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date: 20 March 2019

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This chapter analyzes four science fiction themes common to a variety of SF religions, including L. Ron Hubbard’s Church of Scientology, Heaven’s Gate, the Raelian Movement, the Unarius Academy of Science, and the Urantia Brotherhood, as well as to many figures in the UFO contactee movement such as George Adamski, Truman Bethurum, Billy Meier, George Van Tassel, and Orfeo Angelucci. These themes mirror the central themes of science fiction and include contact with extraterrestrial entities through encounters with flying saucers or UFOs, channeling, and past-life regression; narratives that place these encounters in the context of extraterrestrial civilizations and cosmic histories; emphasis on the evolution of the human species; and focus on futuristic or alien technologies that promise alleviation of human problems or assistance with positive human evolution.

Keywords: science fiction, religion, L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology, Heaven’s Gate, UFOs, George Adamski, flying saucers, extraterrestrials, channeling

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