Archive for "Sep 2012"

Emory Symposium on Zombies and 'Zombethics'

I will be sitting on a panel and contributing to the topic via religion and zombies. For further background see my previous post.

Roddenberry and Dick: Competing visions and our future

In a recent film review of the new science fiction film Looper, James Pinkerton raised important questions related to science fiction and our utopian vision. In his essay "What 'Looper' tells us about the American vision," Pinkerton opens his piece with the following thought provoking paragraph: Which science-fiction scenario better describes the future: “Star Trek” […]

Hotel Transylvania a delight for children, adults, and Monster Kids of every age

Hotel Transylvania debuted in theaters last night, and may be the leading film in the box office this weekend. It turns in an impressive performance that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Hotel Transylvania is the latest animated film produced by Sony. It tells the story of Dracula who creates a seemingly secluded […]

Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th Anniversary

TheoFantastique wishes Star Trek: The Next Generation a very happy 25th anniversary.

Todd Browning's Bagel Heads

Last night I caught a program produced by National Geographic, an episode in their series Taboo. This particular program looked at various aspects of body modification. One expression comes in the form of a new fad introduced in Japan, the "Bagel Head." In this procedure individuals have saline injected into their foreheads until swelling develops, […]

Interview with Lesley Pratt Bannatyne on Halloween Nation

We are kicking off the Halloween season today with this post, an interview with Lesley Bannatyne, author of a number of great books related to this great holiday. In this interview, Lesley discusses her most recent book, Halloween Nation (Pelican Publishing, 2011). If you want to explore the various ways in which fans are enjoying […]

CFP - Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space: Fantastika and the Classical World

Call for Papers - Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space: Fantastika and the Classical World A Science Fiction Foundation Conference 29 June – 1 July 2013 The Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool The culture of the Classical world continues to shape that of the modern West. Those studying the Fan­tastika (science fiction, fantasy and horror) know […]

Call for Papers: Mystery Science Theater and the Culture of Riffing

Call for Papers: Mystery Science Theater and the Culture of Riffing and the mash-up in popular culture Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association The Area chair seeks papers/presentations on Mystery Science Theater and the culture of riffing and Mash-up. Due on November 16, 2012. In the fall of 1988 on a small public […]

Podcast Interview at

I am the guest in a podcast interview with Jeff Jackson of in his column "Comics Are My Religion." In the podcast Jeff and I discuss my background and approach to the fantastic, the spiritual significance of science fiction and its fandom, and new books worth picking up that probe the fantastic more deeply. […]

Call for Papers: Northeast Modern Language Association

Calls for papers: Comic books and graphic novels 44th Annual Convention Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) March 21 to 24, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts Hosted by Tufts University "Panels and Pedagogy: Teaching the Graphic Novel" This panel works towards understanding and adding to emerging pedagogies of the graphic novel and other forms of illustrated works. What […]

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