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A superb set of essays Chris, in my view worthy of collating into their own stand-alone / customised blog, as I feel the trouble with posting them here is they will in due course get 'buried' and forgotten, which would be a pity.

I think perhaps a conclusion that ties everything together and wraps the series up would be handy. And whilst I get the impression that you consider Red Dwarf to be a bit 'naff' in relation to this project, I would suggest that it would in fact provide a highly effective counterpoint to the maybe rather too 'academic' and occasionally over-sincere tone of your posts (sorry!... just a personal impression :).

After all, it is because all forms of philosophical enquiry - whether secular or sacred - are entirely speculative and quite unprovable, that their more zealous practitioners over-compensate and take themselves so seriously in the first place! The intellectual insecurity that this creates in the advocates of such schools of thought is what provokes such irrational hostility and extreme bitterness between the various factions. So gently 'taking them down a peg or two' in a good-natured light-hearted way can help to maintain a proper perspective and maybe defuse such antagonisms.

So whilst the first series of RD was certainly a bit 'painful' to watch (just like the first series of Blackadder ;), the creators subsequently found their 'sweet spot', and transformed the program into a parody that mercilessly pilloried the more pretentious excesses of the genre you have been discussing here. I especially recall the episode that put forth the notion that life is but a multi-dimensional video game, it made the subsequent Matrix series look like something that was taking itself way too seriously!

OK then,
All The Best!

Definitely enjoyed this serial :)

I absolutely adored this series, Chris! So amazing of you to share your thoughts and analysis. It really was such enjoyable reading.

So thank you! Will me tagging them all for future references.

Very intresting! thank you very much for the info!
I always thought that scifi was a mystical kind of genre, cause it always has implicit faith in different ideas that are not the usual ones (god or science).

But it also think that it is quite a paradox that the futuristic is somehow so related to something that barely evolves (the simile religious beliefs).

A guy who was an excellent scifi writer and turn completely into mystic things is philiph k dick.

I have been thinking lately that I wanted to review the sci fi classics, because they can provide a lot of information about the future and the present of humanity.

Thanks for the kind words everyone!

obd: I was ruling out Red Dwarf not for any reason based upon the show, but because I purposefully choose franchises for this piece that I felt that people would know, and outside of the UK I'm not sure how well known Red Dwarf is... It just felt too obscure.

If I was going to include a science fiction parody for this serial, it would have to have been The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (much more widely known) - and indeed, in the original draft version of the list of science fiction to cover Hitchhikers was on the list. It even made some neat cross-connections because of Douglas Adams' work on Doctor Who. But as the research proceeded, this one fell by the wayside as other things came to the fore.

mariana: yes, Dick goes into a really wild space! It's more a mystic space than a religious space, though, don't you think?

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Alright, I must get ready to depart. Have fun while I'm away everyone! :)

*waves*


Enjoyed this series a lot. A very refreshing look at some of my sci-fi favourites.

Dune is the only thing I am unfamiliar with. I may have to read the first book now.

Thanks again!

Ohms: thanks for letting me know you enjoyed this serial! I highly recommend the first "Dune" book - well worth a read.

I would have liked to see Supernatural listed in this. I have been amazed at how much religion is in this series.

Great series! Took me a whole day to read through it all. Highly informative. Though I was disappointed to notice that Babylon 5 was not added on the list.

Thank you for all the hard work you put into making this!

rehabber: I couldn't cover everything - there was too much. :) Also, Supernatural strikes me as closer to the "fantasy" pole than the "science fiction" pole... I tried not to be too controversial with what I called sci fi in this.

Elie: thanks for the kind words! I originally planned to include Babylon 5, but it fell out at a later point. But I am currently beginning to scope out a possible sequel to this serial that would include Babylon 5, although it has a slightly different (although related) theme.

Best wishes!

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