Call for Papers: PKD Day 2017

Here is a call for papers that will be of interest to those interested in the intersection of religion and sci-fi: PKD Day 2017: Philip K. Dick and Vast Narrative The second PKD Day to be held at Birmingham City University, Saturday 22nd of April 2017 Unlike many writers of SF and fantasy literature, Philip [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio

The 2016 Doctor Who Christmas special opens with the Doctor being mistaken for Santa by a boy named Grant. When he introduces himself as the Doctor and Grant asks which one, and he says the original, Grant says that he ought to be called Doctor Mysterio, which the Doctor likes. The Doctor gives Grant a [Read More…]

Arrival, Timeless, and the Problems of Evil and Beauty

It was less than two hours after watching the movie Arrival yesterday that I realized it had solved, for me, one form of the problem of evil. I can’t discuss this without spoilers, but even if you have yet to see the movie, it may be worth reading on, although I suspect that just as the [Read More…]

Remembering the Needs of the Many at Christmas

The intersection of religion and science fiction would be enough to justify sharing the above. But it also raises useful questions about what is meant by “sacrifice” and also “resurrection.” Sacrifice in the sense of animals killed so that their blood can be poured out as an offering to a deity is something unimaginably foreign to [Read More…]

Rogue One and the Ethics of Empire and Rebellion

“Rebellions are built on hope.” But so too are empires. Yesterday I finally saw Rogue One, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Its religious and political themes were especially interesting to me. I won’t try to keep this spoiler-free. The opening phrase in this blog post is a catchphrase of Jyn Urso in the movie, as [Read More…]

Blade Runner 2049

Next year, there will be a new Blade Runner movie. Excited? Via Polygon. [Read more…]

How To Avoid Rogue One Spoilers

I haven’t seen Rogue One yet, and so am trying to avoid spoilers. And thus I thought I should share this bit of advice for others who, like me, are trying to avoid spoilers until they see the movie: Do not go see the movie called Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. They spoil Rogue One [Read More…]

The Latest Cabinet Appointments

From Andy Marlette in today’s Indianapolis Star. In all seriousness, the recent appointments by president-elect Trump have me looking on the bright side of what most people I know are simpky viewing as a national if not a global catastrophe. It has long been characteristic of Americans to question the authority and insight of experts, [Read More…]

Doctor Who Christmas Special Trailer

Courtesy of IO9, here’s the trailer for the Doctor Who Christmas Special, which we fans have been eagerly looking forward to… [Read more…]

The Throne Room Suite for String Quartet

Helen Marple-Horvat has arranged the Throne Room Suite from Star Wars for string quartet. I hope you enjoy it! [Read more…]