The Songs of Distant Earth Day

I thought I would wish everyone a happy Earth Day. The music in the video above is by Mike Oldfield, whose album The Songs of Distant Earth is taken from a novel by Arthur C. Clarke. Science fiction plays a particularly useful role in getting us to think about the environment, as it makes us [Read More...]

The Holy Trilogy

I’ll be giving a paper at SBL in November comparing sci-fi canons (with particular focus on Star Wars, given the new direction the franchise is taking) and Biblical canons. And so I was struck when a couple of items came to my attention today, all connected by the use of the phrase “The Holy Trilogy,” an [Read More...]

Nerd Fundamentalism: What Do Space Can(n)ons Have To Do With Biblical Canons?

The Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship section will have a session in November focused on comparing the canons of science fiction with Biblical canons, and the ways that fans/adherents of each navigate them. I’ve had a proposal accepted for the session, and here is the abstract: “Nerd Fundamentalism: What Do Space Can(n)ons Have To Do With [Read More...]

Creative Titles Related to the Bible and Science Fiction

Frauke Uhlenbruch asked on Facebook for some suggestions for titles for an essay on the Bible and science fiction. Here are some of my suggestions: Biblestar Galactica The Scriptures of Distant Earth Where No Interpreter of the Bible Has Gone Before “Use the Bible, Luke!” The Book of Fahrenheit 4:51 The Binding of Isaac (Asimov) [Read More...]

Jews vs. Aliens

TOR and IO9 both drew attention to the anthologies Jews vs Aliens and Jews vs Zombies. I’m not sure what else to say about them, except that they are at the intersection of religion and science fiction, and so I should read them! Also worth a mention is that a contributor to one of the volumes [Read More...]

Cordoba Call for Papers: Science Fiction and the Bible

Dr. Frauke Uhlenbruck, PhD (congratulations, Frauke!) mentioned on her blog Gods and Machines that the EABS call for papers for the 2015 conference in Cordoba is online, including the one for the program unit on science fiction and the Bible. There will be an open session, a themed session on dystopian apocalypses, and a joint [Read More...]

Yoda, Buddha, Obi-Wan, and Confucius

AntiquityNow has free materials -ranging from bookmarks to cookbooks to curricula – related to the ancient world. Some of it incorporates science fiction, such as the bookmark below or the curriculum on time travel. Of almost but not entirely unrelated interest, The Toast has a list of courses taken by Lara Croft when working on her Master of Library [Read More...]

Religion’s Future and the Future’s Religions Through the Lens of Science Fiction

If you have $1,200 to spare, you might be interested in this forthcoming multi-volume work, to which I contributed the chapter “Religion’s Future and the Future’s Religions Through the Lens of Science Fiction.” In fact, it is available for pre-order on Amazon.com for a mere (!) $874.32. Considering that it is five volumes, less than [Read More...]

Robot Fundamentalists

The website IO9 highlighted my work on religion and artificial intelligence today. Click through to take a look. The chapter that article mentions is available on my Selected Works page. It is from the volume I edited, Religion and Science Fiction:. The coolest part was that a former student of mine spotted the piece even [Read More...]

Gods, Machines, and Blogs

I recently became aware that Frauke Uhlenbruch, who chairs the EABS program unit on science fiction and the Bible, has a blog, gods and machines. It will obviously be of interest to academics who study sci-fi, comic books, and/or fandoms. Also of interest is a site connected with the “Fan Studies Network” which works to keep [Read More...]

Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations

I suspect that humanity will always have to contend with prejudice in one form or another. But that doesn’t give us license to stop struggling against it. It is exactly the reason we must press on and continue to do better, to demand better, to show that it’s possible. The effort is its own reward. [Read More...]


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