Octavia Butler and the Parables of Jesus

David Gowler has been blogging through the reception history of the parables of Jesus. Recently he surveyed Octavia Butler’s science fiction stories named after the parables. Here are links to the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth posts in that series. There is also a call for papers for a conference in February 2016, celebrating [Read More...]


A recent online article by Giulo Prisco drew attention to the fact that Octavia Butler’s fictional religion Earthseed (a major focus in her novel Parable of the Talents) has apparently inspired the creation of a real-life religion based on it. This new religion, Terasem, is intended to recall “Earthseed” although the article reflects some confusion [Read More...]

Philip K. Dick’s Bible for Sale

At the intersection of religion and science fiction, IO9 notes that Philip K. Dick’s annotated Bible is on sale on eBay for $6,500. If you are so inclined, and wealthy, please buy it for me! IO9 also notes William Gibson’s snarky Twitter comment that he will gladly write stuff in your Bible for less. Elsewhere [Read More...]