Ben De Bono
Co-Founder, Podcast Host
Ben along with Matt Anderson, is one of the two founders of The Sci-Fi Christian. You can catch the two of them weekly on The Sci-Fi Christian Podcast. Ben and his wife Annie live in Ramsey, MN along with their two kids, Ellie and Owen nd their Golden Retriever, Samwise
Books: Lord of the Rings, Hyperion, Neverwhere, Fables, Walking Dead, Dune, Lord of Light, Ender’s Game, The Dark Tower, A Song of Ice and Fire and many, many more
TV: All things Joss Whedon, Battlestar Galactica, X-Files, Game of Thrones, LOST
Movies: Star Wars (original trilogy), Lord of the Rings, Dark City, Inception, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Sunshine, The Fountain, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Gattaca
Favorite Superhero: Batman
Co-Founder, Podcast Host
Matt, along with Ben De Bono, founded the Sci-Fi Christian in January of 2011. Matt’s first forays into the world of science fiction came in the form of the television shows, Unsolved Mysteries and the 1960’s Batman, as well as the movie Flight of the Navigator. His interests quickly expanded into all areas of Sci-Fi, and he became a full-fledged fanatic at a young age after seeing both the Back to the Future trilogy and the original Star Wars trilogy. Matt is currently working as Youth Director at EpicLife Church, and is pursuing his Master of Divinity from Northwestern College in Roseville, MN.
Favorite Sci-Fi Themes: Parallel Universes, Time Travel, Cloning, Superheroes
TV: LOST, Battlestar Galactica, Alias, 24, Firefly, Dollhouse, Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, Sliders, Quantum Leap, X-Files, Fringe
Movies: Back to the Future (trilogy), Matrix, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Reign of Fire, Momento, Star Wars (original trilogy and parts of the new trilogy).
Books: The Chronicles of Narnia, Black, Red, White, Blink, Fables, Ender’s Game, The Walking Dead, Replay, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Screwtape Letters, The Giver
Favorite Superheroes: Batman and Spider-Man
Daniel remembers when Starbuck was a boy, Doctor Who was uncool, there was no such thing as new Star Wars, and comic books cost 75 cents. Daniel was lost to geekdom when he first viewed Star Wars on the big screen and still owns his Rebel shuttle in a box. He remembers fondly when he met the famed Matt Anderson for the first time, connecting over superheroes and planning for world domination. Daniel is a Disney fan boy, and is constantly trying to plan the vacations of others while shouting an opinion on the newest Disney property. During the day, mild mannered Daniel writes academic policy for a Minnesota university. Most importantly, Daniel is a husband and father.
Favorite Sci-Fi Themes: Redemption, Superheroes, Eventual World Series Championship for the Chicago Cubs
TV: Heroes, Star Wars The Clone Wars, Batman Brave and the Bold, Justice League, V (old school baby, old school), Monk, The Deadliest Catch, MI5
Movies: Star Wars (I don’t discriminate), Meet the Robinson’s, Snatch, James Bond, Up, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Books: The Screwtape Letters, Through Painted Deserts, The Ragamuffin Gospel, Soul Cravings, The Brotherhood of the Rose, Fables, Velvet Elvis
Favorite Superheroes: Batman, Wolverine, Aquaman, Bigby Wolf
Favorite Rides: Space Mountain, Small World (come on people it’s a classic and I have kids), Soarin, Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
Born and raised in the south, Brandon was exposed to sci-fi at an early age. After discovering Star Wars and the movie magic behind it, the wide array of sci-fi franchises opened him up into the geek he is today. After studying graphic design and marketing, and with a long time love for writing, he combined all three to help expand The Sci-Fi Christian and acts as head writer for the site. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA while enjoying a cold Dr. Pepper and TV marathons of his favorite sci-fi shows.
Books: Walking Dead, Kingdom Come, Dune, Anthem, Lord of the Rings, and many others
TV: Battlestar Galactica, X-Files, LOST, Firefly, Farscape, Doctor Who, Fringe, Sanctuary, Warehouse 13, Eureka, Star Trek, Stargate franchise
Movies: Star Wars (original trilogy), Lord of the Rings, Inception, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Sunshine, Blade Runner, Star Trek, Back to the Future, District 9, Moon, Gattaca, Pan’s Labyrinth, Children of Men and way too many more to count
Favorite Superhero: Batman
Max grew up in a small college town in New York. One of Max’s fondest memories as a child was when his dad would bring him to the local comic book shop every Sunday after church in order to buy 25 cent comics. Suffice it to say, it is not hard to believe that such an early exposure to genre fiction and Christianity have helped him to garner quite the affinity for both. Max recently graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a Bachelors degree in English. A major research paper that he had spent the better part of his life on this past year, dealt with the incorporation of graphic novels into education and figuring out how to clearly define them as a genre. Max now lives with his wife in Connecticut and desperately tries to convince her to watch every science fiction television show known to man (it seems to be working).
Books: Night Angel Series, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, Masked, The Circle Trilogy, Stuff Christians Like, Walking Dead, Scott Pilgrim, Bone, Rasl, Invincible
TV: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate (SG1, Atlantis, SGU), Dollhouse, Firefly, Lost, Farscape, The Tick
Movies: Stargate, Star Wars, Spider-Man, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, X-Men: First Class, Inception
Favorite Superhero: Spider-Man and Deadpool (I know, he is questionable)
Sarah grew up as a non-nerd; or, at least she thought so. It was no matter that, as a child, she watched shows like Batman: The Animated Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation, along with viewing all three of the original Star Wars movies. Fast forward a few years: Sarah earned her Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication with a minor in Painting at the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2009. That same year, she married the nerd of her dreams, Max. She didn’t fully realize until 2010, when she was immersed in geek culture at the New York Comic Con, that she was, in fact, a certifiable nerd. Over the past 5 years prior to this, Max had very cunningly introduced her to great Sci-Fi TV shows, comic books, and graphic novels, and now, she has a love for Sci-Fi that can’t stop, and won’t stop. Aside from these hobbies, Sarah works at an insurance company by day, but is a free-spirited singer, artist, ukulele/guitar player, writer, fashion lover, dreamer, friend and youth leader by night. Oh, and she LOVES editing.
Books: Blankets, Mouse Guard, The Screwtape Letters, Bone, Scott Pilgrim, Redeeming Love, Nathan the Caveman, Kite Runner
TV: Battlestar Galactica, Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Stargate franchise (SG1, Atlantis, SGU)
Movies: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, X-Men: First Class, Inception, Shawshank Redemption, Life is Beautiful, The Last of the Mohicans, It’s a Wonderful Life, Crash, Batman: The Dark Knight
Favorite Superhero: BUFFY!
In May 1977, Mike Poteet was a five-year-old American history nerd whose favorite place was Colonial Williamsburg and whose hero was Thomas Jefferson. Then, his unsuspecting parents took him to see a little flick called Star Wars, and he’s been geeking out on sci-fi and fantasy ever since. Mike’s now an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) currently serving the larger church as a freelance writer of Christian education materials. He has authored several literature study guides for Christian publisher Progeny Press. He’s also placed short stories in two professional anthologies: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds II (Pocket, 1999) and Leaps of Faith: An Anthology of Christian Science Fiction (The Writers Café Press, 2008). By day, Mike works in the rare book trade (so if you need to know issue points identifying true first editions of Asimov’s Foundation trilogy, Mike’s your man). He and his wife met at the College of William and Mary (giving Mike more reason to love Williamsburg). They both earned Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. They live in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, and are the proud parents of two young padawans.
Movies: All Star Trek films (especially The Wrath of Khan, First Contact and “Trek 2009”); all Star Wars films (though still learning to love the prequels); 2001: A Space Odyssey (and its oft-maligned sequel, 2010); Superman (1978); Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Field of Dreams; Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy; Christopher Nolan’s Bat-films.
TV: Star Trek (especially TOS, TNG and DS9); Doctor Who (2005 and on, but I’m catching up on the classics); The Twilight Zone (original and 1980s alike); Max Headroom; The Clone Wars; Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles; Farscape; Dollhouse; Sherlock
Books: Fahrenheit 451; The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings; The War of the Worlds; The Grapes of Wrath. Superman, Supergirl S, the Legion of Super-Heroes and Batgirl, The Unwritten. Plus, I’ll give almost any book related to King Arthur a look.
Favorite Superhero: Superman (“…they lack only the light to show them the way…”)