Spirituality and Sci-Fi Around the Blogosphere

At IO9, an article on “Why We Still Love Battlestar Galactica” focuses on Ron Moore’s work not only on BSG but also on Star Trek and other shows, using religion to provide depth and realism to fictional alien cultures. There have also been numerous new posts over at Philip K. Dick and Religion, including one [Read More...]

What Makes Doctor Who The Ultimate Science Fiction Show?

From Geeks are Sexy [Read more...]

Torchwood: Invisible Eugene, Out of Time, and the Soul of Sci-Fi

The ninth episode of the first season of Torchwood, “Invisible Eugene,” is full of poignant double entendres and symbolism. The title itself reflects the life of an individual who, after failing in a math competition, was abandoned by his father and ignored by most people as he followed a trajectory that involved entering into possession [Read More...]

Everything Changes from Day One when you start watching Torchwood

You may be surprised to learn what a latecomer I am to Torchwood. I just started watching the show a few days ago – and I don’t mean just started getting caught up on the latest season, but I just watched the first two episodes from season 1 a few days ago. As a Doctor [Read More...]

Epic Storytelling from the Bible to Star Wars

While searching for a recording of “O Fortuna” from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana I came across this video which brings together scenes from across the various six Star Wars films to that musical accompaniment, connecting the early and later in a pretty effective way. The look on Obi Wan Kenobi’s face in the first Star [Read More...]

Darth Vader Will Be Punished In The Afterlife After All (and other matters of religion and science fiction)

As the Sci-Fi Catholic reports, George Lucas is intervening in the Star Wars universe again to inflict punishment on Darth Vader much as he has done to Yoda.¬†IO9 describes it as Darth Vader “losing a little more of his dignity.” Also in the realm of religion and science fiction, and more specifically the justice of [Read More...]

Mystical Pregnancies and Other Sci-Fi Tropes Around the Blogosphere

TheoFantastique and Political Jesus shared a video as well as some links related to a classic trope in both religion and sci-fi: the impregnation of a woman with a child from another world: Elsewhere in the realm of sci-fi, Rod of Alexandria also posted a farcical account of the most famous time lord bringing the [Read More...]

Call for Submissions for Science Fiction Film and Television: The Battlestar Galactica Phenomenon

Via TheoFantastique (and since also shared at Political Jesus): Science Fiction Film and Television is seeking submissions for a special issue on the Battlestar Galactica phenomenon. Although the rebooted series has received much critical attention, significantly less has been written on other BSG texts. This issue seeks to redress that imbalance. We are interested in articles [Read More...]

We Are Not All Cylons (So Say We All)

Joel Watts has posted what most people would probably consider an unnecessary reminder: No, we are not all Cylons. He was referring to this video: I agree that it is problematic to treat myth – ancient or modern – as though it is actual literal fact. But having said that, I do think that Battlestar [Read More...]


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