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Science Fiction and Religion – Prophecy, Part 2 (Science Fiction)

So recently I wrote a part 1 about prophecies in fiction – mainly in Fantasy. Prophecy is a frequent plot scheme in Fantasy, playing a big or small part, and generally about the main character and/or the main plot. The prophecies are generally old, and predate the plot itself – often causing the plot, as the villain takes action based on it (like Harry Potter), or else just pointing to our main character as a chosen one.

That all sounds a lot like the Bible, full of prophets and prophecies of the Messiah. And thinking of villains taking action based on the prophecy, I referenced that as well (via the Inhumans) – Herod, killing the babies to try to kill the Messiah. All of which to say is that these prophecies in Fantasy have a strong cultural connection to the Judeo-Christian tradition. We’re rarely following the action of the prophet themselves – which is some of what makes Dominic Deegan so much fun!

In Science Fiction, however, it seems like if there is prophecy – which is rare – you often get to meet the prophet as well. And here, prophecy is less supernatural, and more explained in science – in a quantum way, or a mathematical one. But when it comes to prophecy in Science Fiction, there’s one that stands well above the rest as an example – and which has a lot to say about religion as well. And that’s Dune.

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Five Favorite Episodes of Battlestar Galactica

I first caught the new Battlestar Galactica not when the miniseries aired, but right as season one was starting. They replayed the miniseries, then they aired the first two episodes. And I was hooked.

I didn’t always keep up with it, and it was definitely a show that worked well by watching it in marathons. For instance, I remember marathoning season 2 just in time for the start of season 3… and being cliffhung even for a short time – during one day! – was hard to bear.

It was a great show, with some great moments, and some great episodes. So here is a list of five of my favorite episodes, stretching out throughout the series. So let’s go in series order!

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