Once again, Dr Hales’s “ignorance” of science fiction has lost him some ethos among the AML crowd and so, now that he’s done dissertation-writing, I think it’s high time we get him some reading.
So here’s the challenge: using Enid’s definition of Mormon literature, suggest five science-fictions that meet your interpretation of her criteria.
In the comments section, I will ask that you either provide your own list of five science-fictions Scott should read or helpful commentary on others’ lists. Ideally, by the end of the comments section we’ll have consensus on what he should read. Although, pause for hilarious laughter, I don’t think we’ll really be able to do that.
Theric’s Five Suggestions for Science Fiction Invested in Mormonism
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
Of course, Orson Scott Card has to make this list. And while I am tempted to include Alvin Maker or Lost Boys (neither of which I’ve read) or his Noah story or “Homeless in Hell” (which are terrific), really, the Ender books are so important that my original intention was to blow two of my choices on them; but without Collings as your guide it’s hard to defend Ender’s Game‘s position on this list although of all the Ender books, I’m not sure Speaker best meets Enid’s critera either. But it does meet her criteria and is simply one of the finest novels of the 20th century to boot. It gets my first nod.
“That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made” by Eric James Stone
This is the most important bit of science fiction invested in Mormonism of the last decade by the criteria of how much it’s been spoken about. Anyone invested in Mormon lit ignores it at their own peril.
“The Mountain of the Lord” by Dan Wells
No work of science fiction that I can name is more emphatically invested in being Mormon. That is exactly what this story is about. Plus, bonus, you can get both this and Stone’s story by buying Monsters & Mormons.
Something by Brandon Sanderson
I don’t know what exactly as I haven’t read anything of his, but I’m hoping this gap in my own education will get a good start in the comments.
Matched by Ally Condie
Instead of going old school or a personal favorite, for my final selection I’m allowing myself to be persuaded by William. He had better be right.