Strangers and Aliens: Science Fiction & Fantasy from a Christian Perspective

  • AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER Road Trip Review – SA399

    AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER Road Trip Review – SA399

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSIt’s a ROAD TRIP! Ben thought he would have a chance to talk to Evan about AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER, but things didn’t go their way. Evan got sick . . . and then went on vacation. But on a lark, Ben decided to record his solo […]

  • 2022 in Review – SA398

    2022 in Review – SA398

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSit’s that time again! Time to talk about last year’s pop culture releases! Taking our cues from Evan’s ranked list of movies from the year, we talk about our viewing experiences from 2022 as we step into the year 2023! The first half of 2022 was covered in […]

  • SHADOW and SUBSTANCE 3 – A TWILIGHT ZONE CHRISTMAS QUARTET: “The Night of the Meek”, “Five Characters in Search of an Exit”, “The Changing of the Guard”, and A CAROL FOR ANOTHER CHRISTMAS – SA397

    SHADOW and SUBSTANCE 3 – A TWILIGHT ZONE CHRISTMAS QUARTET: “The Night of the Meek”, “Five Characters in Search of an Exit”, “The Changing of the Guard”, and A CAROL FOR ANOTHER CHRISTMAS – SA397

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSWe continue our series about THE TWILIGHT ZONE (which only has two episodes, but that’s actually not too shabby) by covering three Christmas themed episodes of the show (“The Night of the Meek”, “Five Characters in Search of an Exit”, and “The Changing of the Guard”), plus A […]

  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL – SA396

    A CHRISTMAS CAROL – SA396

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSInspired by re-reading the book and watching the new movie on Netflix, Ben, Stephen, and Evan take to the microphones to appreciate the spiritual themes and fantastical ideas of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. From time travel to redeemed lives, from movies to radio to books, from […]

  • THE FORCE OF STAR WARS: Is It Worth Reading? – SA395

    THE FORCE OF STAR WARS: Is It Worth Reading? – SA395

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSTwo options for this episode: You can listen to the audio above OR watch the video below! Ben takes a look at a book that has been in his library for over forty years: Frank Allnutt’s THE FORCE OF STAR WARS. This book is special to him for […]

  • Interview w/ BLACK BLOSSOM Creator Evan David – SA394

    Interview w/ BLACK BLOSSOM Creator Evan David – SA394

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSEvan’s new comic book BLACK BLOSSOM is now part of a KickStarter campaign to collect and publish the first 6 issues (plus an annual) into a graphic novel. Ben interviews Evan about the superhero sci-fi tale. The links mentioned in the episode: KICKSTARTER: inked.pub/blackblossomPATREON: patreon.com/evandavidcomicsINSTRAGRAM: instagram.com/blackblossomcomic And here […]

  • DICK TRACY: Post-Batman Pulp Hero Movies Pt. 1 – SA393

    DICK TRACY: Post-Batman Pulp Hero Movies Pt. 1 – SA393

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSBen is joined by John Harju for the first part of a multi-part series rewatching some superhero movies that came in the wake of 1989’s Batman! We are starting with DICK TRACY, which entered production before Batman hit theaters, but it was still influenced by the superhero juggernaut […]

  • BLACK ADAM – SA392

    BLACK ADAM – SA392

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSBen and Evan went to see BLACK ADAM! This episode opens with a spoiler-free discussion of the movie and then, after the spoiler warning, they talk about spoiler-y things. Things like:The big thing everyone is talking aboutHow Ben liked almost all the superheroes who are not The Rock […]

  • Watching SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES with John Harju – SA391

    Watching SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES with John Harju – SA391

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSBen and John Harju team up again for an October spooky movie! The movie: SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES! Along the way they talk about:Ben’s love for Ray BradburyJohn’s dislike for Ray BradburyBoth of their like for this movieArt and messagingGood and evilTwo Stephen King books they were […]

  • Currently Streaming – Fall 2022 – SA390

    Currently Streaming – Fall 2022 – SA390

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSTelevision 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, […]

  • PREY – SA389

    PREY – SA389

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSBen 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 […]

  • NO MAN IN EDEN by H.L. Myra: Is It Worth Reading? (Exploring Christian Sci-Fi) – SA388

    NO MAN IN EDEN by H.L. Myra: Is It Worth Reading? (Exploring Christian Sci-Fi) – SA388

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSBen 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. […]

  • “Fear Is the Mind Killer”: Biblical Focus in the Midst of Fear – SA387

    “Fear Is the Mind Killer”: Biblical Focus in the Midst of Fear – SA387

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSWhat 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. […]

  • THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH (C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy Part 3) – SA386

    THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH (C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy Part 3) – SA386

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSBuy THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH here via Amazon: amzn.to/3YtMYxg (As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.) 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 […]

  • Watching NOPE with John Harju – SA385

    Watching NOPE with John Harju – SA385

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSJordan 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 […]

  • The First Half of 2022 in Review – SA384

    The First Half of 2022 in Review – SA384

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSEvan, Steve, and Ben are together again! For this episode, we take a look at some of the movies and TV series we’ve been watching in 2022! Using Evan’s LETTERBOXD account (he’s found here: https://letterboxd.com/moviemanev/– you should follow him) we take a look back at some movies and […]

  • Words of Encouragement from DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS – SA383

    Words of Encouragement from DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS – SA383

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSThere are a lot of opinions about the latest Marvel movie, DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. Most of them are valid and understandable, whether extremely positive or extremely negative. Case in point: Ben really liked the movie, and Evan really did not. That’s NOT the reason […]

  • Reflections on Easter – SA382

    Reflections on Easter – SA382

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSThis is the weekend we celebrate Easter, and in this episode we release an episode that is meant to encourage us to take the time to reflect on Easter, Good Friday, and the Last Supper. Ben is joined by his family in a series of readings and writings […]

  • MORBIUS – SA381

    MORBIUS – SA381

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSMORBIUS has arrived! Finally! Ben goes solo on a spoiler-free review . . . Sort of a preview of his thoughts on the movie, Evan and Steve told Ben they couldn’t get to this movie, and Ben told them that it was ok. There wasn’t the same kind […]

  • SAMWISE GAMGEE & SIMON OF CYRENE – SA380

    SAMWISE GAMGEE & SIMON OF CYRENE – SA380

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSWhat happens when . . . Ben, Steve, and Evan have a hard time getting together to record? Ben’s been rewatching Lord of the Rings? Ben’s been studying Simon of Cyrene? Ben wants to get some episodes out? Ben has a huge editing job with his and Evan’s […]

  • Watching MOONFALL with John Harju – SA379

    Watching MOONFALL with John Harju – SA379

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSThe moon is falling . . . and they made a movie. Was it worth seeing? Was it worth making? Ben, Evan, and John Harju went to see this disaster flick. They were all surprised. John was surprised it wasn’t a comedy…Evan was surprised that he loved it […]

  • “Thanos, Bison, and God’s Words to Moses (and You!)”: SCI-FI DEVOS (Weak Connections)

    “Thanos, Bison, and God’s Words to Moses (and You!)”: SCI-FI DEVOS (Weak Connections)

    So what in the WORLD could Street Fighter (the movie) have to do with Moses? So what does Thanos have to do with God’s message from the burning bush? Probably not much . . . BUT they did get Ben thinking. Thinking about his own thoughts. Thinking about God’s words. And thinking about God’s thoughts. […]

  • You Should Follow These Christian/Geeky Youtubers and Podcasters!

    You Should Follow These Christian/Geeky Youtubers and Podcasters!

    Here are SIX podcasters/Youtubers who engage Christianity and pop culture! Their work is fun, encouraging, and full of a love for pop culture, Jesus, and their viewers/listeners. These people are not part of this list because I’m trading promotional time with them – I genuinely like them and their content, and I genuinely think you […]

  • Unboxing C.S. LEWIS ON WRITING (AND WRITERS)

    Unboxing C.S. LEWIS ON WRITING (AND WRITERS)

    It’s another unboxing video, and as Ben unboxes two books he has been very excited about – C.S. Lewis on Writing (and Writers) and Surrender by Bono – he also talks a little bit about NaNoWriMo (keep him accountable!) and some of the videos he intends to make in the future (keep him accountable!). Buy […]

  • THE ABOLITION OF MAN by C.S. Lewis and an A.I. Art Generator

    THE ABOLITION OF MAN by C.S. Lewis and an A.I. Art Generator

    What do you get when you take C.S. Lewis’s essay “The Abolition of Man” and feed it into an articifial intelligence art generator? A comic book. You get a comic book. A comic book with some disturbing imagery. A comic book by Carson Grubaugh, published by Living the Line. In this video, Ben takes a […]

  • “Know Where Your Towel Is”: SCI-FI DEVOS (Weak Connections)

    “Know Where Your Towel Is”: SCI-FI DEVOS (Weak Connections)

    Ben was traveling to a conference and speaker talked about an event in Jesus’ life and the tool Jesus used, which caused Ben to think about a book that made a big deal about the same tool, which caused Ben to think about . . . a WEAK CONNECTION . . . From John 13 […]

  • HORNET’S NEST and FLIGHT OF THE ANGELS: Is It Worth Reading? (Exploring Christian Sci-Fi)

    HORNET’S NEST and FLIGHT OF THE ANGELS: Is It Worth Reading? (Exploring Christian Sci-Fi)

    Ben continues his search for Christian science fiction worth reading, this time looking at a seers of two books: FLIGHT OF THE ANGELS and HORNET’S NEST by the father/son writing duo Aaron and Allan Reini. These two books are far more recent than any of the other books Ben has covered in this series so […]

  • CHARLES WILLIAMS: YOU Tell ME . . . Is It Worth Reading? (Exploring Christian Sci-Fi)

    CHARLES WILLIAMS: YOU Tell ME . . . Is It Worth Reading? (Exploring Christian Sci-Fi)

    This edition of “Is It Worth Reading?” is different for a couple reasons: First, it’s an unboxing of a book, meaning I didn’t read it ahead of time. Second, I want to hear from YOU:Is it worth reading? (I’m assuming it is . . .) And if it is, which book should I read? If […]

  • “Unboxing Our Identity in Christ while Unboxing the USS Enterprise”: SCI-FI DEVOS (Weak Connections)

    “Unboxing Our Identity in Christ while Unboxing the USS Enterprise”: SCI-FI DEVOS (Weak Connections)

    We present another sci-fi devotional on our Youtube channel. When Ben ordered a model of the USS Enterprise from STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, he saw that it had a booklet about the development of the designs. Which caused him to remember some things that were said about the development of the Enterprise-D. Which caused him to […]

  • Unboxing a Sci-Fi Anthology (My Sci-Fi Journey)

    Unboxing a Sci-Fi Anthology (My Sci-Fi Journey)

    Ben unboxes(?) a book he got from eBay. It’s not just any book, it’s a book he remembers with nostalgic fondness. A book that engaged his imagination at an impressionable age: “More Science Fiction Tales”, edited by Roger Elwood. #sciencefiction #scifibooks #rogerelwood #scifianthology #unboxing

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