Holy Sci-Fi!

Where Science Fiction and Religion Intersect

  • Paul J. Nahin

Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Paul J. Nahin
    Pages 1-27
  3. Paul J. Nahin
    Pages 69-94
  4. Paul J. Nahin
    Pages 95-107
  5. Paul J. Nahin
    Pages 109-146
  6. Paul J. Nahin
    Pages 147-174
  7. Paul J. Nahin
    Pages 175-186
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 187-224

About this book


Can a computer have a soul? Are religion and science mutually exclusive? Is there really such a thing as free will? If you could time travel to visit Jesus, would you (and should you)? For hundreds of years, philosophers, scientists, and science fiction writers have pondered these questions and many more.

In Holy Sci-Fi!, popular writer Paul Nahin explores the fertile and sometimes uneasy relationship between science fiction and religion. With a scope spanning the history of religion, philosophy, and literature, Nahin follows religious themes in science fiction from Feynman to Foucault, and from Asimov to Aristotle.

An intriguing journey through popular and well-loved books and stories, Holy Sci-Fi! shows how sci-fi has informed humanity's attitudes towards our faiths, our future, and ourselves.


Aliens and God Do Computers have Souls Feynman to Foucault Free Will Laws of Robotics Religious Robots Science Fiction and Religion Science and Science Fiction Time Traveling to Jesus Turing Test

Authors and affiliations

  • Paul J. Nahin
    • 1
  1. 1.Electrical & Computer EngineeringUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-0618-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-0617-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-0618-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-1188
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-1196
  • About this book