From Dante to Dogma

The TOR website has posted an article by Brian Staveley, “Depicting the Divine in Epic Fantasy.” It explores the subject, focusing particular attention early on on Dante and on the movie Dogma. Dante is quoted in the article as saying, “The passing beyond humanity may not be set forth in words.” Yet, as Staveley notes, even [Read More...]

Stop Making Stuff Up

Just because some made up stuff has been around a long time, doesn’t automatically make it better than stuff that was made up more recently. And thus XKCD tackles the widely-held but mistaken idea that people in Columbus’ time typically thought the world was flat, while Columbus was a lone voice insisting that it was [Read More...]

I’m Going to GenCon!

GenCon is a fun annual event here in Indianapolis. This year, I’ll be going for the first time. Peter Davison and Walter Koenig will be there. I will probably wear a costume. Given the focus of my fandom, I feel it really ought to be something Doctor Who related, rather than the Star Trek uniform [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Original Concept

I had it drawn to my attention that the original background notes for the TV show Doctor Who, written by Cecil E. Webber and Sydney Newman, is available on the BBC website (I’ve embedded the entire thing below). The document sets forth a vision for where the show would go. It appears that the Doctor’s identity [Read More...]

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...]

Giveaway: Two Copies of The Christian World of the Hobbit

Thanks to Patheos, I have two copies to give away of the book which I blogged about yesterday, The Christian World of The Hobbit by Devin Brown. I will select the winners at random from among those who comment on this post you are currently reading. An eligible entry is a comment that mentions something [Read More...]

Favorite Fantasy Film Music: First Knight

Having given several examples of science fiction music that deserves to be better known, let me share one from a different genre, the film about King Arthur and company, First Knight. The soundtrack is by Jerry Goldsmith.   [Read more...]

Thor: A World Where Magic and Science are the Same

I finally got around to watching the movie Thor last night and early this morning, and I’m glad I did. Thor has always been an interesting character in the realm of comic book superheroes. Others were godlike or messianic in character, and the lines between sci-fi and the supernatural, always blurry even at the best [Read More...]

Occupy Mordor, Occupy Arrakis

Via Joel Watts, Skye Jethani and Pat McCullough on Facebook [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...]

Top Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels of All Time (with focus on religion)?

Many of the sci-fi blogs I read (IO9, Biology in Science Fiction, and SF Signal) mentioned NPR’s choice of their top 100 science fiction and fantasy books, and then asked for people to vote for their top 10. When working on the book Religion and Science Fiction that was just released, we adopted from the [Read More...]


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