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  1. Mike Duran's Reagan Moon paranoir novels are doing ok. They're not explicitly labeled as Christian but contain a Christian Worldview if the reader has eyes to see. They're fast-moving, weird, and a lot of fun. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074CFD9K5?searchxofy=true&binding=kindle_edition&ref_=dbs_s_aps_series_rwt_tkin&qid=1618866975&sr=8-1
  2. Publishing SF/F from a Christian worldview via more Mainstream publishers.
  3. This is the post he wrote in 2019 on the same subject. https://www.mikeduran.com/2019/12/02/five-reasons-why-christian-fiction-publishers-have-lost-male-readers-pt-1/
  4. Christian SF/F author Mike Duran posted this on his FB page today. Realm Makers has grown into one of the premier Christian writer's groups.
  5. "He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided." https://www.thefreshreads.com/the-most-dangerous-game/
  6. ...unless you have a situation like mine where the 1st Person POV character may not be alive at the very end, in which case a Prologue / Epilogue told in the 3rd Person acts as a valuable framing device. Which is to say, I wouldn't paint all Prologues with the same broad brush. We see Prologues perhaps more often in SF/F. I've read many bad ones and some good ones, but the good ones were really good, and a few were awesome. I think the larger point is to do your homework and know why you're doing it. Tolkien doesn't use a Prologue and his LOTR work starts at the right place and in the r
  7. It depends on the genre. GRRM writes terrific Prologues, as does Patrick Rothfuss.
  8. It's a well established genre. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_fantasy#:~:text=Historical fantasy is a category,a more "realistic" narrative.&text=Stories fitting this classification generally take place prior to the 20th century. The most famous novel in this genre that I've heard of is JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR. MORREL, which was an award-winning novel and a pretty good mini series. https://offtheshelf.com/2019/04/captivating-historical-fantasy-novels/
  9. I’ve read a lot of Prologues. Many of the Space Opera prologues are the worst sort: In the deep space in the Archana Nebula, the evil overlord Mitochondria and his legions of blah blah… you’ve likely read those prologues, as well. But I’ve also read brilliant prologues from Fantasy masters which absolutely work. GRRM springs to mind, as does Steven Brust (his prologue from his debut novel JHEREG tells how his POV character becomes an assassin with a lizard familiar). The prologue written by Pat Rothfuss from THE WISE MAN’S FEAR is one of my favorites. I wasn’t planning t
  10. What's the difference? This video suggests that a hook *grabs* your attention, but a pledge *maintains* it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XATONsyKml0
  11. If you're not yet FB Friends with Mike Duran, he has a post today worth checking out. https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMikeDuran/posts/10225550243768945 I looked up the scripture quoted by Christopher Weeks, and it got me thinking: I can imagine some kind of Sci-Fi or Fantasy story where Christian warriors are the Deathcarriers, and they contain within them both the curse of Death and the power of Life. I read a book a long time ago which has this sort of vibe, PALADINS by Joel Rosenberg. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/390176.Paladins
  12. Seconded. The theme of hatred to love of God is confused by "oh, look, a puppy!"
  13. I rarely refer to my wife by her given name, Linda. I almost refer to her by a pet name. In her family, her dad and mom referred to each other as 'Momma' and 'Poppa' and we've fallen into that practice as well for almost every use. For example, when speaking to the dog (Cooper), we'll say 'Cooper, where's Momma?' The one exception seems to be when we're referring our spouse to others. Linda will say 'Johne likes pasta but I prefer vegetables.' In your example, children would likely be specifically trained not to refer to their parents by their given names. I've never referred to my dad
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