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Purser-Hallard received his doctorate in English literature at Oxford University, during which time he was President and Society Poet of the Douglas Adams Society, and a founder member of a student comedy troupe called Cruel and Unusual Punishment. His DPhil thesis, entitled 'The Relationship Between Creator and Creature in Science Fiction', examines how British and American science fiction of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries examine the relationship between humanity and a putative creating deity through stories about the creation of sentient individuals by scientists, working from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein through to recent authors like Bruce Sterling, William Gibson and Dan Simmons. He also has interests in eschatological science fiction, as seen in his first novel, Of the City of the Saved....
Purser-Hallard has given three talks at the liberal Christian Greenbelt festival, all on the intersections of science fiction and religious themes: "Science Fiction as the Bible" and "The Bible as Science Fiction" (2004), and "The Spirituality of Doctor Who" (2005). He writes a regular column on science fiction and faith for Surefish, the ISP and webzine arm of Christian Aid.
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- Of the City of the Saved... Prologue
- A Hundred Words from a Civil War (in A Romance in Twelve Parts)
- De Umbris Idearum (in Burning with Optimism's Flames
- Akroates (in Tales of the City)
- Apocalypse Day (in Tales of the City)
- linking material for More Tales of the City
- Saqqaf (in Tales of the Great Detectives)
- Sussex (in Tales of the Great Detectives)
- Salutation (in Furthest Tales of the City)
- God Encompasses (in Furthest Tales of the City)
- Interlude from a Civil War (in Tales of the Civil War)
- "Cybernetic godhead": the relationship between creator and creative in the science fiction of William Gibson, in the journal ManuScript (1999).
- The Drugs Did Work, an article on Philip K. Dick, in The Guardian (12 August 2006).
- It's been unreal
- Santa Claus conquers the Martians
- Getting needlessly messianic
- Through an Orbital Mirror, Darkly
- The Shape of Kingdoms to Come
- Back to reality
- I baptised an alien!
- Follow the Master
- Apocalypse Now?