Author: Gregory Benford
As a literature of change driven by technology, science fiction presents religion to a part of the reading public that probably seldom goes to church.
This was the 1940s; there was no television. It was a different age - it was not swamped by media; it was swamped by reality, and storytelling was a very big art where I came from.
Seeing the space future through science fiction can be difficult. Much science fiction of the early era, the 1950s through the '70s, took an expansionist view.