I am pleased to be able to post the video of my 12 February 2015 Treadwells talk on ‘Science Fiction’s Gifts to Paganism’. My huge thanks to the Treadwells staff as always, especially to Marco Visconti for filming and editing the talk.
The YouTube video went live on 27 February – tragically, this was the day Leonard Nimoy died. Out of the huge respect I had for the man, and how he embodied the concepts of IDIC which I explored in the talk, I waited to post this until now.
(And, not long after, Terry Pratchett also died. I’m glad to have given both these gentlemen some small tribute here.)
As some of the audience requested, I have a few footnotes on the talk below.
The genre classification of Fantastika (the literature of the fantastic, including SF, fantasy and horror)
A brief history of Bovril and how it got its name from the work of Bulwer-Litton
A very detailed look at Heinlein’s influence on The Church of All Worlds can be read here...
…and the section of Margot Adler’s Drawing Down The Moon at Google Books in the CoAW can be found here
My Darklore piece on Hyperreal Religion – long, detailed look at this important concept (.pdf) (This covers parts of the talk, such as the rise of Jedi as a belief system, in much more detail)
Warren Ellis’s talk ‘How To See The Future’; on, among other things, The Science Fiction Condition of the modern world
My colleague & brother-from-another-mother Damian Williams on what the Western Esoteric Tradition, pop culture and magic can do for academia and vice versa
And, for the Hyperreal aspects: Baudrillard’s original paper ‘Simulation and Simulacra’