Monday, 19 April 2010

Towing Jehovah and other spellbinding tales

I don't have an image I can use to illustrate James Morrow's Godhead Trilogy. So I'm going to settle on a surreal Japanese image instead that I really like in its own right. So there! Come to think of it, this Japanese giant probably wouldn't be out of place in Blameless in Abaddon. I'm very keen to follow up on Morrow some more as he is a science fiction writer who is willing to go out on a limb about current debates in the biological sciences, and how and if theology should feature.

I have to log off now so I'll leave you with these summations of the Godhead series:

Towing Jehovah (1994) in which the corpse of God, a two-mile long white male with a grey beard, as he has often been depicted) is discovered floating in the Atlantic Ocean. The captain of a supertanker is dispatched by the Vatican on a secret mission to tow the Divine Corpse to a tomb carved out of the Arctic ice. A group of atheist extremists plan on destroying the body, as although God is dead, his corpse proves that they were wrong and he existed at some point in time. An extended subplot deals with the evolution of a character's views on ethics and morality as he faces the idea of a post-theistic world. Towing Jehovah won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1995.[2]; was nominated for a Nebula Award in 1994[3]; and received Hugo, Clarke, and Locus Fantasy Award nominations in 1995.[4]
  • Blameless in Abaddon (1996), in which God's body is now part of a religious theme park. A small-town magistrate, who has suffered many personal troubles, including the death of his wife and prostate cancer, decides to literally put God on trial for crimes against humanity. God's defense lawyer is a parody of C. S. Lewis. Other biblical figures including Satan and Jesus Christ appear in this book. "Abaddon" is a small fictional township in Pennsylvania and an obscure Biblical word for Hell.
  • The Eternal Footman (1999), in which the absence of God, save for his skull orbiting the Earth, results in a plague of death-awareness. The Eternal Footman was nominated for a Locus Fantasy Award in 1997.[5

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