Touching the Face of the Cosmos

Paul Levinson has been putting together a really fantastic volume which will be called Touching the Face of the Cosmos. He has shared a provisional list of contributors, and also a podcast of an interview with John Glenn, the transcript of which will appear in the book. I am really excited, not only because my contribution [Read More...]

Existential Comics: The Wrath of Kant

The latest from Existential Comics brings philosophy, humor, and Star Trek together. And so of course I had to share it.   [Read more...]

#GenCon 2015 Costumes

  Since Saturday is the day of the costume parade and contest, I decided to dress as the Fourth Doctor and show off the scarf my wife made. Here are some photos from the day:   [Read more...]

You Won’t Believe The Cosmology

I shared the above Ziggy cartoon once before. But having happened across it again, I was struck by the subversive message of the cartoon. An alien that looks like an angel talks to Ziggy, a human, and then expresses amazement to another of his alien race at the cosmology humans have come up with. The reference is presumably to [Read More...]

#GenCon Thursday

I attended several seminars and similar events today at Gen Con. As a Trade Day participant, I was able to enter the exhibit hall before the crowds. I bought some game books that looked promising for teaching purposes, and debated buying one about the persecution of heretics in the Middle Ages. The salesperson turned out [Read More...]

Lewis’ Space Trilogy

I recently reread C. S. Lewis’ space trilogy, Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength. Not that long ago, IO9 asked why they are not compared with Dune. The truth is that, while both series feature religion prominently, Lewis’ writing seems that little bit too heavy-handed in its Christian religiosity – even though it also [Read More...]

Chappie

I recently watched the movie Chappie. It poignantly conveys a point that I also sought to get across in my chapter on “Robots, Rights, and Religion” in Religion and Science Fiction: that what is most scary about artificial intelligences is that they will resemble us in all our shortcomings. But it also makes other crucial [Read More...]

The Importance of Theology and Science Fiction

This round-up of posts began when W. David O. Taylor shared his syllabus for an independent study about theology and science fiction. My own thoughts are turning to this very intersection of subjects, as one of my sabbatical projects is a short volume on theology and sci-fi. Then, Russell McCutcheon blogged about the AAR draft statement [Read More...]

Trexegesis

I’ve had my attention drawn to the Anomaly podcast about hermeneutics and Star Trek. It emphasizes why “It was the 60s” is not a sufficient justification for things like sexism on Star Trek: The Original Series. Here’s a sample: I tend to think there’s also extra pressure on Star Trek because it has a reputation for being progressive. For the [Read More...]

The Fastest and Strongest of Sci-Fi Ships

Gizmodo shared this infographic of the fastest ships in reality, NASA planning, and science fiction. You can probably guess which is the fastest, but if not scroll down to see.   There was also a discussion at Comic Con this year about which would win in a fight: the Millennium Falcon or the U.S.S. Enterprise.   [Read more...]

Octavia Butler and the Parables of Jesus

David Gowler has been blogging through the reception history of the parables of Jesus. Recently he surveyed Octavia Butler’s science fiction stories named after the parables. Here are links to the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth posts in that series. There is also a call for papers for a conference in February 2016, celebrating [Read More...]


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