Sat. 2-3:29 Cont.
disorganization, destructive impulse, entropy,
promiscuity, castration, economic greed,
unharnessed energy, in short, the unredeemed and
unsublimated Nature from which Ruskin sought to
rescue Victorian man.
JUDITH J. KOLLMAN, University of Michigan-Flint,
"Dionysus the Areopagite and Charles Williams' The
Place of the Lion: The Place of the Beasts."
The Place of the Lion is about
beings of the
between human being and angels,
Neoplatonic creatures that are a
Plato's Ideals with the supernatural
Old and New Testaments. Summoned
England, they are, as pure energy or idea,
invisible and immaterial. In obedience to the
laws of the material world, they assume forms,
usually that of symbolically appropriate animals.
The characters meet these God-like powers in a
series of theophanies, through which Williams
demonstrates that the place of the lion is, along
with the other angelical energies, within the
Session XIV, Saturday,
JOSEPH L. GREEN, reading
Inheritance of Crystal.
"A Crystal Love," from
Joe Green began his science fict
in England with contributions
his first novel, The Loafers
ion writing career
to New Worlds, and
of Refuge, was
published there. Better known
The Mind Behind the Eye, Conscie
in this country are
Star Probe and The Horde. Joe is also well-known
and calls himself a
latest- work is a
story he will read
affair, and comes
for his lucid science articles,
"hardscience" writer. His
trilogy called Crystal. The
concerns an alien/human love
from the second volume.
TIMOTHY ROBERT SULLIVAN, reading
forthcoming in Asimov's.
Tim Sullivan is an FAU graduate, and
suggestion led to the establishment o
Burnett Swann Fund. Tim has taught SF
served for three years as chairman of
Readings Program for ICFA. He is
writers who first published in Une
since placed stories in New Dimensions
The Twilight Zone, and Asimov's. A
his appeared in the February Fantasy
the man whose
f the Thomas
among the new
arth, and has
faery tale of
He is presently at work on a fantasy entitled The
BRAD LINAWEAVER, reading "Clutter," forthcoming in
Brad Linaweaver teaches creative writing to
prisoners under the aegis of Mercer College,
Atlanta. He is a graduate of Florida State and
Rollins College. He has written numerous stories
and articles for the Underground press, has four
stories sold to Amazing.
FANTASY & RELIGION
CHAIR: Gloria Kline, Florida Atlantic University.
GORDON W. SAUNDERS, Trinity College, "Beyond the
Grave in the Mountains: Fantastic Allegory as
The last five years have seen a significant
increase in the publication of fantastic allegory
by religious publishing houses. This paper
analyzes three sets of allegories: Calvin
Miller's, "Singer" trilogy (Intervarsity Press),
John White's "Anthropos" books (Intervarsity
and Hannah Hurnard's Hinds' Feet on High
and sequel (Tyndale House), along with
theories of allegory, to develop its major
allegory is experiencing a resurgence
it makes possible an explication of
for which no adequate, self-conscious,
conceptual terminology yet exists, and because it
provides, vicariously, experiences which teach
more clearly than discursive exposition while
providing, simultaneously, the exposition which
elucidates those experiences.
MICHAEL R. COLLINGS, Pepperdine University.
"Strangers in Estranged Lands: Mormonism in
Religion and science fiction rarely blend easily.
For religion to appear in science fiction — and
to work with it rather than against it — it
becomes necessary to reduce religion to
stereotypes and cliches. The examples
investigated deal directly with kinds of allusions
to Mormonism in writers as disparate as Heinlein,
Ian Watson, Dean Ing, Philip Jose Farmer, and
Piers Anthony. In each, regardless of the depth or
superficiality of treatment, the pattern emerges:
religion ceases to function as doctrine, and
instead becomes cliche or stereotype, a short cut
metaphor for ideas and attitudes antithetical to
those espoused by science fiction.
PETER M. L0WENTR0UT, California
Long Beach. "Science Fiction &
on the Future of Religion."
The steady demythologization of culture in recent
centuries has drained traditional meaning from the
world and fragmented values and moral concepts.
But at the cutting edge of our culture there is
now emerging an axiomatic "shifting of gears" which
may have much to do with meeting the spiritual
crisis. Science fiction and fantasy as well as
recent religious inquiry participate deeply in this