What If?: Religious Themes in Science Fiction

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Darton, Longman & Todd, 2000 - Science fiction - 164 pages
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Who am I? Why am I here?Where am I going?What if . . .?Science fiction delights in asking old questions in new ways. Rather than being primarily about advanced technology and the imagined future, science fiction novels and films are more fundamentally about issues of human nature and destiny. They provide a unique perspective on the same questions that have dominated theology and philosophy throughout history. In this fascinating book, Mike Alsford aims neither to give a history of science fiction, nor to systematically identify specific religious motifs within the genre, but to create an interdisciplinary, exploratory space where we can engage with the primal themes in new ways. Whether we are already well-versed in science fiction, or have had only the briefest encounters with Frankensteinís monster and Doctor Who, this book will provide exciting insights into questions of identity, the human condition, our relationships and our destiny.

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What Are We?
26
Aliens We
49
Where Are We Going and How Do We
82
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