Category Archives: Faith and Religion

Losing Sir Terry

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I am now coming to grips with the finiteness of Sir Terry’s work. He was angry the way Carl Hiaasen is angry, joyfully and tirelessly imaginative in his skewering of the people and causes and world-views I think are awful. We found the same things beautiful. Even his darkness was shot through with light, as if life was too strong in him to be poisoned by the urge to destroy the world that visits many authors of his years. He poured out love on the sort of people I love. We agreed on what was important. We were intimate in the very best way that an author and his reader can be intimate: he didn’t know me from Eve, and I had all but memorized his work. Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday 3-4-2015

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It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. • What did you recently finish reading? Some months ago a member of BVC recommend Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher. Literature has a long history of dealing with how we treat “the … Continue reading

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PEN International’s Global Campaign
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This week, I’m passing along an article from the Bahá’í World News Service about the efforts of PEN International to defend persecuted writers the world over. I include a link to the original posting of the story interested readers can … Continue reading

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Aliens in Hell
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As a writer of science fiction, I found creationist Ken Ham’s commentary on alien life and the space program absurd and thought provoking. For those of you who missed it, in response to NASA’s expectation of finding alien life in … Continue reading

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Writing Retreat, Part 3: Writing as an Act of Faith

As I said in my last two posts, I recently went on a writing retreat to work on my current science fiction novel, The Reefs of Time. There was an interesting faith component to this retreat. While the act of … Continue reading

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Evil, the Fantastic, and Making Sense Out of Pain

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I don’t think it’s possible to discuss evil without talking about the literature of the fantastic. We hear people talk about “evil incarnate,” usually in reference to some person or institution that has committed particularly heinous acts, as if evil … Continue reading

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Uses of the Undead: Part 5

Last week we considered the importance of narrative in monster-wrangling, and looked at the ultimate weapon of the Powers, the narrative opiate of the people: the Myth of Redemptive Violence. This week we unveil the people’s ultimate weapon, subversive agape, … Continue reading

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Uses of the Undead: Part 3

In last week’s post we looked at the three magical weapons that popular culture has with which to fight monsters, including poop. Thus armed, let’s consider our strategy and then go look under the bed. With Fava Beans and Chianti for All Taking … Continue reading

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Uses of the Undead: Part Two

In last week’s post we looked at the strengths of monsters and why they’re so hard to defeat. This week we’ll take a peek into the People’s Armory: there’s some serious shit in there. Slouching towards Gotham When monsters multiply … Continue reading

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Uses of the Undead: Part One

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that those who feel helpless, must be in want of a monster. Well, maybe not universally, but so it seems to me. When events concatenate in a way too complex for our hunter-gatherer minds, … Continue reading

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