Engineers vs. Philosophers

My religion and science fiction class will be discussing clones next time. If this SMBC comic is anything to go by, it shouldn't take too long…   [Read more...]

Shai Hulud

I asked recently about science fiction hymns. One response I got via Reddit made reference to Julia Ecklar (science fiction author as well as a singer-songwriter). Looking into her music led me to her new album Horsetamer, and one track on it in particular, “Shai Hulud,” which really is a hymn expressing the perspective of [Read More...]

Calvin and Muad’Dib

Via IO9 I became aware of the Tumblr Calvin and Muad’Dib. Frank Herbert’s Dune series has some wonderful treatments of religious themes. Combining them with Calvin and Hobbes makes them even better, somehow. Enjoy these examples, and click through to explore more!   [Read more...]

Science Fiction Hymns

Jeff Carter recently mentioned science fiction hymns, providing a couple of examples from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. And it got me thinking whether there are others, and if so, what they are. Not long ago I mentioned some hymns in Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood, but the contents [Read More...]

RIP Frederick Pohl

SF Signal and IO9 are both reporting that science fiction author Frederick Pohl has passed away. UPDATE: When I first saw this news and blogged about it, I somehow managed to muddle Frederick Pohl and Poul Anderson in my mind. The latter passed away more than a decade ago. I apologize for the confusion. [Read more...]

Religion and Science Fiction Syllabus

Several people have asked for a copy of the reading list for my class on religion and science fiction, and so I am making a copy of the syllabus available here. I have also added a link to a plainer version of it on the page I created some years ago for the course, even [Read More...]

The Internet: All or Nothing?

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel set in the near future, The Year of the Flood, said this about the internet, and I thought it deserved to be shared (p.293): And the Internet was such a jumble of false and true factoids that no one believed what was on it any more, or else they believed all of [Read More...]

I’m Going to GenCon!

GenCon is a fun annual event here in Indianapolis. This year, I’ll be going for the first time. Peter Davison and Walter Koenig will be there. I will probably wear a costume. Given the focus of my fandom, I feel it really ought to be something Doctor Who related, rather than the Star Trek uniform [Read More...]

The Year of the Flood as Standalone Novel

I mentioned previously that I’ve been reading Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy in order to review them, in particular the forthcoming third book, MaddAddam. I’ll be teaching my class on religion and science fiction this coming semester, and have been debating what novel or novels to include, along with the many short stories and The second [Read More...]

Reviews of Religion and Science Fiction

There are several recent reviews of the volume I edited, Religion and Science Fiction, partly due to its re-release in the UK by Lutterworth Press. And so I thought I should mention and link to the reviews here. Some of them require a subscription in order to read more than a snippet of them, alas, and so [Read More...]

Angry Robot

As a creator of satirical music, I thought I’d share this piece by John Anealio, called “Angry Robot.” The lyrics deserve a close listen, since the song doesn’t just explore the familiar science fiction trope of robots and whether they can be kept from conquering us, but also what might motivate a robot to want [Read More...]


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