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The Gospel According to Science Fiction In this engaging book, McKee explores the inherent theological nature of science fiction, organizing chapters around theological themes and using illustrations from Isaac Asimov and H.G. Wells, and shows such as "Star Trek" and "The Twlight Zone" to show how science fiction shapes how people think of God. Full description


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The Gospel According to Science Fiction In this engaging book, McKee explores the inherent theological nature of science fiction, organizing chapters around theological themes and using illustrations from Isaac Asimov and H.G. Wells, and shows such as "Star Trek" and "The Twlight Zone" to show how science fiction shapes how people think of God. Full description

30 review for The Gospel According to Science Fiction: From the Twilight Zone to the Final Frontier

  1. 4 out of 5

    Zak

    Although I only recognize 1 out of every 10 books the author cites, it makes me want to seek most of them out. A really good romp through sci-fi history, detailing the religious implications of our greatest stories. What I like is that balances the overt spiritual themes of stories about cybernetic souls with the less in your face subtext of popular sci-fi like Star Trek. Who knew Spock was really a Jew?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Genevieve Trainor

    This book was rather disappointing. As a huge SF/fantasy fan, I'd had hopes for some revelation, or at least interesting insight. Nary a bit. Little more than a series of (not-so-)glorified synopses, this book is one that I couldn't even force myself to finish. I suppose there exists a possibility that it picks up towards the end. I should give the author the benefit of the doubt. Sadly, what I was able to trudge through was not very enlightening, or even interesting. There was no sense of cohes This book was rather disappointing. As a huge SF/fantasy fan, I'd had hopes for some revelation, or at least interesting insight. Nary a bit. Little more than a series of (not-so-)glorified synopses, this book is one that I couldn't even force myself to finish. I suppose there exists a possibility that it picks up towards the end. I should give the author the benefit of the doubt. Sadly, what I was able to trudge through was not very enlightening, or even interesting. There was no sense of cohesiveness, no overarching goal or theme, and no depth to the analyses. As both a Christian and an uber-geek, I'm well aware that one can, indeed, find inspiration and truth in SF. Sadly, this author couldn't seem to get past the point that: NEWSFLASH! SF authors talk about God a lot... and (hold on to your hats) sometimes they veil their references. Oh yeah, but sometimes it's obvious. Hmmm, perhaps that is an overarching theme?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mariusz

    This book consists mostly of synopses. Thus, serves well only as a reservoir and a round-up of plots. The Author ingores evolution of the genre and omits theoretical papers, in the result each chapter follows somewhat obscured, temporary and chaotic logic. There is Ketterer at least, but very briefly summarized. No Kermode. No Brummett and others. The profit: vast choice of plots, can't deny that (one to mention is the lack of non-English writers, there are few, Lem, thanks for that. But no Stru This book consists mostly of synopses. Thus, serves well only as a reservoir and a round-up of plots. The Author ingores evolution of the genre and omits theoretical papers, in the result each chapter follows somewhat obscured, temporary and chaotic logic. There is Ketterer at least, but very briefly summarized. No Kermode. No Brummett and others. The profit: vast choice of plots, can't deny that (one to mention is the lack of non-English writers, there are few, Lem, thanks for that. But no Strugatsky brothers?) I got irritated by few obsessively repated sentences. After 100 pages of reading you begin to take account of sentences like: "Few SF stories have embraced the concept of a divine plan as completely as...", as really repetitive. Nevertheless, the book contains very good, interesting insights, only you have to look for them carefully.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Iain

    Fascinating stuff. Making interesting reading with very good explanations and citations. One slight down point is that, although introducing me to new books/movies I'd not heard of the author then goes on with spoilers of them, making me not want to read them. Nothing that could be done about that though. Will use i in the future as a resource for new authors.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rick Bavera

    One thing I always said: Religion and science are not enemies. They are talking differently about things. Done correctly, they can complement each other, not fight. This isn't a perfect way of saying it, but it works for me: Science looks at the "how" of things. Religion looks at the "why". How did things happen, versus why did they happen/why are we here? This book takes a look at where SF has looked at things, and tried to understand some of the why. And it has reminded me of some books I'd like One thing I always said: Religion and science are not enemies. They are talking differently about things. Done correctly, they can complement each other, not fight. This isn't a perfect way of saying it, but it works for me: Science looks at the "how" of things. Religion looks at the "why". How did things happen, versus why did they happen/why are we here? This book takes a look at where SF has looked at things, and tried to understand some of the why. And it has reminded me of some books I'd like to re-read, and movies I'd like to watch again. And mentioned some I haven't gotten around to reading or watching, and should.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mark Edlund

    Non fiction The author presents, with exhaustive research and a huge bibliography, a well reasoned book that science fiction and theology are not actually diametrically opposed but could be two sides of the same coin. I liked his chapters on faith and science fiction and the Apocalyptic writings of the bible and many authors. It is even more interesting in that many of the authors appear to have no firm faith of their own but explore the effects of religion on the human condition. Canadian referenc Non fiction The author presents, with exhaustive research and a huge bibliography, a well reasoned book that science fiction and theology are not actually diametrically opposed but could be two sides of the same coin. I liked his chapters on faith and science fiction and the Apocalyptic writings of the bible and many authors. It is even more interesting in that many of the authors appear to have no firm faith of their own but explore the effects of religion on the human condition. Canadian references - brief reference to Gordie Howe (as a clone), reference to Quebec and many quotes from books by Atwood and Sawyer. No Pharmacy references.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Billie

    This book is a great guide for interpreting science fiction films and literature by looking at the gospel and the shared characteristics, themes, and stories. The only issue with the book is that it often gives away the entire plot of a film or movie, which is fine as long as you are okay with spoilers. The book would have also been much shorter had he written less summary of the fiction and focused more on interpretation.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gwynne

    This book makes a persuasive case that science fiction is one of the richest genres for exploring religious ideas. It's absolutely fascinating, from both a religion-studies and SF geek perspective. Highly recommended!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    A review of science fiction stories - books, comics, television, movies, etc. - that deal with issues of faith. It is a little light on analysis but gave me lots of interesting material to check out.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I had to read this book for a science fiction and religion class. Some chapters are a bit too long but the book is good overall.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Summeralism

    Great book! I really enjoyed the story and movie excerpts. My To-Read shelf just got bigger!

  12. 5 out of 5

    J.Blake

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dehanza (Daye)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heather Sarah

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jim

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  17. 4 out of 5

    Paul O'Connor

  18. 4 out of 5

    TYLER M CAREY

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mirtika

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lettersfromtherun

  22. 5 out of 5

    Charles

  23. 5 out of 5

    kylesears

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brad

  25. 5 out of 5

    David

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Brown

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Bench

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aileen

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elliot Hanowski

  30. 4 out of 5

    Erin

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