May 5th, 2006


The End of Infinite Crisis; The Beginning of...What?

This week Infinite Crisis #7 was finally released, bringing to a conclusion a comic book story that had its seeds in a year-long miniseries published a little over twenty years ago. Ever since 1985, if DC Comics were to call something new a "Crisis," we knew it had to be an earth-shattering event. If you've been reading my posts on this new Crisis from the beginning, you know how excited I've been by these developments in one my favorite fictional universes.

So did the new Crisis live up to my expectations?

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One final thought. Back when this all started, I pondered what we would call the new era, since we use the term pre-Crisis and post-Crisis to describe the DC universe. After having read all of Infinite Crisis, and the beginning of the One Year Later books, I'm guessing that in the end, Infinite Crisis is only going to be as significant in the big picture as Zero Hour was. Infinite Crisis appears to have been meant as a convenient and useful reboot to help clean up continuity. But it is not something so important as to require us to consider it a major branching point in the history of the DC universe.

Vatican Astronomer Dismisses Creationism

Brother Guy Consolmagno is an astronomer who works as the curator of meteorites at the Vatican.

He's also a science fiction fan and a friend of mine. He's one of the people I consulted when I wrote "Sanctuary," my story about a Catholic priest giving sanctuary to an alien on a space station.

bill_leisner has just posted a link to an article on The Scotsman: Creationism dismissed as 'a kind of paganism' by Vatican's astronomer, written by Ian Johnston:

Believing that God created the universe in six days is a form of superstitious paganism, the Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno claimed yesterday.

Brother Consolmagno, who works in a Vatican observatory in Arizona and as curator of the Vatican meteorite collection in Italy, said a "destructive myth" had developed in modern society that religion and science were competing ideologies....

Here's the "money" quote: "Religion needs science to keep it away from superstition and keep it close to reality, to protect it from creationism, which at the end of the day is a kind of paganism - it's turning God into a nature god. And science needs religion in order to have a conscience, to know that, just because something is possible, it may not be a good thing to do."

Go read the article. I'm glad to see that Brother Guy finally had a chance to speak out.