book in his sf trilogy, "That Hideous Strength," is a modern setting where Merlin comes back and kicks some butt. It starts a little slow, but picks up in a quasi-apocalyptic middle.