Dissecting Dragons: Episode 70: They Shall take up Serpents - Religious Cults in Speculative Fiction

June 9, 2017

Episode 70: They Shall take up Serpents - Religious Cults in Speculative Fiction

 

This week the dragons are pleased to welcome back fellow author, Amelia McKenzie, as they delve into the shadowy and often disturbing world of cults. What exactly is a cult? How do they opperate? And just how is this reflected in speculative fiction? (Hint; it actually comes up in Spec Fic far more than you'd expect!) Fiction usually represents the time it is produced in, so what does current fiction - especially current YA fantasy and sci-fi - say about the cult of self and of today's society?  On the slab this week; Samarai Jack, The Black Witch by Laurie Forest, The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid and The Last Battle by C.S.Lewis. 

 

Title music: 'Ecstasy' - Smiling Cynic

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