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Religion and Science Fiction

Book edited by by James F. McGrath.
Published by Pickwick Publications.
204 pages.

Religious themes, concepts, imagery, and terminology have featured prominently in much recent science fiction. In this book, scholars working in a range of disciplines (such as theology, literature, history, music, and anthropology) offer their perspectives on a variety of points at which religion and science fiction intersect. From Frankenstein, by way of Christian apocalyptic, to Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and much more, and from the United States to China and back again, the authors who contribute to this volume serve as guides in the exploration of religion and science fiction as a multifaceted, multidisciplinary, and multicultural phenomenon.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Religion and Science Fiction — James F. McGrath
  • The Dark Dreamlife of Postmodern Theology: Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children, and Alien Resurrection — Joyce Janca-Aji
  • Sorcerers and Supermen: Old Mythologies in New Guises — C. K. Robertson
  • Star Trekking in China: Science Fiction as Theodicy in Contemporary China — Eriberto P. Lozada Jr.
  • Science Playing God — Alison Bright MacWilliams
  • Looking Out for No. 1: Concepts of Good and Evil in Star Trek and The Prisoner — Elizabeth Danna
  • Robots, Rights, and Religion — James F. McGrath
  • Angels, Echthroi, and Celestial Music in the Adolescent Science Fiction of Madeleine L’Engle — Gregory Pepetone
  • Uncovering Embedded Theology in Science Fiction Films: K-PAX Revealed — Teresa Blythe

About the Editor
James F. McGrath is Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University in Indianapolis. He is the author of the science fiction short story “Biblical Literalism in the New Jerusalem” (2016), the editor of Religion and Science Fiction (2011), and the coeditor of Religion and Doctor Who: Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith (2013).