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A podcast exploring faith and imagination. Looking at the relationship between God and man through the lens of science fiction and fantasy . . . and looking at science fiction and fantasy through the lens of the relationship between God and man.

Strangers and Aliens: Science Fiction & Fantasy from a Christian Perspective Ben Avery

    • Christianity
    • 4.9, 35 Ratings

A podcast exploring faith and imagination. Looking at the relationship between God and man through the lens of science fiction and fantasy . . . and looking at science fiction and fantasy through the lens of the relationship between God and man.

    KING KONG (1933) Road Trip – SA343

    KING KONG (1933) Road Trip – SA343

    “From the vault,” so to speak, this episode is actually a couple months old and was the last movie Ben saw before theaters closed down.







    King Kong (1933) was a movie that changed everything and the results are still being felt today. It’s been seen on TV and on DVD and on VHS, but every once in a while it makes its way to its original format – being on the big screen. In this episode, Ben takes a road trip to see this beloved movie.







    The audio is not the greatest. Ben was trying out a new way to record and it did not work well.

    • 28 min
    THE STARLOST, LOST IN SPACE, and SWORD ART ONLINE (Pilot Season Series) – SA342

    THE STARLOST, LOST IN SPACE, and SWORD ART ONLINE (Pilot Season Series) – SA342

    Pilot Season – when studios create the first episode of a new show and shop it around in hopes that a network will pick up the series for a full season . . .







    For us, it’s a fun exercise in checking out a new series and exposing ourselves to some new (old) sci-fi TV!







    Each host has selected a pilot episode from a TV show. Could be a successful one, could be a failed one. The only rules: it has to fit into the sci-fi/fantasy realm, it has to be a pilot (in other words it was intended as the first episode of a TV series), and it has to be something of interest.







    Then we will discuss: Based on what we see, would we order a series of this show? What potential does the show have based on this pilot? What actually happened to the show? Do we personally want to continue watching?







    Our selections for this episode:







    THE STARLOST – a Canadian production of a sci-fi concept by Harlan Ellison featuring some basically Amish people on a giant spaceship







    LOST IN SPACE – the original pilot, sans robot and Dr. Smith, which featured a very different concept from the resulting series







    SWORD ART ONLINE – an anime series about a devastating development in a virtual reality game, and the newest series of this episode by far







    Those were Ben, Steve, and Evan’s picks. The pilot episode has been created for each of these series, it will they get ordered for a pick up?







    Find out in this episode of Strangers and Aliens!

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Hobbit Tales from the Green Dragon Inn Live Play – SA341

    Hobbit Tales from the Green Dragon Inn Live Play – SA341

    Ben, Steve, and Evan play Hobbit Tales from the Green Dragon Inn, a game by Marco Maggi and Francesco Nepitello and published by Cubicle 7 Games.







    Join Benbo Baggins, Korg, and Mr. Dark . . . Black(?) . . . Dark(?) . . . Somethingwater as they gather in the Green Dragon Inn and tell stories about enchanted treasure, strange creatures, and odd family members.

    • 44 min
    Superman v Kaiju (with Nathan Marchand) – SA340

    Superman v Kaiju (with Nathan Marchand) – SA340

    Ben, Evan, and guest host Nathan Marchand take on some appearances of Superman in comics and animation, wherein HE takes on some giant monsters. From the comics of the 90s to the cartoons of the 40s to the animated series of the 90s, Superman took on some interesting creatures in some interesting ways.







    Nathan Marchand can be found here:Monster Island Film Vault podcastNathan’s Author Website

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Watching COLOR OUT OF SPACE with John Harju – SA339

    Watching COLOR OUT OF SPACE with John Harju – SA339

    Ben is joined by horror aficionado and frequent guest host, John Harju, to take about the new HP Lovecraft adaptation, COLOR OUT OF SPACE. Is Nicholas Cage bonkers in the GOOD sense? Is the movie good sci-fi horror, or cheesy b-movie stuff? Has someone finally gotten HP Lovecraft right on the screen?







    John can also be heard on these episodes of the podcast:The Fly Original Trilogy – SA206The Fly Remake Duology – SA207Three Christian Horror Movies – SA326

    • 1 hr 13 min
    CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS Pt. 2 – SA338

    CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS Pt. 2 – SA338

    Recorded a while ago and lost in the shuffle, this episode completes the CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths mega-crossover. It’s a game changer in many ways, and not just how the plot affects the CW’s series. There’s more cameos and more surprises and more plot twists.







    But is it good?

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

emdixon ,

Christianity meets Sci-fi

This is a great podcast for anyone who loves science fiction. With a great cast of hosts you will get various opinions on all kinds of different aspects of science fiction(books, movies, video games, etc). Also, since this podcast is run by some very cool Christian men there are some great episodes about how faith and science fiction work together. Definitely an awesome podcast for the entire family!

Kitty987654 ,

Great Podcast

Great, balanced, intelligent and interesting discussions.

FriedRaptor ,

42

Great chemistry between the hosts and I love the Christian approach to sci-fi and fantasy. As a Christian raised in a conservative home, I always thought there was something wrong with me for liking fantastical stories, places, and creatures. Now I realize that the fantastical is not to be feared but enjoyed! Thank you guys for redeeming this area of storytelling!

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