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Science Fiction/Fantasy Atheists

Atheists enjoy speculative stories as they *should* be enjoyed: for entertainment purposes only, not to be confused with reality. Members here can have fun discussiung the literature, movies, TV, etc.

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Welcome science fiction & fantasy fans!

As a science fiction/fantasy writer myself, I enjoy taking voyages into the unknown. Looking at the universe as it isn't often helps us put the real world into perspective. It's also fun to take an occasional vacation from the often-harsh reality around us. Unlike the theists, the religionists, the god-groupies who feel compelled to live in fantasy realms, we visit them and then come back home--and then go voyaging again.

I hope you'll all feel free to congregate here and compare your experiences in other worlds and times.

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Comment by Stephen Goldin on May 8, 2009 at 6:07pm
Well, I wrote the original ST novel Trek to Madworld. Plus I worked for computer game company Spectrum Holobyte and had a hand in writing their ST:TNG computer game. Plus I once got to kiss Nichelle Nichols.
Comment by Leslee Love on May 8, 2009 at 5:24pm
Stephen: you wrote for Star Trek?? Wow, how cool!
Comment by Stephen Goldin on May 8, 2009 at 5:13pm
I thought I'd been trekked out. Having watched it for over 40 years and even written it professionally, I was tired of the entire universe. But now they're in an alternate universe, and they're not tied down to the old "bible". (As an atheist, of course, I hate being restricted to the bible.) This may bring new life to it. Everything changes, and lots of it can be new.

(I did expect Sylar/Spock to simply open up people's foreheads rather than do a mind meld, but oh well. And I've been a little self-conscious about speaking with my new dentures in...but now I sound like Spock. All the hot chicks will dig me!)
Comment by JayBarti on May 8, 2009 at 3:44pm
One of the best things I have seen on screen this year. I really enjoyed it.
Comment by Leslee Love on May 8, 2009 at 2:17pm
And off I go to see the new Star Trek in about 4hours!!!!! :)
Comment by Gecko, of Richie! on May 8, 2009 at 2:14pm
Great point Goldin, I apologize for getting a little to sensitive about your statement. BTW heading to see new Star Trek in about 2 hours, cant wait!!
Comment by deepthought42 on April 20, 2009 at 10:50pm
I loved the HHGTTG movie; I just wish I had remembered to bring my towel with me... I loved all the little nods to Douglas Adams, such as his nose in Humma Kavula's church, and his face appearing at the end. :)
Comment by Stephen Goldin on April 20, 2009 at 12:55pm
I never meant to imply that because something entertains, it's somehow less important. Of course entertainment can inspire. To Kill A Mockingbird inspires. But the god groupies believe their fantasy stories actually happened and are real. We're not that gullible. We can support the ideals our fictions espouse without thinking they actually happened.
Comment by Gecko, of Richie! on April 20, 2009 at 12:23pm
Must comment upon the above staement, " Atheist enjoy speculative stories "as they should be enjoyed" as entertainment.....
Sorry Star Trek for me was insiprational, as well as a perfect entertainment vehicle which could and did inspire and educate.
Yes its fiction, no I dont wear a uniform( although I have no truk with those who do) and no I cant speak Klingonese. But as HG Wells predicted and inspired, as did Jules Verne, could any one really argur that Roddinberry doesnt belong in the same catagory?? Lap tops, cell phones, the ipod, touch screen technologies being worked on now. The people who in vented these items or assisted in there creation will tell you very quickly how Trek influienced them.
And I cannot leave out Kim Stanley Robinsons MARS TRILOGY. That is "almost" a blue print for how to go to Mars. As Sagen often did ..speculate, just be sure to acknowledge what is speculation!
Comment by Jim C. on April 19, 2009 at 6:02pm
I'm sure that nobody here thinks that the episode was representative of real SF cons. But most of the people watching the episode probably weren't SF fans.

It does make me wonder how many of these people dressed really nicely for church on Easter than said, "Look how loony those silly science fiction fans are!"

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