April 11, 2008
Thanks for pointing out some great thoughts from Murphy's talk, Andy. It brings to mind Orson Scott Card's pseudo-religion in the Speaker for the Dead, and what a powerful description of basic creature-ness that is.
I recently read a Sci Fi Thriller that I think is going to be big.<br>It's called <a href="http://danronco.com/dev/index.php" rel="nofollow"> Unholy Domain</a>. I think it's the best futuristic thriller since Blade Runner.<br>
Apart from my delight about a new Dune film (I wonder if they can get Patrick Stewart a part again), one thing took from the book was that humanity had solved its religious problems by creating the Orange Catholic Faith (wonderful image for anyone from Northern Ireland) yet humanity still had a dark and evil side and still warred. In fact, it is almost glossed over in the second book that Paul Atreides wages a jihad to bring the empire into his order and billions die, and he's the good guy!<br><br>I was quite young when Red Dwarf started and hadn't actually seen most of the first season, so I was surprised when I got it on DVD and there was a cat religion that was scarily close to the real world.<br><br>However, I don't think films have to portray any sort of theology or religious practice. I, Robot, The Matrix and countless others aren't religious, but have a messianic theme and along with Minority Report are a great way to wrestle with predestination (and don't forget Deep Space Nine).
Thanks for mentioning DS9 - still a high water mark for sci-fi. Great topic; it's one reason I love sci-fi.
I'm a sci-fi geek so eventually at some point I'm going to listen to his speech. I have a blog dedicated to all things faith and sci-fi at <a href="http://scifijournalist.blogspot.com" rel="nofollow">http://scifijournalist.blogspo...</a>
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