If you want free fiction

Chris Naron is heartened by the literary contributions:

I’m about to turn in after reading the first three. I have to say, those were worth reading. And I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say what I’ve read so far is far above any of the contrived “Christian genre,” as you put it, I have read in recent years. Actually, I can’t say enough about your work. Why, may I ask, are you not on every shelf?

That’s a question perhaps better directed to my publisher. Or better yet, to a Christian media that would rather complain about Dungeons & Dragons or Harry Potter than devote any coverage to genuine and reasonable alternatives.

The main reason my books read very differently than books like Peretti and LaHaye-Jenkins is that as a novelist, I am a Christian who writes in the science fiction and fantasy genre, I am not a writer in the Christian genre. There is a significant stylistic difference.

Welcome to the club

Jonah Goldberg is getting annoyed:

Guys, I’m only now wading through yesterday’s G-File email. It wasn’t the most popular column. So be it. But one line of argument I find tiresome and entirely unthoughtful: When I say something conservatives or still-ebullient Republicans don’t like it means I’m becoming liberal. More than a dozen readers have made this argument in wildly divergent forms. But the common theme to all of them seems to be if I’m wrong it must be because I’m liberal. I could offer a long response. Instead let me just say wrong and liberal are not synonymous terms. “Two plus two is five” isn’t liberal.

Nor, I assert, is staunch opposition to the George Bush administration liberal, at least not in the American sense of the word. There used to be a word for politicians who spent money like a trophy wife with a new credit card, paid no attention to national sovereignty, expanded the Nanny State and were true believers in the United Nations. Now, THAT is an American-style liberal.