Category Archives: SF&F corner

Mormon Enough? I’m Relieved to Discover…

I believe the tendency to reduce and exclude, to narrow definitions to simple, direct memes has its uses. In criticizing literature by Mormons or for Mormon audiences, Mormon critics must necessarily categorize and differentiate which shelves should carry which stories. Readers deserve to know.

But I think we do ourselves a disservice if we dismiss as irrelevant those works by self-described Mormon authors that are not told in culturally Mormon forms and terms. Because it is precisely these subconsciously Mormon tales that can reveal deep Mormonism to those audiences most capable of understanding those themes. Not better than more overt tales, but just as deserving of our thoughtful criticism. It would be a shame to institutionally dismiss what could be some of our most deeply Mormon works because that Mormonness was not obvious enough. Continue reading

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Orson Scott Card: Mormon Literary Pioneer

Quick: What author has arguably done more than any other to explore multiple ways of being Mormon, across multiple genres and audiences? Answer: Orson Scott Card. Which you already knew, because you read the title of this column. It’s a … Continue reading

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Six Future Discoveries LDS Doctrine May Have to Handle

I’ve long thought that one of the advantages of having a church guided by modern revelation is that we Latter-day Saints don’t have to rely on finding ways to apply scriptural passages to technological developments in order to determine whether … Continue reading

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Wise Men

In honor of the season, I’m going to talk about “Wise Men.” Back in 2008, a Catholic friend of mine was having trouble understanding why God waited until only 6000 years ago to introduce himself to humanity, when so much … Continue reading

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Mither Mages

Orson Scott Card has often taken aspects of LDS belief and used them to build stories: the life of Joseph Smith for the Alvin Maker series, the events of the Book of Mormon in the Homecoming saga, and so on.  … Continue reading

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The Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia

When I interviewed Larry Correia a couple of months ago, I had read some of his Monster Hunter International books, but I had not read any of the Grimnoir Chronicles series.  I didn’t know much about the series, but based … Continue reading

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The First Salt Lake Comic Con

Salt Lake City’s first ComicCon was held on September 5-7, 2013, at the Salt Palace Convention Center.  According to the organizers, over 70,000 people attended on Saturday alone, and I can attest that the place was packed.  As with the … Continue reading

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Future Mormons in Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

A couple of weeks ago, I read and/or listened to Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey. (WhisperSync for Voice, which allows almost seamless transition between reading the Kindle ebook and listening to the Audible.com audiobook, is awesome.)  It’s a … Continue reading

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Interview with Larry Correia

I first met Larry Correia at a science fiction convention in 2008, back before he was a New York Times best-selling author. It was even before Baen Books had published his first novel, although I think he had a contract … Continue reading

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Prophecy

I’ve been fascinated by prophets and prophecies since I was a child — and not just the ones in the scriptures, Church history, and General Conference.  I remember reading the Greek myths, and the ones that tended to interest me … Continue reading

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