messier object

not a sermon,

And what of the immortal soul in such transactions? Can this machine transmit and reattach it as well? Or is it lost forever, leaving a soulless body to wander the world in despair?

Sister Miriam Godwinson
“We Must Dissent”

from Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, 1998

So, is there actually any good science fiction that deals with this topic?  This has been on my mind a lot lately – you never, ever see depictions of teleportation as unnatural or objectionable from anyone.  But why?  And does anybody know some decent SF about the soul in the future?

Review of the completely dogshit premiere of Defying Gravity coming tomorrow, I’ve been all busy as a thing that’s pretty busy today and I didn’t get a chance to catch it the night it aired – I saw part of it the next day on ABC’s equally dogshit media player (click-through ads? come on!) and, wow, it was worse than I’d even expected.

Man Will Conquer Boners Soon!

So apparently ABC’s bringing back the “hard science of the near future… in space!” form of television they started way back in 1955.  While 42 million viewers is pretty respectable for the Eisenhower administration, I can’t imagine this is going to get too far off the ground.  Even if they do have lots of fucking in space.  After all, we all remember how well Torchwood turned out, right?  And how popular Enterprise was.  And how Farscape totally didn’t get canned.  Okay, so maybe those examples were all over the place.  But still, there doesn’t seem to be much of a place for decidedly futuristic SF on television these days (as opposed to say Lost or Chuck or even Abrams’ X-Files calque Fringe).  Well, maybe expect a liveblog of some sort of the premiere tonight, and maybe I can get into why that is.  It can’t be worse than the last third of Sunshine, after all.

Or Century City.  It totally can’t be worse than Century City.  And I watched that willingly!  Why I cannot say now, because the memories are too terrible for me to retain.  If you care enough, though, you can apparently watch it on Hulu now.