Religion In Science Fiction

Author: Steven Hrotic
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1472527453
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Religion In Science Fiction from the Author: Steven Hrotic. Religion in Science Fiction investigates the history of the representations of religion in science fiction literature. Space travel, futuristic societies, and non-human cultures are traditional themes in science fiction. Speculating on the societal impacts of as-yet-undiscovered technologies is, after all, one of the distinguishing characteristics of science fiction literature. A more surprising theme may be a parallel exploration of religion: its institutional nature, social functions, and the tensions between religious and scientific worldviews. Steven Hrotic investigates the representations of religion in 19th century proto-science fiction, and genre science fiction from the 1920s through the end of the century. Taken together, he argues that these stories tell an overarching story-a 'metanarrative'-of an evolving respect for religion, paralleling a decline in the belief that science will lead us to an ideal (and religion-free) future. Science fiction's metanarrative represents more than simply a shift in popular perceptions of religion: it also serves as a model for cognitive anthropology, providing new insights into how groups and identities form in a globalized world, and into how crucial a role narratives may play. Ironically, this same perspective suggests that science fiction, as it was in the 20th century, may no longer exist.

Religion And Science Fiction

Author: James F. McGrath
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
ISBN: 0718892550
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Religion And Science Fiction from the Author: James F. McGrath. As announced by its title, this multidisciplinary book focuses on the intersection between religion and science fiction. Several perspectives are addressed by scholars from different disciplines: theology, literature, history, music, and anthropology. Thus, gathering a range of distinct voices and approaches, this work edited by James F. McGrath shows how multifaceted and multicultural the science's fiction treatment of religion is.

Holy Sci Fi

Author: Paul J. Nahin
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1493906186
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Holy Sci Fi from the Author: Paul J. Nahin. Can a computer have a soul? Are religion and science mutually exclusive? Is there really such a thing as free will? If you could time travel to visit Jesus, would you (and should you)? For hundreds of years, philosophers, scientists and science fiction writers have pondered these questions and many more. In Holy Sci-Fi!, popular writer Paul Nahin explores the fertile and sometimes uneasy relationship between science fiction and religion. With a scope spanning the history of religion, philosophy and literature, Nahin follows religious themes in science fiction from Feynman to Foucault and from Asimov to Aristotle. An intriguing journey through popular and well-loved books and stories, Holy Sci-Fi! shows how sci-fi has informed humanity's attitudes towards our faiths, our future and ourselves.

Battleground Religion 2 Volumes

Author: Daniel L. Smith-Christopher Ph.D.
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1573569569
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Battleground Religion 2 Volumes from the Author: Daniel L. Smith-Christopher Ph.D.. Is there a controversial issue in the contemporary world that does not involve religion? Whether it's a debate over the beginning of life, or on sexuality and family life, or on the stewardship of humans over the environment, almost all of the most contentious matters that impact today's society involve people's deeply held religious beliefs. Battleground: Religion helps clarify these complex topics by examining how various religious beliefs and practices impact current political, social, and cultural debates. Each of the approximately 100 entries examines a hot-button issue—from war and peace to the culture wars—and discusses, in a balanced and objective way, the points of view on these topics from all parts of the religious spectrum. Students will come away from Battleground: Religion with a better understanding of the issues that they will be encountering for years to come. Each entry includes a bibliography or resources for further information.

Pink Beams Of Light From The God In The Gutter

Author: Gabriel Mckee
Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761826736
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Pink Beams Of Light From The God In The Gutter from the Author: Gabriel Mckee. From his earliest stories, Philip K. Dick's science fiction had strong religious and philosophical themes. In Pink Beams of Light from the God in the Gutter, Gabriel McKee gives an overview of Dick's religious experiences and his attempts at communicating them in published works, drawing on Dick's fiction as well as his private journals and personal correspondence.

The Science Fiction Mythmakers

Author: Jennifer Simkins
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476668094
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The Science Fiction Mythmakers from the Author: Jennifer Simkins. "An exceptionally clear and penetrating study of the historically nuanced relationship between sf and the "discordant philosophies" of science, religion, and social theory."--Van Ikin, University of Western Australia. A literary genre that pervades 21st-century popular culture, science fiction creates mythologies that make statements about humanity's place in the universe and embody an intersection of science, religion and philosophy. This book considers the significance of this confluence through an examination of myths in the writings of H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick and Frank Herbert. Presenting fresh insights into their works, the author brings to light the tendency of science fiction narratives to reaffirm spiritual myths.

Science Fiction Experiences

Author: Angela Ndalianis
Publisher: New Academia Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 0982806183
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Science Fiction Experiences from the Author: Angela Ndalianis. Exploring how science fiction films and computer games attempt to come to grips with the changing conceptions of the world and people's identity within it, Ndalianis focuses on developments that have taken place in science fiction media over the last two decades.

Science Fiction Filmisch Literarisches Exil Des G Ttlichen Reflexionen

Author: Markus Pohlmeyer
Publisher: CulturBooks
ISBN: 3959880162
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Science Fiction Filmisch Literarisches Exil Des G Ttlichen Reflexionen from the Author: Markus Pohlmeyer. Science Fiction experimentiert in Film und Literatur mit Möglichkeiten gegenwärtigen und zukünftigen Menschseins in einem Umfang, wie das kein anderes Genre zu leisten vermag. Die Grenzen zwischen Kitsch und Kunst zerfließen in der Science Fiction (so wie überall), gut postmodern eben. Das Buch nähert sich Science Fiction in Reflexionen über Fiktionalität und auch über Naturwissenschaften, insofern sie die narrative Struktur von Texten performativ bestimmen. Und wenn Nietzsche den Tod Gottes proklamierte, genauer: den Tod eines bestimmten christlich-europäischen Gottesbildes, dann versteht Markus Pohlmeyer Science Fiction inzwischen als das religiöseste aller Genres, ohne dass sie zwangsläufig irgendwie dogmatisch oder konfessionell aufgeladen sein müsste. Nachdem Kirchen und Fundamentalisten aller Religionen machtverblendet, machtverführt über Jahrhunderte Gott (auch intellektuell) verfolgt, verbrannt und vernichtet haben, wird Science Fiction zu einer literarischen Auferstehungsmaschine des Göttlichen und der Götter: nicht mehr die eine, einzige Heilsgeschichte, sondern Tausende, Abertausende von Geschichten eines Was-wäre-Wenn. Und natürlich dürfen hier nicht fehlen: „2001“, „Alien“, „Star Wars“, „Battlestar Galactica“, Ted Chiang, ein dänischer Film und Donald Duck!