Theology and Science Fiction is Now Available!

My author copies of Theology and Science Fiction (in the Cascade Companions series) arrived today. Since it is just out, it is still listed as out of stock on Amazon. But it is available at a significant discount through the publisher’s website. [Read more…]

Theology and Science Fiction Cover Sneak Peek

You’ve gotten a sneak peek at the inside. Here’s a glimpse of what’s going to be on the outside of my next book. First, the front cover:   And then here are the endorsements from the back: [Read more…]

Siri, Pray For Me

The last time my Religion and Science Fiction class met, we continued a conversation about Arthur C. Clarke’s story “The Nine Billion Names of God.” Since the story mentions motorized prayer wheels at a monastery in Tibet, I thought that focusing in on that detail might be useful, as a way of highlighting that readers – whether [Read More…]

The Unsurprising Intersection of Islam and Science Fiction

IO9 highlighted what it called the “surprising” intersection of Islam and sci-fi. The only thing surprising, to me, was that this is described as surprising – and that seems to just be a case of a clickbait title, since the article itself explains why this should not be surprising. The long history of pioneering exploration in [Read More…]

Playing Canon in Class

Canon: The Card Game has gone from being an idea, to a clear concept, to a game with printed cards, and most recently, to a game I’ve played in two settings: my Sunday school class at church, and then with the students in my Religion and Science Fiction class. The video above incorporates video and [Read More…]

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The Canon Card Game Exists!

About a year ago I mentioned my interest in creating a game that would illustrate the dynamics of canon formation in simplified form, in a way that was fun but also infirmative and educational. Some of you may have been wondering whether anything was going to come of this. If so, I have great news: [Read More…]

Perfect Battle for Bigots

The quote comes from George Zebrowski’s introduction to the volume Strange Gods edited by Roger Elwood. I was fortunate enough to happen across a copy in a second-hand bookstore recently, and snatched it up. Zebrowski’s statement published in 1974 seems no less true today. My first encounter with Zebrowski’s writing was when I was young [Read More…]

Rewatching The Black Hole

I just rewatched the science fiction movie The Black Hole, to introduce my son to it. I was particularly eager to see what I myself thought of the ending, and indeed whether it meant what I had interpreted it to mean when I watched it in my youth. And I wondered what my son would [Read More…]

A Novel Approach to Religion and Science Fiction

I’m in the process of finalizing the reading list for my course on Religion and Science Fiction. I found I could not choose from among the many novel options that I considered for the course. In the past I’ve had one novel and the rest of the course short stories and articles. This time I’m just [Read More…]

A Terrible Human-Devouring God

Two stories by Philip K. Dick (“Rautavaara’s Case” and “Faith of our Fathers,” both included in the collection Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick, with an introduction by Jonathan Lethem) explore alien gods and ideas of God. One contrasts the human image of Christ with the equivalent savior of plasma-based beings from Proxima Centauri. Whereas [Read More…]


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