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 USA 1999 Willis, Connie. "Miracle " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 11. "'Do you have Christmas presents in there? I hate people who have their shopping done four weeks before Christmas.'

'It's four days till Christmas,' Lauren said, 'and I don't have it all done. I still don't have anything for my sister. But I've got all my friends, including you, done.' She reached into the shopping bag and pulled out her pumps. 'And I found a dress for the office party.' " [This is a Christmas story, so naturally there are many refs. to Christmas throughout story. Other refs. not in DB.]

Christianity - Christmas USA 1999 Willis, Connie. "Miracle " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 15. "The young man was sitting on the couch, messing with the TV remote. 'So, what do you want for Christmas? A yacht? A pony?' He punched buttons on the remote, frowning. 'A new TV?'

'How did you get in here?' Lauren said squeakily. She looked at the door. The deadbolt and chain were both on.

'I'm a spirit,' he said, putting the remote down. The TV suddenly blared on. 'The Spirit of Christmas Present.'

'Oh,' Lauren said, edging toward the phone. 'Like in A Christmas Carol.'

'No,' he said, flipping through the channels. She looked at the remote. It was still on the coffee table. 'Not Christmas Present. Christmas Present. You know, Barbie dolls, ugly ties, cheese logs, the stuff people give you for Christmas.'

'Oh, Christmas Present. I see,' Lauren said, carefully picking up the phone.

'People always get me confused with him, which is really insulting. I mean, the guy obviously has a high cholesterol level...' "

Christianity - Christmas USA 1999 Willis, Connie. "Miracle " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 29. "She hit the automatic channel changer. Jimmy Stewart was on ever channel except one. The Ghost of Christmas Present was on that one, telling Scrooge to change his ways. She watched the rest of A Christmas Carol. When it reached the part where the Cratchits were sitting down to their Christmas dinner, she remembered she hadn't had any supper... "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1999 Willis, Connie. "Miracle " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 34. "'This book, it's called Let's Forget Christmas, says it's because everyone has these unrealistic expectations. When they get presents, they--' "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1999 Willis, Connie. "Newsletter " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 209. "...and listening to my sister-in-law Allison talk about her Christmas newsletter... " [This is a Christmas story, so of course there are Christmas refs. throughout, other refs. not in DB.]
Christianity - Christmas USA 1999 Willis, Connie. "The Pony " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 117. Pg. 117: "Well, aren't you going to open it?' Suzy demanded. Barbara obediently pulled off the red-and-green-plaid bow, bracing herself for the twinge of disappointment she always felt when she opened Christmas presents. ";

Pg. 118: "'Then why did she go home?'

'Because she's been indoctrinated to believe that Christmas is a wonderful, magical time when everyone is happy and secret wishes can come true,' Barbara said bitterly. " [This is a Christmas story, so of course there are Christmas refs. throughout, other refs. not in DB.]

Christianity - Christmas USA 1999 Willis, Connie. Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 320. "Twelve Terrific Things to Read at Christmas "

1. The Original (Matthew Chapter 1:18-25, 2:1-18, Luke Chapter 1:5-80, 2:1-52):
The best Christmas story ever. This one's got everything you could ask for in a story: adventure, excitement, love, betrayal, special effects. Good guys, bad guys, narrow escapes, reversals, mysterious strangers, and a great chase scene. And the promise of a great sequel. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 2000 Cooper, Bernard. "Hunters and Gatherers " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000; c. 1995); pg. 51. "It was one of those Xeroxed family newsletters sent out at Christmas. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 2000 Ebershoff, David. "The Rose City " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000); pg. 122. -
Christianity - Christmas USA 2000 Leavitt, David. "The Term Paper Artist " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000; c. 1997); pg. 196. -
Christianity - Christmas USA 2000 Manrique, Jaime. "The Documentary Artist " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000); pg. 283. -
Christianity - Christmas USA 2000 Newman, David A. "Mystery Spot " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000); pg. 295. Pg. 295-296.
Christianity - Christmas USA 2001 Knight, Damon. The Observers. New York: Tor (1988); pg. 60. "On the day after Christmas... " [Also pg. 22, 27.]
Christianity - Christmas USA 2002 Reed, Kit. Little Sisters of the Apocalypse. Boulder, CO: Black Ice Books (1994); pg. 90. "A teaching nun and a poet, K.'s first mentor was allowed to spend six months in a Carmelite convent. The rule: silence, prayer before dawn, work, a routine of prayer, sacrifice and contemplation. Food was plain, scant. At Christmas and Easter, to celebrate the feast, each nun had five M&Ms counted into her hand. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 2008 England, Terry. Rewind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 156. Pg. 156: "...said the boy with green hair (which, against Earl's red, fit in perfectly with the Christmas decorations draped everywhere). "; Pg. 163: "a display of Christmas beers. "; Pg. 172: "Wal-Mart officials have said with the Christmas crush keeping store officials busy... "; Pg.183: "Christmas Eve, and here's Aaron Lee Fairfax in a church building doling out portions of mashed potatoes and gravy to homeless people. " [Many other refs. to Christmas and to Christianity, not in DB. See, for example, pg. 194, 203, 252-254, 259.]
Christianity - Christmas USA 2008 England, Terry. Rewind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 177. "The cells floating in front of her have been tampered with by agents of the same God the sisters the Catholic girls high school she had attended in San Antonio believed in so fervently as the prime mover of all in the universe. She put her elbows on the desk and rested her head in her hands. Back at the apartment where she lived, holiday lights snaked around the buildings and up the naked trunks of palm trees. Christmas--a celebration of the birth of Lord Jesus, or just a myth sprung full-blown from a tangle of neurons, dendrites and axons? Where do the Holn fit into the Christian pantheon? Or--where does Jesus fit into the Holn pantheon? "
Christianity - Christmas USA 2010 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 107. "In fact, last year's best-selling Christmas toys were models of Bootstrap's so-called Big Dumb Booster, along with action figures and animated holograms of the intelligent squid crew... "
Christianity - Christmas USA 2010 Brackett, Leigh. The Long Tomorrow. New York: Ballantine (1974); pg. 230-231. [Christmas mentioned, mainly just for reference to season of the year.]
Christianity - Christmas USA 2010 Bury, Stephen. Interface. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 3. Christmas cards
Christianity - Christmas USA 2010 Bury, Stephen. Interface. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 532. "On December 1 he gathered his staff together to launch the final push on the Cozzano Family Christmas Special. " [More about this, pg. 532-538.]
Christianity - Christmas USA 2010 Stephenson, Neal. The Big U. New York: Random House (1984); pg. 154. Pg. 140: "The Christmas tree had been purchased three weeks ago... "; Pg. 141: "...into the flaming Christmas tree... For him Christmas had started the day before... were having a wild Christmas party of their own. "; Pg. 154: "Once the water had come back on, and we had soaked the elevator and the Christmas tree... "; Pg. 168: "The perpetrators had done it on Christmas Day... and haltingly explained that as Crotobaltislavonians they followed the Julian calendar, and had already celebrated Christmas. Could they not come in to perform needed plumbing repairs, and earn quadruple overtime for working on Christmas Day? The skeptical guard let them in anyway; if he could not trust janitors, whom could he trust? "; Pg. 171: "'...much of it over the Christmas holiday...' " [Some other refs. to Christianity, not all in DB.]
Christianity - Christmas USA 2011 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 263. "Bill led her upstairs to a bedroom door. There was a sign, cycling around like a Times Square billboard. TOM TYBEE'S ROOM! DO NOT ENTER! SANTA CLAUS ONLY! "
Christianity - Christmas USA 2013 Anthony, Patricia. "The Last Light from Llano " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997; c. 1993); pg. 235. "When I couldn't find him, I up and packed my things: all my clothes and the 30.06 Pa had given me one Christmas...' "
Christianity - Christmas USA 2020 Maggin, Elliot S. Kingdom Come. New York: Time Warner (1998); pg. 3. "I believed in something I called Original Sainthood. I believed in Santa Claus and that men had walked on the Moon. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 2030 Jablokov, Alexander. Nimbus. New York: Avon Books (1993); pg. 13. "I had seen her once... climbing into a long electric car on Michigan Avenue with a load of Christmas packages. A light snow was coming down, Christmas lights glowed on the bare trees, and she looked dazzling... "
Christianity - Christmas USA 2044 Sterling, Bruce. Distraction. New York: Bantam (1998); pg. 18. Pg. 18: "'...Four weeks till the Christmas holidays...' "; Pg. 26: " greenery coruscated like Christmas trees with drip taps... "; Pg. 94: " time for Christmas. "; Pg. 135: "Christmas toys "; Pg. 194: "'...You don't mind missing Christmas?...' "; Pg. 306: Santa Claus
Christianity - Christmas USA 2050 Nicholson, Scott. "The Vampire Shortstop " in Writers of the Future: Volume XV (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1999); pg. 440. "My heart was pounding like a kid's toy drum on Xmas Day... "
Christianity - Christmas Utah 2020 Dick, Philip K. & Roger Zelazny. Deus Irae. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1976); pg. 17. "Hoarsely guffawing, McComas shook, belly-wise, not Santa Claus belly but belly of hard, grinding animal. "
Christianity - Christmas Utah: Beaver County 2010 Hickman, Tracy. The Immortals. New York: ROC/Penguin Books (1997; c. 1996); pg. 61. "Distant glimmers of monitor screens and the Christmas-colored dance of control panel lights were the brightest lighting in the dim room beyond the glass... "
Christianity - Christmas Utah: Salt Lake City 1999 Bezzant, Pat. "Finale " in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993); pg. 265. "'...In fact, judging from the sitting bill you ran up doing Christmas shopping, I'm surprised Erica remembers who you are.' "
Christianity - Christmas Vatican City 1989 Wilson, Robert Charles. Gypsies. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 73. "This last Christmas, a rain of doves had fallen on the Palazzo Venezia. "
Christianity - Christmas Vatican City 2050 Bova, Ben. "Acts of God " in Sam Gunn Forever. New York: Avon (1998; c. 1995); pg. 15. Pg. 14-15: "The Pope remained stonily silent. He virtually disappeared from the public eye... There were even rumors that he wouldn't say the traditional Christmas Mass at St. Peter's. "
Christianity - Christmas Venezuela 2020 Griffith. Nicole. Slow River. New York: Ballantine (1995); pg. 67. "The family is staying with friends in Venezuela for month or so over Christmas. "
Christianity - Christmas Vietnam 1965 Scarborough, Elizabeth Ann. The Healer's War. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 74. Pg. 74: "His eyes shone like a little kid's on Christmas Morning... "; Pg. 196: " slightly bigger Christmas lights among the tiny glows of insects and reptiles. "
Christianity - Christmas Vietnam 1974 Bishop, Michael. The Secret Ascension; or, Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 39. "'...not long after the Christmas bombardment of the irrigation dikes that made Le Duc Tho sign the 1974 surrender agreement...' "
Christianity - Christmas Vietnam 1980 Dick, Philip K. "Faith of Our Fathers " in The Best of Philip K. Dick. New York: Ballantine (1977; story c. 1967); pg. 386. "'The quig with the Christmas-tree breasts--that was a boy, in drag.' "
Christianity - Christmas Virginia 1881 Turtledove, Harry. How Few Remain. New York: Ballantine (1997); pg. 413. Pg. 413: "He'd been looking forward to Christmas in Texas, too, perhaps even to taking leave and traveling back to Virginia for Christmas with his family. "; Pg. 416: "'Has anyone got a Christmas present for me?' " [More mention of Christmas, for example: pg. 420, 422-424, 468.]
Christianity - Christmas Virginia 2025 Swanwick, Michael & William Gibson. "Dogfight " in Future on Fire (Orson Scott Card, ed.) New York: Tor (1991; story copyright 1985); pg. 55. "Somewhere high above the green-shaped lamps hung a string of crepe-paper Christmas bells faded to dead rose. "
Christianity - Christmas Virginia 2050 Wilhelm, Kate. Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang. New York: Harper & Row (1976); pg. 6. "The Christmas that David was twenty-three seemed out of focus. The scenario was the same, the attic full of children, the food smells, the powerdering of snow, none of that had changed, but he was seeing it from a new position and it was not the wonderland it had been. When his parents went home he stayed on at the Wiston farm for a day or two, waiting for Celia's arrival. She had missed the Chrismtas Day celebration, getting ready for her coming trip to Brazil... "
Christianity - Christmas Washington, D.C. 1985 Bishop, Michael. No Enemy But Time. New York: Timescape (1982); pg. 282. "This Christmas the most prominently displayed paperbacks in the open storefront were a series... "
Christianity - Christmas Washington, D.C. 1995 Hand, Elizabeth. Waking the Moon. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 1. Pg. 1: "sent me our first Christmas. "; Pg. 10: "looked like some giddily elaborate Christmas ornament, with its brass fittings and enameled representations of the planets... "; Pg. 130: "'...why women aren't allowed to be priests or rabbis, why Christmas is a big deal, but Halloween is just for little kids...' "; Pg. 182: "He would join her for the Christmas holidays... "; Pg. 186: "...arrived a few days before Christmas... A sea urchin lamp, actually--it had been fitted with a tiny Christmas-tree bulb. " [Also pg. 209, 234, 260.]
Christianity - Christmas Washington, D.C. 1998 Steele, Allen. Chronospace. New York: Ace Books (2001); pg. 14. Pg. 14: Christmas party; Pg. 20: "For Christmas, his bemused yet proud parents gave him a hobby telescope... " [Also pg. 22, 112, 132, 236-237, 315.]
Christianity - Christmas Washington, D.C. 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 167. "'Gift,' Kiernan said... 'Who from? Santa Claus or the Easter bunny?' "
Christianity - Christmas Washington, D.C. 2014 Goonan, Kathleen Ann. Crescent City Rhapsody. New York: Tor (2001; c. 2000); pg. 71. Pg. 71: Christmas; Pg. 75: Santa Claus
Christianity - Christmas Washington: Seattle 1993 Busby, F. M. The Singularity Project. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 127. "' you want a dictionary for Christmas?' "
Christianity - Christmas Wisconsin 2437 Bester, Alfred. The Stars My Destination. New York: Berkley Publishing (1975; c. 1956); pg. 125. "'Protective confinement?' Foyle wondered. 'What for? What's she done?'

It took thirty minutes to organize a Christmas party in the Four Mile Circus. It was made up of musicians, singers, actors, and rabble who knew the Iron Mountain co-ordinates. Led by their chief buffoon, they jaunted up with music, fireworks, firewater, and gifts. They paraded through the town spreading largess and laughter... Fourmyle of Ceres, dressed as Santa Claus, scattering bank notes from a huge sack over his shoulder and, leaping in agony as the induction field... They burst into Mercy Hospital, following Santa Claus who roared and cavorted with the detached calm of a solemn elephant... As a matter of fact she departed from the hospital inside Santa's sack...

Why kidnapped in a sack? Drunks slurring on trombones. 'Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.'

Christianity - Christmas world -5000 B.C.E. Tolkien, J. R. R. The Hobbit or There and Back Again. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1997; c. 1937, 1966); pg. 90. [In Chapter 6] "You would have laughed (from a safe distance), if you had seen the dwarves sitting up in the trees with their beards dangling down, like old gentlemen gone cracked and playing at being boys. Fili and Kili were at the top of a tall larch like an enormous Christmas tree. Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, and Gloin were more comfortable in a huge pine with regular branches sticking out at intervals like the spokes of a wheel. "
Christianity - Christmas world 1476 C.E. Gentle, Mary. Lost Burgundy. New York: HarperCollins (2000); pg. 280. -
Christianity - Christmas world 1562 C.E. Niven, Larry. Rainbow Mars. New York: Tor (1999); pg. 156. "'Jack, what is the year?'

'We left Portugal in the year of our Lord fifteen sixty. Since then I too have lost count. Two years, I think. In this place one canot even guess when Christmas might come!' "

Christianity - Christmas world 1722 Keyes, J. Gregory. A Calculus of Angels. New York: Ballantine (1999); pg. 43. -
Christianity - Christmas world 1855 Baxter, Stephen. Anti-ice. New York: HarperCollins (1993); pg. 5. -
Christianity - Christmas world 1908 Bensen, Donald R. And Having Writ.... Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill Co. (1978); pg. 231. "...and Christmas trees. "
Christianity - Christmas world 1920 Le Guin, Ursula K. "Ile Forest " in Orsinian Tales. New York: Harper & Row (1976); pg. 29. "My sister's still at Ile. I haven't seen her for a couple years, I hope to spend Christmas there. . . . "
Christianity - Christmas world 1935 Bemelmans, Ludwig. "Putzi " in Laughing Space (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1982; c 1935); pg. 103. "For a year Putzi had stood on the mantlepiece. He was presented with flowers on his birthday, and on Christmas he had a little tree with one candle on it. "
Christianity - Christmas world 1940 Powell, James. "Death in the Christmas Hour " in Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) USA: Bluejay Books (1984); pg. 321. "In the first hour of Christmas morning animals can talk and toys come to life provided no humans are lurking about.

Several minutes after the last stroke of midnight had tolled over the snowy Christmas city, a Welsh corgi named Owen... " [Refs. to Christmas throughout story, not in DB.]

Christianity - Christmas world 1940 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: In the Balance. New York: Ballantine (1994); pg. 323. -
Christianity - Christmas world 1943 Rand, Ayn. Fountainhead. New York: Penguin (1993; c. 1943); pg. 345. Pg. 345: "Right, my dear, everything will be forgotten by next Christmas... " [More.]; Pg. 363: "'...I'd saved it to buy a bottle of 'Christmas Night,' I wanted 'Christmas Night' very badly, but afterward every time I thought of that organ-grinder I was happy...' "
Christianity - Christmas world 1947 Waldrop, Howard. "Thirty Minutes Over Broadway! " in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986); pg. 32. Pg. 32: "The fighter looked like Christmas-tree tinsel as it fell. "; Pg. 38: "'More like Czech potato-peel vodka. We'll be lucky if we see Christmas.' "
Christianity - Christmas world 1953 Clarke, Arthur C. Childhood's End. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1981; c. 1953); pg. 6. "...while further along the beach the scaffolding round the 'Columbus' had transformed itself into an illuminated Christmas tree. "
Christianity - Christmas world 1953 Sturgeon, Theodore. More Than Human. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1953); pg. 34. "Wima knew before she started that there wasn't any use looking, but something made her run to the hall closet and look in the top shelf. There wasn't anything up there but Christmas tree ornaments and they hadn't been touched in three years. "
Christianity - Christmas world 1956 Sheckley, Robert "Protection " in Laughing Space (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1982; c 1956); pg. 201. "'...I am the Spirit of Christmas Past. The Creature from the Black Lagoon...' "
Christianity - Christmas world 1959 Bradbury, Ray. "The Little Mice " in The Day it Rained Forever. London: Rupert Hart-Davis (1970; first ed. 1959); pg. 198. "At Christmastime, on evening, I saw a man... "
Christianity - Christmas world 1964 Hoyle, Fred. The Black Cloud. New York: Harper & Row (1957); pg. 116. "As an item of news the Cloud, for the time being at least, was dead. In any case Christmas was only a few days off. "
Christianity - Christmas world 1969 Baxter, Stephen. Voyage. New York: HarperCollins (1996); pg. 31. "The sky outside his tiny cabin was a deep blue-black, and the control lights gleamed brightly, like something off a Christmas tree. "
Christianity - Christmas world 1969 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Left Hand of Darkness. New York: Ace Books (1976; first pub. 1969); pg. 205. "He had on his back a huge sooty sack stuffed full of bundles: Father Christmas, who pops down the chimneys of old Earth. The bundles contained kadik-germ, dried breadapple, tea, and slabs of the hard, red, earthy-tasting sugar that Gethenians refine from one of their tubers. "

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