Mos Eisley #SBLAAR 2012 Annual Meeting

An article in the New York Times today compared the recent joint annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature to the Mos Eisley Cantina. And that is a moment at the intersection of religion and science fiction that I couldn’t allow to pass unmentioned! Brian Le Port offered [Read More…]

Happy Birthday to Who!

Doctor Who aired for the first time on this day, November 23rd, 49 years ago. That means that we are now counting down the final year to the 50th anniversary! Here is where it all began: [Read more…]

Doctor Who Christmas Special Prequel and Trailer

Now that I am back from the conference I was attending this weekend, I could finally watch the Children in Need Doctor Who minisode, which is also the prequel to this year’s Christmas special. It is called “The Great Detective,” and it is followed by this trailer for the Christmas special itself, “The Snowmen“: [Read more…]

#sblaar Religion and Science Fiction at 40% Off!

If you are at the conference and are interested in the intersection of religion and science fiction, don't miss the opportunity to purchase Religion and Science Fiction at a 40% discount off the usual price! Just visit the Wipf and Stock display, where it is easily spotted!   [Read more…]

#sblaar Religion and Science Fiction: From Chrono-synclastic Infundibula to the Definition of Chalcetron

I spent most of the morning talking with a filmmaker working on a documentary on religious minorities in Iraq. Even so, I managed to cross paths with lots of old friends at least briefly. My first actual session I have gotten to is thus the AAR session on Religion and Science Fiction. The first paper [Read More…]

What has Zwingli to do with the Sisters of Plentitude?

Jim West shared this image: Am I the only Doctor Who fan whose first thought was not about Zwingli or goldfish but the Sisters of Plentitude? [Read more…]

We Have To Go Back!

Nikki Stafford, whose wonderful blog became known to many of us during the era of LOST but also focuses on many other shows and topics, created Lostaholics Anonymous a while back. Have any readers of this gone back (as I still hope to do at some point) and rewatched the show from the beginning, knowing [Read More…]

The Serenity Prayer, Revised

From Somewhat Real. HT Fred Clark   [Read more…]

Doctors and Tribble-ations: An Idea for a Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special

Doctor Who fans are looking forward to there being one or more special episodes in celebration of the show's 50th year. In the past there have been episodes like “The Three Doctors” and “The Five Doctors” which brought back actors who played the Doctor previously to play the role as the Doctor encountered his past [Read More…]

St. Yoda

I've shared Star Wars and other science fictional religious iconography before, but I think this is the first actual stained-glass window I've seen that depicts Yoda. For the best of the Disney-Star Wars mash-ups, check out IO9's collection, and also a completely different but equally impressive set from Good Comics.   [Read more…]