Happy Vader’s Day

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American TARDIS

I saw this today on the University of Indianapolis campus. Apparently American TARDISes are even smaller on the outside.   [Read more…]

1 Corinthians 13 in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Unvirtuous Abbey posted this status update on Facebook: If I speak in the tongues of men or R2 units, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or bleeping android. Someone added the comment: If I am fluent in over six million forms of communication, but have not love, I am nothing. [Read More…]

Only a Game: Religion in Science Fiction

Today Chris Bateman reposted a link to a post about religion in Doctor Who that previously appeared on the blog Only a Game. This in turn made me aware that an entire series about religion in science fiction appeared there around the same time. I just found out about these posts, and so have yet [Read More…]

The Heavens Declare

Mark Goodacre pointed out on Facebook that my earlier blog post was missing something, and kindly provided the above altered image to rectify things! [Read more…]

Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome

I recently finally got around to watching Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, a prequel to the rebooted Battlestar Galactica series, but one set in between it and the still earlier Caprica. I appreciated its exploration of the zeal of a young Bill Adama, who was eager to kill as many of the enemy as he [Read More…]

The End of Doctor Who?

There has been a lot of speculation, and many rumors, related to the next Doctor after Matt Smith. But today I find myself wondering whether there will be another Doctor. I wonder whether the BBC is not planning on ending the show’s run. Trenzalore, we have learned, is the place where the Doctor dies and [Read More…]

Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Contents

I am pleased to be able to share a list of the contributors and chapter titles for the forthcoming book Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Religion and Doctor Who: Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith Contents Acknowledgements   Andrew Crome, Introduction   Courtland Lewis, ‘Why Time Lords do not live forever’ Gabriel McKee, ‘Pushing [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Mutants

Doctor Who has a long history of exploring postcolonial realities, for which of course science fiction provides natural opportunities. “The Mutants” is just one of many episodes that fits into this category. But this one is particularly interesting to consider against the backdrop of Doctor Who’s British context and as a product of a British [Read More…]

Does God Have a Place in Science Fiction?

Anyone who reads this blog regularly probably thinks the answer is obvious. But the question is asked afresh and explored well in an article by Damien Walter in The Guardian with the same title as this blog post (HT John Morehead on Facebook). It includes great quotes such as “Any sufficiently advanced technocrat will be [Read More…]