When Science Fiction Becomes Fact

HT to Jeff Carter for sharing the link to This Isn’t Happiness, which shared the above infographic. While the importance of science fiction is not limited to or even necessarily focused in its ability to accurately predict future science and technology, it should not be missed that it also does that – sometimes by inspiring [Read More...]

Faith in Film

I was recently interviewed by Kandra Polatis on the subject of religion and science fiction films. The resulting article is called “Faith in film: Why science-fiction movies abound with religious themes” and can be read on the Deseret News website.   [Read more...]

I’ve Found the Q Source!

I recently had the above drawn to my attention. I wasn't even vaguely aware of it previously. No wonder we haven't been able to track down Q. I had been focusing all my attention on Star Trek, and had left Japanese television out of the picture entirely!   [Read more...]

Phuture Phaith

I recently had an article, “Future Faith,” published in Phi Kappa Phi Forum. I had no idea how widely that periodical is read and subscribed to, until I suddenly found myself getting e-mails and Facebook messages from former students and colleagues. And so, if you subscribe but have not looked at the latest issue, there’s [Read More...]

The Doctor’s Ark

Jerry Coyne shared the picture below, showing how invoking a certain fictional technology from a show I enjoy could solve a very serious problem that confronts young-earth creationism: how could all those animals fit on the ark? Fans of Doctor Who will know that space arks have featured more than once on the show, from [Read More...]

Fear of Judgment

I’ve talked in the past about how science fiction about parallel universes (which may or may not turn out to be science fact) turns out to offer a similar comfort to Abrahamic religious beliefs about an afterlife. The cartoon above from “People in White Coats” suggests that science fiction can offer an alternative to the [Read More...]

Costumes for Christmas

Last Christmas I received a Star Trek shirt as a gift. Since I am not exclusively a Trekkie, presumably I should hope for or buy other outfits from other franchises in future years, to build up a collection? If so, which would you choose? I’d love to have a Doctor Who outfit – whether Tom [Read More...]

Publishing Short Science Fiction

The students in my Religion and Science Fiction class this semester had as one of their assignments to write a short story. One student’s story was not only significantly longer than the others, but it seems to me to be of publishable quality. Although I am a science fiction fan, I must confess that most [Read More...]

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...]

CRSF CFP

Glyn Morgan shared the latest call for papers for the 2014 conference on Current Research in Speculative Fiction at the University of Liverpool. Here it is in picture form. Click through for more details! [Read more...]

Science Fiction and the Bible (ISBL/EABS)

Via John Morehead, I learned that there is a call for papers for the second time for a session on “Science Fiction and the Bible” for the International Society of Biblical Literature and European Association of Biblical Studies conference in July. Click through for more details! [Read more...]


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