Religious Groups in Literature

34,420 citations from literature (mostly science fiction and fantasy) referring to real churches, religious groups, tribes, etc. [This database is for literary research only. It is not intended as a source of information about religion.]


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Group Where Year Source Quote/
Christianity - Christmas galaxy 2371 Dillard, J. M. Star Trek: Generations. New York: Pocket Books (1994); pg. 196. Pg. 196: "She gave him a mildly curious look. 'Of course. It wouldn't be Christmas without one of your brother's famous buche de Noels.'

...Mimi glanced up from the mound of shredded Christmas wrapping at her feet. 'A surprise. More presents?'

Elise directed a grin at her daughter. 'Oh, they'll bring presents, young lady, don't you worry. But the surprise . . . I'm afraid you'll have another eight months...' ";

Pg. 197: "There was the old-fashioned silvered-glass Papa Noel, with the same small chunk that had been missing from his nose ever since nine-year-old Robert had, in his excitement to get to his presents, inadvertently toppled the tree. And there were Maman's white doves, made from real feathers, with holly sprigs in their beaks. " [More, pg. 209.]

Christianity - Christmas galaxy 2372 ab Hugh, Dafydd. The Final Fury (Star Trek: Voyager/Invasion! #4). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 228. "Redbay stared at their handiwork for the last ninety minutes, loops of fiberoptic cables as big around as a human leg, dangling from other cables like Christmas tinsel. He had always celebrated Christmas . . . before reporting aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, the ship of his buddy Will Riker. "
Christianity - Christmas galaxy 2372 Carey, Diane. Ship of the Line (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 104. "Backlit by the Christmas-tree glitter of the boxdock, the starship looked as organic as the narrowed eye of a god. "
Christianity - Christmas galaxy 2372 Lewitt, S. N. Cybersong (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 68. "The screen sputtered again, and again cleared to the interior of a ship filled with the people who were colored like Christmas angels. In fact, this time she saw a green-haired, silver-skinned one and one with skin as red as her uniform with glossy black hair. "
Christianity - Christmas galaxy 2372 Lewitt, S. N. Cybersong (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 225. "It reminded her [B'Elanna] of Christmas at her human grandparents' house the year she was eight. Unwrapping present after present, first the working model of the ancient aircraft and then the high-speed rail set. And two manuals on passenger spacecraft, too.

It had been hard to know what to play with first, she remembered. And she felt exactly the same way now. She hadn't felt that way in all these years in between. "

Christianity - Christmas galaxy 2373 Carey, Diane. Flashback (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 147. "'...If you can't pull us out with your tractor beams, we'll just be a kind of weird Christmas ornament rolling around inside this thing just about forever.' "
Christianity - Christmas galaxy 2374 Cox, Greg. Q-Strike (Star Trek: TNG / The Q Continuum: Book 3 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 229. "The holodeck controls... He scrolled through the various options...

Christmas Carol, A. He'd spent quite enough time haunting the shadows of the past, thank you very much! "

Christianity - Christmas galaxy 2374 Galanter, Dave & Greg Brodeur. Battle Lines (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 10. "Without her aft defensive shield, Voyager could be carved up like Christmas ham. "
Christianity - Christmas galaxy 2374 Golden, Christie. Seven of Nine (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 60. "Seven was shocked and rather dismayed to find out how many Earth-based songs concerned birds. A bird in a Guilded Cage. Birds Do It, Bees Do It. Listen to the Mockingbird. Freebird. When the red Robin Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbin' Along. One song, called a Christmas carol, mentioned a variety of fowl including swans, partridges, geese, turtledoves, and some unidentifiable species known as 'calling birds' and 'French hens.' "
Christianity - Christmas galaxy 2374 Vornholt, John. Gemworld: Book One (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 60. "Even at close range, Gemworld appeared unreal and inconsequential, despite its huge size. If it wasn't inhabited, thought Reg, it would pass as the largest Christmas tree ornament in Federation space. "
Christianity - Christmas galaxy 2374 Vornholt, John. Gemworld: Book Two (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 57. "As the others settled in, their passenger eagerly bounded into his seat and made sure his lap belt was secure. Nordine was beaming with such delight that he looked like a child at Christmas. 'I'm ready!' "
Christianity - Christmas galaxy 2375 Golden, Christie. Shadow of Heaven (Star Trek: Voyager/Dark Matters #3). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 101. "'Then I began listening to samples of music in my quarters after my shifts. At first they were so strange, but then I detected the mathematical precision to music, and I began to like that too. My favorite was something called 'Jingle Bells.' Do you know it?'

'Yes,' Kim managed. His chest felt oddly full.

'It made me want to laugh and move my body in a strange way. I went to the Doctor and he said this desire to move to music was called 'dancing.' I liked it...' "

Christianity - Christmas galaxy 2400 Heinlein, Robert A. Citizen of the Galaxy. New York: Ballantine Books (1984; first published 1957); pg. 239. "...there were a few shopping days to Christmas... " [Christmas also mentioned on pg. 238.]
Christianity - Christmas galaxy 2555 Barton, William. Acts of Conscience. New York: Warner Books (1997); pg. 121. "...under a clear, empty, immense blue sky, Tau Ceti hanging, like some huge, golden, impossibly bright Christmas ornament... "
Christianity - Christmas galaxy 2634 Forstchen, William R. Action Stations (Wing Commander). New York: Baen (1998); pg. 152. "'Why not Confederation Day?'...

'Maybe, but I wonder if the Cats would be that crazy. Do that and it'd really get our blood up. It'd be an act sure to arouse our rage. That's the biggest holiday of the year outside of Christmas.'

'Washington did it at the Battle of Trenton and turned the tide of the American Revolution. Sure, the British and Hessians screamed foul, but it brought victory...' "

Christianity - Christmas galaxy 2700 Emerson, Jane. City of Diamond. New York: DAW (1996); pg. 21. Pg. 21: "'That doesn't explain why you can't attend church.'

'How should they know I don't attend church unless you tell them, Ma? Maybe I go to Saint Tom's up on court level.'

His mother poured tea into a cracked china cup. 'You haven't escorted me to Christmas service in two years. You're not a ghost anymore, what can I tell people?' ";

Pg. 416: "He said that he had a surprise, and there was an echo in the way he said it of her parents at Christmas. "

Christianity - Christmas galaxy 2700 Emerson, Jane. City of Diamond. New York: DAW (1996); pg. 104. "A rather rough sketch of a man's face followed. And beneath this:

The Diamond Repertory Players

Henry IV
A Play in 5 Acts
by William Shakespeare
Now through Christmas at the Starhall Theater
Old version, subtitles provided, full refreshment bar

Naturally, I made a note of the theater. You know how I am about historicals, partic. with live actors. I'm not sure what they mean by 'old version,' but I can't wait to see what they do to it with their accents.

Meanwhile, did you catch that reference? 'Christmas'! Isn't this place a treasure-trove? The calendar here corresponds rigorously to Old Earth's year... "

Christianity - Christmas galaxy 2780 Simmons, Dan. The Fall of Hyperion. New York: Bantam (1991; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 63. "...the next second receding to the distance, the ceiling floating upward as in the scene where the room and Christmas tree expand for Clara in Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. "
Christianity - Christmas galaxy 2800 Niven, Larry. Ringworld. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston (1970); pg. 71. [Description of Ringworld.] "Take Christmas ribbon, pale blue and an anch wide, the kind you use to wrap presents. Set a lighted candle on a bare floor. Take fifty feet of ribbon, and string it in a circle with the candle at the center... "
Christianity - Christmas galaxy 3000 Greeley, Andrew M. The Final Planet. New York: Warner Books (1987); pg. 241. Pg. 241: "between Christmas and Easter. "; Pg. 252: "The tent blossomed like a Yule fire at Christmas. "; Pg. 290: "Holy Feat of Christmas " [Also pg. 297, 300.]
Christianity - Christmas galaxy 3011 McDevitt, Jack. Infinity Beach. New York: HarperCollins (2000); pg. 150. "The space station looked like a lighted Christmas ornament. Its twin tails also illuminated, one reaching toward Lark, the other dipping into the clouds. "
Christianity - Christmas galaxy 3131 Simmons, Dan. The Rise of Endymion. New York: Bantam (1998 mass market edition; first ed. 1997); pg. 37. "..white Christmas lights running back and forth on the ceiling... Today the cabaret theater was empty, the Christmas lights dark. "
Christianity - Christmas galaxy 3200 Devenport, Emily. GodHeads. New York: Penguin/Roc (1998); pg. 227. "...I entered the matriarch's code into the vehicle's terminal, and it lit up like a Christmas tree. "
Christianity - Christmas galaxy 3900 Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Mercedes Lackey. Rediscovery. New York: DAW Books (1993); pg. 202. "'Maybe you hadn't heard,' Ysaye continued. 'It seems that we're all invited to the naming ceremony for the baby, at their Midwinter Festival--that's very nearly our Christmas Day.' " [More, pg. 204, 214.]
Christianity - Christmas galaxy 32072 Sheffield, Charles. Tomorrow and Tomorrow. New York: Bantam (1998; c. 1997); pg. 331. "...thought that he was looking at a gigantic Christmas tree ornament. "
Christianity - Christmas galaxy 33989 Harrison, Harry. The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You. New York: Bantam (1979); pg. 48. "Extra lights had been installed on the hull, of ugly, alien construction, and I switched these on so that we looked like a space-going Christmas tree. "
Christianity - Christmas Germany 1944 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Striking the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1996); pg. 7. Pg. 7, 174.
Christianity - Christmas Germany 1980 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 144. Christmas carolers
Christianity - Christmas Germany 2001 Stroyar, J.N. The Children's War. New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 781. -
Christianity - Christmas Greece 2200 Zelazny, Roger. This Immortal. New York: Ace Books (1966); pg. 22. "'And by the way, when were you born?'

'I don't know. It was a tiny Greek village and they were all out of calendars that year. Christmas Day, though, I'm told.'

'According to your personnel record, you're seventy-seven years old. According to Vite-Stats, you're either a hundred eleven or a hundred-thirty.' "

Christianity - Christmas Greece 2200 Zelazny, Roger. This Immortal. New York: Ace Books (1966); pg. 113. "'...but then I went and got born on Christmas and that sort of clinched things.'

'What is wrong with being born on Christmas?'

'The gods, according to local beliefs, deem it a bit presumptuous. For this reason, children born at that time are not of human blood. They are the brood of destroyers, the creators of havoc, the panickers of man. They are called the kallikanzroi... so they left me on a hilltop, to be returned.'

'What happened then?'

'There was an old Orthodox priest in the village. He heard of it and went to them. He told them that it was a mortal sin to do such a thing, and they had better get the baby back, quick, and have it ready for baptism the following day.'

'Ah! And that is how you were saved, and baptised?'

'Well, sort of... They came back with me... but they insisted I wasn't the same baby they'd left there. They'd left a dubious mutant and collected an even more doubtful changeling... got another Christmas child in return...' "

Christianity - Christmas Greece 2200 Zelazny, Roger. This Immortal. New York: Ace Books (1966); pg. 5. "'You know that children born here on Christmas are of the kallikanzaroi blood,' she said, 'and you once told me that your birthday--' "
Christianity - Christmas Greece: Crete 1921 Preuss, Paul. Secret Passages. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 65. "...who had crept into the chapel of Ayia Kyriaki after midnight, Christmas night of 1921... "
Christianity - Christmas Greece: Crete 1997 Preuss, Paul. Secret Passages. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 15. "'Carlos has to live with him while he's in school. I can have him for a month in the summer and two weeks at Christmas. And weekends, if I'm in San Diego. And he can have Jenny in the summer--after she's two--and any weekend he's here.' "
Christianity - Christmas Grenada 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 76. "The doorbell sounded, the bell plonking out the first verse of an old pop song. 'I'm dream-ing of a White Christ-mas,' "
Christianity - Christmas Grenada 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 101. "Indicator lights in Christmas-tree red and green, glossy readout panels shining like cheap jewelry... "
Christianity - Christmas Guatemala 1986 Harper, Leanne C. "Blood Rights " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 80. "A few tattered and faded Feliz Navidad banners hung down from the gray ceiling. "
Christianity - Christmas Guatemala 1986 Harper, Leanne C. "Blood Rights " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 106. "The world was watching to see what would happen in Guatemala City this Christmas. "
Christianity - Christmas Guernsey 1944 Allred, Lee. "The Greatest Danger " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 218. "'We've got him downstairs. All trussed up like a Christmas goose.' "
Christianity - Christmas Haiti 1986 Miller, John J. "Beasts of Burden " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 48. "Excited as a child on Christmas morning, Ti Malice decided that he couldn't wait for the mounts he'd sent Taureau after to be delivered... "
Christianity - Christmas Iceland 1945 Millar, Mark. Ultimates Vol. 1: Super-Human. New York: Marvel Comics Group (2002) [Graphic novel reprint of The Ultimates #1-6]; pg. Chap. 1, pg. 14. Captain America: "What are you waiting for, ladies? Christmas? "
Christianity - Christmas Idaho 1930 Boyer, Elizabeth H. "A Foreigner Comes to Reddyville " in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993); pg. 204. Pg. 204: "When I was a young man, I used to herd sheep out to Reddyville for old man Harkness. It was getting close to Christmas time... "; Pg. 209: "According to my calendar, it was the week before Christmas... I thought of my family and I felt a little low in my spirits. I wished with all my heart I could be at home with my mother and my two younger sisters on Christmas Eve. But I was the man of the family now. I'd asked Mr. Harkness to pay my wages of five dollars a week directly to my mother, so she and the girls would have as many of life's needfuls as it would buy.

I didn't have one thing of Christmas in my wagon, so I decided to carve a little manger scene for my little sisters... set to carving a Mary and a Joseph and a baby in the manger. They turned out pretty good, so I went on with a sheep and a donkey... It was Christmas Eve, and I was whittling away at my manger people. "

Christianity - Christmas Idaho 1930 Boyer, Elizabeth H. "A Foreigner Comes to Reddyville " in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993); pg. 211. "'B. Y.,' said my littlest sister Lydia, looking up from the manger scene, 'why have you got four wise men? There's only three, isn't there, Mama?'

'I don't know,' I said. 'My foreigner carved it, and he made it to look just like he does. I don't know what he meant by it. Maybe where he comes from, they have four wise men at Christmas time.'

'There's really only three,' said Emily.

'No, there's Melchior, the fourth wise man,' said my mother. 'He was traveling to Bethlehem too with a present for baby Jesus. But he stopped along the way to help some poor people and by the time he was done helping them, he had spent all his money and sold the wonderful gift he had brought. So he never made it to Bethlehem, but he was specially blessed for helping the needy people.' "

Christianity - Christmas Idaho 1985 Dick, Philip K. In Milton Lumky Territory. Pleasantville, NY: Dragon Press (1985); pg. 38. Pg. 38, 41, 52, 124
Christianity - Christmas Idaho 1993 Boyer, Elizabeth H. "A Foreigner Comes to Reddyville " in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993); pg. 202. Pg. 202: "My grandfather, B. Y. Green, died three years ago, so I can tell this story now... what I remember most was star-gazing on Christmas Eve. He used to call me outside to look up at the furiously-cold Idaho sky... " [Many other refs., not all in DB.]
Christianity - Christmas Idaho 2047 Bear, Greg. Queen of Angels. New York: Warner Books (1994; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 118. "Lee [the main character's brother] would appreciate Christmas. Last she heard, he was working a Christian commune refuge in Green Idaho. "
Christianity - Christmas Idaho 2200 Bell, M. Shayne. Nicoji. New York: Baen (1991); pg. 220-221. "'It's Christmas Eve,' I said.

He looked at me and tried to smile. His cheeks were dark and sunken in, and he'd lost so much weight he looked like he'd been a prisoner of war in Popayan or up in the camps in Medellin during the Drug Wars.

'I wonder what they're doing back home,' Sam said.

'Your family's eating the nicoji you sent,' I said. 'Our cousins are probably out sledding down potatoe pits.'

'Remember when you took Loryn and me skiing?'

I smiled, then. Neither Sam nor Loryn had ever gone skiing, and I thought how could htese two live in Idaho and never go skiing? So I saved my money and gave them a one-day ski trip for Christmas... "

Christianity - Christmas Illinois 1928 Bradbury, Ray. Dandelion Wine. New York: Bantam (1982; c. 1957); pg. 118. "'I'll be poor by Christmas,' said Mrs. Goodwater. "
Christianity - Christmas Illinois 1960 Simmons, Dan. Summer of Night. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1991); pg. 15. Pg. 15, 28, 72, 166, 229, 256, 296, 398.
Christianity - Christmas Illinois 1988 Byrne, John L. Fearbook. New York: Warner (1988); pg. 8. "As a boy of six, growing up in Evanston, Illinois, he'd seen Christmas in Connecticut on the family's tiny black-and-white TV. Something in that Hollywood imagery had touched his young soul. He found himself checking the TV Guide for any time the movie might be repeated. "
Christianity - Christmas Illinois 1989 Simmons, Dan. Phases of Gravity. New York: Bantam (1989); pg. 44. Pg. 44: Santa Claus; Pg. 174: "traveling down for Christmas " [Also pg. 180-183, 262.]
Christianity - Christmas Illinois 2001 Bradbury, Ray. From the Dust Returned. New York: HarperCollins (2001); pg. 100. Pg. 100: "'Hamlet!' she cried, 'his father, yes? A Christmas Carol. Four ghosts!...' "; Pg. 101: "' 'I am the Ghost of Christmas Past!' ' " [More.]; Pg. 151: "'...and by Christmas ten, and with spring two...' "
Christianity - Christmas Illinois: Chicago 2030 Jablokov, Alexander. Nimbus. New York: Avon Books (1993); pg. 175. "The harsh metal El tracks that stood above us turned into an unwound paper ornament made by schoolchildren to decorate a ragged Christmas tree. "
Christianity - Christmas India 1848 Moore, William. Bayonets in the Sun. New York: St. Martin's Press (1978; first pub. 1974); pg. 101. "The long-awaited reinforcements arrived at Multan just before Christmas. The day after Boxing Day... "
Christianity - Christmas Indiana 1965 Clarke, Arthur C. & Gentry Lee. Cradle. New York: Warner Books (1988); pg. 40. "...the annual church pageants at Christmas and Easter. The pastor of their church was a great believer that reenactment of the birth and crucifixion of Christ, performed by the children of the town, was a powerful way to reconfirm the faith of the local citizenry. And Reverend Pendleton was correct. The Columbus Presbyterian Church pageants were one of the highlights of the local year. When the church congregation and their friends saw their children acting in the roles of Joseph, Mary, and even Christ, they became involved in the depicted events at an emotional level that was virtually impossible to achieve in any other way. " [More, pg. 40-41, 195.]
Christianity - Christmas Indiana 1975 Ing, Dean. Spooker. New York: Tom Doherty Associates (1995); pg. 24. Christmas Eve
Christianity - Christmas Indiana 2051 Rucker, Rudy. Freeware. New York: Avon (1998; c. 1997); pg. 31. Pg. 31: "At Christmas, Honey's mother in Indianapolis died of cancer... "; Pg. 48: Christmas tree
Christianity - Christmas Io 2050 Anthony, Patricia. "What Brothers are For " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997; c. 1988); pg. 29. [Year estimated.] "Sometimes when they talked, he'd hum little tunes Jean had taught him: 'Farmer in the Dell' and 'Jingle Bells.' "
Christianity - Christmas Iowa 2263 Carey, Diane. Best Destiny (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1992); pg. 60. "'Oh, now, Jimmy!' the captain admonished. 'Is this the same family I spend Christmases with?' "
Christianity - Christmas Italy 1996 Fry, Stephen. Making History. New York: Random House (1996); pg. 29. Pg. 29: "My godmother gave me an Osmiroid Caligraphy Set for Christmas when I was fourteen... "; Pg. 92: "The war will not be over by Christmas... "; Pg. 186: " excited as a child on Christmas morning... " [Other refs., not in DB.]
Christianity - Christmas Kansas 1989 Denton, Bradley. Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1991); pg. 41. "'Oh, boy!' I shouted, strangely joyful.

It felt like Christmas. "

Christianity - Christmas Kansas 1989 Denton, Bradley. Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1991); pg. 97. "And then, soon after Christmas, we learned that... "
Christianity - Christmas Kenya 1986 Bishop, Michael. No Enemy But Time. New York: Timescape (1982); pg. 16. Pg. 16: Christmas song "Silver Bells " is sung by one character.
Christianity - Christmas Keramos 2500 Willis, Connie & Cynthia Felice. Promised Land. New York: Ace (1997); pg. 25. [Year estimated. Keramos is a colony planet.] Pg. 25: "On the roof was a painted wooden sign that read 'Billy's.' On either side of the sign was a row of ceramic monkeys. The statues each had a raised right arm, and Christmas lights and been strung between them so that each monkey looked like it was holding a green or blue or red torch. "; Pg. 94: " the tune of 'Jingle Bells' "; Pg. 98: "'My favorite's 'Good King Wenceslas,' ' Chancy said, and burst into a scarifying tenor. 'Come and listen, all you folks/ To this song of bedding!/ They were wed, oh, just today/ I went to their--' "
Christianity - Christmas Louisiana 2800 Gotschalk, Felix C. "Vestibular Man " in Future on Fire (Orson Scott Card, ed.) New York: Tor (1991; story copyright 1985); pg. 316. "Derek Carlson, Plebe I, Eastern Continental Gladiatorial Service, was discharged on Christmas Eve of the year 2800... "

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