The book I edited, Religion and Science Fiction, is now available for purchase via the publisher’s web site. And for a limited time, I am able to offer readers of this blog a discount coupon code!
For a limited time, purchase Religion and Science Fiction on the publisher’s website and receive a 40% discount off the retail price by entering the following coupon code at checkout: RASF. Offer Expires: 8/31/2011.
Here is the list of contributors and their chapters:
The Dark Dreamlife of Postmodern Theology: Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children, and Alien Resurrection
Sorcerers and Supermen: Old Mythologies in New Guises
C. K. Robertson
Star Trekking in China: Science Fiction as Theodicy in Contemporary China
Eriberto P. Lozada Jr.
Science Playing God
Alison Bright MacWilliams
Looking Out for No. 1: Concepts of Good and Evil in Star Trek and The Prisoner
Robots, Rights and Religion
James F. McGrath
Angels, Echthroi, and Celestial Music in the Adolescent Science Fiction of Madeleine L’Engle
Uncovering Embedded Theology in Science Fiction Films: K-PAX Revealed
And here are the blurbs from the back cover:
“In Religion and Science Fiction, James McGrath has gathered an impressive array of voices and approaches to the issue of science fiction’s treatment of religion. This richly interdisciplinary book shows there’s more to the study of religion in SF than just theology or literary criticism alone have to offer.”
author of The Gospel According to Science Fiction
“Religion and Science Fiction is a blessing to scholars and science fiction fans alike. The ideas engaged by each author-from postmodern post-apocalypticism to dime store heroes and space-faring robots-challenge our assumptions about culture, intellectual life, and even the very essence of what it means to be human. The authors use science fiction to explore religion and religion to elucidate science fiction; this combination gives us a richer understanding of both.”
-Robert M Geraci
author of Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality.
“This collection invites the reader into thoughtful reflection on the religion and theology (broadly understood) of a range of science fiction works (broadly understood). Kudos to McGrath and his contributors for this interdisciplinary exploration!”
-Marti J. Steussy MacAllister-Petticrew
author of Forest of the Night and Dreams of Dawn