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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
    • 4.7 • 41 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.

    PERELANDRA

    PERELANDRA

    Steve and Ben explore Venus via the second book in C.S. Lewis’ celebrated “Space Trilogy,” Perelandra.







    Published in 1943, Perelandra is the story of a man, Ransom, who is transported to Venus and thrust into a battle he feels ill-equipped to handle. In the process, he becomes part of a cosmic war far bigger than himself.







    C.S. Lewis is one of Ben and Steve’s favorite authors, and with his mix of Christianity and science fiction and imagination, this series of books is perhaps the best fit for discussion on a podcast like Strangers and Aliens . . .







    Coming soon . . . finishing the trilogy with That Hideous Strength and an episode about the controversial book fragment The Dark Tower.







    Some links:







    THE FIRST EPISODE IN THE SERIES: Out of the Silent Planet – Episode 344







    THE TIME WE RECORDED ABOUT OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET AND FORGOT ABOUT IT: Into the Silent Planet (an introduction to C.S. Lewis’ “science fantasy” novel) – Episode 47







    OTHER CS LEWIS EPISODES:TILL WE HAVE FACES Pt. 1: The Origin of the Book – Episode 211TILL WE HAVE FACES Pt. 2: Book Discussion – Episode 212A Celebration of C.S. Lewis – Episode 101The Silver Chair and the Red & Blue Pills – Episode 66Jackie Brown’s Four Loves: An exploration of the characters and relationships of Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown through C.S. Lewis’ The Four Loves – Episode 367

    SHANG-CHI Road Trip

    SHANG-CHI Road Trip

    A road trip to see Shang-Chi, featuring Ben, Evan, and Evan’s sister-in-law!







    Road trips include three segments: spoiler free discussion on the trip to the theater about what we’re expecting; a spoiler free reaction after the movie in the parking lot; and then a spoiler filled discussion on the ride home.







    In this episode:Ben does something he rarely doesEvan has a fantastic final word Ben makes a wrong turn

    • 51 min
    FREE GUY Road Trip!

    FREE GUY Road Trip!

    Ben and Evan reunite for a good ol’ fashioned ROAD TRIP EPISODE!!!







    The movie this time? FREE GUY! An original concept, science fiction movie? In the summer?







    More importantly . . . is it any good?

    • 43 min
    OLD: a spoiler-free review, plus thoughts about M. Night's filmography

    OLD: a spoiler-free review, plus thoughts about M. Night's filmography

    Ben wants to talk.







    Ben wants to talk about M. Night Shyamalan.







    He wants to talk about M. Night’s style. M. Night’s risk taking. M. Night’s filmography. M. Night’s twist endings.







    And he wants to talk about OLD. Which features M. Night’s style. M. Night’s risk taking. M. Night’s filmography. M. Night’s twist endings.







    He wants to do so in such a way that M. Night’s twist endings don’t get ruined. So it’s a spoiler free review. Heck, Ben doesn’t even spoil THE SIXTH SENSE, which every spoils all the time these days! So if you haven’t see SPLIT or GLASS or THE VISIT, you won’t be spoiled.







    Also, after the credits there are some spoilers, because Ben just had to talk about . . . that scene.

    • 50 min
    Watching THE ESCAPE ROOM Franchise with John Harju

    Watching THE ESCAPE ROOM Franchise with John Harju

    John Harju is back and that means we’re talking about horror . . . or at least suspense thriller . . . and for this episode that means we’re talking about the “not-quite-Saw-but almost” franchise, or at least the “higher-budget-Cube” franchise: Escape Room, consisting of Escape Room and Escape Room: Tournament of Champions.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Jackie Brown’s Four Loves: An exploration of the characters and relationships of Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown through C.S. Lewis’ The Four Loves – S&A367

    Jackie Brown’s Four Loves: An exploration of the characters and relationships of Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown through C.S. Lewis’ The Four Loves – S&A367

    A few years back, Ben had the chance to write an essay for the book “Tarantino And Theology” (edited by Jonathan and Jerry Walls). The result was a chance for Ben to dive into his favorite Tarantino movie, Jackie Brown, and dive into a book by his favorite author, C.S. Lewis.







    Now, in 2021, with so many different things going on in this summer making it difficult to do the podcasting thing, Ben thought he’d pull out this old essay and present an audio version.







    If you liked this episode and this essay or are a fan of Tarantino and theology, you should definitely check out the actual book (you can get it through Amazon here: TARANTINO AND THEOLOGY) because it features essays that are much better than Ben’s.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 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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