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Inspiration from Ancient Rome and the Hyperion Cantos

One thing about speculative fiction, particularly fantasy and science fiction that takes places in the far future, is that you have to consider the culture.  It can’t be a copy of today’s culture.  In fantasy, you have to create it from scratch.  In science fiction, you have to evolve it from what it is today.

While reading The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons, I was interested in how he handled the evolution of religions.  Also, while doing the Archaeology of Portus course at FutureLearn, I found it interesting how the religion changed in a very short time from the native Roman Pagan religion to Christianity.  I ended up looking up some information about Catholic Popes, mainly because of The Rise of Endymion, and saw how the names were often reused.  The current Pope, Francis, has an original name.  No other before him had this name, and he’s the first non-European Pope since the year 741.

Why am I talking about this?  Well, in fantasy, religions are often developed for the cultures and magic systems, all of them integrated with each other.  In science fiction, religions are often involved in some way in the story or somewhere in the background, but they show how things have changed.  With current trends, atheism is growing, and some science fiction would regard religions as mythological beliefs and obsolete.  Others will have the religions evolve.

What I’ll be doing with Ariadne is not only showing the evolution of religions, but also the creation of a couple.  Cults form, grow, and are recognised as religions.  They spread across the land, and there are often conflicts, persecution, and crusades.  Over the years, decades, and centuries, religions can become such a strong part of a culture, it actually shapes the culture.

Inspiration can come from interesting places.  This just shows that reading is a great source of inspiration.  Also, it seems that all these online courses are giving me a lot of things to think about, and giving me plenty of ideas.

Has your writing been inspired by something similar?

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Creationism on “Cosmos?” Unlikely

When I saw this news story, I couldn’t believe it.  Honestly, who would ever believe that creationism would find a place on Cosmos, a TV show dedicated to science?

Danny Falkner of Answers in Genesis complained about Neil deGrasse Tyson not discussing the creationists’ point of view.  Of course it wouldn’t be discussed.  As Cosmos is a science show, it wouldn’t be discussing something that is strictly religious.

Let’s take a look at what Falkner said.

Creationists aren’t even on the radar screen for them, they wouldn’t even consider us plausible at all.

No surprise about this.  That’s because creationism isn’t science.  It’s religion.  Cosmos has nothing to do with religion.

The host of The Janet Mefford Show went on to say this:

Boy, but when you have so many scientists who simply do not accept Darwinian evolution, it seems to me that that might be something to throw in there, you know, the old, ‘some scientists say this, others disagree and think this,’ but that’s not even allowed.

Please, provide us a list of scientists who don’t accept Darwinian evolution.  Evolution has never been successfully refuted or falsified.  It is accepted by the scientific community.

Falkner also says this:

I was struck in the first episode where he talked about science and how, you know, all ideas are discussed, you know, everything is up for discussion – it’s all on the table – and I thought to myself, ‘No, consideration of special creation is definitely not open for discussion, it would seem.’

Yes, science is all about discussing the ideas and investigating them.  Creation isn’t considered because it is not science.  It’s that simple.  Unicorns aren’t being considered, Santa Claus isn’t being considered, the Theory of Barbaric Lemons isn’t being considered, and my mother’s pickle recipe isn’t being considered.  They’re not science!  Actually, a pickle recipe is more scientific than the others, since it’s basically a kind of chemistry.

So why should creationism be featured on a strictly scientific show?  For the same reason creationism has no place in a science class.  It’s religion, not science.

What do you think?