CFP: Academic Loncon 3

Today I had my attention drawn to the fact that the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention or Worldcon, known this year as Loncon 3 because it will be in London, will have an academic component, Academic Loncon 3. The theme will be “Diversity in Speculative Fiction.” Visit the Academic Loncon 3 website for more details [Read More...]

Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith

Since David Moloney of Darton, Longman, and Todd tweeted this photo, presumably I can share it here. It is the cover for the book Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Religion and Doctor Who, of which I am co-editor along with Andy Crome. It is due out later this year. Of related interest, today's “Academic [Read More...]

WHOcharist

I received an invitation on Facebook to attend WHOcharist. It is apparently a discussion of Doctor Who at a church called South Wedge Mission in Rochester. Who knew? In honor of this creative event title, here is “The Penultimate Supper” by Ray Friesen:   [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Original Concept

I had it drawn to my attention that the original background notes for the TV show Doctor Who, written by Cecil E. Webber and Sydney Newman, is available on the BBC website (I’ve embedded the entire thing below). The document sets forth a vision for where the show would go. It appears that the Doctor’s identity [Read More...]

The Doctor Who Can Be Named

Over on the blog A God-Sized Puzzle, Eruesso brought Doctor Who and the Tao Te Ching together and came up with this: This can lead to some interesting discussions at the intersection of religion and science fiction. Human beings hunger revelations, but they fail to satisfy in the long term. You can see this in [Read More...]

Temple of Science Fiction

GakuseiDon left a comment on a recent post pointing out that there is a Buddhist temple, Wat Rong Khun, which includes depictions of characters and scenes from science fiction in its artwork. Here’s an example: Did you spot Neo? Click through for more images from the temple’s artwork and architecture! Also at the intersection of religion [Read More...]

Sense of Wonder – Now Available for Kindle!

A book to which I contributed the essay on religion in science fiction is now available for Kindle at less than half the list price of the enormous print volume. The book is Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction, and I am providing the publisher’s description and a list of contents below.   [Read More...]

The Sparrow on AMC?

Mary Doria Russell’s novel The Sparrow has almost been made into a movie twice. Now there is news that AMC is interested in turning it into a TV series. The novel explores religious themes in a fascinating way. Dare we hope that this time it might happen? And if it does, will it do justice to [Read More...]

Science Fiction Marriage Equality Profile Pics

I'm not sure that Daleks really work as a symbol of any sort of equality, which is why I made this (and made it my banner on Facebook): HT George Takei for the first two.   [Read more...]

Darth Seder

HT to Lori Baron for pointing out the above video to me. I decided it was too good to save until May the 4th. Also fun and related to Star Wars is this explanation of March Madness in Star Wars terms (HT SF Signal):   [Read more...]

What Would the Doctor Do?

On Wednesday, John Morehead shared a link to an article about posthumanism, science fiction, and religion. One of the things Martin Erdmann said about science fiction and religion in the article was: These “socially and culturally expedient myths”, however, are purely scientistic in character. That is, they exalt the epistemological imperialism of scientism. Yet, because [Read More...]


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