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The Because Fiction Podcast

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Taking the pulse of Christian fiction, Because Fiction explores the lastest trends in Christian fiction, discusses genres, specific authors, new releases, and classics as well. If it's Christian fiction (or something readers love), we talk about it.


Episode 82: A Chat with Christian Sci-Fi/Fantasy Author S.A. Shaffer

S.A. Shaffer writes what some would call "classic steampunk" adventure, but as we discussed in the opening of our episode, that genre has shifted since the days of Jules Verne. So while his books fit the classic definition of the genre, he classifies them as "sci-fi/fantasy" to ensure readers find what they're really looking for!

And his books are AMAZING. Available in print, on Kindle, and audiobook with a brilliant narrator, The Protectorate Wars features rich characterization, fabulous settings, and the adventures and changes of a lifetime. You don't want to miss this discussion OR the giveaway for audiobooks at the end!

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Why Is There So Little True, Great Steampunk in Christian Fiction?

S.A. (Stuart) Shaffer and I discuss why and Stuart offered several valid points. Between the uncomfortable use of the word "punk" and the glut of sensual romances set in a steampunk setting, Christian authors may not like to have their books classified as such. In fact, Stuart puts his under sci-fi/fantasy for that reason.

I began reading Born Hero before our interview, and man! I LOVE what this book is doing.  I'm not done yet, but I know what the grandkids are getting for Christmas.  Since book three in the series is slated to release by then (crossing fingers and saying prayers!) I figure the series will be a perfect gift.

Especially if I get the game Scythe to go with them. Stuart says it is a great fit for people who love his books.  What a combination, eh?

In addition to the genre in general and his books in particular, Stuart talked about another book he recommends (especially in the audiobook!) Dawn of Wonder by Jonathan Renshaw.

He mentioned it because of the brilliant show of how faith impacts characters' lives in that book.

Let's just say that after talking to him about faith in fiction, I suspect he does a fabulous job himself in The Protectorate Wars.

Oh, and mini, itty-bitty spoiler?  Book one, Born Hero ends on a cliffhanger.  Have book 2 ready to go!

About S.A. Shaffer's Steampunk/Sci-fi/Fantasy series:


It’s an uncertain time in the Fertile Plains. Sixty cycles have passed since Alönia won The Protectorate War, but time and conflict have eroded the security gained through that great struggle. As Alönia wades through internal squabbling, David rises above his tragic childhood and earns a place as an aide to a powerful politician. Only time will tell if he can overcome petty disputes and uncover a hidden enemy before everyone he knows is dead.

Embark on an airship adventure. Feel the wind in your hair as you soar through the clouds. Solve mysteries, forge friendships, and watch an ordinary boy become the hero he was born to be.

Learn more about S.A. Shaffer on his WEBSITE.

And we have a GIVEAWAY for an audiobook!

Leave a comment at the blog post and tell us what you know/think/like/don't like about steampunk and we'll draw a winner for an audiobook code from the comments!

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