Tara Smith is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, she focuses primarily on popular culture, and new religious movements. Her dissertation is on science fiction authors and their connection to nature, the environment, and futurist religious thought.
Science fiction and video games are more visible than ever as their popularity reaches record numbers. From classic arcade games to modern open-world sandbox simulators that require hundreds of hours to complete fully, science fiction is one of the most common gaming genres. This podcast explores the ways religion and science fiction appear together in these cultural products, asks how gamers see the value of this play, and how we seek belief in things that are 'out of this world' as a means to escape the present by sharing our hopes about the future.