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Politics, Religion and Comic Books


[caption id="attachment_41105" align="alignleft" width="100" caption="Wertham"]WerthamPhoto01[/caption] Superhero comic books are a perennial target for self-appointed moral authorities of all stripes, and not always for the best reasons. Some, like Senator Robert Hendrickson (leader of 1953’s United States Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency) and comic book scare-monger Fredric Wertham (author of the 1954’s infamous Seduction of the Innocent) saw them as a source of perversion, violence and moral decay. (Check out David Hadju’s The Ten Cent Plague for a history of Wertham and Hendrickson’s shenanigans and the formation of Comics Code Authority.) Priests and pastors of all sorts heard Wertham’s spurious message and followed suit with mass comic book burnings.

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SF & Fantasy

Interview with Chris Moriarty, Author, ‘Ghost Spin’


Interview with Chris Moriarty, Author, ‘Ghost Spin’

Chris Moriarty is the author of Ghost Spin:
The Age of Man is ending. The UN’s sprawling interstellar empire is failing as its quantum teleportation network collapses, turning once-viable colonies into doomed island outposts. Humanity’s only hope of survival is the Drift: a mysterious region of space where faster-than-light travel—or something far stranger—seems possible. As mercenaries [...]

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Star Wars

Goin’ to the Jedi Temple, Gonna Get Married…


Goin’ to the Jedi Temple, Gonna Get Married…

Sure, you’re a Star Wars fan, but are you willing to be married by a Jedi minister? Better question: Is your betrothed willing? The Jedi Church is growing by leaps and bounds, and they’re starting to ordain their own ministers. While the philosophy of The Force has many real world sources – Taoism being one [...]

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Suvudu

Guest Essay: Maurice Broaddus: ‘Faith in the Fantastic’


frontcover_02 Speculative fiction has a bit of an uneasy relationship with religion. On the one hand, Stephen King has considered horror writers as little more than moralists as they explore the nature of evil. On the other, some people of faith are concerned that books like Harry Potter might lead children down the path to witchcraft. Still, faith plays an important role not only in the lives of people, but also in the stories we create.

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Suvudu

Constructal Law: It’s All Around You


Constructal Law: It’s All Around You

I recently received a copy of Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organization, a fascinating book by Dr. Adrian Bejan and Professor J. Peder Zane.
The title is kind of a mouthful, but the basic premise of Constructal Law is easy to grasp: In order for a [...]

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SF & Fantasy

Because the Gods Said So, That’s Why


Because the Gods Said So, That’s Why

When I was a lot younger, I ran a Dungeons & Dragons campaign in which…
No, really, stick with me. This is leading somewhere, I promise.
When I was a lot younger, I ran a D&D campaign in which the world of the setting was vaguely egg-shaped, but the atmosphere was a globe, leaving the “tips” of [...]

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Paranormal

Anne Rice’s Big Announcement


Anne Rice’s Big Announcement

For those who care, and I understand if you don’t: Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being “Christian” or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to “belong” to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten …years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.

On Wednesday, July 28, shortly after 1:30pm, Anne Rice made the above announcement on her Facebook page. The internet immediately went to work by agreeing or disagreeing and, many times, misinterpreting her words completely.

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