Christian sci-fi writers should be uniquely qualified to deal with: a world that is plagued by sin but forgiven people who strive to stem that tide. Granted, it could very easily become preachy, but isn’t that where the skill of the author/storyteller comes in? If Michael Crichton can make nihilism both an interesting read and a virtue, surely we can similarly lift up our values and entertain audiences.
Christian SF does not need to be a separate genre. Look at the niche market for the "Left Behind" series, and you will see the literary ghetto out of which SF had to climb several decades ago. Why consign some of the most brilliant literature of our time to the dusty shelf in the back of the library or book store?
Someone has recently said: "The smallest minority is the individual". As a writer, I am going to bring my own 'something special' into the mix. The fact that I'm a Christian is certainly part of that, but I don't think... and wouldn't know HOW, honestly... that we need some extra macho sauce, or whatever, to make Christian s-f distinct.
If I may be so bold as a Jew, but certainly this goes for Judaism too, is that it needs to emphasize the ideas over the authoritarianism. History has demonstrated again and again how religious leadership will circumvent and distort the true message of religion in order to consolidate power. Let Christ's words speak for themselves.
Christianity is free of something that burdens Jewish thought a bit. Jewish thought is not just based on the literal words of the Torah or the rest of the Hebrew Bible, but also a couple thousand years of commentary that is canonical and binding. Every imaginable angle has been thought of. The gospels stand on their own. So Christianity can better avoid (you'd think) extraneous dogma like "the Earth is the center of the universe."
Why couldn't a work of Science Fiction be based on Lev 19:18 (the essence of both Christianity and Judaism)?
We have made great advances in science and technology. I am sometimes left in awe of the progress and improved understanding that I have witnessed in my lifetime. The moral, ethical, and legal aspects of our culture have simply not kept pace. Sure there are night and day improvements in civil rights, but i don't think as a society we've quite figured out how people are supposed to act and to treat each other yet. Traditionally religion has been at the center of the debate and addressing things like the new medical ethics is a great place for religious science fiction. Personally I'd like to see something deeper that "what gives you the right to play God" or "Maybe there are some things man wasn't meant to do" with an air of profound gravity.
Let's take a problem that is hotly contested and instead of fighting and bickering about it lets try creative technical answers to the problem. No middle ground will never-ever be found between the two sides of the abortion issue. My argument would be to explore a story with a solution through technology. I think the real problem isn't the abortion, but the unwanted pregnancy in the first place. No unwanted pregnancies, no abortions, not even due to rape or incest. Period. Problem solved. Sure maybe, the ethical behavior vs. freedom to behave as one chooses argument would be side stepped, but a good story, with a science fiction component could easily be written to explore all of that.
Yeah, Tom is right - we frequently confuse the effect with the cause. I also agree with the atheist that SF could be used to explore morality in a somewhat more theoretical sense, sort of like Niven did in “The Ethics of Madness,” or Varley’s never-quite-articulated-but-obviously-there belief that technology changes our concepts of right and wrong. I don’t want endless retreads of the Prometheus myth, though. Lord, those are boring. Ok, we get it already, the gods are gonna’ kick your ass for forgetting your place. Next. And speaking as a Christian, I flat out *do not* want to see Christian SF as a propagandistic tool. It should be about making people think, not about telling them what to think, about planting the seed perhaps, but not about telling them how to live. I think if Christian SF has anything to offer, it might simply be the benefit of a markedly different outlook that, combined with technology,