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Here you will find all the non-fiction articles published by SPJ, including articles and reviews about works of science fiction, developments in science, and their philosophical implications.

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The Philosophy of Other Worlds

Other worlds are common in fantasy and science-fiction, but they actually have quite a solid basis in physics as well. Here, I’ll talk about “other worlds” as other universes, not just other planets within our own universe, but places that are not directly connected to us in space and time. Think The Golden Compass, Alice… Keep Reading

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Time: The Final Frontier

Time is one element that exists in every story we read, watch, or hear. It is so ubiquitous that we fail to notice its existence, unless the narrative forces us to focus on it. But what about assumptions we make about the nature of Time itself? Assumptions like: Time is linear. We even have a… Keep Reading

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Have Spacesuit with Leak, Will Die

Hey, theology fans. It’s time once again for your friendly neighborhood SF-theologian to help you understand complicated Christian theological concepts with the aid of science fiction metaphors. Today we’re going to take on Original Sin Keep Reading

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The Monk's Time Machine

As a product of the Enlightenment, most science fiction is undergirded by a distinctly post-renaissance philosophy, which leaves a wealth of ancient and medieval philosophy untapped. Not since C.S. Lewis’s space trilogy has the world received a distinctly science fiction tale rooted in a medieval worldview. However Keep Reading

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The Secret Meaning of HBO's Westworld

HBO’s recent sci-fi/fantasy series Westworld was one of the best TV shows this Fall. On the surface, Westworld taps into traditional sci-fi and contemporary philosophical questions about artificial intelligence and consciousness. But there is a deeper meaning that many might miss. And it’s not about artificial intelligence, “bicameral theories of mind,” or skeptical metaphysics, but about Keep Reading

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The Return of the Monstrous Part 2 by DG Jones

THE RETURN OF THE MONSTROUS PART 2: ALIEN RESURRECTION, AND THE MONSTROUS GAZE DG Jones In Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien: Resurrection (1997), which understands and exploits the significance and power of the gaze, the link of abjection between the alien creature and the teratoma is made more explicit by providing the spectator with a speculative glimpse… Keep Reading

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The Return of the Monstrous Part 1 by DG Jones

THE RETURN OF THE MONSTROUS PART 1: THE EVOLUTION OF THE MONSTER DG Jones We’re obsessed with monsters. As individuals, and as cultures, monsters have always constituted a phenomenon that has run indiscriminately through the psyches of the world, satiating a human craving for dread and fear. Mutants, demi-gods and beasts pervade religion, creed, and… Keep Reading

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Late Easter Thoughts: The Invention of Lying

If you haven’t seen The Invention of Lying, starring Ricky Gervais, I highly recommend it. It’s cleverly written, Gervais and his supporting cast are extremely talented, and it’s very funny. It’s set in a world where no one has the ability to lie. Everyone tells the truth, all the time. In fact, not only can… Keep Reading

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On Confusing Science with Policy

A new series of opinion pieces on popular science and predicting the future begins by examining the arguments which propelled the recent 'March for Science'. If a solipsist cannot live his or her solipsism, do scientists really live by their scientific principles? Keep Reading

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