Reasons to Buy Religion and Science Fiction: You Want To Believe

Fox Mulder on the X-Files had a poster of a UFO in his office, with the words “I Want To Believe.” The poster became famous. But why is it such a popular image? And what is the relationship between that sort of belief and religious belief? Many staple fringe ideas of our time – some [Read More...]

Star Wars Retold by Someone Who’s Never Seen It

The previous post reminded me of one of the funniest videos on the internet: Star Wars retold by someone who has never seen it. If you have never seen this, watch it, and you will laugh out loud… I know it’s a few years old, but I’m guessing that there are probably people who have [Read More...]

Iowa as Trekkie-Detector

If you mention Iowa to the average person, particularly at the moment, and they will probably think of this… If you mention Iowa to a Trekkie, the first thing that they will probably think of is this… HT Marc Cortez for the second image. [Read more...]

Where’s Wall-E?

From IO9. You’ll definitely want to click through, since it is much easier when the image is enlarged! [Read more...]

Is the Bible Better in the Original Klingon?

IO9′s article on dramatic works that should be performed in sci-fi languages reminded me of an activity I did once in a class on religion and sci-fi, getting students to “translate” (in actual fact, imagine they are explaining) a passage from the Bible or other Scriptures to someone from another planet. It provides an interesting [Read More...]

Sense of Wonder

I received my copy of Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction yesterday. I really do have a sense of wonder as I ponder what it has managed to do, bringing together actual science fiction stories and critical essays on a range of topics and issues from a range of perspectives, in a massive [Read More...]

Pythonesque Optimism

I discovered the blog Geeks of Doom yesterday. It included this T-shirt image that all fans of Monty Python will understand and enjoy. While a few of you may actually want to get the T-shirt, I suspect that even those who don’t will want to share the image. Also from that site is a lot [Read More...]

Reasons to Buy Religion and Science Fiction: You Are Free To…Or You’ve Been Programmed To

You’re free to order the book, and free not to – right? That’s a surprisingly controversial subject. Free will, consciousness, and many other aspects of our human experience remain puzzles to philosophers, neuroscientists, would-be programmers of artificial intelligences, and of course, science fiction fans. Pondering what would be involved in creating an artificially intelligent computer [Read More...]

Sci-Fi Around the Biblioblogosphere

If you hang around this blog a lot, you might not realize that discussion of sci-fi on biblioblogs is not universal, although it is not exactly uncommon either. Today, Scot McKnight shared a link to and excerpt from an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education on what led a programmer of robots to switch [Read More...]

Reasons to Buy Religion and Science Fiction: You’re a Mad Scientist Playing God

Mad scientists “playing God” are a staple of science fiction, ever since the first work of science fiction, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and right up to our favorite mad scientist of the current day, Walter Bishop from Fringe. But science fiction has often had an ambivalence about pioneers at the cutting edge – or fringe – [Read More...]

Reasons to Buy Religion and Science Fiction: It Makes A Great Birthday Present

Remember the scene in Star Trek: The Motion Picture where Spock gives Kirk a copy of Religion and Science Fiction for his birthday? Neither do I. But if he had given him Religion and Science Fiction instead of A Tale of Two Cities, then it is just possible that the chapter on good and evil [Read More...]


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