Foreword to 'The Last Heir'
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FOREWORD TO THE LAST HEIR
I hope you enjoy The Last Heir as much as I did. The Last Heir is very well written. The story is filled with suspense, intrigue, and unexpected twists and turns in the plot. And Shannon's characters are real people, who must also navigate courtship, marriage, and children issues while the fate of the Empire is being determined. The Last Heir is simply a great read. But what separates this book from most science fiction is that it reflects a Christian world view. I wouldn’t characterize this as a wholly Christian story in the way Pilgrim’s Progress is a Christian story. Rather, I would say The Last Heir is more in the spirit of C.S. Lewis’ fiction. The Last Heir does have some “Christian” dialogue, but it is lightly sprinkled throughout the book. I think what will most excite Christians, however, is that difficult moral issues are being determined from a Christian point of view. And The Last Heir is missing explicit violence, sexual immorality, profanity, and support of issues, philosophies, and religious beliefs that are hostile to Christian sensibilities. Christians won’t have to put blinders on and ignore the garbage in order to enjoy this great story.
I know that some of our brethren would find fault with fiction generally and science fiction particularly as unspiritual. I believe, however, that creative imagination is a gift of God and is only possible because we were created in the image of God. The fact that unbelievers dominate the creative arts and use them to promote all manner of wickedness doesn’t make the creative arts inherently sinful. That would be akin to banning food because so many are guilty of gluttony, or banning tools because people use them to build murder weapons. No, the creative arts – music, books, movies, etc. – can be just as powerful a force for good as for evil. It just depends who is telling the story. I, for one, am glad that Shannon is telling this story.
- James McDermott