For project 2 I plan to write about the use of religion in science fiction. Religion is a common theme among multiple sic-fi texts yet it’s not really talked about, so I want to explore it’s purpose and how it is used across different texts, as well as the use of religious symbolism and imagery. An example would be talking about the use of religion in Metropolis, The Machine Stops, and Blade Runner. Metropolis has a positive view on religion, The Machine stops has a negative view on it, and Blade Runner explores the concepts and flaws of religion. I will not use these texts, but rather they are just examples of how religion is used to achieve different goal in different texts. I will, however, use Metropolis as it is the only film I have seen that is simply religious propaganda; it’s message is very positive towards religion, which is rare in sci-fi.
The format I choose to use for my project will be a basic research paper. My research will involve basic google searches of texts that have a heavy use of religious themes, and maybe creator commentary on those themes if available. I have already been pointed in some good directions by the 4 pages that mention religion in the intro to sci-fi book.
Since this will be a research paper will the info I use have to strictly be confirmed as religious by the content creators? Or can I also have a bit of my own analysis? Ex: Say if I cant find information proving that Metropolis is intended to be positive towards religion, can I still use it given my analysis of the obvious symbolism shown in the movie?