When I first heard the term Christian speculative fiction, I had no idea what that was. Maybe that’s where you are right now. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Today, on my blog, I’m going to be explaining the term Christian speculative fiction.
Personally, I think Christians started using the phrase Christian speculative fiction because we cannot use the phrase Christian Science Fiction. Christian Science Fiction could refer to either fiction from a Christian Science worldview or science fiction from a Christian worldview. When I told someone online that I write Christian Science Fiction they actually asked me to clarify which one I meant.
So because of this confusion, when speaking about science fiction that is Christian, two terms may be used, Christian sci-fi or Christian speculative fiction. And the great thing about Christian speculative fiction is that it covers science fiction, fantasy, horror and other types of speculative works that aren’t easily classified such as end times fiction and biblical historical fiction with supernatural elements, which are specific to Christian fiction. So now we can use this all-encompassing term Christian speculative fiction.
I’m an author of Christian speculative fiction. My journey to becoming an author, specifically an author of Christian speculative fiction, is an interesting one. Seven years ago I didn’t know there was such a thing as Christian sci-fi. One day, at my local public library, I happened upon a book called Firebird by Kathy Tyers. This is one of the best books ever written. If you’re Christian and you like sci-fi I highly recommend the Firebird trilogy and the other books by Kathy Tyers.
And that was my introduction to science fiction from Christian worldview. However, it wasn’t until I found like-minded people on the Internet, who also loved this kind of fiction, that I discovered the term Christian speculative fiction. At first, I wasn’t sure about the phrase. It is quite a mouthful. But the more I use it, the more I like it. I think it’s great because I write both science fiction and fantasy from a Christian worldview. And some of my stories, such as whispers of a faded dreamer, are hard to classify. Is it science fiction or is it fantasy?
The only problem with telling people that I’m an author of Christian speculative fiction is that most people in the world still don’t know what that means. I had a friend remark to me just the other day, “there’s such a thing as Christian sci-fi?!” Not only do people not know the label for the genre, they don’t even know these kinds of stories exist! It’s not surprising that some people still don’t know about the genre seeing as I, a writer and avid reader, only learned about the genre several years ago myself.
I end up usually tell people that I write science fiction and fantasy mostly, and just leave at that. But in my head I’m saying Christian speculative fiction. I hope that in the future the term Christian speculative fiction becomes more common so that I can tell people freely, “I’m an author of Christian speculative fiction”.