A Baptist Approach to Science Fiction

I saw the above meme on Facebook, and was struck by several aspects of it. First, the treatment of allegiance to sci-fi franchises as comparable to religion caught my attention. And then I started thinking about this “Baptist” approach which emphasizes that adherence is a choice that one should make when one is able to [Read More…]

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Star Trek Symposium Interviews

Here are a couple of interviews about Star Trek that were shared recently by the Sci Phi Journal. Click through for more!   [Read more…]

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Star Trek Beyond Trailer #2

In case you haven’t seen the new trailer for Star Trek Beyond. [Read more…]

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The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy: The Search for the Print Version

The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy: The Search for Socrates is now available in print. It includes my chapter, “A God Needs Compassion, but Not a Starship: Star Trek’s Humanist Theology.” [Read more…]

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The Trouble with Transporters

The above video about the philosophical and moral questions involved in using the transporter on Star Trek. These are precisely the kinds of issues that I discuss in my forthcoming book Theology and Science Fiction. I will be submitting the final manuscript today, and so that is as good an excuse as any to not write something more [Read More…]

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Sci-Fi CFPs

Several calls for papers came to my attention recently. One is a repeat of a call for contributions to a new journal of science fiction studies which I mentioned here previously. The second is a call for papers for a celebration of Star Trek connected with the fourth annual Pop Culture Colloquium at DePaul University [Read More…]

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New Star Trek Is Coming!

The news broke today that a new Star Trek series will be made, to premiere in January 2017 on CBS’s online digital streaming service, CBS All Access. That is definitely an example of Star Trek going where it has never gone before in its typical pioneering fashion. Since the executive producer will be Alex Kurtzman, it [Read More…]

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Rainmeter (LCARS my Desktop)

I just had Rainmeter drawn to my attention. How did I miss it for so long? It is a way of customizing your computer’s desktop background and making it interactive. The first thing that came to mind was obviously Star Trek’s interactive computer screens from The Next Generation onward. I mentioned a few years ago my [Read More…]

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Existential Comics: The Wrath of Kant

The latest from Existential Comics brings philosophy, humor, and Star Trek together. And so of course I had to share it.   [Read more…]

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Trexegesis

I’ve had my attention drawn to the Anomaly podcast about hermeneutics and Star Trek. It emphasizes why “It was the 60s” is not a sufficient justification for things like sexism on Star Trek: The Original Series. Here’s a sample: I tend to think there’s also extra pressure on Star Trek because it has a reputation for being progressive. For the [Read More…]

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Insufficient Data

While it is a great pun, I think the image makes a useful point. Some try to claim that we know more than we do, as though we can know exactly how to fill gaps in our knowledge based on what we do know. Others try to claim that we cannot logically infer anything about the [Read More…]

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