By Lauren Cooper, Georgia State University…I love books. Specifically, I love works of speculative fiction that are concerned with a dystopian near-future and the creation of new religious traditions in the face of a deteriorating human culture. But hey, who doesn’t love that kind of stuff, right? This is why I suggest that everyone read Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy. In these three novels- Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam- Atwood creates several new Christian traditions that are so realistic to the point of being a little creepy. I think this is because they seem recognizable, almost as if you have heard of them before, on the news or in school or something.
Unlike the average sitcom, the events of ‘Lost’ challenge the viewers and engage their minds on multiple levels. Although the audience encounters what may at first appear fantastical, these fantastical confrontations are readily converted to relatable human issues. Natures’ transience, humanity’s interconnectedness, possibilities of truth behind myth/magic still existing in the world, and the many forms faith presents itself in the world are old issues, all too familiar—if not in the surface of most people’s minds then in the recesses of one’s consciousness, as it attempts to locate itself and make sense of the world.