LOST Rewatch: The Shape of Things to Come

This was a mind-bending episode the first time we saw it. The doctor from the fripeighter washes up dead on the beach with his throat slit. The phone rings in Locke’s house telling him code 14-J, an early warning meaning that someone from his people has been captured. And in a flash forward, Ben is [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: The Constant

This episode is one of my favorites, one of the episodes that made me, already impressed with LOST, think, wow, this is television at its finest, most emotionally powerful, most deep and symbolically rich and clever and interesting. Daniel Faraday had emphasized the importance of staying precisely on course. The helicopter which Frank is flying [Read More...]

Yoda, Buddha, Obi-Wan, and Confucius

AntiquityNow has free materials -ranging from bookmarks to cookbooks to curricula – related to the ancient world. Some of it incorporates science fiction, such as the bookmark below or the curriculum on time travel. Of almost but not entirely unrelated interest, The Toast has a list of courses taken by Lara Croft when working on her Master of Library [Read More...]

Pretend to be Paul the Time Traveler Day

A commenter drew my attention to the video above, in which apologists for Pauline authorship depict Paul the apostle interrupting Bart Ehrman’s class to insist that he wrote both 1 and 2 Thessalonians. It seems perfect for today, which is Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day. But it doesn’t really satisfy – not least because [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Listen

The Doctor Who episode “Listen” has leaped immediately onto my list of all-time favorite Doctor Who episodes. Spoilers ahead! It had me at “listen.” The episode opens with a view of a planet (probably Earth) from space. It then moves to the open door of the TARDIS. Then up to the top of the TARDIS, where [Read More...]

The Doctor to Debate Ken Ham

A Facebook friend suggested that it would be fun to see the Doctor respond to Ken Ham’s  “Were you there?” And so I made the two images in this post.   [Read more...]

Send Christmas Cards Like a Time Traveler Day

Jim Davila reminded me tomorrow that I needed to go back in time to today to wish you all a Happy Pretend You are a Time Traveler Day. And what better way to do that than to point out that the BBC has made some free printable Doctor Who Christmas cards available on their website. [Read More...]

Titanic: Time Travel Edition

If you suddenly enjoy the movie more as a result of reading this, let me know…   [Read more...]

The Siblinghood of Saint Augustine, Physicist

The Doctor Who comic book story “The Doctor and the Nurse” features a group that the Doctor calls “religious fanatics.” They encounter them on their home planet of Hipponensis 3. The Doctor explains that the Siblinghood of Saint Augustine, Physicist “are presentists. They believe the past and future don’t exist – just the present – [Read More...]

The Doctor at the Original Christmas and Easter

This video brings together two clips from the Doctor Who episodes “Voyage of the Damned” and “Planet of the Dead,” in which the Doctor refers to having been present for the original Christmas and Easter. At the original Christmas, he says he “got the last room,” while he starts to say about the original Easter [Read More...]

Christianity as Ultimate Concern

In my First Year Seminar class “Faith, Doubt, and Reason,” I shared the thought experiment “What Would It Take To Make You Lose Your Faith?” That’s something I shared here on the blog previously, and because of the scenario it has come up in connection in recent discussions of religion and science fiction in general, [Read More...]


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