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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: The Unauthorized Transmigration Of Souls

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China has just passed a law forbidding the unauthorized transmigration of souls. “Tibet’s living Buddhas have been banned from reincarnation without permission from China’s atheist leaders. The ban is included in new rules intended to assert Beijing’s authority over Tibet’s restive and deeply Buddhist people” (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article2194682.ece).
This edict is intended to prevent the birth of a Lama that China does not like and facilitates China’s control over Tibet.

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God in Science Fiction: Evangelism or Idolatry?

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I believe in God. This is a somewhat unpopular stance in a geek like myself. Secular humanism is generally the order of the day in SF, but, of course, if I was content to follow the herd, I wouldn’t be head writer for this site, would I? Suffice to say, however, that given the obvious rationalist bent of the genre as a whole, religion was kind of a taboo for most of its history.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “Conquest of Space” (1955)

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Back in June I reviewed George Pal’s first Science Fiction film, “Destination Moon” (Here:
http://www.republibot.com/content/classic-sf-movie-review-%E2%80%9Cdesti... ) a movie with some fairly profound pacing problems and spotty acting, but a heart as big as all outdoors. Ridley Scott once said that he wanted to be “The John Ford of Science Fiction Cinema,” though really Pal had already filled that role. Pal’s career went onward and upward from “moon,” cranking out a new eye-popping Science Fiction film every year, each one more successful than the rest. I had hoped to review all of his movies in the order they were released so we could sort of chart his progression as a film maker, but I guess that isn’t gonna’ happen, so let’s just jump right to the bitter end of his surprising run of successful films with “Conquest of Space.”

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"The Religious Experience of Philip K. Dick"

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I don't think it would be possible to overstate the influence Philip K. Dick had on my religious outlook. We've made a lot of references to this, and his own odd religious experiences on the site, but here's a comic strip (By R. Crumb!) which tells the story in PKD's own words: http://www.philipkdickfans.com/weirdo/weirdo1.htm Please note that the "Tess" featured in the comic is our own Tessa Dick, longtime friend of our site, and an occasional contributor.

I saw Blade Runner in '83, like everyone else, so I'd heard the name and stumbled across one or two of his short stories, but I didn't really *discover*

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People Keep Cranking Out New Religions

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You know what I find fascinating about religion this week? It’s not so much that there’s a skillion different ones, it’s that new ones are constantly being created. Take Japan, for instance: Ok, so Shinto and Buddhism ain’t cutting it for your modern life. Fine. You’ve got any number of other religions at arm’s length to choose from: Confucianism, Taoism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, etc, and that’s all without leaving Asia for more western religions like Christianity, Baha’I, Judaism, or what have you.

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BOOK REVIEW: “Crash go the Chariots” by Clifford Wilson (1973)

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I reviewed the sequel to this book, “The Chariots Still Crash” a bit ago, and quite enjoyed it. It was far from the greatest book ever written, but it had a very formative effect on my when I was young, and it was nice to re-read it now and see that it wasn’t total crap.

Alas, the prequel doesn’t hold up so well.

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I09 says something non-hateful about Religion. In other news: Hell freezes over

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I don't much like the IO9 website. I've mentioned that before. Yes, they're huge and sprawling and successful and have resources and financial backing that we at Republibot openly envy, but they're generally sloppy in their reporting, and they're surprisingly closed-minded for an SF site.

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TV REVIEWS: Dollhouse: "True Believer" (Episode 5)

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This is a quandry of an episode. It's yet another stand-alone mission, yet while it doesn't feel like it's moving the (As yet theoretical) series arc forward, it feels somewhat less random than the spate of sub-par episodes that have come before it.

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