Religion, Sci-Fi, and Conspiracy Theories

In reading Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood in my science fiction class this semester, one of the topics that it raised pertains to conspiracy theories. How do we avoid the shoddy thinking that typical conspiracy theories cultivate? And if we do that, being skeptical even of those so-called skeptics, then will we be [Read More...]

The Last Mile

I’ve previously shared some of the Hymns of the God’s Gardeners from Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Year of the Flood. Today in my class on religion and science fiction, we finished talking about the novel, and focused on the theology of the God’s Gardeners, and I learned that in the audiobook the hymns are actually included [Read More...]

Whom Can We Trust?

Yesterday in my class on religion and science fiction, we began discussing Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Year of the Flood. On the same day, news broke of a salmonella outbreak in multiple states involving some seven different strains of the illness, with CDC workers returning to work despite the so-called government shutdown. News also [Read More...]

Let Me Not Be Proud

Here’s another hymn from Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Year of the Flood: Oh let me not be proud, dear Lord, Nor rank myself above The other Primates, through whose genes We grew into your Love. A million million years, Your Days, Your methods pass discerning, Yet through your blend of DNAs Came passion, mind, and learning. [Read More...]

IO9 on Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy

IO9 posted a review of Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam trilogy. Here is an excerpt from the section on Year of the Flood, which will be the focus of my class for the next few weeks: In a sense, The Year of the Flood is an extended worldbuilding exercise. We learn about the cultures and experiences that [Read More...]

MaddAddamology

My review of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy has appeared in The Marginalia Review of Books. Click through to read it! Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy is available on Amazon.com [Read more...]

The Internet: All or Nothing?

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel set in the near future, The Year of the Flood, said this about the internet, and I thought it deserved to be shared (p.293): And the Internet was such a jumble of false and true factoids that no one believed what was on it any more, or else they believed all of [Read More...]

The Year of the Flood as Standalone Novel

I mentioned previously that I’ve been reading Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy in order to review them, in particular the forthcoming third book, MaddAddam. I’ll be teaching my class on religion and science fiction this coming semester, and have been debating what novel or novels to include, along with the many short stories and The second [Read More...]

Hymns of the God’s Gardeners

I’ve been reading Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy, and will be reviewing it in the near future. But I wanted to highlight one component of the second book in the trilogy, The Year of the Flood. The novel includes snippets of sermons as well as a whole set of complete songs reflecting the theology of this [Read More...]


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