I don’t know who’s writing the Deus Ex storylines, but I’d love to hang out in Montreal Eidos for a couple days, just to catch whatever nano-virus they’ve got. In my opinion, these folks nail it. For me, Deus Ex is the latest iteration of the cyberpunk genre. No contest.
Apparently there’s a bit of controversy over the theme/term ‘mechanical apartheid‘ in the upcoming game. I don’t mean to diminish that dark and difficult chapter of history, but is everyone in the fictional internal narrative/character/game dynamic required to be culturally sensitive/politically correct? Seems a sure formula for bland/homogenized characters and a sterilized story line. Not to mention flat out unrealistic. Reminds me of certain portions of the evangelical market insisting fictional villains/scenes be de facto half-Christian. (“Bad words! Bad, bad words!”)
That’s another discussion though. Without further adieu, I present this play-through video, swiped from YouTube. Enjoy.
As a ‘conservative’ Christian, I found Ireland’s recent Same-Sex Marriage Referendum very interesting.
Off the top of my head, then.
1. Agree or disagree with Same Sex Marriage, people have the right in Free Societies to choose, to vote, to engage in the social and political process. Disagreeing doesn’t invalidate the right. Not even God violates people’s free will. This is happening. Deal with it – intelligently.
2. NPR reported that rather than take an adversarial, combative stance, many Homosexuals and Same Sex Marriage supporters personally went to friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and said “This is who I am. This is important to me. Can you help?” One human being to another. There’s a thought, eh?
3. No one is opening a Big Box of Darkness in the world like Pandora. Darkness is the absence of light. Ground is lost by default. Now I agree that sexual immorality – homosexuality included – is dangerous both spiritually and physically; that is is indicative of broken, lost and defiant nature in need of redemption. But it’s time to stop pointing fingers and handing out Citations like God’s Traffic Cop. Fact is, we’re all in trouble and in desperate need of a Savior. What are we supposed to be doing again?
4. Time to reacquire a sense of proportion. There are LOTS of ugly, terrible things going on in the world. Compared to war, poverty, corruption, slavery, child-porn, and sex-trafficking (and half a dozen other things), this is way down on the list. Really.
To echo that Irish bishop, ‘It’s time for a Reality Check”. Yes, there will always be hostile contradiction, a reproach to genuine faith. I get that. But the simple Gospel is compelling, compassionate, and profound. However imperfect, it’s on us believers to reflect that accurately. As Christians, we’re Responsible TO people, not FOR them. Their response to Jesus is between them and Him. Don’t like what’s going on? I understand. The call then is to repent and return to being Salt and Light. To be God’s ambassadors, ministers of reconciliation. Jesus’ hands an feet.
Or to swipe from Gandhi, “Be the change in the world you wish to see.”
For any interested parties, my short story SOZO is free ’til the end of the month.
Fair Warning: a quick read, it has mature themes and deals with a demobbed combat vet who finds himself in an ugly situation. Ending is good though.
On a related note, I’ve been told it has been accepted into the next Crossover Alliance anthology, due late this year. So that’s cool.
Thanks much and have a great day.
After posting here, on FB and sending two email, it seems the winner for the Second Place Prize in The Barrow Lover Celtic Stained Glass Giveaway remains incommunicado. So the magic D20 has spoken again…
If so inclined, will Monsieur Carver contact me with his shipping details?
CCGLAZIER at GMAIL dot COM
When I mention my fiction writing in a group of Christians, I often get suspicious glances/blank looks when I explain I don’t write ‘Christian’ books or target the Christian market. It probably doesn’t help that I use the word ‘explicit’ to describe my approach. What I mean by that is I try to write whatever I believe best conveys a credible portrayal of both Christian and non-Christian elements. Part of my devotion to God is faithfulness in my vocation. I have to be true to God and true to my work, which has to be true to itself. I won’t apologize for using mandatory conventions of fiction or genre. (‘show don’t tell’, war violence in Military Sci Fi, ghosts or magic in Horror/Supernatural…)
Now I make every effort to avoid the gratuitous and contrived, but the notion that including certain topics and realities somehow diminishes or cancels the Christian ‘witness’ is lazy logic. The strength of an idea is the test of real life – how it addresses and overcomes contradictory positions – not in cloistering it from any and every opposing viewpoint. To be “holy” is not sitting behind glass in a museum but employed for different work. Utensils in the Temple were honed for bloody use, washed after day in, day out use.
That said, this recent Two-Star Review had me smiling:
Apologies for the delay. Here are the winners of The Barrow Lover Celtic Stained Glass Giveaway. Thank you to everyone who participated.
THIRD PLACE – Christi Mansfield
SECOND PLACE – Jessica Thomas
FIRST PLACE – Susan Shelton
Each of the winners has one week to contact me via email (ccglazier AT gmail DOT com) with their shipping specifics. If I don’t hear anything by May 12th, another winner will be determined for that particular prize.
Once again, a thousand thanks to everyone who participated, sent encouraging emails, threw FB Likes my way, all that jazz. Your support for my work means more than I can express.
*How were the names determined? I sorted the Amazon reviews by most recent, rolled a D20 (of course I did. I’m a gamer) and counted back to the appropriate review. Simple.
Apologies. Been offline since last Thurs morning. While DSL Extreme and Verizon squabbled over who was at fault, Comcast got my business.
Celtic Stained Glass Winners announced tomorrow.
Two Days remaining for a chance to win one of three Celtic Stained Glass Panels. The Fine Print is HERE, but the simple version is leave a review for my Celtic-flavored ghost story The Barrow Lover at Amazon.com before midnight 30 April, EST, and you’ll be entered to win. One entry per person please.
A thousand thanks.