The Christian Science Fiction of Ward Wagher


The Snows of Montora -- Second Edition

Since we were creating a print edition of The Snows of Montora, we took advantage of the opportunity to clean up the text and remove some of the more egregious errors. After being forced to abdicate the Margraviate of Montora in favor of his son Franklin, Frank Nyman moves to Gustav on the planet New Stockholm to develop his business - Nyman Trans-Space. He needs a fresh start, but is unable to leave behind the deaths he feels responsible for, particularly the death of his wife, Wendy. Whether by force of habit, or sheer force of will, Frank builds the businss and adds to his fleet of starships.

Life is complicated by the casual governance in Gustav. The city services are provided by the local criminal syndicates, in what amounts to a protection racket. Admiral Krause compounds Frank's discomfort by ordering him to maintain a low profile in Gustav and not make waves. Frank cannot determine if Krause is a friend or an enemy.

Frank is forced to take an active role in shaping the future of New Stockholm, but wrestles with his feelings of guilt over his past, and deaths he has caused. The combination of events serve to eventually drive him back to Hepplewhite, where he finally confronts his past.


Principles of Christian Science-Fiction

The goal of Christian Science-Fiction is to create an exciting story in the speculative realm and also honor Christ the Lord. In order to achieve this goal we observe the following basic principles:

  • 1. Any references to the Christian faith, and doctrine shall be compatible with the Bible.
  • 2. While conflicting philosophies may be presented, ultimately the story shall support what is commonly known as the Christian World-view.
  • 3. Gratuitous and graphic violence shall be avoided.
  • 4. Explicit sexual content shall be avoided, and sex within the context of monogamous marriage shall be presented as the ideal.
  • 5. Language that includes swearing, explicit vulgarity, and general coarseness shall be avoided.

In general, the text should be designed so that the author will not be embarrassed to have the book read by church members / spouses / children.