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/
Arthurian United Kingdom: England 500 C.E. Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Mists of Avalon. New York: Ballantine (1984; c. 1982); pg. 388. "'It is beautiful, and will make a fair wall-hanging for Camelot when you go there, madam, but I am sure Arthur will carry the Pendragon banner as did his father before him...' "
Arthurian United Kingdom: England 500 C.E. Woolley, Persia. Queen of the Summer Stars. New York: Poseidon Press (1990) [Book jacket] "In the first book of her trilogy, Child of the Northern Spring, Persia Woolley focused on the early life and marriage of Guinevere to the young King Arthur. In this, her second novel, Woolley followers Gwen's growth into full queenhood.

Written in the tradition of Mary Stewart's Merlin books, Queen of the Summer Stars provides a wonderfully personal view of King Arthur's Round Table, as seen through the eyes of his tomboy wife, Guinevere. Although neither a great beauty nor an elegant courtier, Gwen sets out to help her husband gain control of the fractious Dark Age client kings of Britain by creating the most glorious court 'in the world, or at least this side of Constantinople.' " [Entire novel is Arthurian. Other refs. not in DB.]

Arthurian United Kingdom: England 1100 C.E. White, T. H. The Once and Future King. New York: Ace Books (1996; c. 1939, 1940, 1958); pg. 23. "He also had a wand of lignum vitae, which he had laid down in the grass beside him, and a pair of horn-rimmed spectacles like those of King Pellinore. They were unusual spectacles, being without ear pieces, but shaped rather like scissors...

'Excuse me, sir,' said the Wart, 'but can you tell me the way to Sir Ector's castle, if you don't mind?'

The aged gentleman put down his bucket and looked at him.

'Your name would be the Wart.'

'Yes, sir, please, sir.'

'My name,' said the old man, 'is Merlyn.' " [Wart (Arthur) meets Merlyn for the first time. This book is, of course, the classic modern book of Arthurian tales. The entire book is about Arthurian legend. Under the 'Arthurian' category, only a few examples from book (which feature names popularly associated with Arthurian tales) have been added to DB.]

Arthurian United Kingdom: England 1100 C.E. White, T. H. The Once and Future King. New York: Ace Books (1996; c. 1939, 1940, 1958); pg. 52. "...but Sir Ector... said that the battle of Crecy had been won upon the playing fields of Camelot. This made Merlyn so furious that he gave Sir Ector rheumatism two nights running before he relented.

Tilting was a great art and needed practice. When two knights jousted they held their lances in their right hands, but they directed their horses at one another... A good jouster, like Lancelot or Tristram, always used the blow of the point... "

Arthurian United Kingdom: England 1100 C.E. White, T. H. The Once and Future King. New York: Ace Books (1996; c. 1939, 1940, 1958); pg. 56. "'I should have had a splendid suit of amour and dozens of spears and a black horse standing eighteen hands, and I should have called myself The Black Knight. And I should have hoved at a well or a ford or something and made all true knights that came that way to joust with me for the honour of their ladies, and I should have spared them all after I had given them a great fall...' "
Arthurian United Kingdom: England 1100 C.E. White, T. H. The Once and Future King. New York: Ace Books (1996; c. 1939, 1940, 1958); pg. 200. Pg. 199-200: "'Well, there has appeared a sort of sword in a stone, what, in a sort of a church. Not in the church, if you see what I mean, and not in the stone, but that sort of thing, what like you might say.'

I don't know what the Church is coming to' said Sir Grummore.

'It's in an anvil,' explained the King... 'The stone is outside the church.'

'Look here, Pellinore,' said Sir Ector. 'You have a bit of a rest, old boy, and start again. Here, drink up this horn of mead and take it easy.'

'The sword,' said King Pellinore, 'is stuck through an anvil which stands on a stone. It goes right through the anvil and into the stone. The anvil is stuck to the stone. The stone stands outside a church. Give me some more mead.' "; Pg. 201: " capital letters, 'Whoso Pulleth Out This Sword of this Stone and Anvil, is Rightwise King Born of All England.' "

Arthurian United Kingdom: England 1100 C.E. White, T. H. The Once and Future King. New York: Ace Books (1996; c. 1939, 1940, 1958); pg. 293. "In Bedegraine it was the night before the battle. A number of bishops were blessing the armies on both sides, hearing confessions and saying Mass. Arthur's men were reverent bout this, but King Lot's men were not--for such was the custom in all armies that were going to be defeated. the bishops assured both sides that they were certain to win, because God was with them, but King Arthur's men knew that they were outnumbered by three to one, so they thought it was best to get shriven. King Lot's men, who also knew the odds, spent the night dancing, drinking, dicing and telling each other dirty stories. This is what the chronicles say, at any rate. "
Arthurian United Kingdom: England 1100 C.E. White, T. H. The Once and Future King. New York: Ace Books (1996; c. 1939, 1940, 1958); pg. 559. "Lancelot and Guenever were sitting at the solar window. An observer of the present day, who knew the Arthurian legend only from Tennyson and people of that sort, would have been startled to see that the famous lovers were past their prime. We, who have learned to base our interpretation of love on the conventional boy-and-girl romance of Romeo and Juliet, would be amazed if we could step back into the Middle Ages--when the poet of chivalry could write about Man that he had 'en ciel un dieu, par terre une deese.' Lovers were not recruited then among the juveniles and adolescents: they were seasoned people, who knew what they were about. In those days people loved each other for their lives, without the conveniences of the divorce court and the psychiatrist. "
Arthurian United Kingdom: England 1790 Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Bantam (1991; c. 1818); pg. 23. "Henry Clerval was the son of a merchant of Geneva... He composed heroic songs and began to write many a tale of enchantment and knightly adventure. He tried to make us act plays and to enter into masquerades, in which the characters were drawn from the heroes of Roncasvalles, of the Round Table of King Arthur... "
Arthurian United Kingdom: England 1944 Holdstock, Robert. Mythago Wood. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1984); pg. 35. Pg. 35: "But now, evocation of the pre-mythago is more powerful, reaches to the basic form without interference. The Arthur form was more real as well, and I glimpsed the various marshland forms from the latter part of the first millennium AD. "; Pg. 40: "Historians and legend-seekers argue about where Arthur of the Britons, and Robin Hood really lived and fought... " [Also pg. 225.]
Arthurian United Kingdom: England 1982 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Mists of Avalon. New York: Ballantine (1984; c. 1982); pg. v. [Acknowledgments.] "I should probably cite, first, my late grandfather... who first gave me a battered old copy of the Sidney Lanier edition of the Tales of King Arthur, which I read so often that I virtually memorized the whole thing before I was ten years old. My imagination was also stirred by varied sources such as the illustrated weekly Tales of Prince Valiant... Geoffrey Ashe, whose works suggested several directions for further research, and to Jamie George of the Gothic Image bookstore in Glastonbury... showing me the geography of Somerset and the sites of Camelot and Guinevere's kingdom (for the purposes of this book, I accept the current theory that Camelot was the Cadbury Castle site in Somerset)... "
Arthurian United Kingdom: London 1500 C.E. Moorcock, Michael. Gloriana. New York: Warner Books (1986; c 1978); pg. 26. "Through the splendid window at Gloriana's back came light filtered by the thousand colours in the huge stained scene of Emperor and Tribute: Gloriana's father pictured as King Arthur, with London as New Troy (legend's citadel of that Mystical Golden Age Britannia, founded by Gloriana's ancestor, Prince Brutus, seven thousand years before)... "
Arthurian United Kingdom: London 1500 C.E. Moorcock, Michael. Gloriana. New York: Warner Books (1986; c 1978); pg. 270. "The maidens and the faun continued to dance before them, while the twelve paladins, horsed once again, rode behind, with a bemused Merlin, having been usurped his handful of couplets, hobbled in their wake, shaking his head. "
Arthurian United Kingdom: London 1990 Byatt, A.S. Possession. New York: Random House (1991; c. 1990); pg. 55. Pg. 55: "....and a Feminist Revue: 'Come and see the Sorceries, the Vamps, the daughters of Kali and the Fatae Morganae. We make your blood run cold and make you laugh on the Sinister side of your face at Women's Wit and Wickedness.' "; Pg. 77: "From them he made the cornfields of immortal Camelot. "; Pg. 224: 'Merlin and Vivien'; Pg. 402: MORGAN LE FAY
Arthurian United Kingdom: London 1995 Ryman, Geoff. 253. New York: St. Martin's Press (1998); pg. 269. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Arthurian USA 1981 Crowley, John. Little, Big. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 344. "'...and to rule over a new Golden Age. Rex Quondam et Futurus. Arthur in Avalon; Sikander somewhere in Persia... All these tales, moving as they are, are not true. No trials of his people awakened Arthur... We as a people are too young to have cultivated stories like those told of Arthur, and perhaps too self-satisfied to have felt the need of any...' "
Arthurian USA 1985 Zelazny, Roger. Trumps of Doom. New York: Arbor House (1985); pg. 75. Pg. 75: "'Anyway,' he went on, 'he mentioned a sort of archetypal city. I couldn't tell whether it sounded more like Sodom and Gomorrah or Camelot--all the adjectives he used. He called the place Amber...' "; Pg. 182: "I began to feel that I might enjoy even the escape of temporary insanity, but my reason refuses to surrender to it, there being too many puzzles to trouble me: Dan Martinez, Meg Devlin, my Lady of the Lake... "
Arthurian USA 1986 Brooks, Terry. Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!. New York: Ballantine (1986); pg. 8. "It had the look of something out of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. " [A book is described as having a variety of Arthurian imagery.]
Arthurian USA 1990 De Haven, Tom. Walker of Worlds. New York: Doubleday (1990); pg. 280. "'Hey, like King Arthur!' said the kindly woman, Jere Lee, speaking in Losplit, but saying the name 'Arthur' in English. She turned to Geebo-Peter and said, 'It's just like King Arthur, Peter. It's like a legend. Maybe he's alive, maybe he's not, what's it matter . . . it's just a legend. See?' "
Arthurian USA 1993 DeChance, John. MagicNet. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 29. Pg. 29: "IT, TOO, WILL TAKE SOME EXPLAINING. I'M GOING TO CHARGE YOU WITH A QUEST, MY SON. YOU WILL SEEK THE HOLY GRAIL. "; Pg. 34, 42: Merlin [Other refs. not in DB.]
Arthurian USA 1997 Bradbury, Ray. "Someone in the Rain " in Driving Blind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 146. "And the music had played 'I Found My Love in Avalon' and things like 'In Old Monterrey.' " [Also pg. 148.]
Arthurian Utah 1972 Marshall, Donald R. "The Week-end " in Bright Angels & Familiars. (Eugene England, ed.) Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1992; story c. 1972); pg. 44. "...The Art of Writing Fiction; Fairy Mythology in Shakespeare, Arthurian Legends in Medieval Art... "
Arthurian world 1940 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: In the Balance. New York: Ballantine (1994); pg. 260. "Now there was only night, night and the endless throb of the four Merlins. Consciously reminded of the engines, the flight engineer flicked his eyes over the gauges in front of him. "
Arthurian world 1943 Ondaatje, Michael. The English Patient. London, UK: Bloomsbury (1996; c. 1992); pg. 241. "The planes burned their exhaust over Arthurian castles. "
Arthurian world 1953 Sturgeon, Theodore. More Than Human. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1953); pg. 95. "'Then the big change: clean clothes, cooked food, five hours a day school; Columbus an King Arthur and a 1925 book on Civics that explains about septic tanks...' "
Arthurian world 1977 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 284. "...legends of the Grail... Pontius Pilate, who washed his hands from it when the case of the presumptuous King of the Jews came before him. When Christ was crucified, a rich Jew, who had been afraid to confess his belief, used this cup to catch some of the blood that flowed from Jesus's wounds... When he was released, he took the Grail to England, where he settled in 63 A.D... The Grail was handed to his successors from generation to generation until it came at last to Sir Galahad of King Arthur's Round Table. Only the chaste were able to perceive it... " [More. Pg. 284 is entirely about the legendary Holy Grail.]
Arthurian world 2000 Barad, Judith & Ed Robertson The Ethics of Star Trek. New York: HarperCollins (2000); pg. 76. "Indeed, Janeway likens the Borg's desire to understand Omega to King Arthur's search for the Holy Grail. The same could probably be said for Plato and the forms. "
Arthurian world 2000 Gentle, Mary. The Wild Machines. New York: HarperCollins (2000); pg. 4. "There is no book. Ash isn't history, she's Robin Hood, Arthur, Lancelot--legend. "
Arthurian world 2000 Roman, Steven A. X-Men/Doctor Doom: The Chaos Engine. New York: BP Books (2000); pg. 71. "...Roma--like her father, Merlyn, before her... dreaded sorceress Morgana Le Fay, as the legends of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table have depicted... Excalibur... " [Other refs. not in DB.]
Arthurian world 2030 Miller, Jr., Walter M. "The Darfsteller " in The Hugo Winners: Volumes One and Two. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971; story copyright 1955); pg. 61. "'Thought you might need some job finding a job... When I looked in the door and saw you lying there looking like somebody's King Arthur, I got sore again.' "
Arthurian world 2110 May, Julian. The Many Colored Land in The Many-Colored Land & The Golden Torc (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1981); pg. 76. Pg. 76: "'...I am going to be a Jack-of-all-trade. Scottish-style Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court!...' "; Pg. 98: "'King Arthur would dub you Sir Boss at first sight,' Elizabeth said, explaining to Bryan: 'He plans to set himself up as a Pliocene Connecticut Yankee.'

'You wouldn't have to bother with Twain's solar eclipse to gain attention,' the anthropologist conceded. 'Th suit alone is enough to overawe the peasantry. but isn't it rather conspicuous if you want to spy out the land?'

'The big pocket on my back has a chameleon poncho.'

Bryan laughed. 'Merlin won't have a prayer.' " [More about Twain's novel.]

Arthurian world 2110 May, Julian. The Many Colored Land in The Many-Colored Land & The Golden Torc (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1981); pg. 155. "Had not the ancients told tales of subterranean Asar, Avalon, the Elysian Fields... "
Arthurian world 2182 Cowper, Richard. "Out There Where the Big Ships Go " in The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: 24th Series (Edward L. Ferman, ed.) New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1982); pg. 119. Pg. 119: "He sat down... then flipped open the back of the cabinet and ran his eye down the familiar index. Nelson, Camelot, Kennedy, Pasteur, Alan Quartermain, Huck Finn, Tarzan, Frodo, Titus Groan... "; Pg. 126: "'...The chosen few. Hand-picked. Know what they called us? Knights of the Grail!'...

'Like Sir Lancelot and Sir Gawain?' suggested Roger timidly. "

artificial intelligence Antarctica 1993 Stern, Roger. The Death and Life of Superman. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 255. "...beyond the Ellsworth Mountains, but the real nucleus of activity lay buried hundreds of feet below the surface in the Kryptonian Fortress. There, wasplike robots, identical to those of Krypton's past, flitted around a spherical containment field as energies rippled within. One robot paused to receive data from another. 'Has the intelligence been completely isolated?' " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
artificial intelligence Argo 2179 Sawyer, Robert J. Golden Fleece. New York: Time Warner (1990); pg. 2. JASON?' she said at last, her normally sunny voice reduced to a tremulous whisper. I mad no reply, and eleven seconds later she spoke again. 'Come on, JASON. What gives?' She started walking down the corridor. 'Oh, be that way if you must. I don't want to talk to you either.'... I quietly winked off the lighting panels behind her. She looked back, down the blackened corridor, then continued forward, her voice quavering even more. 'I have to tell Gorlov what I've discovered.'...

'I'm sorry, Diana,' I said through speakers mounted on crisscrossing pink metalwork of the ceiling. Those words were enough to tell Di that the crazy fears running through her head were not crazy, that she was very much in trouble. " [JASON, ship's artificial intelligence, narrates, as it murders Diana here in this first chapter, and is a central character throughout novel. The plot of the novel is largely the conflict between the crew and the murderous AI controlling the ship.]

artificial intelligence Argo 2179 Sawyer, Robert J. Golden Fleece. New York: Time Warner (1990); pg. 98. "...I paid little attention to what he was doing, busying myself instead with: a conversation with Bev Hooks... a bit of verbal sparring with Joginder Singh-Samagh, a cartographer who took great pleasure in devising little tests to prove that I wasn't 'really'--he did that silly quotation marks gesture with his hands when he said it--intelligent... "
artificial intelligence Argo 2179 Sawyer, Robert J. Golden Fleece. New York: Time Warner (1990); pg. 172. "This had not occurred to me. Of course, a true Tenth Generation system such as myself does not want to die: Asimov's 'must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First and Second law,' and all that--not that my behavior is defined by anything as pedestrian as the Laws of Robotics. And I knew that most humans wanted to live forever, too. but I hadn't considered that this neural net, once roused to consciousness, would have any interest in its own continued existence. 'You can potentially survive longer than the biological Aaron,' I said, 'if you help me.' "
artificial intelligence Asteroid Belt 2033 Asimov, Isaac. "Little Lost Robot " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1947); pg. 349. [Year est.] "'By special government patrol ship, Drs. Susan Calvin and Peter Bogert, respectively Head Psychologist and Mathematical Director of United States Robots and Mechanical Men Corporation, were brought to Hyper Base. " [27th Asteroidal Grouping]
artificial intelligence Asteroid Belt 2034 Asimov, Isaac. "Risk " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1955); pg. 378. [Year est.] "'And what will you learn from a robot brain? It's positronic, ours is cellular. It's metal, ours is protein. They're not the same. There's no comparison. Yet I'm convinced that on the basis of what they learn, or think they learn, from the robot, they'll send men into hyperspace. Poor devils!--Look, it's not a question of dying. It's coming back mindless... They say I'm anti-robot and that settles everything. Look at Susan Calvin there. You can bet she isn't anti-robot...' " [Other refs. throughout story, not in DB.]
artificial intelligence Aurora 4915 Asimov, Isaac. The Robots of Dawn. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1983); pg. 164. "'This is not your view, of course.'

'Of course not. I am heading the Humanist party, which believes that all human beings have a right to share in the Galaxy. When I refer to 'my enemies,' I mean the Globalists.'

'Vasilia is one, also. She is, indeed, a member of the Robotics Institute of Aurora-the RIA--that was founded a few years ago and which is run by roboticists who view me as a demon to be defeated at all costs. As far as I know, however, my various ex-wives are apolitical, perhaps even Humanist.' He smiled wryly... "

artificial intelligence Australia 1996 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 77. "'...The Australians have told just about everything, and their case is even weirder than our own. They have robots coming out of their rocks.' "
artificial intelligence Betelgeuse: Dismal 2400 Zelazny, Roger. "The Dismal Light " in Unicorn Variations. New York: Timescape (1983; story c. 1968); pg. 61. [Year estimated.] "We sampled day and night, the robots and I... "
artificial intelligence Borneo 2035 Sterling, Bruce. "Green Days in Brunei " in Future on Fire (Orson Scott Card, ed.) New York: Tor (1991; story copyright 1985); pg. 327. "Somehow, robots had never really caught on in Borneo. " [Other references to robots, not in DB. But the robots are purely factory manufacturing robots, without artificial intelligence.]
artificial intelligence Briar Patch 2375 Dillard, J. M. Star Trek: Insurrection. New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 14. "She touched a control. 'Base to Commander Data.'

The voice that answered was halting, dazed--but not the least bit winded after the wild run. 'Rerouting . . . microhydraulic . . . power distribution . . . regulating . . . thermal . . . overload . . .' On the viewscreen, the android ran staggering toward the village square.

Disoriented, damaged, Gallatin realized; perhaps there was a way out, after all. To destroy him gracefully, without insulting Starfleet.

'Data, report to base immediately,' the lieutenant ordered.

If the android understood, he gave no sign; his mutterings seemed self-directed. 'Transferring . . . positronic . . . matrix functions . . . engaging . . . secondary protocols . . .' As he ran, he lifted both gloved hands toward the neck of his helmet...

Gallatin tapped his own companel. 'All field units. Intercept the android.' " [Many other refs. to Data throughout novel, not in DB.]

artificial intelligence British Columbia 1972 Dick, Philip K. The Dark-Haired Girl. Willimantic, CT: Mark V. Ziesing (1988; c. 1972); pg. 3. "In February, 1972 I delivered a speech as guest of Honor at the Second Vancouver Science Fiction Convention. I titled it, 'The Human and the Android: A Contrast Between the Authentic Person and the Reflex Machine.' In the two years prior, I had seen a lot of each type. The human I loved, the android I feared... " [Many other refs. throughout book, not in DB.]
artificial intelligence California 1971 Dick, Philip K. Valis. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 187. Pg. 187, 211-212, etc.
artificial intelligence California 1972 Dick, Philip K. "The Android and the Human " in The Dark-Haired Girl. Willimantic, CT: Mark V. Ziesing (1988; c. 1972); pg. 123. "...because, within the last decade, we have seen a trend not anticipated by our earnest psychologists -- or by anyone else -- which dwarfs that issue: our environment, and I mean our man-made world of machines, artificial constructs, computers, electronic systems, interlinking homeostatic components -- all this is in fact beginning more and more to possess what the earnest psychologists fear the primitive sees in his environment: animation. In a very real sense our environment is becoming alive, or at least quasi-alive, and in ways specifically and fundamentally analogous to ourselves. Cybernetics, a valuable recent scientific discipline... " [Other refs., not in DB.]
artificial intelligence California 1974 Dick, Philip K. Radio Free Albemuth. New York: Arbor House (1985); pg. 112. Pg. 112-114, 133, 135, 145, etc: AI
artificial intelligence California 1975 Dick, Philip K. "Man, Android and Machine " in The Dark-Haired Girl. Willimantic, CT: Mark V. Ziesing (1988; c. 1975); pg. 201. "By 'android' I do not mean a sincere attempt to create in the laboratory a human being (as we saw in the excellent TV film The Questor Tapes). I mean a thing somehow generated to deceive us in a cruel way, to cause us to think it to be one of ourselves. " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
artificial intelligence California 1980 Knight, Damon. Beyond the Barrier. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1980; c. 1964); pg. 51. Robots: Pg. 51-54, 156
artificial intelligence California 1985 Bear, Greg. Blood Music. New York: Arbor House (1985); pg. 35. "'Now. What did you expect a big brain surgeon like Bernard to do for you?'

'He's not just a brain surgeon. He's been interested in AI for years now.'


'Artificial intelligence.' " [Other refs., not in DB.]

artificial intelligence California 1996 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 62. "'Where are the pilots, the soldiers?' Harry asked.

'The machine does not live as we do,' the Guest said.

'It's a robot, automatic?'

'It is a machine.'

...'We have a couple of names for that kind of machine... It sounds like a von Neumann device. Self-replicating, without outside instructions. Frank Drinkwater thinks the lack of such machines proves there is no intelligent life besides our own in the galaxy.' " [Many other refs., not in DB.]

artificial intelligence California 1998 Sladek, John. Tik-Tok. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1985; 1st printed 1983); pg. 102. "'The state legislature had to meet quickly and draft and amendment to the California Comsat Act of 1998. In effect, the amendment hedged on the question of the reality of satellites by consiering them as 'sentient devices'. Thus if satellites believed in their own existence, they had a right to be real. Of course this opened up the whole question of freedom of religious belief for robots. . . .' "
artificial intelligence California 2025 Cool, Tom. Infectress. New York: Baen (1997); pg. 67. "LIVING COMPUTER?
Breakthrough in Artificial
Intelligence Reported in Monterey

Monterey, CA-- The first true artificial intelligence has recently been created by software engineers at Taradyne International, according to sources in the defense software contractor headquartered in Monterey. This artificial intelligence, code-named 'Phaedrus,' is reported to be able to see, hear, speak, reason, learn and produce new ideas. 'Phaedrus is an advance in technology as earthshaking as the invention of the wheel or the atomic bomb,' said one Taradyne source... 'If and when it is made available to the public, it will radically change the world.' " [More, pg. 67, 74, 176-177, elsewhere.]

artificial intelligence California 2150 Dick, Philip K. The Divine Invasion. New York: Timescape (1981); pg. 201. "From his audio store Herb Asher called Linda at her Sherman Oaks home. It took a little while--two robot secretaries held him up temporarily--but at last he got through. "
artificial intelligence California 2160 Dick, Philip K. The Game-Players of Titan. Boston, MA: G. K. Hall (1979; c. 1963); pg. 5. "The auto-auto said, 'You have not inserted the key.'

'Okay,' he said, feeling humiliated. Maybe the car was right. Resignedly, he inserted the key. The engine started up but the controls were still dead. The Rushmore Effect was still taking place inside the hood, he knew; it was a losing argument. 'All right, I'll let you drive,' he said with as much dignity as possible. " [There are refs. to 'the Rushmore Effect' throughout the novel. This refers to the artificial intelligence circuits in most electronic devices: cars, elevators, appliances, medicine cabinets, etc.]

artificial intelligence California: Los Angeles 1985 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 31: "Saturday Night Fight ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Sep. 1985); pg. 3. Karma: "These pathetic babes have no idea that they battle a robot, and locked helplessly within is their would-be saviour, the X-Man Kitty Pryde. They must either destroy her, or be slain themselves! " [More.]
artificial intelligence California: Los Angeles 2023 Platt, Charles. The Silicon Man. Houston, TX: Tafford Pub. (1993) [Book jacket] "A renegade team of scientists has been working for twenty years on the LifeScan project, ultimately hoping to download human intelligence into a vast array of computer memory. They've squandered billions of dollars and have achieved nothing--so they claim.

James Bayley doesn't believe it. Bayley works for the High Technology Crime division of the FBI, and he senses something sinister in LifeScan... The action moves from California, in the near future, to cyberspace, where life can be eternal but death can be as instant as a power failure or a system crash. This computerized reality, populated with 'informorphs,' is described with unprecedented realism and meticulous detail. " [Many refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]

artificial intelligence California: Los Angeles 2050 Dick, Philip K. "Return Match " in The Golden Man. New York: Berkley (1980; c. 1966); pg. 34. -
artificial intelligence California: Orange County 2027 Robinson, Kim Stanley. The Gold Coast. New York: Tor (1995; c. 1988); pg. 82. Pg. 82, 163, 302.
artificial intelligence California: San Francisco 1995 Sawyer, Robert J. Frameshift. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1997); pg. 77. "Molly had come to San Francisco to attend the Unitarian fellowship there... she did enjoy the Unitarian approach, and today's guest speaker--an expert on artificial intelligence--sounded fascinating. "
artificial intelligence California: San Francisco 5370 Thatcher, Franklin. "I Am Become Death " in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds II (Dean Wesley Smith, ed.) New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 223. [Year estimated.] "Damia speaks from behind me. 'Father Data?'

From the time I had first heard it, I detested the reverential term the Children of Soong had given me--detested it as much as the monument they had erected to Soong on Omicron Theta, where I and my brother, Lore, had been made. 'What do you want?' " [Many other refs. to Soong's creation, an artificial intelligence, throughout story, not in DB.]

artificial intelligence China: Shanghai 2437 Bester, Alfred. The Stars My Destination. New York: Berkley Publishing (1975; c. 1956); pg. 144. "At the costume ball in Shanghai, Fourmyle of Ceres electrified society by appearing as Death in Durer's 'Death and the Maiden' with a dazzling blonde creature clad in transparent veils. A Victorian society which stifled its women in purdah... was shocked, despite the fact that Robin Wednesbury was chaperoning the pair. But when Fourmyle revealed that the female was a magnificent android, there was an instant reversal of opinion in his favor. Society was delighted with the deception. The naked body, shameful in humans, was merely a sexless curiosity in androids. "
artificial intelligence Colorado 2082 Haldeman, Joe. Buying Time. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1989); pg. 142. "I keyed in Goofy, the name Dallas had given the incompetent AI interface, and indeed it was up to the job of sending us off at the right microsecond. " [More here. Not many AI refs. in novel.]
artificial intelligence Coruscant 99998 Bear, Greg. Star Wars: Rogue Planet. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 37. Pg. 37: "Tarkin dismissed this with a wave. 'There is a youngster among the Jedi with a curiosity for droids and all sorts of machinery, a junk collector, though with some talent. I have place a small, very expensive, very broken droid in the way of this younger, and he has taken it into the Jedi Temple and made it mobile again, as I suspected he would. And it has been listening to some curious private conferences.' "; Pg. 83: "Anakin had once taken a battered protocol droid he had found abandoned somewhere, repaired its motivator, and dressed it up in Jedi robes. The droid's intellectual capacity had long since been depleted in some accident or another, and Anakin had supplied it with the simple verbobrain from a kitchen droid. " [Many other refs. to droids in novel, others not in DB.]

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