Religion and Science Fiction
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ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: 978-1-60899-886-9
Pages: 204
Binding: Paperback
Publication Date: 08/01/2011
Street Date: 07/29/2011
Division: Pickwick Publications
Category: Theology
Religion and Science Fiction
Edited by James F. McGrath

Book Description
Religious themes, concepts, imagery, and terminology have featured prominently in much recent science fiction. In the book you hold in your hands, 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.

List of Contributors / vii 
Introduction: Religion and Science Fiction—James F. McGrath / 1
1 The Dark Dreamlife of Postmodern Theology: Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children, and Alien Resurrection—Joyce Janca-Aji / 9
2 Sorcerers and Supermen: Old Mythologies in New Guises—C. K. Robertson / 32
3 Star Trekking in China: Science Fiction as Theodicy in Contemporary China—Eriberto P. Lozada Jr. / 59
4 Science Playing God—Alison Bright MacWilliams / 80
5 Looking Out for No. 1: Concepts of Good and Evil in Star Trek and The Prisoner—Elizabeth Danna / 95
6 Robots, Rights, and Religion—James F. McGrath / 118
7 Angels, Echthroi, and Celestial Music in the Adolescent Science Fiction of Madeleine L'Engle—Gregory Pepetone / 154
8 Uncovering Embedded Theology in Science Fiction Films: K-PAX Revealed—Teresa Blythe / 169 
Bibliography / 179 
Index of Scripture / 187 
Index of Subjects / 188 
Index of Names / 191
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