Monday, April 7, 2008

Mark Shea Discusses Catholicism in Sci-Fi

Mark Shea, obsessive Catholic blogger and writer, has a fine op-ed piece, "Science Fiction and the Areopagus," up at InsideCatholic.

Not that I don't enjoy science fiction and fantasy novels and films, not least because they constitute perhaps the principal place in our culture where it is routine, expected, normal, and welcome to discuss matters of both theology and philosophy. [more...]

He mentions a number of Catholic writers and works dealing with Catholicism in the piece. His comments are thoughtful, and he suggests that sf and fantasy are just about the only forum left in our culture where someone can present an intelligent discussion of philosophy and religion.

He forgets to mention one important Catholic sf work, however: Space Vulture by Gary K. Wolf and the archbishop of Newark. My copy's in the mail right now, and there's a chance I'll drop everything else and read it as soon as it gets here. Gene Wolfe, a Catholic and one of the greatest sf writers of the age, has complimented it, so it should be good.

Hat tip: Claw of the Conciliator
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