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...]

Jedi Mind Meld

OK, from a political perspective as well as that of science fiction fandom, is this a gaffe, as some have claimed? I do not think so. The poster gets the fonts right for the Star Wars and Star Trek references. And so I think there is a deliberate use of science fiction's greatest example of [Read More...]

Religion and Science Fiction around the Blogosphere

There are several posts of interest that I want to mention here. Jeremy Smith shared powerpoint slides about theology and Star Wars, as the first post in a series with the title “Theological Science Theater 3000.” John Morehead shared thoughts on religion in the Planet of the Apes franchise. Rod at Political Jesus shared some [Read More...]

Pulp-O-Mizer

Via IO9 I learned of the Pulp-O-Mizer, which allows you to make your own pulp magazine covers. Here’s a first attempt at making one to use in a poster about my class on religion and science fiction: [Read more...]

Sci-Fi Shorts

A few things of interest. The Lead asked whether robots could ever replace clergy. It’s science fiction now, but will it always be? Some Turks took offense at what they perceived to be a patterning of a LEGO version of Jabba the Hutt’s palace on the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (not Constantinople). It was, they [Read More...]

Mad Engineers

A friend shared this cartoon on Facebook. Given the importance of the caricature of the mad scientist in a lot of science fiction, often used to warn of the dangers of scientists “playing God,” the cartoon usefully highlights that the caricature does not fit well with the description of the individuals as scientists. Some fit, [Read More...]


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