Introduction 1. Science Fiction, the Sacred, and the Irony of Technology 2. Science Fiction and Ultimate Transformation 3. Science Fiction, Participation and Self-Transcendence 4. Science Fiction and Ultimate Concern 5. Science Fiction and World-Making 6. Science Fiction and Apocalypse Conclusion Bibliography Index
Examines novels, short stories, films, and television to question whether science fiction stands in for the sacred in a secular world.
Richard Grigg is Professor of Theology at Sacred Heart University, USA.
In his past work, Grigg has addressed the "new atheism," suggesting
pathways to spirituality outside of organized religion and New Age
silliness. Here, he looks to the science fiction genre to show how
the form, even as its technology promises to overwhelm humanity,
also points to the cosmos and untapped human possibility as bridges
to the sacred. * Christopher Sharrett, Professor of Film Studies,
Seton Hall University, USA *
With characteristic clarity and insight, Richard Grigg has written a fascinating book about human nostalgia for a sacred reality that can no longer be readily experienced in a secular age. He argues that this longing for the sacred, muted elsewhere displays itself in works of science fiction. Scholars and students of religion, as well as fans of science fiction, will find much of interest here. * Michael Raposa, Professor of Religion Studies, Lehigh University, USA *
This insightful and probing book offers readers an opportunity to understand and appreciate in new ways what the sacred has meant to human beings in the past, and might mean to us in the future. * James F. McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature, Butler University, USA *
This book offers a coherent argument about the different ways in which science fiction can simulate the experience of the sacred which is found in all the major world religions. In doing so, it provides an insight into what some readers and viewers may be unconsciously looking for in science fiction. * Rowland Wymer, Emeritus Professor of English, Anglia Ruskin University, UK *