When I received this book to review, I was really skeptical; the title wasn’t Biblical, and I just didn’t see much hope for its contents.
Am I ever glad I didn’t let the title stop me from reading! This is a wonderful book, filled with interesting premises concerning the future, Biblical truths, and practical application all wrapped up in a fast-paced novel.
Set in 2088, the book’s main character is Abigail Caldwell, a missionary’s daughter who was born in New Guinea. Through events you’ll have to read for yourselves, Abigail makes her way to the States – where the trials and adventures really begin.
From self-propelled cars to self-replicating nannites, the book is filled with technology that, because of our current technology, is completely believable. From learning to politics, the changes the author puts forth seem both ordinary and terrifying.
I really don’t want to share too much of the plot or the truth and application you’ll find in this book; but I really do recommend that you read THE LAST CHRISTIAN. Plot twists, a fast read, and eye-opening Scripture usage will make this a book you won’t quickly forget.
The book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.
Gabriel McKee sets out to explore how science fiction views theological issues, such as the nature of God, creation, souls, sin, and the afterlife, through how these have been portrayed in science fiction novels, television and film. Through the book the author uses his depth of science fiction knowledge to illustrate the connections that he has found between science fiction and religion. McKee uses illustrations from mainstream science fiction, like Battlestar Galactica (2003), Star Trek, Star Wars, the Matrix and the Twilight Zone, as well as science fiction that hardcore students of the genre will appreciate, like, Bova, Bradbury, Dick, Herbert, Heinlein, Silverberg and Vonnegut.
From the moment that I started reading McKee had me hooked. Admittedly, I am a big science fiction fan. Not just film either. My good friend Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, and science fiction author and reviewer, made certain of this by providing a gift of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One, 1929-1964, which opened my eyes to the progress that science fiction has made through the years and also to the way that science fiction speaks to the zeitgeist.
Today, we are inundated by science fiction focused on the end of the world because we are worried about it. I am convinced that a student of history could read the science fiction of the day and get a better understanding of the concerns of the generation that they study than by using university history texts.
In the same way that science fiction is focused on the same things that all people are, it is only natural that we find science fiction to be preoccupied with religion. What more important question can there be than, “Is there a God?” Followed closely behind by, “If so what or who is it?” These are the starting points of any human’s quest to find purpose. “Why am I here?” “How do I live?” or even, “Am I real?”
McKee’s book is an enjoyable lesson in the history of science fiction that deals with religion. Fans of science fiction and people of faith will undoubtably enjoy this book immensly as I did.
Scott Asher is the founder and administrator of BookGateway.com. Along with his contributions to BookGateway, he reviews for the commercial site BuddyHollywood.com. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he cartoons and writes on anything he finds funny and Christianity, which sometimes overlap.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.