Orthodoxy and science fiction
Excellent article by Father Stephen on Orthodoxy and science fiction.
I have long thought of science fiction as a form of modern theology – or at least of modern theological thought. It is a sad tragedy that a science fiction writer, in at least one case, was so bold as to create his own religion – but it seems a not so strange result from a genre that is so inherently theological.
I was a great fan of science fiction in my teens and early twenties. Now I find that much in the genre bores me. I don’t know whether that’s just a result of getting old, or because the genre has changed since my youth. Certainly the stories that I liked most are among the older ones.
Something I found interesting was that in the old Second World countries during the communist period science fiction was quite popular, and some science fiction fans became Christians partly through reading C.S. Lewis’s space trilogy. It made them interested in taking a closer look at Christianity, which they had previously thought would have nothing of interest for them.