Science Fiction and Catholicism: The Rise and Fall of the Robot Papacy

Jim Clarke

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The first ever monograph to explore the intersection and influence of Catholicism upon speculative fiction. Ranging over seven centuries of interaction, from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, this monograph identifies an inherent anti-Catholicism at the heart of Anglophone speculative fiction. Via close theoretical readings of over 50 different SF novels and texts, the author reveals the enormous cross-fertilisation of ideas which SF and Catholicism have shared, each shaping the other and misunderstanding the other as a product of a fundamentally untrue ideological opposition.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages280
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


  • Science fiction
  • Theology
  • literary criticism
  • Literary History
  • Catholicism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory


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