Welcome to author Jeff Stover’s site for Theological Speculative Literature (Theo-Spec).
I write both novel-length and short fiction that fits into the genres of Science
Fiction, Action, Mainstream, Slipstream, whatever (Ah....genres. How 20th-Century).
But seriously, you can call my work Theo-Spec.
Blue Throne Fiction is the base for my Speculative Fiction in all forms. Check out
my first novel, Blue Earth.
I also coach writers and facilitate a story-craft discussion group. Most of this
work is done for free.
Want to connect? Leave a comment for me in the shout box to the right or contact
MORE ABOUT THEOLOGICAL SPECULATIVE WRITING:
Speculative Fiction (from Wikipedia) - “is an umbrella term encompassing the more
fantastical fiction genres, specifically science fiction, fantasy, horror, weird
fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction,
apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history in literature as
well as related static, motion, and virtual arts.”
Theological Speculative Literature, Theo-Spec(Jeff Stover’s definition) - any speculative
story not intentionally built for a genre and focused on the highest levels of story-craft,
character, and entertainment., while having an element of theological inquiry integral
to the story.
The finest examples include:
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter J. Miller
The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis
A Case for Conscious by James Blish
The impetus behind defining Speculative Fiction in a new way comes from my experience
with fellow writers. While genre conventions are usually good–especially those that
build a common ground for us to share creative work in languages we each can understand–the
concern I have for fiction is one of limits; it has none, and all writers should
be free to pursue the type of fiction they’d like to write.
The current environment is moving in that direction, but most writers are left to
cut a swath through the intellectual mire of what good fiction is and how it is published.
In response, I offer my own thoughts and passions on my blog. Have fun checking out
the rest of my site, and please feel free to post your thoughts on the blog.