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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Gaian world 2025 Goonan, Kathleen Ann. Crescent City Rhapsody. New York: Tor (2001; c. 2000); pg. 174. [1] "But the New Worlds were waiting. He pulled his attention back. First he want to the Gaian Arena. VOICE OF THE EARTH CHOIR REHEARSAL read a sign with an arrow. A group of people mingled down near the creekbed. He chose an information station but learned nothing new. The Gaian philosophy had been firmly set for decades. He rather liked it. Sometimes it seemed as if he could feel the oneness of which his mother spoke; feel the living earth pulsing beneath him, joining with the sun in a celebration of specific forms and energies. Since humans were a part of Gaia, though, and their thoughts, inventions, and follies, he did not exactly understand the Gaians' hatred of humanity, indeed, of themselves--at least it seemed so, at times, to him. "
Gaian world 2025 Goonan, Kathleen Ann. Crescent City Rhapsody. New York: Tor (2001; c. 2000); pg. 174. [2] "When he played solitaire, he thought of how one combination of cards, the initial condition the computer dealt, started out with very little possibility of solution, which would be, perhaps, the occasional creation of life in one-billionth of all the constantly forming and dissolving universes. The elements--the suits, the numbers--were all there, but the building sequence had to happen as the game progressed. Often there was complete failure, game over. Sometimes as he played, Jason tried to envision a universe in which a Goddess, such as his mother seemed to believe in, existed. Surely in all possible universes there must be a fair percentage in which Goddess did exist. Why not this one? Then again, he had also been struck by the realization that the next card turned up could spell the end of the game. And that his own situation--and all of humanity's--might be at the next to the last play just before the cards were all swept together.... "
Gaian world 2025 Goonan, Kathleen Ann. Crescent City Rhapsody. New York: Tor (2001; c. 2000); pg. 174. [3] "He wasn't sure how the Gaian philosophy fit into all of this. Something about taking charge, maybe. His mother said that there were terrorists among them, fanatics who wanted to destroy civilization. 'They're not the real Gaians,' she said. 'They're like wolves in sheep's clothing.'

He saw, through gaps in the milling crowd, his parents strolling hand in hand, stopping at the Millennialist Arena. They stepped beneath a shading pavilion... " [More, pg. 176.]

Gaian world 2026 Moffett, Judith. Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream. New York: St. Martin's Press (1992); pg. ix. "...the O'Hara Equations are certain to give an enormous boost to the force of the Gaian Mission, whose youthful Missionaries have been at work among us for the past couple of years. Carefully selected, intensively educated by pre-Takeover environmentalist veterans (drawn from the top ranks of such well-credentialed groups as Greenpeace and The Nature Conservancy), the Missionaries have been rapidly changing the way many people think and feel about Planet Earth. " [Many refs. throughout novel, only a few examples in DB. A central theme of the novel is the mission to instill a strong Gaian/environmentalist ethic into people, as demanded by the aliens who have benevolently taken over the planet.]
Gaian world 2026 Moffett, Judith. Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream. New York: St. Martin's Press (1992); pg. x. "Asked to comment on the discoveries, the top Gaians had plenty to say. 'We know that all ground is holy ground--in itself, and potentially for people who know how to live upon it appropriately,' says the 'gafr' of the San Francisco Mission... 'If the O'Hara Equations prove that some ground is 'holy' whether anyone lives appropriately on it or not, the implications are just terribly exciting. Because what happens when you put the two things together--when a Hot Spot has been the dwelling place of people who have 'lived into' that ground for many years in a deeply interdependent way? Think about it!'...

Reactions among other Gaian leaders are more cautions. 'This is an exciting development, but it's important not to let the sexiness and glamour of the 'holy places' idea make us lose sight of the homelier truth that all ground is holy ground,' advises Michael Kamante, Chief Steward of the Kikuyu Mission. . . . "

Gaian world 2026 Moffett, Judith. Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream. New York: St. Martin's Press (1992); pg. xv. Pg. xv: "I'm also sure Humphrey would prefer for the Gaians to create enough voluntary restraint in enough people so the Hefn didn't have to manage the situation at all, but there isn't going to be enough time. "; Pg. xxi: "I grew up, after all, in a world without Missionaries, Gaian ones at least; but I think my arboreal childhood and natural sympathies--and even, strange to say, my identification with Dad, which has otherwise been the source of so much anguish--would have inclined me to care more about the Earth in any case than about its teeming human population. "; Pg. xxiii: "He enclosed a picture of last summer's garden (very pretty) and signed the card 'Yours for Gaia, Colin T. Yost, One of the Youngest People Alive.' " [Many other refs. most not in DB.]
Gaian world 2026 Moffett, Judith. Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream. New York: St. Martin's Press (1992); pg. xxiv. And no wonder the Gaians have targeted our brief, transitional, pastoral/agricultural era as the one we most need to stay in contact with. I believe them when they tell us that even if there were any way for us as a viable species to be hunters and gatherers again, which there certainly will never be, such a life for humans has less to recommend it. And what is small-scale herding and diversified planting, with a little hunting and foraging thrown in, but homesteading--the most wholesome way people have ever devised for living upon the Earth, the happiest balance between nature and culture, the best way to use natural resources without using them up. "
Gaian world 2030 Hogan, James P. Entoverse. New York: Ballantine (1991); pg. 31. Pg. 30-31: "'Just think . . . nobody ever thought of Homer as a science writer before. The Iliad could all have been real--an authentic account of human contact with an alien race. Take Hesiod's account of the origins of the universe: First there was Chaos: just dark, empty space and protoelements. Then Gaea, the fusion of Earth and Life, and Uranus, the star-filled heavens, were born from Eros...' "
Gaian world 2030 McAuley, Paul J. Fairyland. New York: Avon Books (1997; c 1995); pg. 308-309. "'...At the end of the twentieth century it was thought that a new goddess was raised up: Gaia, the Earth herself. But Gaia is the world, not the meaning of the world. Gaia existed before us, and will exist after. She needs no worship, for we are already part of her. It is the triple goddess who interceded with Gaia on our behalf. It was she who ordered the lives of our ancestors. Without her there was no sacrifice of the temporary kings; without her no seasons, no harvest...' "
Gaian world 2036 Besher, Alexander. Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality. New York: Simon & Schuster (1998); pg. 263. "'Of course, what you really fear is that we will be making your precious Gaia our sanctuary . . . Because you already know, don't you, that the two worlds are irrevocably linked?...' "
Gaian world 2038 Brin, David. Earth. New York: Bantam (1990); pg. 97. "Remi realized, mid-insult, that both groups were turning toward a sound--a new set of interlopers had entered the hedge garden. He turned. Along the path at least a dozen figures in cowled white gowns approached, slim and graceful. Their pendants... were patterned in the womblike Orb of the Mother.

'NorA ChuGa,' one of the Ra Boys said in disgust. Still, Remi noticed the guys in both gangs stood up straighter... The North American Church of Gaia hardly ever slowed for anybody.

...All the way, Remi asked enthusiastic questions about current Gaian projects... Hardcore Gaian women tended to be hard to impress. "; Pg. 112: "'but isn't that exactly what the radical Gaians object to? They call it bastardization of species.' " [There are many references to Gaians in book, most not in DB.]

Gaian world 2038 Brin, David. Earth. New York: Bantam (1990); pg. 113. "She went through the motions--bowing to the Orb of the Mother, accepting the bound wheat, pouring the pure water.

So many people had taken to this sect, movement, zeitgeist. . . call it what you will. It was an amorphous thing, without center or official dogma. Only a few of those paying homage to the Mother did so thinking it was a religion per se.

Indeed many older faiths had taken the simple, effective measure of co-opting Gaian rituals into their own...

And yet, Jen knew many for whom this was more than a mere statement or movement. More than just a way of expressing reverence for a danger-stricken world. There were radicals for whom gaia worship was a church militant. They saw a return of the old goddess of prehistory, at least ready to end her banishment by brutal male deities--by Zeus and Shiva and Jehovah... To Gaian radicals there were no 'moderate' approaches to saving Earth. Technology and the 'evil male principle' were foes to be cast down. "

Gaian world 2038 Brin, David. Earth. New York: Bantam (1990); pg. 255. "Jen nodded sympathetically. The word 'Gaian' had become nearly as meaningless as 'socialist' or 'liberal' or 'conservative' were half a century ago. . . a basket of contradictions. She sometimes wondered what James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis would have thought of where their original, slim monographs had led. Or the Russian mystic, Vernadsky, who even earlier had proposed looking at the Earth as a living organism. Perhaps these times were ripe for a new church militant, as in the waning days of the Roman Empire. Maybe great movements liked having living prophets to both idealize and later crucify... With Lovelock and Margulis and Vernadsky long gone, the new faithful had to settle for Jen Wolling--founding saint and heretic. At times it go so she even wished she'd never had that epiphany, so long ago on the frosty shoulders of Mount Snowdon, when the turning leaves had suddenly revealed to her the jewellike mathematical clarity of the Gaia metaphor. "
Gaian world 2038 Brin, David. Earth. New York: Bantam (1990); pg. 261. "The Pacific Gaians were just the sort to conspire with Wolling. Compromisers, they worshipped an anemic goddess who seemed willing to settle for a world only half destroyed by man, with most of its species preserved in glass bottles, relying on technological 'solutions'... "
Gaian world 2039 Jones, Gwyneth. White Queen. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 140. "'...It was terrible, the way people leapt at the idea of Gaia's Punishment. This time at least it's true...' "
Gaian world 2065 Smith, Dean Wesley. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 70. Pg. 70: "'I told her everything had a spirit. Dogs, cats, trees, little girls, even the Earth. I told her that she wasn't dying, just returning to Earth's spirit, Gaia.' ";

Pg. 71: "'You don't really believe any of this, do you?'

Gray shrugged, but didn't turn away. 'You're asking me if I believe that all life, even the planet Earth itself, has a living spirit?'

'I am,' she said.

'And that we are all born from, and when we die we return to, this Gaia?'

She nodded.

'Honestly,' Gray said, 'I just don't know.'

An honest answer. She would have seen through anything else and he knew it. " [Many other refs. to Gaian themes, not in DB, but not Gaia only mentioned by name a few times.]

Gaian world 2065 Smith, Dean Wesley. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 206. "'So these ghosts, as you call them, are coming out of this Gaia thing Dr. Sid sold the council on, is that right?'

'General Hein, you have to listen.'

'Alien Gaia, Earth Gaia,' Hein said, shaking his head. 'Doctor, even if I believed such nonsense, the fact remains that the Earth is under attack from an aggressor who must be destroyed at all costs.'

'The cost may be the entire planet, sir,' she said, her gaze burning from the hologram image. 'Firing at the alien Gaia will only make it stronger.'

'Well,' Hein said, laughing at her insane idea, 'since you are under the alien's influence, I will take your protest to mean that we are in fact pursuing the correct course of action.'

'I am not controlled by the aliens!'

'I suggest,' he said, 'that you take your last few minutes and prepare to meet your Gaia.' "

Gaian world 2065 Smith, Dean Wesley. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 208. Pg. 208: "She looked out at the massive alien Gaia, now clearly bigger than just a few minutes before. If something didn't happen quickly, they were going to find themselves sitting inside that thing. "; Pg. 209: "Above them, the alien Gaia was a red, pulsating wall of energy. The last shot had opened massive cracks in the Earth, and the Quatro had fallen down into one of them, coming to rest twenty feet below the level of the alien Gaia. "; Pg. 226: "Below them the wonderful blue of the Earth's Gaia was welcoming. Above was the angry, swirling red of the alien, expanding out and coming closer and closer every minute. " [Gaia also mentioned by name pg. 213-214, 224-228.]
Gaian world 2093 Kube-McDowell, Michael. The Quiet Pools. New York: Ace (1990); pg. 5. "'For more that a hundred years, the bandits of Allied Transcon have insulted the Earth, our gentle mother. The trail of Gaea's pain begins with Allied Transcon's sorry heritage, with names to which such shame attached that those names were abandoned and hidden.' "; Pg. 6: "'Allied Transcon's crimes are against Nature. They harm the body and spirit of Gaea, immanent in the fabric of life. Our crimes are crimes for Nature...' "; Pg. 126: "But progress is merely opportunism seen in hindsight. We salve our burning conscience with visions of Gaea, God become goddess become cybernetic superorganism. But Gaea is merely wish fulfillment, the newest clothes for an old craving. " [Other refs. to Gaian philosophy in book, associated with the radical terrorist organization known as Homeworld. Other refs., if in DB, are listed under 'environmentalism.' 'Homeworld' is not simply a Gaian group.]
Gaian world 2093 Kube-McDowell, Michael. The Quiet Pools. New York: Ace (1990); pg. 216. Pg. 216: "The man was Peter Corning, an obscure rad-left Bundestag member from Schleswig-Holstein. One sensitized her to the 'organize wholeness' of Gaea, the other to the 'soft fascism' of Allied Transcon. "; Pg. 283: "Who remembers these tablelands rising from a dying sea? Only Gaea. Who recalls the march of life preserved in these canyon walls? Only those to whom the gift has been passed, whose substance preserves the fragile past in a precarious present. " [Etc.]
Gaian world 2960 Stableford, Brian. "Mortimer Gray's History of Death " in Immortals (Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois, eds.) New York: Ace Books (1998; c. 1995); pg. 199. "'Right. Not that I agree with those Gaean Liberationists, mind. I hear they're proclaiming that the inter-glacial periods are simply Gaea's fevers, that the birth of civilization was just a morbid symptom of the planet's sickness, and that human culture has so far been a mere delirium of the noosphre.' " [Also pg. 202, 217, 245.]
Gaian world 3001 Clarke, Arthur C. 3001: The Final Odyssey. New York: Ballantine (1997); pg. 197. "'Just like Antaeus--but in reverse!' she muttered darkly.

...'Who? asked Poole...

'Son of the Earth Goddess, Gaea. Hercules wrestled with him--but every time he was thrown to the ground, Antaeus renewed his strength.'

'Who won?'

'Hercules, of course--by holding Antaeus in the air, so Ma couldn't recharge his batteries.' "

Gaian world 4950 Aldiss, Brian W. Helliconia Winter. New York: Atheneum (1985); pg. 135. "When the desolation of a post-apocalyptic Earth yielded to the age... A drop of only a few degrees had been enough to throw the intricate mechanism of climatic control out of gear. The nuclear blast had induced in the living biosphere--in Gaia, the Earth mother--a state of shock. For the first time in epochs, Gaia met a brute force she could not accommodate. She had been raped and all but murdered by her sons. "; Pg. 136; "All these homeostatic equilibria had been maintained by Gaia, the earth mother in whom all living things, from sequoias to algae, whales to viruses, had their being. Only mankind had grown up and forgotten Gaia... Mankind had enslaved itself, in hate as much as love. In that madness of isolation, mankind invented formidable weapons of mass destruction. In committing genocide, it almost slew Gaia. " [More, pg. 137-140, 175-182, 218-220, 232, 234, 249-250, 267-268, 279.]
Gaian world 7583 Aldiss, Brian W. Helliconia Winter. New York: Atheneum (1985); pg. 249. "Their agile brains had at last led their emotions to accept a role of modesty, subordinate but never acquiescent to Gaia, spirit of Earth. Gaia did not seek to possess them, as their imagined gods had once done. They were themselves part of that spirit. They had a vision.

In consequence, death ceased to play the leading role of Inquisitor in human affairs, as once it had done. Now it was no more than an item in the homely accounting which included mankind: Gaia was a common grave from which fresh increment continually blossomed. "

Gaian world 1000004000 Anderson, Poul. Genesis. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 115. "'True, the scarcity of spontaneously evolved biomes makes the case interesting. however, Gaia has presumably been observing and gathering the data, for the rest of us to examine whenever we wish. The Solar System has seldom had visitors. The last was two million years ago. Since then, Gaia has joined less and less in our fellowship; her communications have grown sparse and perfunctory. But such withdrawals are now unknown. A node may, for example, want to pursue a philosophical concept undisturbed, until it is ready for general contemplation. in short, nothing called Earth to our attention.' " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
Gandhi veneration California: Hollywood 1955 Bradbury, Ray. A Graveyard for Lunatics. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1990); pg. 282. "No, I thought, maybe not Napoleon, but Barnum, Gandhi, and Jesus. Herod, Edison, and Griffith... "
Gandhi veneration California: Los Angeles 1996 Powers, Tim. Expiration Date. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 10. Pg. 10: "At about the age when his friends were figuring out that Santa Claus was a fake, Kootie had stopped believing in the Mahatmas and all the rest of it; later he'd had a shock when he learned in school that there really had been a guy named Mahatma Gandhi, but a friend of his who saw the movie Gandhi told him that Gandhi was just a regular person, a politician in India who as skinny and bald and wore diapers all the time. "; Pg. 11: "And in the meantime, no TV or movies or meat, and when he grew up he wasn't supposed to get married or even have sex at all... because the Mahatmas were down on it. Well, he thought, they would be, wouldn't they, being dead and probably wearing diapers and busy all the time rearranging people's coffee cups. "
Gandhi veneration California: San Francisco 2036 Besher, Alexander. Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality. New York: Simon & Schuster (1998); pg. 112. Pg. 112: "It was open mike tonight at the Brain Wash, and the Boxing Gandhis and the Buddha Heads were performing their latest abstractions on the cube stage. "; Pg. 117: "There was an eerie coiling sound coming from the cube stage. The Boxing Gandhis and the Buddha Heads had completed their sets... "
Gandhi veneration galaxy 2050 Blish, James. A Case of Conscience. New York: Ballantine (1979; c. 1958); pg. 66. "'...It's a thoroughly liberal society in terms of guarantees, yet all the same it never even begins to tip toward the side of total disorganization, toward the kind of Gandhiism that keeps a people tied to the momma-and-poppa farm and the roving-brigand distribution system. It's in balance, and not in precarious balance either--it's in perfect chemical equilibrium.' "
Gandhi veneration galaxy 2364 Dvorkin, David & Daniel Dvorkin. The Captains' Honor (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1989); pg. 254. "...a capacity to make things happen of a sort which altered the course of civilizations.

Alexander, Picard thought. Julius Caesar. Saladin. Napoleon. Gandhi. Hitler. Schroeder. Colonel Green. Kahless. Cochrane. Surak. Tagore. "

Gandhi veneration galaxy 2368 Taylor, Jeri. Unification (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1990); pg. 82. "...Worf announced that they were passing the Ghandi [sic], a legendary ship whose exploits Riker had studied at the Academy, and whose last explorations he had chronicled in a junior thesis. He was stunned to see the ship whose crew he had described in intimate detail, floating immobilized and impotent in space, a burned-out shell that had been the victim of violence while on a nonviolent mission, as though its name had determined its fate. He briefly held his hand over his heart as they passed by, in tribute. "
Gandhi veneration galaxy 2370 Vornholt, John. Quarantine (Star Trek: TNG / Double Helix: Book 4 of 6). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 20. [A starship named Gandhi. Mentioned multiple times, first here.]
Gandhi veneration galaxy 2371 David, Peter. Triangle: Imzadi II (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 203. "'...Last I heard, he was being assigned to the Gandhi.' " [A few other minor refs. to this starship.]
Gandhi veneration galaxy 2373 David, Peter. The Two-Front War in Star Trek: New Frontier (omnibus). New York: Pocket Books (1998; c. 1997); pg. 9. "'If I have a bow and arrow, Commander, I don't shoot a padded shaft to my target's left in order to express my annoyance. I fire a steel-tipped arrow into his leg. That's my idea of a warning shot.'

'You're the Gandhi of the spaceways, Captain.'

He smiled... "

Gandhi veneration galaxy 2400 Heinlein, Robert A. Citizen of the Galaxy. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1957), pg. 255. [Pg. 214 in Ballantine 1984 ed.] "'But you can't run; he has more legs. It's you or him.'

'You mean 'he.' Then you surrender; that defeats his purpose . . . as the immortal Gandhi proved.' "

Gandhi veneration Grenada 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 144. "'You can't attack Singapore!' Laura said. 'More killing can't help you!'

'We are not Christs or Gandhis,' Andrei said. He spoke slowly. 'This is terrorism...' "

Gandhi veneration Illinois: Chicago 2100 Dickson, Gordon R. Necromancer. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1962); pg. 73. "He glanced at the titles in colorful type on its cover. The lead one jumped at him.


And under this, in slightly less bold print:

The Psychotics of Our Overcrowded Cities

The author of this later article... "

Gandhi veneration India 1940 Gormley, Adrienne. "Children of Tears " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 3. Pg. 3: "And the week they arrested the people's leaders again, including Gandhi and Nehru, some of the people arrested were close to Uncle Arjun. Mother removed more names from the list, the only task she still managed. "; Pg. 4: "Over the next days we learned that Mother's brother was one of the participants in the great 'Quit India' satyagraha, spreading the mahatma's words throughout the country so that the people would know what lay ahead. He was one of those caught up in the sweep that the English were making. "
Gandhi veneration India 1940 Gormley, Adrienne. "Children of Tears " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 5. "He worked at the telegraph office, and it was he who brought us the news about the execution of the Congress leaders that had been arrested. 'All of them. Gandhi, Nehru, Vinoba. And more.,' he said... There are the tears I shed for my husband, Ritesh. He, too, lost his position when the government and businesses removed all Indians from service. his father, as I was told, still insisted on civil disobedience and passive resistance, trying to keep alive the simple ways of Gandhi, but it was not to be. "
Gandhi veneration India 1942 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1996); pg. 356. "'You will not be surprised to learn that Mr. Gandhi has made himself as unpleasant to the Lizards as he ever was to the British raj.'

'The aliens do not know how to deal with masses of people who will not fight them but also refuse to labor for them,' the princess said. 'Massacre has only made the Mahatma's followers more eager to continue their nonviolent campaign against oppression and unjust rule--from anyone.' "

Gandhi veneration India 1946 Williams, Walter Jon "Witness " in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986); pg. 109. "...just in time for his flight to India: He as going to Calcutta to see Gandhi. Earl wound up stepping between the Mahatma and the bullets that some fanatic fired at him on the steps of the temple--and all of a sudden the papers were full of India, with what had just happened in Italy forgotten. "
Gandhi veneration India 1955 Snodgrass, Melinda M. "Degradation Rites " in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986); pg. 156. "On the front page was a picture of Earl receiving a medal for having saved Gandhi. "
Gandhi veneration India 1974 Cox, Greg. The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh: Volume One (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 124. "'Someone once asked Gandhi--Mohandas, not Indira--what he thought of Western civilization. He replied that he thought it would be a good idea.' "
Gandhi veneration India 1987 Martin, George R. R. "From the Journal of Xavier Desmond " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 219. "Instead Braun and I made our way across Calcutta to visit the monument the Indians erected to Earl Sanderson on the site where he saved Mahatma Gandhi from assassination.

The memorial resembles a Hindu temple and the statue inside looks more like some minor Indian deity than an American black who played football for Rutgers, but still . . . Sanderson has indeed become some sort of god to these people; various offerings left by worshipers were strewn about the feet of his statue. It was very crowded, and we had to wait for a long time before we were admitted. The Mahatma is still universally revered in India, and some of his popularity seems to have rubbed off on the memory of the American ace who stepped between him and an assassin's bullet. "

Gandhi veneration India 1987 Martin, George R. R. "From the Journal of Xavier Desmond " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 220. "Gandhi is a personal hero of mine, and for all my mixed feelings about aces I must admit that I am grateful to Earl Sanderson for the intervention that saved Gandhi's life. For the great prophet of nonviolence to die by an assassin's bullet would have been too grotesque, and I think India would have torn itself apart in the wake of such a death, in a fatricidal bloodbath the likes of which the world has never seen.

If Gandhi had not lived to lead the reunification of the subcontinent after the death of Jinnah in 1948, would that strange two-headed nation called Pakistan actually have endured? Would the All-India Congress have displaced all the petty rulers and absorbed their domains...? The very shape of this decentralized, endlessly diverse patchwork country is an expression of the Mahatma's dreams. I find it inconceivable to imagine what course Indian history might have taken without him. "

Gandhi veneration India 1987 Snodgrass, Melinda M. "Mirrors of the Soul " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 397. "Those busy, noisy activists could have used you better if you'd had the grace to die in 1950. No--even better--while liberating Argentina or freeing Spain or saving Gandhi. "
Gandhi veneration India 2010 Bury, Stephen. Interface. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 136. "From the Indira Gandhi International Airport... "
Gandhi veneration India 2051 Rucker, Rudy. Freeware. New York: Avon (1998; c. 1997); pg. 42. "Near the Gandhi Bazaar... " [Other refs. to Gandhi Bazaar here, pg. 42, 92.]
Gandhi veneration India 2127 Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 321. "From the mention of Bose, the conversation turned to a discussion of Gandhi. Someone starting talking about 'peaceful resistance'--never implying that anyone in Planning might contemplate such a thing, of course--and someone else said, 'No, that's passive resistance.'

That was when Petra spoke up. 'This is India, and you know the word. It's satyagraha, and it doesn't mean peaceful or passive resistance at all.'

'Not everyone here speaks Hindi,' said a Tamil planner.

'But everyone here should know Gandhi,' said Petra.

Sayagi agreed with her. 'Satyagraha is something else. The willingness to endure great personal suffering in order to do what's right.'

'What's the difference, really?'

'Sometimes,' said Petra, 'What's right is not peaceful or passive. What matters is that you do not hide from the consequences. You bear what must be borne.' "

Gandhi veneration India 2127 Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 322. "'That sounds more like courage than anything else,' said the Tamil.

'What happened to 'discretion is the better part of valor'?'

'A quotation from a cowardly character in Shakespeare'...

'Not contradictory anyway,' said Sayagi. 'Completely different circumstances. If there's a chance of victory later through withdrawal now, you keep your forces intact. But personally, as an individual, if you know that the price of doing right is terrible loss or suffering or even death, satyagraha means that you are all the more determined to do right, for fear that fear might make you unrighteous.'

'Oh paradoxes within paradoxes.'

But Petra turned it from superficial philosophy to something else... 'I am trying... to achieve satyagraha.' the silence that followed, she knew that some, at least, understood. She was alive right now because she had not achieved satyagraha, because she had not always done the right thing... And she was preparing to change that... "

Gandhi veneration India: Calcutta 1977 Simmons, Dan. Song of Kali. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1985); pg. 9. Pg. 9: "'...I went to Calcutta because Gandhi . . . Mohandas, not Indira . . . Gandhi was going there and we were covering him. Man of Peace, Saint in a Loincloth, the whole schtick. Anyway, I was in Calcutta for about three months.' "; Pg. 11: "'...Then, a couple of weeks later, right before Gandhi broke his fast and the rioting stopped back in Calcutta...' "
Gandhi veneration India: Calcutta 1977 Simmons, Dan. Song of Kali. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1985); pg. 39. Pg. 39: "'Gandhiji once said, 'A man cannot fully live unless he has died at least once.' "; Pg. 62: "'I am a poor person of the Sudra caste. I am one of eleven sons of Jagdisvaran Bibhuti Muktanandaji who was with Gandhiji on his Walk to the Sea...' "; Pg. 64: "'...Even Mr. Debee, who in his pre-Christian days had sworn to Gandhiji that he would humbly work for our villages and have his ashes spread on the main path of Anguda...' "
Gandhi veneration Luna 2200 Dick, Philip K. Clans of the Alphane Moon. Boston, MA: G.K. Hall (1979; c. 1964); pg. 6. [Year estimated.] Pg. 6: "...being Heebs they had perhaps straggled back to Gandhitown. The difficulty, however, was that all Heebs, to him at least, looked alike: dirty, stooped creatures in soiled clothing who giggled and could not concentrate on any complicated procedure. "; Pg. 11: "'I'm the d-delegate from Gandhitown,' the Heeb, Jacob Simion, said, pushing his broom in his monotonous way. 'I j-just thought I'd do this while I w-waited.' He smiled guilelessly around at all of them. " [Many other refs. throughout novel to Gandhitown, not in DB. It is named after Gandhi, and the author makes allusions to Gandhi and his philosophy.]
Gandhi veneration Mars 2030 Bear, Greg. "A Martian Ricorso " in Tangents. New York: Warner Books (1989; story c. 1976); pg. 121. "'Listen, Thoreau,' Cobb said bitterly, 'while you were out communing with nature, Gandhi here decided to make sure we can't harm any of the sweet little creatures.' "
Gandhi veneration Maryland 2026 Wilson, Robert Charles. The Chronoliths. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 96. " apparently contrite and as fundamentally immovable as Mahatma Gandhi. "
Gandhi veneration Parvati 3099 Simmons, Dan. Endymion. New York: Bantam (1996); pg. 129-130. "'What kind of world is Parvati?' asks Gregorius...

'It was settled by Reformed Hindus not long after the Hegira... Population was never large--a few dozen million before the Fall. Fewer than half a million now, and most of then live in the one big city of Gandhiji.' " [City is named after Gandhi. Other refs. to this city, not in DB.]

Gandhi veneration Singapore 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 224. "'I'm just a stupid foreigner!... But I know better than to hurt anyone! So I want to go to jail!'

Blank looks. She had lost them. Inspiration saved her. 'Like Gandhi!' she shouted. 'The Mahatma. Gandhiji.'

A sudden awesome silence.

'so just a few of you, very calmly, please take me to jail. Thank you very much.' "

Gandhi veneration South Africa 1950 Berliner, Janet. "A Case for Justice " in Alternate Generals (Harry Turtledove, ed.) New York: Baen (1998); pg. 184. -
Gandhi veneration South Carolina 1980 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 208. "'...Then our research suggested that the ability to influence other people's actions and reactions was not that uncommon. I read history and wonder if such figures as disparate as Hitler, Rasputin, and Gandhi had this power...' "
Gandhi veneration United Kingdom: England 1779 Morse, David. The Iron Bridge. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1998); pg. 433. "She stood at the edge of such a vision. She was not a George Fox or a Mahatma Gandhi or a Martin Luther King. She was an ordinary person... "
Gandhi veneration United Kingdom: London 1995 Ryman, Geoff. 253. New York: St. Martin's Press (1998); pg. 149. Pg. 149: "Every day, walking to the tube from his apartment in Bloomsbury, Chief Inspector Curniffe stops to talk to the statue of Gandhi. This morning the Inspector asked: why did it apply? It was all wrong and all right at the same time. Does God play jokes to tell the truth?

Gandhi just smiled. The answer was a wonderful yes. ";

Pg. 150: "Mahatma Gandhi's statue by Fredda Brilliant is located in Tavistock Square, central London. It was unveiled in 1968. "

Gandhi veneration USA 1993 Simmons, Dan. The Hollow Man. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 215. "Thus Gandhi and Einstein, Jesus and Newton, Galileo and... "
Gandhi veneration USA 1993 Simmons, Dan. The Hollow Man. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 322. "Moses, Gandhi, Jesus, and Newton, offered Gail, sorting out his jumble of thoughts. Einstein and Freud and Buddha.

...'Jacob thought that there were a few people in history--he called them ultimate perceptives--a few people whose new vision of physical laws, or moral laws, or whatever was so comprehensive and powerful that they essentially caused a paradigm shift for the entire human race.' "

Gandhi veneration USA 1995 Chalker, Jack L. The Cybernetic Walrus (Book One of The Wonderland Gambit). New York: Ballantine (1995); pg. 143. "'Logic. The whole thing, the whole universe, has got to work. Most of their won't as is. Gandhi always thought that Hitler could have been stopped entirely by nonviolent means. How anybody who'd massacre six million Jews for being Jews could be stopped by nonviolence is beyond me or any human nature but he had to believe that. The alternative was unthinkable to him. And when India didn't all go his way, he darn near died, and when he tried to stop it somebody shot him.' "
Gandhi veneration USA 2010 Stephenson, Neal. The Big U. New York: Random House (1984); pg. 98. "Finally out came the names of Martin Luther King, Jr., Marx, Gandhi, Che, Jesus Christ, Ronald Reagan, Hitler, S. S. Krupp, the KKK, Bob Avakian, Elijah Mohammed and Abraham Lincoln. "

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