CSFF: Sigmund Brouwer’s Broken Angel
"Broken Angel" is receiving a lot of praise and its...science fiction.
Publisher's Weekly called the novel a "futuristic Christian distopia". That is not the type of book one usually finds in Christian bookstores.
The labels science fiction, and distopia go hand in hand. Think 1984, Fahrenheit 451, A Canticle for Liebowitz, and Brave New World. These stories could not have been told any other way. Science fiction is a genre that allows one to explore the "What if" questions.
What if a sect of radical Christians began bombing the government. How would America react?
What if the old testament laws were reinstated in modern times?
What if Communism took over the world, and every Christian in the world forced underground?
Science fiction allows us to look at ourselves with fresh eyes; to be introspective without all the usually things that blind us. We are whisked away to a future/parallel world that feels foreign and yet retains enough similarity for us to attach our minds to. It is here, stripped away from life as normal that we can find answers to "what if" questions and have the freedom to be introspective, casting this foreign future world against our own, and discovering we have fresh eyes to see with.
Sigmund Brower's Broken Angel is an example of such a novel. It is a wonder Christian publishers don't put out more futuristic fiction, because it is the science fiction genre that has created some of the great classics of the 20th century, and it will only gain in momentum in the 21st century. It is a huge seller in the secular publishing world, and I predict once the Christian publishers catch on, they will produce some of the finest--and important--works of fiction that have been missing in our culture.
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