Happy 4th of July!

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By Vectron!

From Mitchell and Webb. HT Jim Linville. Although in comically exaggerated fashion, it could serve as a nice conversation-starter on the way things get invented and their recent origin forgotten surprisingly quickly. Or about the usefulness of ritual. By Vectron’s knees, crack open a bottle of Chablis and talk about this! [Read more...]

Does God Have a Place in Science Fiction?

Anyone who reads this blog regularly probably thinks the answer is obvious. But the question is asked afresh and explored well in an article by Damien Walter in The Guardian with the same title as this blog post (HT John Morehead on Facebook). It includes great quotes such as “Any sufficiently advanced technocrat will be [Read More...]

Happy Towel Day!

Sorry for not wishing you a Happy Towel Day earlier in the day!   [Read more...]

CFP: Academic Loncon 3

Today I had my attention drawn to the fact that the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention or Worldcon, known this year as Loncon 3 because it will be in London, will have an academic component, Academic Loncon 3. The theme will be “Diversity in Speculative Fiction.” Visit the Academic Loncon 3 website for more details [Read More...]

Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith

Since David Moloney of Darton, Longman, and Todd tweeted this photo, presumably I can share it here. It is the cover for the book Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Religion and Doctor Who, of which I am co-editor along with Andy Crome. It is due out later this year. Of related interest, today's “Academic [Read More...]

Temple of Science Fiction

GakuseiDon left a comment on a recent post pointing out that there is a Buddhist temple, Wat Rong Khun, which includes depictions of characters and scenes from science fiction in its artwork. Here’s an example: Did you spot Neo? Click through for more images from the temple’s artwork and architecture! Also at the intersection of religion [Read More...]

The Sparrow on AMC?

Mary Doria Russell’s novel The Sparrow has almost been made into a movie twice. Now there is news that AMC is interested in turning it into a TV series. The novel explores religious themes in a fascinating way. Dare we hope that this time it might happen? And if it does, will it do justice to [Read More...]

Science Fiction Marriage Equality Profile Pics

I'm not sure that Daleks really work as a symbol of any sort of equality, which is why I made this (and made it my banner on Facebook): HT George Takei for the first two.   [Read more...]

Jedi Mind Meld

OK, from a political perspective as well as that of science fiction fandom, is this a gaffe, as some have claimed? I do not think so. The poster gets the fonts right for the Star Wars and Star Trek references. And so I think there is a deliberate use of science fiction's greatest example of [Read More...]

More on What J. J. Abrams’ Star Wars Movie Might Look Like

The news that J. J. Abrams will produce Star Wars Episode VII is producing a fair amount of humor and art, among other kinds of reactions. In addition to the Star Wars/Star Trek connections, some have explored what it might look like in the style of LOST. Others have suggested it might need more cowbell [Read More...]


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