The Science in Martyred

This week in his blog post titled Can Christian Theology and Science Fiction Coexist? Mike Duran stated:

There is a potential incongruity between Christian theology and speculative fiction.

  • Christian theology articulates the known. Speculative fiction probes the unknown.

My response was the following:

“Speculative fiction probes the unknown.”

Yes…and no.

Since I’m a big fan of dystopia I’ll add that one of the big things speculative fiction does is provide warnings. “What will the world look like if…” My novel answers that question on several levels. For instance, I seek to answer the question, “What will the world look like if the U.S. government gains complete control of food production and distribution.” Answer…they may use it to manipulate the collective brain chemistry of the nation, so DON’T let that happen.

What I know is that the Bible supports the notions of personal liberty and responsibility. What I don’t know is how exactly the world would look when people relinquish those rights to the government. I know it would not be a place I would want to live, but as for the details, I can only speculate.

So…looks to me like speculative fiction and the Bible are complementary. At least in this case.

In response to my comment, Jill wrote (sorry, another quote):

I know this is off-topic for Mike’s discussion, but haven’t we already relinquished much of our food production rights to the govt? For heaven’s sake, it’s illegal to sell or buy raw milk in my state, and the govt treats people who want to do either like they’re crack dealers–and that’s just one little, bitty example. Add in forced immunizations and forced irradiation of numerous products and water supplies forcefully polluted by fluoride, and GMOs rammed down our throats whether we want them or not . . .

It got me thinking of a blurb I’d written about my novel that I’d removed from my website when I converted to the new layout. I don’t talk much about my (very strong) opinions of the Standard American Diet (SAD) here. Over the course of ten years I’ve learned people are very protective of their food and if you criticize it, especially if you say that refined sugar is a drug, they can get downright nasty.

Due to Jill’s interest, however, I’ve decided to dust off some of those opinions and share them here. And I’m doing it right before Christmas to make you feel guilty about all that refined and processed food you are about to eat. Buuwhahahahaha!!

An Overview of Martyred

Martyred is set in 2063, in a United States where the government runs the people through massive entitlements and overregulation. But here’s the twist. Martyred is a “nutritional thriller”. (In case you are wondering, it has nothing to do with overpopulation and cannibalism. Spoiler Alert: Soylent Green is people!)

The Science Behind the Fiction

As a college student in 1996, I read a book called Sugar Blues, by William Dufty. In it, he details the addictive and degenerative potential of refined sugar. Nine years later I discovered a book called The Sugar Addict’s Total Recovery Program, by Kathleen DesMaisons. She explains sugar addiction as volatile blood sugar combined with an imbalance of two key mood regulating neurotransmitters: beta endorphin and serotonin. The consequences of such imbalance are varied and often severe, including anorexia, bulimia, morbid obesity, anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, alcohol and drug abuse, depression, and suicide.

My own struggle sugar addiction over the last decade inspired me to ask, What if? What if executives in the food industry know how addictive and mood altering refined sugar is and are using it to their advantage to make a profit?

Further, what if the Food and Drug Administration is allowing food companies to create addicts because they, too, are lining their pockets with the profits? To some extent, I suspect this is already happening.

So, taking it even further, what if the American people allow the government to nationalize food production and distribution? What if politicians, knowing the harmful potential of refined sugar, decide to use food as a weapon against society as they seek to gain more and more power over the people?

Martyred seeks to answer some of these questions.

The Faith Behind the Fiction

There are two main themes in Martyred. The first is this: The single-minded pursuit of an ideal, no matter how worthy it may seem, is a form of idolatry, which leads to corruption. The second theme is a message of hope for anyone who feels stuck in a negative situation or destructive lifestyle. I can’t say it any better than this: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

(In short, science fiction and Christian theology can coexist…and if anyone says otherwise I’ll rip that cupcake right from their lips!)

(Oh, and this: Refined Sugar: The Gateway Drug)

(And…Merry Christmas)