This month, we're looking at the on-line magazine dedicated to Christian sci-fi and fantasy, namely MindFlights. As they explain on their website, they "strive to provide quality fiction, poetry, and exposition, all in means that respects traditional values and Christian principles."
In the interest of fairness, I should say that I was published in one of MindFlights predecessors, so perhaps I'm a bit biased, but I think it's great that we have an outlet for sci-fi and fantasy short stories with a Christian bent. For example, On the Edge of Eternity by Steve Stanton.
Stanton's story, about asteroid miner Harlin Riley, was an engaging read. Riley's world was believable and had some depth to it, with colloquialisms and some societal insights.
That being said, Stanton could have done a slightly better job introducing a central idea of his story, namely that of the alien sprites. Here I thought it was just going to be a story about asteroid miners when out of nowhere, Stanton revealed that Riley had some sort of transdimensional alien sprite implanted in his brain. It blindsided me and since it seemed to be the central idea of Stanton's story, it might have been better to at least hint at it in the opening moments of the story.
The only other criticism I have about the story is that the ending didn't seem to grow from the ending. Given what Stanton says about Riley, I expected a different way for his story to end. Maybe I'm "Monday morning quarterbacking" ... or maybe "Monday morning armchair editing?" We need to come up with a similar term for writing.
Anyway, no matter what I might think about individual stories, it's good to be back in the somewhat familiar territory of MindFlights again.
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