Religious Believers and Science Fiction Nerds around the Blogosphere

First, let me share this great video again on the parallel phenomena of religious fundamentalism and nerdiness: I felt compelled to share the video, since I have been having a conversation on Facebook with a Whovian fundamentalist whose canon includes the 1996 special but rejects the current series. The fan in question also rejects my [Read More…]

Rod of Alexandria on Religion and Science Fiction

Rod has finished blogging through Religion and Science Fiction over at Political Jesus. I must say that I am rather disappointed with how his series ended – with Rod asserting more than once that everything is allegory, and allegory everything. One of the points the book illustrates throughout, and the final chapter emphasized only to [Read More…]

Torchwood: Small Worlds, Medium-Sized Gods

The Torchwood episode “Small Worlds” focuses on “fairies” – which are viewed not as alien entities but as ones that are native to our world and have been around for as long as or longer than humans have. Indeed, they once were human children, but have been transformed into immortal beings who can flit in [Read More…]

Torchwood and Doctor Who: The Almost Cyberwoman and Cyberman

It was interesting watching the Torchwood episode “Cyberwoman” in close proximity to the Doctor Who episode “Closing Time.” Both feature a character who is subjected to the process of “upgrading” to a cyberperson, and in both their cases the process is stopped before it is completed. That may be where the similarities end. While Ianto’s [Read More…]

Looking Ahead to AAR and SBL

An e-mail from AAR mentioned that there will be an iPhone/iPad app for this year’s conferences! The e-mail also mentioned the following: Ballroom Space for Self-organizing Groups The Marriott Marquis-Golden Gate Ballroom C2 & C3 will be set aside Sunday afternoon from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm for self-organizing groups. This is an opportunity for colleagues to [Read More…]

When 900 Years Old You Reach… (for fans of both Star Wars and Doctor Who)

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Everything Changes from Day One when you start watching Torchwood

You may be surprised to learn what a latecomer I am to Torchwood. I just started watching the show a few days ago – and I don’t mean just started getting caught up on the latest season, but I just watched the first two episodes from season 1 a few days ago. As a Doctor [Read More…]

Reviews of The God Complex and More

There has been a fair bit of interest and discussion in response to my post on the most recent Doctor Who episode, “The God Complex.” Here are some other reviews and blog reflections on the episode that I’m aware of: The Oncoming Hope  God Complex aka The Characters Uncomplex Stuff and Conscience  The Doctor and [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The God Complex (and the Complex God)

Today’s episode of Doctor Who, with the title “The God Complex,” was bound to have interesting things to talk about if you are interested in religion and science fiction. But the episode offered far more than I anticipated, and the title (like quite a few recent titles of Doctor Who episodes) turned out to refer [Read More…]

Rod is Reviewing Religion and Science Fiction

Rod of Alexandria has begun reading and reviewing <i>Religion and Science Fiction</i>. He is already finding that the works explicitly mention could be substituted with countless other works of sci-fi too numerous to mention and the points made would still be relevant. That was one of the aims in putting the volume together: to make [Read More…]