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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

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 43 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.

    Currently Streaming - Fall 2022

    Currently Streaming - Fall 2022

    Television is dead . . . long live television! But long live it on our smart TVs! And devices! And computers!







    Add to that we have had a long string of high profile (and low profile, really) science fiction and fantasy television series, with short seasons, continuing stories, and big budgets.







    In this episode, Ben and Evan talk about what they are currently watching via streaming through the major platforms: from She-Hulk on Disney+ to Rings of Power on Amazon Prime to Star Trek on Paramount+.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    PREY

    PREY

    Ben and Steve review PREY, which is not about prayer but they joke about it anyway.







    This episode features:* Thoughts about PREY* Thoughts about PREDATOR* Thoughts about the franchise* Thoughts about Walt Simonson’s run on the THOR comic







    Our Youtube channel can be found here: http://youtube.com/strangersandaliens – subscribe to see if Ben ever posts the Weak Connections idea he was thinking about . . .

    • 59 min
    NO MAN IN EDEN by H.L. Myra: Is It Worth Reading? (Exploring Christian Sci-Fi)

    NO MAN IN EDEN by H.L. Myra: Is It Worth Reading? (Exploring Christian Sci-Fi)

    Ben finally did it! He found an OLD (if not quite as old as the Space Trilogy) Christian sci-fi book, NO MAN IN EDEN. NO MAN IN EDEN is not a Christian romance or a commentary on Genesis 1-3, it’s a sci-fi book in the tradition of C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy featuring UFOs, unfallen worlds, and theological explorations of sci-fi ideas. But . . . IS IT WORTH READING?







    This episode can also be found on our YouTube channel. You can watch the video below, and PLEASE like and subscribe!



















    Previous episodes in the “Is It Worth Reading?” series can be found here: OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET – https://youtu.be/TpZLkBkEwK8 PERELANDRA – https://youtu.be/lfwChMZh5Pc THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH – https://youtu.be/dy4m3Hw-p5Y THE DARK TOWER – https://youtu.be/gydyOHjXqaU

    • 38 min
    "Fear Is the Mind Killer": Biblical Focus in the Midst of Fear

    "Fear Is the Mind Killer": Biblical Focus in the Midst of Fear

    What do Frank Herbert, Dune, the Fear Litany, Jesus calming the storm, Ben’s all time favorite verse, and 80s Christian pop music icon Carmen all have in common? They are all used by Ben to point to where our focus should be in the midst of tough situations.







    We hope you are encouraged by this!







    Strangers and Aliens is also a Youtube channel. You can watch the video below. Please like the video and subscribe to our channel…

    • 17 min
    THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH (C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy Part 3)

    THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH (C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy Part 3)

    Steve and Ben return to Earth with Ransom and a large cast of characters in the third book in C.S. Lewis’ celebrated “Space Trilogy,” THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH.







    Published in 1945, THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH continues the story of Ransom, but instead of visiting other worlds the action moves to the cosmic conflict occurring here on Earth, the silent planet.







    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 . . . 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 SECOND EPISODE IN THE SERIES: Perelandra – Episode 372







    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

    • 1 hr 52 min
    Watching NOPE with John Harju

    Watching NOPE with John Harju

    Jordan Peele has two highly successful suspense/horror movies under his belt, and NOPE hit the public conscience with a vague trailer that revealed next to nothing. A second trailer revealed something that looked like a modern spin on Close Encounters . . . and while it’s potentially true that it is a modern spin on those type of movies, it is more a twist than a spin.







    John joins Ben to talk about it with the latest episode in the “Watching . . . with John Harju” series . . .







    Other episodes with John:Watching THE FLY Original Trilogy with John Harju: Part 1 of 2 – SA206Watching THE FLY remake and THE FLY 2 with John Harju: Part 2 of 2 – SA207Watching THE VISITATION, THR3E, and HOUSE: 3 Christian Horror Movies with John Harju – SA326Watching COLOR OUT OF SPACE with John Harju – SA339Watching THE THING (from Another World) Franchise with John Harju – SA352Watching THE ESCAPE ROOM Franchise with John Harju – SA368Watching the CUBE Franchise with John Harju – SA373







    John’s Podcasts:Primitive Rhythm MachineThe Bottom ShelfPlaying Games with StrangersSuperSonic Pod ComicsCasual Gaming Society

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Nathaniel Thomas McGill ,

Congrats on 10 years!!!

Hey y’all! Congrats… I found your podcast in 2014 on a road trip looking for a “coast to coast am” podcast before there was one. I stubbled on your intro song and have been a fan ever since!!! Rock on guys. Keep it up!

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.

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