Archive for the "science fiction convention" Category

Second Call for Submissions: Fantastic Fan Cultures and the Sacred

A number of great abstracts have been submitted, but we need a few more chapters to have a complete volume. Please take a look at this second call for submissions. They ways in which people pursue religion have changed in America and the West. Traditional, institutional religions are in decline, and even among those who […]

Salt Lake Comic Con Expands to Include Second Event for 2014

I attended the 2013 Salt Lake Comic Con as a media representative, and was invited to their press conference today but was unable to attend. After the event they released the following press release. Salt Lake City will see not one, but two fan conventions in 2014! Salt Lake Comic Con Is Baaack! With Great […]

"William Shatner's Get a Life!" documentary

For a while now I've been waiting to see the William Shatner's Get a Life! documentary. This film is part of the EPIX Originals series, and Shatner serves as one of the executive producers. He also wrote and directed this piece. After doing his documentary The Captains as part of a process of self-discovery, this […]

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. […]

Shatner's Insight on "Get a Life!"

William Shatner's latest documentary was recently released, William Shatner's Get a Life!. The title comes from the (in)famous Saturday Night Live episode in 1986 where Shatner poked fun at Star Trek fans and their devotion to the series and Trek universe. Yet with the passing of years the actors seems to not only have come […]

In Memory of Ray Bradbury

In memory of the passing of Ray Bradbury, a short film for the National Endowment for the arts feature Ray Bradbury as he discusses his life, literary loves and Fahrenheit 451. Related post: "Ray Bradbury: God, Monsters, and Angels"

New Fan Convention Documentary - Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope

Documentaries on geek culture in connection with fan conventions are a continued item of interest for TheoFantastique. In addition to those explored in previous posts we are pleased to add Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope to the list. The film synopsis from the official website: Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and […]

Trek Nation: Documentary on a Fatherhood and Pop Culture Legacy

The documentary Trek Nation debuted on the Science Channel on November 30, presenting an interesting personal quest to understand the life and legacy of Gene Roddenberry. While many books and television programs have been done exploring Roddenberry and the Star Trek phenomenon he created, the unique aspect of Trek Nation comes in the form of […]

Fan Culture Documentaries: Back to Space-Con, and Four Days at Dragon*Con

This weekend I had the opportunity to watch two documentaries, Back to Space-Con, produced and directed by Tom Wyrsch of Garfield Lane Productions, and Four Days at Dragon*Con, produced and directed by Jack Walsh of Public Broadcasting in Atlanta. Taken together, these films tell the story of the development of science fiction and fantasy conventions, […]

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