This is the second blogpost in our 18 Days of Tesseracts and though I frequently contribute here, this one is a more personal blogpost about why the wrestling is important. I was one of the co-editors of Wrestling With Gods: Tesseracts 18.
Liana and I are asked quite frequently why we chose the topic of “Wrestling with Gods”–who came up with the topic, why the wrestling, etc? I think we both had an interest in religion and speculative fiction. But when we sat down together–thousands of miles away—on the phone, we decided that we didn’t want stories of the true believers or the die-hard skeptics. They had their ideas about religion figured out. They would both, in some ways, be evangelical—one preaching about the saving power of Jesus Christ or God or Krishna or Buddha–and the other preaching about how deluded we all were. No, what intrigued us were the people in the middle: the large struggling subset of believers who had doubts and questions but who still had faith. That’s where the tension was. Tension makes better stories and better characters. Assured characters who had no fear and who had a God that would get them out of any situation would make for boring stories. But characters who faced difficulties, even huge questions to their beliefs, and struggled onward–they sounded interesting. They sounded like us.
I don’t know why Liana loved this as much as I did–I will let her tell her story to you.
But I can tell you why I wrestle with gods.