What makes good science fiction?
If I finish reading a good book, then continue to think about it later, that is an interesting book. If the book prompts me to read other books by different others, that is an even better book.
I read the Neanderthal Parallax trilogy by Robert J Sawyer. In the 3rd book Hybrids, after enjoying the previous 2, the author mentions some research by neuroscientists on the origins of god belief. The Neanderthals in the book were atheist. I then read one of the books mentioned Why God Won’t go Away by Andrew Newberg.
I then read Calculating God by Robert J Sawyer. The story mentions Rocks of Ages by Stephen Jay Gould, which I read as well. Rocks of Ages analyses the Scopes trial and mentions:
A Civic Biology Presented in Problems by George William Hunter – the book the Scopes Trial was about. I have read parts of it, in the same way that Christians read the Bible.
Headquarters Nights by William Lyman Kellog – reading, almost done
The Science of Power by Benjamin Kidd – reading
Neanderthal Parallax –> NeuroTheology – I didn’t know there was such a thing before this book.
Calculating God –> Rocks of Ages –> Scopes Trial –> Headquarters Nights, The Science of Power and A Civic Biology which has gotten me interested in the moral conundrum – Science vs. Morality which is Religion for many.
Theoretically, sci-fi fantasy could do the same thing, but, it doesn’t seem to happen.So, I rarely read fantasy stories.