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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, November 23

The prevalence of Catholic writers in science fiction is examined. The new hit video game Undertale is reviewed. And we take a look at Diane Duane's Young Wizards series. It's Airy Monday, our weekly segment on magic and religion in popular culture! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

If you've been paying attention to modern Western animation you may have heard of Steven Universe, the acclaimed Cartoon Network about a young and his alien foster family. Feminist pop culture website The Mary Sue checks in with Rebecca Sugar, the creator of Steven Universe, about her inspirations and the nature of the animation industry.

Christianity isn't probably the first thing you'd associate with science fiction, but the truth is that Roman Catholics have long played a role in speculations about the nature of the heavens, including within science fiction fandom. The Atlantic has a new article that investigates the long and peculiar relationship between Catholic orders such as the Jesuits and the literary genre.

There must be something in the air, because it seems as though paranormal comics are more popular than ever before! Comics Alliance interviews writer Jen Van Meter and artist Roberto De La Torre, interviewing them about their new comic series The Death Defying Dr. Mirage, which features magic, mystery, and romance.

Are you a gamer? If so you may have heard of Undertale, a new independently developing roleplaying game inspired by the quirky cult classic Earthbound. Despite its low budget and small scale, Undertale has inspired a flurry of discussion since it's release, developing a fervent and loyal fanbase. Kotaku writer Nathan Grayson tries to explain why.

Looking for another young adult fantasy series to tickle your fancy? io9 writer Katharine Trendacosta heartily recommends Diane Duane's Young Wizards, an ongoing series beginning in 1983 about two magical students pitted against a cosmic force of destruction. You can read why Trendacosta recommends the series so highly here.

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