Scott M. Sandridge

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SpecMusicMuse Classic: Review – Flashpoint by Frank Creed

In a future where simply believing in the Bible makes you a “terrorist,” Dave and Jen Williams evades capture during a home-church bust. They seek help from the BoC Underground and take the codenames of Calamity Kid and e-girl. As they seek to rescue their family and friends they must deal with peacekeepers, gangers, One State Neros, and fallen angels.

The first in a series, Frank Creed has created a future that could easily come to pass if we, today, make the wrong choices here in the present. While an SF tale, some readers may view it as having a touch of Fantasy even though he provides enough scientific explanation for to be believable. Regardless of which genre you view it in, it’s still a good tale.

I dislike Biblical passages hitting me in the face on every page, like with what little I read in the Left Behind series. But not only does Creed make such references relevant to the tale, as well as in character and within the context of the story, he keeps it down to only a few and only where it matters. The street slang of the gangers comes off sounding cheesy, but anyone who’s ever heard real gangers talk will know that the cheesiness is true to the way gangers talk in real life.

Overall, Flashpoint is a well-written story with an entertaining plot, believable and sympathetic characters, and a moral that doesn’t get bashed against your head. While classified as Biblical or Christian speculative fiction, I highly recommend it to any lover of SF and Fantasy, regardless of your theological point of view.

And besides, e-girl and Calamity Kid are just plain cool.

Category: Biblical speculative fiction
Trade Paperback, 200 pages
ISBN: 978-1-934284-01-8
Publication Date: September 2007
Publisher: The Writers’ Cafe Press
Price: $9.95
http://www.thewriterscafe.com

[First published in 2007 in The Sword Review and Teen Age.]

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September 27, 2010 Posted by | SpecMusicMuse | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christian Cyberpunk Novelist to Speak

Award-winning Christian Cyberpunk author Frank Creed will be appearing in Second Life, Tuesday, January 20 at 7 p.m. For Second Life residents the direct link to the location is http://slurl.com/secondlife/North%20Bound%20Marina/226/25/24

This will be an informal discussion in which Creed will share about his writing, his life and the state of Christian speculative fiction. Questions will be entertained by Creed. Afterwards, plans include virtual surfing and socializing. Creed is the founder of the Lost Genre Guild, a group of writers, editors and publishers of different types of speculative fiction with a Christian worldview. 

“Christians own the copyright to demons and angels and spiritual warfare,” notes Creed. “Yet, the bookshelves of Christian bookstores are almost totally devoid of speculative fiction except for some fairly sanitized young adult fantasies. Nevertheless, there is a small, but growing, group of writers and independent publishers using modern technology to make quality Christian speculative fiction available.”

Creed is the author of Flashpoint and War of Attrition, both published by Writer’s Café Press. Set in a future where fundamentalist Christians are considered terrorists, these books follow the exploits of a group of supernaturally cyber-enhanced resistance fighters using nonlethal weapons in an attempt to protect members of the underground church from the “Neros” or agents of the government seeking to crush the resistance and “re-educate” their members. 

“I guess I created the first Christian Cyberpunk novel identified as such,” says Creed. “There was a series of books published in the 1990’s which might qualify as the first, but they were never marketed as cyberpunk.”

In addition to writing the novels, Creed also helped co-author a role playing game based on the stories.  “I’m a gamer from way back. So, it was
only natural for me to want to create an RPG where my readers could enter the world of The Underground, ” Creed explains.

Flashpoint has received critical acclaim and won several awards including: Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year (Elfwood 2006), CFRB Best Novel Toured Award (2007), finalist for the Pluto Award for the Best Science Fiction Novel Reviewed, and was nominated for the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Clive Staples award. “Jesus understood the power of the story to communicate in his world. We are creating the parables of a new generation,” says Creed.

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January 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment