Laurence MacNaughton is the author of Conspiracy of Angels. His articles and stories have appeared in Writers’ Journal, The Rocky Mountain Writer, Pyramid Magazine, Cabal Asylum, The Inkwell and Noir Journal. He teaches fiction writing at For more information please visit

Science, Angels and Explosions

Honestly, I never intended to stir up any science-versus-religion controversy with my debut novel, Conspiracy of Angels. I simply started writing the book after one of my trucks blew up.

Mind you, I’m not talking about a funny noise under the hood. I’m talking about a roaring, shrapnel-flinging ball of flame. My job was to test-drive and report on prototype vehicles, and sometimes things went wrong. Which was how I ended up with my own miniature version of the Tunguska Event.

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