Reasons to Buy Religion and Science Fiction: You Are Free To…Or You’ve Been Programmed To

You’re free to order the book, and free not to – right? That’s a surprisingly controversial subject. Free will, consciousness, and many other aspects of our human experience remain puzzles to philosophers, neuroscientists, would-be programmers of artificial intelligences, and of course, science fiction fans. Pondering what would be involved in creating an artificially intelligent computer [Read More…]

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Sci-Fi Around the Biblioblogosphere

If you hang around this blog a lot, you might not realize that discussion of sci-fi on biblioblogs is not universal, although it is not exactly uncommon either. Today, Scot McKnight shared a link to and excerpt from an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education on what led a programmer of robots to switch [Read More…]

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Reasons to Buy Religion and Science Fiction: You’re a Mad Scientist Playing God

Mad scientists “playing God” are a staple of science fiction, ever since the first work of science fiction, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and right up to our favorite mad scientist of the current day, Walter Bishop from Fringe. But science fiction has often had an ambivalence about pioneers at the cutting edge – or fringe – [Read More…]

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Reasons to Buy Religion and Science Fiction: It Makes A Great Birthday Present

Remember the scene in Star Trek: The Motion Picture where Spock gives Kirk a copy of Religion and Science Fiction for his birthday? Neither do I. But if he had given him Religion and Science Fiction instead of A Tale of Two Cities, then it is just possible that the chapter on good and evil [Read More…]

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Christus Apollo: Religion, Science Fiction, and Music

SF Signal has a guest post about science fiction music. The focus of that post is on instrumental music, and in that category one album that comes to mind is Mike Oldfield’s “Songs of Distant Earth,” named after the novel by Arthur C. Clarke. But if one branches out to vocal music, then there is [Read More…]

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Reasons to Buy Religion and Science Fiction: “Spoilers”

Sure, River Song’s diary has “spoilers” about the Doctor’s future. But reading Religion and Science Fiction will clue you in to more about what’s coming in your favorite science fiction show. Sci-fi, like all genres, thrives on doing creative things that explore big questions and topics that are of perennial interest. And so if you [Read More…]

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Reasons to Buy Religion and Science Fiction: It Is Your Destiny

Lord Vader has been seen reading Religion and Science Fiction on more than one occasion. Why? To settle an old debate. Obi-Wan Kenobi once said of him that he had become “more machine than man.” That had to hurt. But philosophically considered, does that make sense? Or was it simply a cheap shot on the [Read More…]

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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…]

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Reasons to Buy Religion and Science Fiction: WWJD?

What would Jacob do? He’d probably sit reading Religion and Science Fiction, engrossed and intrigued, while nonchalantly waiting for John Locke to fall out a window. The book may not explain the polar bears if you haven’t already figured out why they were on the island (and to be honest, you should have – and [Read More…]

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Reasons To Buy Religion and Science Fiction: It’s All The Rage With Aliens Mistaken for Ancient Greek Gods

I know that the 40% discount coupon I shared might seem like a good enough reason to go ahead and order yourself a copy of the book which was just released, Religion and Science Fiction. But die-hard fans of science fiction sometimes need a geekier form of motivation. And so I am planning on blogging [Read More…]

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Religion and Science Fiction – My Copies Arrived Today!

My copies of Religion and Science Fiction arrived today. And even though it will be a few weeks until Amazon itself has the book for sale, one enterprising seller already has listed the book there! [Read more…]

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