The Christian Science Fiction of Ward Wagher



The Last Paladin

Being a libertine in a puritanical society has its downsides, especially if someone is trying to kill you. Ryan Ward Baughman views 27th century Earth as his playground. The globetrotting son of the leader of the North American Palatinate wants to freely party without interference from either his father or the dedicated security team assigned to him.

Life gets serious for the young man, or RWB as he likes to be called, when his father dies mysteriously. He now must balance his hard living against the need to effectively govern the Palatinate he inherited from his father. His annoyance at officious government officials is compounded by his worry about the teams infiltrating the North American continent who are dedicated to his destruction.

To further complicate his life, RWB falls in love with a girl he met at a party. Scout Donner simultaneously intrigues and frustrates him. He must make choices to focus on the Palatinate, or Scout. The repeated attacks and his tumultuous relationship rapidly build to the greatest crisis of his life.

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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.