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Science fiction by Victor Travison

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Every Wednesday, I post a comment about science fiction concepts as I see them. This is not a political or current events blog, and it’s not about theology as such—although theology must enter the discussion. I try to remain upbeat and not denigrate or condemn particular shows or programs. Read this first to understand my overall purpose here. See a full index of all my blog entries. You can also click on a category on the right, or use the search engine to see if I’ve blogged about a topic yet.

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The Final Frontier

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (9)

Yesterday morning, March 10, 2013, my brother passed away quietly from this life into a new frontier. You may know him as Victor Travison, who faithfully blogged every Wednesday until his last days.

My brother loved to write, and especially loved to merge science fiction with his faith in God. He enjoyed your comments and the comradery he had with other writers.

We are planning a memorial service in about a week, and would appreciate any comments or insights that you would like t...

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I Just Remembered Something

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

On occasion, I see a sci-fi show that features some scientist inventing some kind of potion or device to make a person, or a group of people, forget they saw whatever they saw, and go with a “different reality.” I know, psychology and psychiatry has been doing this for decades, ever since Sigmund Freud. Usually it’s done by hypnotism, or worse, by some New Age development to bypass the subconscious.

 

Memory stories like these must be hard to write. Under no...

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Ferengi, Ya Got till Sundown

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (5)

With a February topic like “Opportunity,” it was hard to zero in on one particular race. There are lots of wars—the Borg, the Romulans, the Klingons, among others—where one side takes the opportunity to prevail against Starfleet, but this is not so much an opportunity as much as a power play. Ultimately, the prize went to the always enterprising Ferengi.

 

Their heads appear misshapen, their ears are oversized and connected by a brow ridge that suggest...

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The Air Force Meets Star Trek

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

In my recent push to fully blog about every episode in the original series, I find another time travel story that’s been neglected. The seemingly anachronistic story of “Tomorrow is Yesterday” pits two military forces against each other, though not overtly; and unlike the situations I discussed on January 16 this year, the displaced airman and the police sergeant are sent back.

 

It opens on jets scr...

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Ameba, Amyba, is This Possible?

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

It’s one thing that your average science fiction program misses the point of theology and goes off on its own merry way. “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:5). Eventually they’ll fall down a cliff or get stuck in a thicket when nobody is around to rescue them.

 

John 10:1-18 says loads about Jesus’ care for us, His sheep; and John 15:3-7 tel...

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Violence and Peace

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Today I present my 200th post on Lightwalker’s View. Hard to believe, since I didn’t expect more than 60 posts before I ran out of ideas. Instead, the ideas kept coming, and still are coming, even as I still fight this infection. Since others have the same problem, they’ve begun to give us a 10-day regimen of Prilosec to clear up.

 

Our discussion today is about what peace means to most science ...

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Teenagers in Space

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away …

 

Oops! Wrong opening.

 

But it was a long time ago, while I was entering my teenage years, I saw my very first science fiction show, ever. Or at least, it passed as sci-fi in those days. Dad bought us our first TV set in 1965—the old black-and-white cabinet style that took five minutes to turn on. The movie was titled Teenagers from Outer Space, and it featured an alien crew no more than 18 years ...

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Your Future Awaits

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (7)

UPDATE: The disease I mentiioned last week is all but gone. Now if the weather would cooperate, I could go out and about again. Thank you, all, for your prayers.


“Forward” seemed like a good topic for January, but at the same time, we’re considering closing the blog chain down for a season. Lack of interest and no follow-through from some chainers is part of the reason. Another could be that lives constantly change, wheth...

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They're Coming to Take Me Away!

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

My friends, please pray for me. I have picked up pneumonia somewhere, with heavy coughing and difficulty sleeping. Pray for good health to continue after this disease is through.

 

On December 12, we covered the penal colony on Elba II, and the self-appointed god inmate, Captain Garth. Today we’re back with another tale of a penal colony on Tantalus V. Unlike “Whom Gods ...

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Holly's New Birth?

Posted on January 2, 2013 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Last year we saw how the Astraeus crew hoped to travel to Titan, but were thwarted by Beverly Barlowe’s evil spy consortium. They kidnapped the crew and placed them in pod beds, giving them a virtual Eureka. There they would invent things which the Consortium could promptly steal for their own purposes. But with Allison Blake in the mix, things started to go wrong. Holly Marten watched a wound on her forearm return before her eyes, so she dutifully reported to Sheriff Jack Carter...

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