CC Recommends Science Fiction

The Christian Century has released its issue with recommendations for Christmas gifts. This year they had a science fiction category, and Gabriel McKee and I wrote the recommendations. Click through to read them! Fuller reviews of Shada and Existence can be found in separate posts on my blog. [Read more…]

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Dalek Christmas Tree

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Exterminate Baby Jesus! Exterminate!

A friend made this image his Facebook cover photo, and I quickly made it mine too: Presumably the image makes more sense if we add narration: “When Dalek Herod realized that the Doctor and the Magi had tricked him, he sent Daleks to Bethlehem, saying, “Exterminate! Exterminate! Exterminate!” [Read more…]

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Sci-Fi and Fantasy in the Religion Aisle

The above photo came to me via Craig Hurle on Facebook. I am pretty sure that it is probably just a matter of religion books being in the next aisle over. But given my overlapping and intersecting interests, the photo still seemed worth sharing. And perhaps it is worth discussion in a more serious way [Read More…]

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Exploring Our Matrix: Opening Credits

Blog reader Keika has a way with video mash-ups. Above is an opening credits sequence for this blog that he made. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do! [Read more…]

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“Redshirt” by Jonathan Coulton

A newer song by Jonathan Coulton, who also wrote “Chiron Beta Prime.” [Read more…]

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Is the Oldest Science Fiction in the Talmud?

Anthony Le Donne suggested on his blog (and in a recent conference paper) that a story in the Babylonian Talmud, in b. Menaḥoth 29b, might be the first science fiction story. In it, Moses time travels to Rabbi Akiba’s time. But is time travel enough to make a story science fiction? I’ve long pondered this topic, namely [Read More…]

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Merry Christmas from Chiron Beta Prime

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The Star Wars Christmas Special You Always Wanted

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Religion and Spirituality in Science Fiction Narratives

An interview between James F. McGrath and John W. Morehead has been quoted in a chapter focused on religion and science fiction. [Read more…]

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The Sith Who Stole Christmas

I shared this last year and then forgot about it for a year, as we do with most things Christmasy. Whether it is your first time or your hundredth time seeing this, I think you’ll enjoy this Star Wars/Dr. Seuss mash-up. And I feel like I had better get started sharing some of these classics [Read More…]

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