I didn’t intend to post again right away, but I just learned that it’s Nina Auerbach‘s birthday, and it seemed appropriate to begin by acknowledging an influence. Her 1995 book, pictured above, was the first really good multi-generational analysis of a genre meme that I encountered. Happy birthday, Professor!
I suppose, being the first entry, a few introductory remarks are justified. This blog is intended to explore the range of ways religion has been represented in science fiction, beginning in the late 19th century and continuing today. Posts will describe particular pieces of science fiction, review related academic work, and frankly anything else tangentially related that catches my attention over the next six months. I’m hoping this will generate some interest in what I believe to be among the best and most interesting (insofar as these overlap) examples of science fiction–which is to say (in my happily biased perspective) some of the best writing of the last 150 years. And who knows: might this prompt a few discussions?
As a matter of full disclosure, I am happy to mention (oh so casually) that I’m currently writing a book on the subject for Bloomsbury Academic. (I’m hoping for a 2014 release date.) The working title is RELIGION IN SCIENCE FICTION: THE EVOLUTION OF AN IDEA AND THE EXTINCTION OF A GENRE. So, fair warning: if I indulge in a bit of self-promotion, that’s kind of the point. And if a few of the posts are on the ‘frustrated’ side of sane, I can only apologize now, while my head is still relatively clear.
I hope you’ll check back for regular updates, and if you like what you read, I hope you’ll pick up the book!
All the best,