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That Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier Flick About Making 94 Hitler Babies

By On April 4, 2017

In 1978, Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier, two of Hollywood’s biggest stars, starred in a sci-fi thriller about Nazis. Called The Boys from Brazil, the film tells a strange story: Using Hitler’s DNA,… Read More

How Lord of the Rings Author George R. R. Martin Imagined a Future Jerusalem

How Game of Thrones Author George R. R. Martin Imagined a Future Jerusalem

By On June 7, 2016

Imagine Israel has been split into two states, and Israelis and Palestinians share Jerusalem, which is jointly governed by Israel, Jordan, Palestine, and Great Britain. This is the setup of “The Journal… Read More


Kibbutzniks On Mars

By On October 11, 2013

Plenty of fictional energy has been devoted to what might have happened if a modern Jewish state were established somewhere other than the Middle East: Michael Chabon has examined Alaska and Ben Katchor upstate New York.… Read More


H.G. Wells vs. the Jews

By On July 11, 2012

Today, H.G. Wells (1866-1946) is primarily known for his science fiction novels Invisible Man and War of the Worlds. For the majority of his career, however, Wells regarded himself as a political and social theorist, writing books… Read More


Holocaust Freaks

By On December 26, 2011

Young Holocaust survivors are the unexpected subject of the science fiction novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Jacob Portman, a maladjusted sixteen-year-old living in Florida, knew that his grandfather, Abe, was a Holocaust survivor. The old… Read More


Earth to Endor

By On August 31, 2011

If you’re a Star Wars geek, one mention of the word “Endor” will call to mind a foresty planet populated by diminutive fuzzy Ewoks. But the word itself hearkens back to a much older… Read More


Dragons, Robots, and Golems

By On June 30, 2011

The best Jewish stories have always been the supernatural ones. The Red Sea splitting open; Saul’s visit to the Witch of Endor; medieval tales about golems. The new collection People of the Book embraces the Jewish… Read More


Worf Is Jewish

By On March 17, 2011

Star Trek: The Next Generation was the second iteration of the iconic 1960s science-fiction TV show. It was praised for its vision of a future that wasn’t distant and mechanical, but undeniably human–even in… Read More


Teenage Girls and Aliens

By On February 18, 2011

The new novel Journal of a UFO Investigator is part coming-of-age novel and part ’60s pulp science-fiction story. Danny is a thirteen-year-old who’s obsessed with aliens. He’s equally obsessed with teenage girls, who are just as… Read More


Rabbis in Space

By On September 7, 2010

Jack Dann is a brilliant science fiction writer. He’s also Jewish–though in much of his writing, that’s merely a fun background fact. But Dann’s classic short story “Jumping the Road,” originally published… Read More