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Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Sharon E. Dreyer

As a practicing Roman Catholic and a science fiction author, I have always preferred the stories that do not contain graphic sex scenes or ridicule my Church. Still, I enjoy stories that are about the characters more than the technology. You know, well-rounded characters and a great plot.

Thank you for sharing this article. Check out my first and recently released novel, Long Journey to Rneadal. This exciting story is a romantic action adventure in space.

God bless.

P.S. The picture of St. Ignatius reminds me of my visit to Loyola, Spain. Attended Mass in his Chapel.


I am curious as to Sandra's thoughts on the work of Walker Percy? Could Love in the Ruins or Thanatos Syndrome be included under the genre of science ficton?

Ed Peters

Right, Sharon. With most scifi, the technology ends up serving as constant source of Deus-ex-machina plot resolutions. Booooooring.

Good question Rick.


I can't help but think that in pop culture, what makes the big screen sometimes winds up having more long-term cultural influence than the stories told by the novelists, unless those novelists conform to the ideology/theology of the movie producers (ie. Dan Brown).
Occasionally the counterpoint gets through (LOTR), but if we think about some of the greatest cultural influences, they have been great tales told on the big screen which deliberately or accidentally further an agenda that is new age, at least in the Sci-Fi realm.
Who doesn't know what we mean when we say, "May the force be with you!" and all of the metaphysical connotations that go with that.
And even on the small screen, whether we would want to admit it or not, the Star Trek phenomenon has far-reaching metaphysical ripples in the culture.

Thankfully, and contrary to the predictions of some, novel reading is well anchored in the culture as a form of entertainment, so there is still an important influence that we can have in the medium as Catholics, but the impact of the big screen is hard to match, and thankfully there, as well, Catholics are making some inroads. And a block-buster like the Passion doesn't hurt to re-focus Hollywood sometimes, if they think there is money to be made.

Gerald Reiner

I recently enjoyed reading the (Catholic) sci-fi book, "The Tripods Attack", which is modeled on Chesterton. Good sci-fi is always appreciated. My favorite will always be C S Lewis.

Sandra Miesel

My article concentrated on "genre" sf writers. Those Walker Percy novels are sf in content but were marketed as "mainstream" books. That's a pragmatic rather than a philosophical distinction, but one with a long history in the sf field. I had to draw a line somewhere.

I blush to admit that SMC's family name was Anderson, not Williams.

Phil Garringer

You left out JRR Tolkien!


Thanks for the reply, Sandra. I plan ordering a few of the books from the authors you listed. Wish I had known about them in college when I spent too much time reading Michael Moorcock and Stephen Donaldson, though they did lead me to Tolkien.


Alien religions is not well explored in SF

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