Charlie Jane Anders at Butler University

Charlie Jane Anders will be visiting Butler University on April 6th, and so I’m assigning a couple of her short stories in my class on utopias and dystopias. Here are the two that I thought were particularly relevant to the theme, plus two others which are slightly less related. The Day It All Ended The Fermi [Read More…]

If It Happened Today, In Our Galaxy…

If the Star Wars movies had been commenting on very recent events, this is how things might have unfolded. Here’s the interesting question: If the prequels had gone in this direction, how would the original trilogy have to be revised? What would be different, and how might those differences offer commentary on our current political [Read More…]

Theology and Science Fiction Interview

I’m delighted that Wipf and Stock gave me the opportunity to speak at length about the subject of my recent book, Theology and Science Fiction. The video above is a short excerpt, part of their ANNOTATE series. The fuller interview is below. I hope you enjoy them, and that they convince you to read the [Read More…]

The Church of the Force

IO9 highlighted how the new Star Wars novel Aftermath: Empire’s End has offered a religious justification for the way Obi-Wan lied to Luke in A New Hope. There a passage is read in the Church of the Force from the Journal of the Whills which says: The truth in our soul Is that nothing is true. [Read More…]

Science Fiction Beyond the Western Tradition #CFP

https://relcfp.tumblr.com/post/157076569064/edited-collection-call-for-chapters-science [Read more…]

Call for Papers – Religion, Science Fiction, and More #AARSBL17

https://relcfp.tumblr.com/post/156757748122/cfp-sacred-texts-and-ethics-group-at-aarsbl [Read more…]

Episcop-Aliens

I couldn’t resist sharing this meme, falling as it does at the intersection of religion and science fiction. I would also like to seize this opportunity to thank Episcopalians for their efforts on behalf of aliens in the terrestrial sense – refugees and immigrants. And I should mention as well that in my book Theology and [Read More…]

Has Dystopian Literature Prepared You For This?

A friend shared this image on Facebook: It seems to me that in quite a bit of fiction, dystopian and of other kinds, it is the people that you least expect who rise to the occasion, while those you might expect to be well poised to resist equivocate. It is interesting to note that 1984 has become [Read More…]

The Doctor on “Alternative Facts”

IO9 drew attention to the fact that today marks the 40th anniversary of the first airing of the Doctor Who episode “The Face of Evil,” which I blogged about back in 2012. The above quote seems particularly relevant to the present day, when many prefer to seek to alter the facts rather than alter their views [Read More…]

Yoda: Islamic Philosopher and American Supreme Court Justice

I was struck to learn the precursors to the famous words that Jedi Master Yoda speaks in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Although I have yet to find the precise original source, the sentiment finds expression in this quote attributed to Ibn Rushd (better known to some as Averroes): Another similar sentiment is expressed [Read More…]