Nerd Fundamentalism at #AARSBL15

Today I travel to the joint annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature. I will try to blog about the conference as it happens. My conference paper for this year’s SBL conference will be presented in a session of the Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship program unit on the theme Imaginal [Read More...]

Museum of Science Fiction Journal of Science Fiction

Via Religion CFP and Penn English CFP, I learned that a new journal is being launched: MOSF Journal of Science Fiction. There is a call for papers for the inaugural issue. Here are the details: MOSF Journal of Science Fiction’s Inaugural Issue — DEADLINE: Nov. 30 full name / name of organization: Museum of Science Fiction [Read More...]

What Touching the Face of the Cosmos Looks Like

Paul Levinson shared the cover design for the forthcoming book Touching the Face of the Cosmos, in which I will have a short story published. Fordham University Press will be distributing the print version, and the electronic edition will be available from Connected Editions. [Read more...]

The Church of the Latter-Day Geeks

One of the disadvantages of not living in Australia is not being able to go to Rev. Avril Hannah-Jones’ church for their annual sci-fi and fantasy service. For a sense of the church’s outlook apart from their love of science fiction, take a look at this recent post from Avril’s blog.   [Read more...]

The Sparrow After 20 Years

Mary Doria Russell mentioned on her blog that a 20th anniversary edition of her novel The Sparrow is planned. That novel, together with its sequel Children of God, are ones that I have mentioned here before on more than one occasion (including a podcast as well as movie plans that, for better or worse, seem to [Read More...]

Touching the Face of the Cosmos

Paul Levinson has been putting together a really fantastic volume which will be called Touching the Face of the Cosmos. He has shared a provisional list of contributors, and also a podcast of an interview with John Glenn, the transcript of which will appear in the book. I am really excited, not only because my contribution [Read More...]

Lewis’ Space Trilogy

I recently reread C. S. Lewis’ space trilogy, Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength. Not that long ago, IO9 asked why they are not compared with Dune. The truth is that, while both series feature religion prominently, Lewis’ writing seems that little bit too heavy-handed in its Christian religiosity – even though it also [Read More...]

The Importance of Theology and Science Fiction

This round-up of posts began when W. David O. Taylor shared his syllabus for an independent study about theology and science fiction. My own thoughts are turning to this very intersection of subjects, as one of my sabbatical projects is a short volume on theology and sci-fi. Then, Russell McCutcheon blogged about the AAR draft statement [Read More...]

The Fastest and Strongest of Sci-Fi Ships

Gizmodo shared this infographic of the fastest ships in reality, NASA planning, and science fiction. You can probably guess which is the fastest, but if not scroll down to see.   There was also a discussion at Comic Con this year about which would win in a fight: the Millennium Falcon or the U.S.S. Enterprise.   [Read more...]

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...]

Editor Sought for Implicit Religion

I learned a few weeks ago of the passing of Edward Bailey, who pretty much single-handedly pioneered the academic study of “implicit religion.” He also established and edited the journal by the same name. I had been in touch with him in connection with an upcoming issue focused on Doctor Who, in which an article of mine [Read More...]