Space is scary: “Life” and Walker Percy’s angels and beasts

It hasn’t gone unnoticed, at least to me, the similar thematic device deployed both by Percy (Lost in the Cosmos) and David Bowie — i.e. the alienated individual with existential concerns. For Bowie there was the recurrent space traveller — “Space Oddity” to “The Man Who Sold the World” to “Ziggy”, through to revisiting Major Tom (“Ashes to Ashes”) and then much later “Slip Away” (“Down in space it’s always 1982”). See Andrew Svenning’s review of some new “space” films from a Catholic perspective.

The Catholic novelist’s account of modern man’s Cartesian divide is remarkably applicable to contemporary sci-fi movies.