Writing Speculative Fiction as a Christian – Part 3: Salvation for Other Species

Thanks for checking out this series! If this is the first blog you’re reading on ‘Writing Speculative Fiction as a Christian’ then please see my intro on post #1 for context on the reason I’ve put this series together.

Last time we discussed what it means to be human in inter-planetary and even inter-worldly contexts. But writing as a Christian there is one subject that inevitably comes up, and that many Christian writers struggle with…

Has Jesus been to these other worlds?

As with many of these questions, the answer is up to you as the writer of the story. In trying to keep in line with my own theology, I have to ask the question of whether or not Jesus would have a reason to. As a child, fascinated with the idea of aliens, I often wondered if the Christian view of salvation was something that was also available to aliens since they’re not human but are presumably sentient beings who (I would assume) also struggle with evil.

In my younger years I assumed that, if necessary, Jesus would have also incarnated as each alien race and died for their sins as well, just so that everyone was included. When I was a little older I concluded instead that aliens need only hear about Jesus as a human, because most aliens have a low opinion of humans, and so the idea of God humbling Himself enough to take on such a weak form would have caught the attention of every other race regardless.

Now that I’m even older, the idea of Jesus manifesting as other sentient races feels less comfortable with my doctrine, but that still leaves me with the problem of how aliens or beings in fantasy realms could avoid damnation if they haven’t directly encountered Jesus, which leads into the next question.

Is sin and evil a multiversal problem?

To write epic stories, it is pretty much a given that your world will contain some form of struggle between forces of good and forces of evil. At least from a fictional standpoint, evil itself is a pretty multiversal problem. What might not be multiversal though, is the problem of sin. That may sound confusing. The two words are practically synonymous, but there is a subtle difference.

Evil is wrong action, and so is sin, but evil is an issue of choice whereas sin is an issue of nature. Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, not good and sin, but that act of disobedience was sin, and through that, sin entered the world and became a part of mankind.

There’s a reason it was in the form of food, because food becomes a part of you. Even more fitting, it was fruit, which typically bears seeds. The seed of sin has been in mankind since that day. It is the inclination toward evil. It’s a vessel for evil. A kind of corruption or disease. Do you get the picture?

The reason I want to get that distinction across is that it’s possible that evil is a multiversal issue without sin being a multiversal issue. The word ‘sin’ means ‘missing the mark.’ It means ‘imperfection.’ The world as a whole fell into sin when those in charge (mankind) allowed sin to enter.

We know it’s possible for angels to fall from grace and commit acts of evil. There is even a passage referring to angels committing sin (2 Peter: 2:4), but no reference to Jesus dying for the sins of angels. Perhaps God has a different solution when it comes to angels, or maybe only the fallen angels sin and so their fate is already sealed. I don’t think the scriptures go into detail on that. We don’t hear about animals ‘sinning’ even though nature itself is in a fallen state.

But other sentient races, though they still face moral dilemmas, may not necessarily have the same problem with sin as humans do. The reason why is also part of what makes us unique compared to other sentient races. As the uniquely assigned bearers of the image of God, there are very specific things at stake when it comes to our living up to our potential or falling from it.

Other races don’t have this problem. The way that evil became a part of us was also very specific in that it set us up for having generational issues and for sin to become a part of the nature of mankind. This means that we as humans struggle with evil differently, in a unique way, compared to how other sentient races might struggle.

Without struggling with sin, can other races still struggle with evil in relatable ways?

Absolutely. In fact I would argue that most writers have already provided plenty of examples of how to do this in your stories. The idea of generational, inherited sin, from a Judeo-Christian perspective is actually a bit complicated to think about. Most writers provide simpler, more universally understandable examples of evil, such as temptation and old, bad habits.

It might feel a bit preschool, but it’s relatable in a way that is understandable to a broader audience. As long as you’re not writing your evil characters as Moustache-Twirling Villains then you’re okay.

There are plenty of other questions that arise for Christian writers when dealing with the idea of other worlds and other sentient races. Next time we’ll go over the questions of afterlives in these other worlds, and inter-species coupling.

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Writing Speculative Fiction as a Christian – Part 2: Writing Humans in Other Worlds

Thanks for checking out this series! If this is the first blog you’re reading on ‘Writing Speculative Fiction as a Christian’ then please see my intro on post #1 for context on the reason I’ve put this series together.

Last time we discussed the idea of a multiverse and the possibility of people living in these other worlds, so the subject to jump into next is…

Are humans still unique?

Yes. Humans have the unique characteristic of being made in the image of God. What exactly that means is up for debate (to the best of my knowledge). One parallel I see is that God is a Trinity and we humans are a kind of trinity ourselves (body, soul and spirit but one being) though not the same kind of trinity as God. I assume that humans are the only beings in known creation to have this three-fold nature since angels may have soul and/or spirit but no body, and animals have bodies but not souls or spirits.

Another common interpretation is that God has free will and so do humans, and that is the sense in which we are made in God’s image. However, this position seems to suggest that angels lack the faculty of free will, in which case the rebellion of the fallen angels makes no sense.

When writing a story that contains both humans and other sentient races, whether they be aliens in a space story or mythical creatures in a fantasy tale, one of the features I attribute to humans more than other races is in fact their capacity for free will. Other sentient beings may still have free will, but not at the same measure as humans. It’s what gives mankind the capacity to produce strong leaders, but also makes us potentially more devious, and is the reason many races simply don’t trust us.

What about humans in fantasy worlds?

Although it can be assumed that in most space adventures the human characters are all descended from humans that once lived on earth, and therefore have inherited the same problems we all inherited from Adam & Eve (except probably Star Wars), the same assumption may not make sense when applied to a fantasy world. It depends if your world has its own creation mythos, and what it says about the origin of Man in that world. With some fantasy worlds, you can get away with implying that the first human settlers had traveled there from another realm. You could also assume that what your characters refer to as ‘humans’ are not actually humans but just creatures that are very similar to humans.

You run into a problem if you both suggest that these characters are human in the same way that we are human, and imply that they were created by a being other than God, because then how could they have been made in God’s image and therefore possess one of the most defining traits of being human? It may be useful in such circumstances to take the approach of recreate over create, and suppose that these creative entities are making new people from materials already given to them by another.

You may still run into a question of how to make your human characters relatable if their struggle with evil is not the same as our own struggle with sin, if their ancesters had never eaten from the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. Since the initial problem of the fruit is disobedience, I find it easy to come up with fantasy-based parralels when needed, to show that these humans faced a similar test and also failed. But depending on when your fantasy story takes place, in relation to events occuring on earth, it’s possible that your humans had traveled into this new fantasy world sometime after Eden, or that they were made using materials from Adam & Eve’s descendants.

Next time we’ll discuss how people of other worlds might deal differently with the issues of sin and evil…

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Writing Speculative Fiction as a Christian – Part 1: Writing a Multiverse


All works of fiction ask ‘what if’ questions. ‘If there was a universe where this was going on, what would happen?’ The same is true whether you’re writing science-fiction or fantasy, or some other genre with hypothetical scenarios. And all ‘what if’ stories assume that the ‘what if’ is something not actually happening in reality, but something that arguably could. So as a Christian who wants to write in the fantasy and science-fiction genres, it is not necessarily required that the stories I write would be able to occur within realities that adhere to my theology and general world-view.

But if I’m asking a ‘what if’ question, and the events of the story don’t flow in a way that I think they actually would, given what I believe about the nature of people and spirituality and other things, then am I being authentic to what I think would actually occur in these scenarios?

There’s a lot of freedom when writing speculative fiction. It’s one of the things about it that draws creative thinkers. We get to explore possibilities, even purely hypothetical ones, without having to disregard our core beliefs. So where each writer stands on this line is a matter of personal balance.

Myself, I try for the most part to keep my works of fiction in accordance with how I believe things actually work in a grander, potentially multiversal scenario that is reality, while also acknowledging that, ultimately, God still gets to do whatever He wants. I like the idea that, if these stories turned out to be real, they could fit together with our reality in a cohesive manner without me having to rework my theology, but if I take that approach then I have to make sure that these stories are adhering to my theology in the first place.

There are other Christian writers who feel the same way I do, and take a similar approach, but it is not without its challenges. In this series I’ll try to address some of the tougher issues I run into when trying to write fantasy and science-fiction stories in a way that doesn’t contradict my personal beliefs.

Now, before we dive deep into any of these topics, there is something I need to confess to you guys about myself, and that is that I personally am somewhat up-tight about this stuff. Sensitivity is a spectrum, and on that spectrum I land hard on the side of being cautious rather than flippant. There’s a couple of things that means for this series.

First, you can be sure that the topics I’ve covered, and the way that I’ve covered them, is coming from a place of an abundance of caution, and there are probably few things worth covering that won’t be addressed in this series (though I am open to ideas for new topics if any come to mind). So if you too land somewhere on the cautious side of the spectrum and just want to make sure you have covered everything that needs covering, then this is probably the series for you.

Second, since sensitivity is a spectrum, and I’m on the extreme end of cautious, it is quite likely that some of these topics did not even need addressing, at least for most audiences. So if you find yourself thinking “does that really even matter?” the answer may be no, at least not for you. And a person’s level of sensitivity is neither right nor wrong, it’s just what it is for that person.

Case in point, say it turns out that aliens are real – does mating with an alien count as bestiality? How many people have asked that question or even thought about it? (Personally, I’d say it depends very heavily on the type of alien. But we’ll go over that subject in detail in a future post. And by “in detail” I mean we’ll discuss the social and spiritual ramifications of it, not draw up a diagram.)

I should also point out that I am well aware that even within Christian circles there are many different doctrinal beliefs about some of the things I’m going to talk about, and I do not mean to diminish any of those beliefs by neglecting to address them here. I can only speak on behalf of my own theological stances.

Now on to it

To start off, the existence of a fantasy world itself implies a universe other than our own (a multiverse) so the first question to address is…

Why would God bother to make a multiverse in the first place?

Considering how creative God is, and how many entire universes have been imagined by some of our best fiction writers alone, it seems a bit limiting to assume that God spent the entirety of His creative juices on just one universe. But that’s not to say that He didn’t still make just one. It’s possible He had countless other ideas and considered them all not worth it. The traditional way of thinking about it, though, is that as God’s children and image-bearers, anything not directly affecting us or under our rule would be unnecessary and therefore must not exist.

I’ll address some of that later, but for now, I would first point out the stars and planets across all of the galaxies in our own universe that we do not have any kind of rulership over and that do not directly affect us (to the best of my knowledge). Also, since we are dealing with hypothetical universes, how do we know that we were not originally destined to rule over these other universes as well before we fell from grace? Perhaps these other universes are still there waiting for us.

But as Rick Warren pointed out in The Purpose-Driven Life – it’s not all about us. Everything exists for God’s pleasure. If it pleases God for something to exist, He will bring it into being.

Who created these worlds?

The easy answer in most cases is God. This answer gets a bit tricky though in fantasy stories where you wish to build a mythos with god-like entities that represent God. This has certainly been done, by very well-known Christian writers, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien in particular, with no apparent issues of conscience. I could stop right there, but I press the matter a bit more just because of my own personal level of sensitivity.

The problem is, whenever you have a fictional character representing God, especially in a creator role, you run the risk of said character becoming an idol, even if only a fictional one. And my problem with saying that a character is God is, what if said character does not accurately portray the way that God works, or what His priorities are? Then I’m misrepresenting God.

The way that I personally have chosen to handle this is, whenever a story of mine has a creation mythos, mentioning certain entities by name, I treat them as spiritual entities endowed with the capacity to create (or recreate using already existing materials, in some cases). But they are individual characters that, if real, are themselves created by God. They are neither small ‘g’ gods, nor are they aspects of God, but they are very powerful entities endowed with the ability to create.

A possible protest to this is the argument that only God can create, but hasn’t God endowed mankind with the ability to create as well? We make babies. That is something we do using materials that already exist. Writers create, only in the sense that we are imagining these worlds and putting them on paper. I cannot call them into physical existence. Relatively speaking, who’s to say that the worlds created by these entities are not themselves purely imaginary? And that by reading these books you are not simply looking into the mind of one of one of these entities? We cannot call into existence something that does not exist, only God can do that, but He has endowed us with the ability to make things using materials He has provided us.

In my efforts to avoid any of my fictional entities being viewed as idols, I’ve taken great care to make sure that there are no examples of them being worshipped. People may talk about them. People may even be grateful for something the entity has done, but there are no references of worship. At the very most, depending on how much the book talks about them, these entities may be made to reflect God in terms of character and priorities, to the best of my ability to know how to accurately reflect Him, but I remember that my own perceptions are flawed and that, ultimately, the same could be said of many fictional characters.

Jesus Himself told certain parables where a character was only reflective of certain aspects of God, but not reflective as a whole. Even if a character of mine has a degree of symbolic meaning, I still need to allow them the room to be individuals. I also view all of these beings as answerable to God and therefore surrendered to him (unless they are villainous).

The premise of a multiverse raises many other questions, particularly regarding mankind’s place amidst such a vast plethora of possibilities. I’ll address some more of these topics and how I’ve chosen to handle them in the next post…

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‘Orcs Vs. Wolves’ Quotes

A collection of quotes from my post-apocalyptic dark fantasy novel Orcs Vs. Wolves, my most recent NaNoWriMo project which released this January and serves as a shared-universe follow-up to last year’s Vampires Vs. Dragons. As with all of my booksOrcs Vs. Wolves is available on Amazon.

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Thank You Robert Patrick


So just in case I was being serious – Thank you Robert Patrick!

Your performance in T2: Judgement Day changed my life!

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‘Orcs Vs. Wolves’ Playlist

A list of songs and instrumental tracks that help capture some of the moments and scenes in Orcs Vs. Wolves. I’ve placed them more or less in chronological order as far as the story goes.

As I’ve mentioned a few times, Mad Max: Fury Road was a big part of the inspiration that originally prompted the invention of this story, and the music from that soundtrack was a helpful mood-setter. AC/DC’s tunes feature pretty prominently in the orc culture as well. I’ve included a few specific tracks in this list.


The Razor’s Edge by AC/DC

Hair Of The Dog by Nazareth

Water from the Mad Max: Fury Road soundtrack

Dog Fight from The Raid: Redemption soundtrack

Warg-Scouts from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey soundtrack

T.N.T. by AC/DC

Figure.09 by Linkin Park

Alive by Sia

Claw Trucks from the Mad Max: Fury Road soundtrack

Wretches and Kings by Linkin Park

Chapter Doof [Extended Version] from the Mad Max: Fury Road soundtrack

Blood Bag from the Mad Max: Fury Road soundtrack

Monster from the One Punch Man soundtrack

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap by AC/DC

Tense from the One Punch Man soundtrack

Thunderstruck by AC/DC

Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys

Midnight Sky by Miley Cyrus

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Soulcalibur 6 Custom Characters – (part 7)

A collection of custom characters I designed using the Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. As a fiction writer the Soulcalibur franchise has proven to be a useful tool for visualizing my characters and seeing what looks good and what doesn’t. Some of these pictures however are just interpretations of others’ characters. Enjoy!

(To see some of these custom character creations in action, check out my Youtube channel playlist Soulcalibur VI Custom Character Battles)





Sailor Moon





Ochaco Uraraka from My Hero Academia











Roshi from Dragon Ball





Mr. Floofypoopsington Jr. from Skyrim (But I’m a Wuss)

Link to the YouTube video here







Vanessa from Vampires Vs. Dragons






Sarnai from Orcs Vs. Wolves






“Axecutioner” from Orcs Vs. Wolves









Albina from Orcs Vs. Wolves








Talia from Orcs Vs. Wolves


(part 1)

(part 2)

(part 3)

(part 4)

(part 5)


Soulcalibur 4 Custom Characters

Soulcalibur 5 Custom Characters


See some of these characters in action on my YouTube playlist,

Soulcalibur VI Custom Character Battles

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‘The Final Power: Chronomancer’ Quotes

A collection of quotes from my fantasy novel The Final Power: Chronomancer, which released last fall. Some of these quotes are taken from bits of dialogue within the story itself, and some is lore from the world of Vel Ardon that I had inserted between chapters. The first quote is right before the prologue. As with all of my books, Chronomancer is available on Amazon.


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New Book Release – ‘Orcs Vs. Wolves’

Set in the same post-apocalyptic universe as Vampires Vs. Dragons, Orcs Vs. Wolves continues the Horror vs. Fantasy theme by focusing on a rising conflict between goblins and werewolves in post-apocalyptic Mongolia.


In this tale, goblinkind has dominated Eastern Mongolia, keeping both humans and werewolves as slaves, and increasing their strength by scavenging the remains of human civilization and repurposing them as weapons of war.

The story’s competing protagonists are a pit-fighting werewolf named Niko, and a world-weary bounty hunter orc named Grim who’s been put in charge of Niko’s safe transfer from one owner to another. The transfer does not go smoothly, and soon both find themselves in the middle of a werewolf plot of uprising against their goblin oppressors.


The idea for doing a story focusing on goblin culture in a post-apocalyptic environment is something that first came to me a few years ago upon watching Mad Max: Fury Road and seeing the character, culture, philosophy, and environmental designs of the half-lifes. At the time, I fell in love with the idea, but didn’t have a context for it until I made the decision to do Vampires Vs. Dragons as a NaNo project and that story provided the context I needed. I decided to write these stories as two isolated tales within a shared universe, following a theme of Horror vs Fantasy and pitting the scavenging orc warlords against werewolves.


A caution for my sensitive readers: Given the subject matter, I had to go to grittier corners of my mind to do this tale justice, both in terms of violence and language. I think this is the first novel I’ve done in which the language goes as far as the ‘S’ word in some parts. It was hard to get around that kind of language and have the characters stay in character. But I figure most people looking to read a book about a war between orcs and werewolves are probably going to be okay with the odd S-bomb. I stopped short of stronger words, or having the language be pervasive, because even I wouldn’t want to read that let alone write it.


For those of you who have been following my blog for the past couple of months, this is also the conclusion to my NaNoWriMo 2020 project. Thank you for going on this journey with me from inspiration, to writing, to formatting, and finally to publication. Next steps include promotion, some of which will be on this blog, and my various social mediums.


It’s not quite the quickest that I’ve gone from writing a book to getting it published, but it’s pretty close. Vampires Vs. Dragons came out January 9th of its year. I had hoped to have this one out as early as December, but ran into an unexpected hiccup figuring out how to put the artwork together, and then December got busier as I got further into it.


I’m already gathering some inspirational materials for 2021’s NaNo project, but I won’t start harping about that for a while.


As with Vampires Vs. Dragons, I made the decision to do this as a pure novel-in-a-month challenge with all editing and revision taking place within the same month it is written, with no further changes after December 1st. I’ve stuck with that parameter as far as the main text. I even wanted to finalize the chapter titles before December 1st and not make changes to those either. A formatting issue forced me to shorten one of them so the whole title would fit on one page, but other than that, they’ve stayed the same.


Thank you to everyone who’s been supporting me through this journey and encouraging me onward. This book was a joy to brainstorm, write, and produce, and I hope you enjoy reading it!


You can grab a copy on Amazon at this link.

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‘The Final Power: Chronomancer’ Playlist

A list of songs and instrumental tracks that compliment some of the moments and themes in The Final Power: Chronomancer. I’ve placed them more or less in chronological order as far as the story goes.

(Try not to take the song titles too literally. There isn’t actually a spaceship.)





Spikey Cars from the Mad Max: Fury Road soundtrack

Babe I’m Gonna Leave You by Led Zeppelin

(For whatever reason, this became the song I most associate with Ian. Maybe not just because of the tune but also his tendency to not stick around.)

Ironfoot from The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies soundtrack

Papercut by Linkin Park

(The song in my library that seemed to best encapsulate the inner nature conflicts within Gnash.)

A Family Affair from the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest soundtrack

Monster from the One Punch Man soundtrack

Brothers In Arms from the Mad Max: Fury Road soundtrack

Cornfield Chase from the Interstellar soundtrack

Survive from the Mad Max: Fury Road soundtrack

Coward from the Interstellar soundtrack

Mysterious Ways by U2

Roll Away Your Stone by Mumford & Sons

Oceans by Evanescence

Beauty from Ashes by Brooke Nicholls

(My main tune for Princess Zera in the context of this story)

Spaceship from the One Punch Man soundtrack

The Catalyst by Linkin Park

(Not so much for the lyrics, but for the ominous tone of the song, it has long been the tune that best fits the final battle in my mind.)

Amazing by Aerosmith

Axe or Sword? from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey soundtrack


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