Longing for Magic and Miracle (Is Science Fiction Simply Fantasy?)

A question to which I keep returning is whether science fiction is fundamentally different than fantasy. Both have worlds very different than our own, battles between good and evil, monsters, heroes, and usually even energy weapons of some sort. Obviously the difference is that there is at least a pretense of scientific basis in science [Read More…]

Torchwood: They Keep Killing Suzie (Resurrection Days Are Over)

“They Keep Killing Suzie” is quite possibly my favorite episode of Torchwood so far. Certainly for someone interested in the intersection of religion and science fiction, it gives a lot to talk about. We first meet Suzie in the pilot episode, and it is there that the resurrection gauntlet is introduced as well. In that [Read More…]

Religion and Science Fiction around the Blogosphere

SF Signal shared the news that a new online Encyclopedia of Science Fiction has been launched. It has an entry on religion. I mentioned this article and discussion of it on a previous occasion, but more recently Allan Bevere chimed in on whether God could have died for Klingons. Philip K. Dick and Religion has [Read More…]

Torchwood: Countrycide

I was tempted to write off this episode of Torchwood as simply a serving of horror for its own sake. Even for someone who has followed the X-Files and Fringe, and watched The Road, this episode still seemed graphically gory. But a little thought made me realize that there is poignant depth to this particular [Read More…]

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)

via Reddit [Read more…]