This week’s episode features Jeremiah Bailey, with whom I’ve been connected for a long time as fellow bibliobloggers, but who I recently discovered also shares something else in common with me: we’ve both written and published science fiction short stories! You can find his in the compilation Robots and Artificial Intelligence Short Stories published by Flame Tree Publishing.
One of the ideas that occurred to me during the recording of the podcast was that it would be great to produce a volume featuring academics who have become writers of fiction, especially (but not necessarily exclusively) science fiction. I mean, of course, academics who are not teachers of creative writing, but academics for whom this is something we do in addition to (or in some cases instead of) teaching in our area of expertise, rather than as the thing we are expected to do professionally as part of our academic work. If such a volume were to be assembled, presumably Mary Doria Russell, Stephen L. Carter, Rachel Hodges, Paul Levinson, Frauke Uhlenbruch, Ben Witherington, Paula Gooder, Ken Schenck, Gary Burge, John Byron, and Richard Bauckham ought to be among the contributors. We could probably have more than one volume, with one just focused on sci-fi, and another focused on biblical historical fiction, and probably have enough contributors for each. Who else should be part of something like this?
Let me end with two things. The first is a great meme that Jeremiah shared on Facebook. In case you can’t tell, it features Karl Barth recommending that St. Paul read his (i.e. Barth’s) commentary on Romans. I love that Paul seems unamused…
Last but not least, here is a call for papers for a conference exploring the intersection of technology and film: