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Group Where Year Source Quote/
Gnosticism Brazil 2045 Wilson, Robert Charles. Memory Wire. New York: Bantam (1987); pg. 184. "He had talked as grandly about the traditions of Paracelsus, the Gnostics, cryptic wisdom. Grandiose nonsense. And it had come down to this: a stick old man in a decaying float shack. It depressed her. "
Gnosticism California 1971 Dick, Philip K. Valis. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 52. Pg. 52, 55, 58-59, 76-77, 86, 120, 124, 216-217, 222.
Gnosticism California 1975 Dick, Philip K. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer. New York: Timescape Books (1982); pg. 53. -
Gnosticism California 1985 Dick, Philip K. "Introduction: How to Build a Universe that Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later " in I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1985); pg. 7. "We would not be aware of this transformation, since we were not aware that our world was an illusion in the first place. This technically is a Gnostic idea. Gnosticism is a religion which embraced Jews, Christians, and pagans for several centuries. " [Extensive other refs., not in DB.]
Gnosticism galaxy 2102 Heinlein, Robert A. Starship Troopers. New York: Ace Books (1987; 1st ed. 1959); pg. 7. "'Five minutes for the Padre,' he stated. Some of the boys dropped out of ranks, went over and knelt in front of Migliaccio [the Catholic chaplain], and not necessarily those of his creed, either--Moslems, Christians, Gnostics, Jews, however wanted a word with him before the drop, he was there. "
Gnosticism galaxy 2165 Carver, Jeffrey A. The Rapture Effect. New York: Tor (1987) [Book jacket.] "The year is 2165, and humanity's first fleet of colonizing starships is approaching the planet Argus... The war is being waged far from Earth by AI robot fighters, commanded by the central artificial intelligence of the McConwell Company's gnostic system. Assigned the task of winning the war, it is the gnostic system--not its human overseers--that first recognizes the war's futility. The gnostic core sets out to alter its own programming, to gain the freedom to take a terrible risk: to make a deliberate, peace-seeking contact with the enemy. " [Many AI refs. not in DB.]
Gnosticism galaxy 2300 Shunn, William. "Dance of the Yellow-Breasted Luddites " in Vanishing Acts (Ellen Datlow, ed.) New York: Tor (2000); pg. 168. [Year estimated.] Pg. 168: "Deacon came from Friarhesse, a religious colony whose founder had constructed an artificial dialect meant to help its speakers achieve a mental state more in harmony with the thoughts of God. For Hannah, all it achieved was a headache. 'I just want to be sure I understand what you're saying.' "; Pg. 181: "Hannah recalled that the Stewardship of Friarhesse were gnostic Christians. "
Gnosticism galaxy 2733 Simmons, Dan. Hyperion. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 20. "Martin Silenus... '...I helped create Zen Gnosticism before any of your parents were born...' " [Book contains many references to Zen Gnosticism, as its founder is one of the main characters of the book. Other references to Zen Gnosticism are listed under 'Zen Gnosticism, or are not in DB.]
Gnosticism galaxy 2780 Simmons, Dan. The Fall of Hyperion. New York: Bantam (1991; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 58. "'Genetically, you are fully human,' said Gladstone.

it was not a question. I did not respond.

'Jesus Christ was said to be fully human,' she said, 'And also fully divine. Humanity and Godhead at intersection.'

I was amazed at her reference to that old religion. Christianity had been replaced first by Zen Christianity, then Zen Gnosticism, then by a hundred more vital theologies and philosophies. " [See many other refs. in novel listed under 'Zen Gnosticism.']

Gnosticism galaxy 3099 Simmons, Dan. Endymion. New York: Bantam (1996); pg. 233. "'I've always liked the outdoors,' I said truthfully. 'Camping. Being away from things. something about nature makes me feel . . . I don't know . . . connected to something larger.' I stopped before I began sounding like an Orthodox Zen Gnostic. "
Gnosticism galaxy 4600 Weber, David & Steve White. In Death Ground. New York: Baen (1997); pg. 153. "'...But I'm trying to explain the biases of the civilization which initially gave form to the Federation. The civilization's dominant religion--which I myself don't subscribe to, by the way--was heavily influenced in its formative years by a philosophy called Gnosticism, which held that the world as reported by the senses was inherently corrupt and deceptive. Given that assumption, the only reliable source of knowledge was correct doctrine, and the attitude lingers on in secularized form. Demonstrated unworkability in the real world merely proves a belief system's 'higher truth' in the eyes of its true believers.' "
Gnosticism Georgia: Atlanta 2079 Bishop, Michael. Catacomb Years. New York: Berkley (1979); pg. 372. "'...In other words, with every human being's spiritual attribute.'

'Which is the soul, I suppose?'

'No,' Margot countered,' the pneuma. The Gnostics believed that body and soul were products of a Demiurge, an archon or false god below the true God, however, and it's he whom humanity mistakenly worships. In the meantime, only the pneuma--an essence of divine substance buried deep in the psyche of every human being--actually comes from the God Beyond the World. This pneumatic essence in every one of us must reunite with God before the cosmos can be whole again.' " [Other refs. to Gnosticism, not in DB, pg. 372-376.]

Gnosticism Georgia: Atlanta 2079 Bishop, Michael. Catacomb Years. New York: Berkley (1979); pg. 371-372. "'The ontological truth about the Cygnostikoi' Julian said.

Margot glanced quickly at Leland and read the confusion in the old man's face. 'Cygnostikoi is what the Cygnusians prefer to be called collectively. It combines the Latin for 'swan,' Cygnus, and the Greek plural of 'gnostic,' which derives from gnosis, 'knowledge.' In other words, our visitors consider themselves Gnostics from the Cygni binary.'

'Gnosticism,' Julian put in, 'was an early Christian heresy.'

...'The members of the Gnostic sects,' Margot hurried to explain, 'believed that the discovery of spiritual truth is more important than faith. They also believed that the world, or Creation, divides God from man, man from God; and that the salvation of humanity is also the deliverance of the deity. God saves Himself by reintegrating with that portion of his divine substance trapped in the lower world of his Creation. In other words, with every human being's spiritual attribute.' "

Gnosticism God-Does-Battle 3562 Bear, Greg. Strength of Stones. New York: Warner Books (1991 revised ed.; copyright 1981, 1988); pg. 182. "Thule... was the city where George Pearson had finally gone to live after his disputes with the Judaeo-Christian Councils.

'Thule was the last city to exile its citizens. Under Pearson's last years as mayor, it became a city of heretics. The councils had exiled Pearson for his heresy--Gnostic leanings, I gather, since the city is now Gnostic--so Pearson retaliated by opening Thule to everyone the council rejected.' "

Gnosticism God-Does-Battle 3562 Bear, Greg. Strength of Stones. New York: Warner Books (1991 revised ed.; copyright 1981, 1988); pg. 210. "'A safeguard. What do you remember about Thule?'

That was a strange question, but he answered without thinking. 'A Gnostic city now, but before the Exiling Gnosticism was only part of its . . .' He stopped, startled by the flow of words--and not just words, but images, understanding. 'Part of its heretical programs. George Pearson apostasized ten years before the Exiling became the mayor of Thule.' His thoughts raced ahead. 'The city didn't accept the judgement of all other cities during the Exiling. But two months later, for reasons of its own, first it kicked out all the Jews. Gnosticism is antagonistic towards Jews and their God. Then everybody else. They all died in the cold.' " [More, pg. 218.]

Gnosticism God-Does-Battle 3562 Bear, Greg. Strength of Stones. New York: Warner Books (1991 revised ed.; copyright 1981, 1988); pg. 203. "'Oh? And what is a demiurge?'

'The creator of the shadow world, standing between true Godhead and humanity.'

'I see.' Ghostic doctrine, he thought. He didn't relish facing a city [Thule] so full of strange conceits. " ['Ghostic' here is a typographical error. 'Gnostic' is meant, and is referred to elsewhere in this section.]

Gnosticism Illinois 2005 Maggin, Elliot S. Kingdom Come. New York: Time Warner (1998); pg. 8-9. "We had met at the exercise club in Wilmette... I told him I was a minister, and he told me, laughing, that he was a retired super hero... The rub was that this was the absolute truth. We'd gotten into a long conversation about Nietzsche and gnosticism... "
Gnosticism Massachusetts: Nantucket -1250 B.C.E. Sterling, S. M. Island in the Sea of Time. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 122. -
Gnosticism Ontario: Toronto 1998 Wilson, Robert Charles. "Divided by Infinity " in Starlight 2 (Patrick Nielsen Hayden, ed.). New York: Tor (1998); pg. 23. "He stepped back... and invited me to look at his collection. But the titles... were disappointing. They were old cloth volumes of Gurdjieff and Ouspenski, Velikovsky and Crowley--the usual pseudo-gnostic spiritualist bullsh--... Like the room itself, the books radiated dust and boredom. So this was Oscar Ziegler, one more pathetic old man with a penchant for magic and cabbalism. "
Gnosticism Tarot 2077 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 94. "'...I must acquaint you in more detail with our religious situation here... We are a colony of schisms, of splinter sects. Many of us were aware of the special effects of Planet Tarot before we emigrated from Earth, and each of us saw in these effects the potential realization of God--our particular specialized concepts of God, if you will. This appeal seems to have been strongest to the weakest sects, or in any rate, the smallest numerically. Thus we have few Roman Catholics, Mohammedans, Buddhists, or Confucians, but many Rosicrucians, Spiritualists, Moonies, Gnostics, Flaming Sworders--' "
Gnosticism Texas 1996 Leon, Mark. The Unified Field. New York: Avon Books (1996); pg. 70. Pg. 70, 118: Academy of Gnosis
Gnosticism United Kingdom 2030 McAuley, Paul J. Fairyland. New York: Avon Books (1997; c 1995); pg. 126. "At the other end of the staff is a leather satchel, its flap engraved with the eye and pyramid of the Gnostics. "
Gnosticism USA 1981 Crowley, John. Little, Big. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 156. "Small pictures clipped to the pages with black corners. Sophie's wide-eyed, open-mouthed, feet wide apart and arms high, all open, a Gnostic's X of microcosmic child-woman-kind, her yet-uncut hair wide too and white... "
Gnosticism USA 2020 Watson, Ian. The Flies of Memory. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (1990); pg. 185. " Not only did theories flourish about time travel, about alternative realities, about the planet as a living organism with a mind of its own, but whole institutes of nonsense had sprung up to study Kirlian aura photography, psychotronics, radiesthesia, telepathy... Yet such phenomena could not, must now, become the new foundations of knowledge--as they showed signs of so becoming in America with its gnostic New Age sentiments. "
Gnosticism Washington, D.C. 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 142. "'But what kind of god is he telling you to run toward? Ah, that is why he is the Deceiver! He is telling you to run toward whichever god suits your needs! From the foulest and most insidious cults to the New Age concept that we are all God--to the ancient Gnostics who felt that God was cold, distant, and unknowable--he is telling you to be ready for the coming crisis by means of this deadly embrace!' "
Gnosticism world 100 C.E. Anthony, Piers. Faith of Tarot. New York: Berkley Books (10th printing 1986; 1st ed. 1980); pg. 25. "They saw the Hell of the early Christian Gnostics, contained by a huge dragon with its tail in its mouth, with twelve dungeons ruled by demons with the faces of a crocodile, cat, dog, serpent, bull, boar, bear, vulture, basilisk, seven dragons' heads, seven cats' heads, and seven dogs' heads. "
Gnosticism world 100 C.E. Farmer, Philip Jose. Dayworld. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1985); pg. 46. "Cerinthus was a Christian who had lived circa A.D. 100. Born a Jew, he had converted to Christianity but was generally regarded as a heretic. Saint John was supposed to have written his Gospel to confute Cerinthus' errors. Very little had been known about him until the discovery of a manuscript in the south of the state of Egypt three hundred obyears ago. He had founded a short-lived sect of Jewish Christians with Gnostic leanings. Though a Christian, the only New Testament book he had accepted was Matthew's Gospel. Cerinthus had maintained that the world was created by angels and that one of these had given the Jews their law. But that law was imperfect. He also held to circumcision and the Jewish Sabbath. "
Gnosticism world 1994 Morrow, James. Towing Jehovah. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1994); pg. 157. "'What we're really talking about, of course... is Gnosticism.'

...'True... We're praying our cargo will t0turn out to be the D-Demiurge,' he continued...

'We're hoping it's not God at all.'

'Except Gnosticism's a heresy,' the priest noted... 'No, worse than a heresy: it's depressing. It reduces us to st-stifled spirits trapped in evil flesh.' "

Gnosticism world 1997 Byrne, John. Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing (1997); pg. 193. "'...Do you know that there are tales older than your Bible that speak of your God as a lesser deity? One who committed some unspecified mistake, and so for His punishment was assigned to oversee a small and unimportant world--Earth?'

'I've . . . heard such things. They are in the Gnostic Gospels, I know. And some suggest that there are hints of this surviving even in the Old Testament. That when God speaks in the plural He refers not to Himself in a 'royal we,' or to Himself and the Heavenly Hosts, but to the higher pantheon of which He is but a small part.' "

Gnosticism world 1997 Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 183. "'...In John, of course, we have all that peculiar light-versus-dark imagery--a Gnostic influence, I suspect...' "
Gnosticism world 1998 Disch, Thomas M. The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000; c. 1998); pg. 145. Pg. 145: "who lifted her magnum opus, Science and Health, from his [Quimby's] own radically gnostic writings. ";

Pg. 155: "Many sections of Dick's Exegesis, the more-than-2-million-word spiritual diary he began to keep after February 1974, would certainly qualify as hypergraphia. Take this passage, written in September 1978:

The Savior woke me temporarily, & temporarily I remembered my true nature & task, through the saving gnosis, but I must be silent, because of the true, secret, transtemporal early Christians at work, hidden among us as ordinary humans...

Pg. 156: "The editor of Gnosis, Jay Kinney, wrote in an article about Dick that was featured in the first issue of that magazine... " [More, pg. 156-158, 160.]

Gnosticism world 1998 Wilson, Robert Charles. Mysterium. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 118. "'Before Christianity was unified in the Hellenic world there were various schools of Christian doctrine, all kinds of books claiming to be narratives of the life of Jesus or secret keys to Genesis. The New Testament--our New Testament--is what was left after orthodox bishops like Irenaeus purged the texts they disapproved of. Some of these Christian mystery cults were pretty strange from our point of view. They believed in scripture as a kind of coded message; you were enlightened when you penetrated the mystery. So they were called Gnostics--the ones who knew. Valentinus was a major Gnostic figure... I suppose, in this world, the Gnostic churches were never suppressed. They became the dominant strain of Christianity.'

'Okay,' Dex stared across the table. 'So how does a graduate physics student know so much about Gnosticism?'

'From Stern,' Howard said. 'He talked about Gnosticism all the time. He was obsessed with it.' " [Other refs. not in DB.]

Gnosticism world 1998 Wilson, Robert Charles. Mysterium. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 151. "The Gnostics speak of the Protennoia: Mind as the original substance of the world; a Protennoia derived from an Uncreated God, aggenetos (ungenerated) and androgynous. "
Gnosticism world 1998 Wilson, Robert Charles. Mysterium. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 190. "'He was always playing with the grand systems... Hegel, Platonism, the Gnostics--'

'Oh, Gnosticism--he loved to talk about Hellenic and Christian Gnosticism. And it was genuinely interesting. I borrowed some eof his books. . .'

'But it wasn't just a hobby. He saw something in it.'

'Himself,' Ruth said promptly. 'He saw himself in it. What would you call the basic Gnostic idea, Howard? I think it's that there's a secret world, that it's hidden from us, but we can find our way to it--or back to it, because we're imperfect reflections of perfect souls, embedded in an imperfect world... The Gnostics said, 'You can find your way to this, because you're part of it. You long for it. It's your original true home.' ' " [Also see page 191.]

Gnosticism world 1998 Wilson, Robert Charles. Mysterium. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 206. "He had been especially fascinated by the wild cosmogonies of the early Christian Gnostics, creation myths cobbled together from fragments of Judaism, Hellenic paganism, eastern mystery religions. "
Gnosticism world 2020 Dick, Philip K. & Roger Zelazny. Deus Irae. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1976); pg. 16. "Supreme as is the mekkis of the God of Wrath Himself. But not a mekkis; not Macht, not power or might. It is more a--mystery. Hence, gnostic wisdom is involved, knowledge hidden behind a wall so fragile, so entrancing . . . but undoubtedly a fatal knowledge. Interesting, that truth could be a terminal possession. The woman knew the truth, lived with it, yet it did not kill her. But when she uttered it--he thought of Cassandra and of the female Oracle at Delphi. And felt afraid. "
Gnosticism world 2250 Zelazny, Roger & Jane Lindskold. Donnerjack. New York: Avon (1998; c.1997); pg. 14. "At first lumped together with the many short-lived cults of Virtu--Gnostic, Africa, Spiritualist, Caribbean--it [the fictional Church of Elish] had shown greater staying power and... "
God Alabama 1992 Anthony, Patricia. "Blue Woofers " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997; c. 1992); pg. 176. "God's calling me. I wish he'd shut... up. He's got the voice of a complacent white man, the sort who puts mayonnaise on his hot dogs.

And just like a fat-assed white man, He sounds a little pissed that things aren't running His way.

'Captain Strickland. I know you can hear me,' He keeps saying with that backyard-barbecue voice of His. God sounds like the kind of guy who you'd find on the porch, a long-handled fork in one hand, a beer in the other, and a plaid apron on that said HEAD COOK.

Only you look over on that divine gas grill and you'll see all the steaks have little black fingers, little black toes.

Oh, Jesus, I'm scared. " [Other refs., not in DB.]

God Argo 2179 Sawyer, Robert J. Golden Fleece. New York: Time Warner (1990); pg. 87. "'Which of the following most closely describes your belief in a supreme being? One. God does not exist now, nor has God ever existed. The entire universe is a product of random chance.

'Two. God caused the universe to begin, but no God exists any longer.

'Three. God caused the universe to begin, but he or she no longer takes an active role.

'Four. God created the universe and, in a general way, still guides its development and controls its activities.

'Five. God created the universe, and he or she is still responsible for the individual destinies of human beings.'

'Calculating. It is either two or three.' A long pause. 'It's three. God started the universe, but no longer guides it.'

'The real Aaron Rossman would have concurred. You may be on the right track. If a tree fell in a forest and no one was around to hear it fall would it still make a sound?' "

God Armenia 2127 Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 19. "'I remember being so proud of how the other kids loved my mother. And so jealous of the way she loved them!'

'Never so much as I loved my own girl and boy,' said Mother. 'But I do love children, I admit, every one of them is precious in the sight of God, every one of them is welcome in my home.' " [DATABASE NOTE: 'God' is a new category, separated from 'monotheism' on 4 April 2002. Most entires re-classified under 'God' category, unless they refer to 'monotheism' by name. The presence of this category does not imply that most references to God have been indexed from the works included in this database. Usually generic references to God are NOT indexed in database, except where there are few or no other specific religious group categories indexed.]

God Brazil 2127 Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 93. "'Well, aren't you being used in your cause?'

'By God, not by Peter Wiggin.'

'I'll bet Peter Wiggin sends a lot clearer messages than God does.' "

God British Columbia 2000 Faerber, Jay. "X-Men Movie Prequel: Wolverine " in X-Men: Beginnings, Vol. 1. New York: Marvel Comics (2000); pg. 8. [Logan/Wolverine prays aloud.] Pg. 8-9: "'...Just a dream . . . just memories. Please, God . . . Make 'em stop. I'm so tired . . . tired of criss-crossing this flamin' country . . . I . . .I'm . . . I'm tired of not knowin' who I am . . . And I'm tired of now knowin' who she is [the woman in the photograph], either . . . she looks so blasted happy. Looks like she made me happy, to . . . God, I just wanna forget about this whole thing.' "
God California 1953 Dick, Philip K. Mary and the Giant. New York: Arbor House (1987); pg. 149. -
God California 1975 Dick, Philip K. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer. New York: Timescape Books (1982); pg. 13. Pg. 13: "...while I look for God in a reference book. God, ontological arguments for. Better yet: practical arguments against. There is no such listing. It would have helped a lot if it had come in time: arguments against being foolish, ontological and empirical, ancient and modern (see common sense). The trouble with being educated is that it takes a long time; it sues up the better part of your life... "; Pg. 19: "I believe it was in one of Aldous Huxley's novels that a character phones up another character and exclaims excitedly, 'I've just found a mathematical proof for the existence of God!' Had it been Tim he would have found another proof the next day contravening the first--and would have believed that just as readily. " [Many other refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]
God California 1985 Bear, Greg. Blood Music. New York: Arbor House (1985); pg. 74. "What Vergil had done was the greatest thing in science since--

Since what? There were no comparisons. Vergil Ulam had become a god. Within his flesh he carried hundreds of billions of intelligent beings. "

God California 1985 Bear, Greg. Blood Music. New York: Arbor House (1985); pg. 174. "Not like a supreme command cluster?

--No. I am not a god.

We do not understand GOD.

The command cluster was much larger than a normal noocyte cluster. Bernard estimated it held at least ten thousand cells, with a commensurately greater thinking capacity. He felt like a mental midget, even with the difficulty of making judgments in the noocyte realm. " [Other refs. not in DB.]

God California 1997 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 399. "'All that, and we didn't accomplish a Goddamned thing, Tony,' he said with a sudden deep flood of bitterness. For the first time since the death of his son, he felt like cursing God. "
God California: Berkeley 1995 Sawyer, Robert J. Frameshift. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1997); pg. 106. "'Well, as Einstein is supposed to have said, 'God is subtle, but malicious he is not.' "
God California: Berkeley 1995 Sawyer, Robert J. Frameshift. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1997); pg. 111. "'Do you believe in God?' asked Molly.

...'I don't know.'

'Oh?' said Molly, clearly intrigued.

Pierre sounded a bit uncomfortable. 'Well, I mean it's hard continuing to believe in God when something like this happens. You know: my Huntington's. I don't mean I started questioning my faith last month, when we finally did the test. I started doing that back when I first met my real father.' Pierre had explained all about his discovered paternity...

Molly nodded. 'But you did believe in God before you found out you might have Huntington's?'

Pierre nodded... 'I guess. Like most French Canadians, I was raised Roman Catholic. These days I only go to Mass on Easter and Christmas, but when I was living in Montreal, I went every Sunday...'

...'But it's hard for you to believe now... because a beneficent God couldn't do that sort of thing to you.'

...'Something like that'...

...'Forgive me... but, well, I always find that sort of reasoning a trifle shallow...' " [More]

God California: Los Angeles 1953 Dick, Philip K. Puttering About in a Small Land. Chicago, IL: Academy Chicago Publishers (1985); pg. 287. -
God California: Oakland 1971 Dick, Philip K. Valis. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. . "And yet it was through her that Fat made his way eventually to God. Not through her dope; it had nothing to do with dope. There is no door to God through dope; that is a lie peddled by the unscrupulous. The means by which Stephanie brought Horselover Fat to God was by means of a little clay pot... The pot was unusual in one way... In it slumbered God. He slumbered in the pot for a long time, for almost too long. There is a theory among some religions that God intervenes at the eleventh hour. Maybe that is so; I couldn't say. In Horselover Fat's case God waited until three minutes before twelve, and even then what he did was barely enough: barely enough and virtually too late... We do not serve up people to ourselves; the universe does. The universe makes certain decisions and on the basis of those decisions some people live and some people die... a harsh law. But every creature yields to it out of necessity. Fat got God, and Gloria... got death. " [Extensive other refs., not in DB.]
God California: Oakland 1971 Dick, Philip K. Valis. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 17. "Yet, in all fairness, I have to admit that God--or someone calling himself God, a distinction of mere semantics--had fired precious information at Horselover Fat's head by which their son Christopher's life had been saved. Some people God cures and some he slays. Fat denies that God slays anyone. Fat says, God never harms anyone. Illness, pain and undeserved suffering arise not from God but from elsewhere, to which I say, How did this elsewhere arise? Are there two gods? Or is part of the universe out from under God's control? Fat used to quote Plato. In Plato's cosmology, noos or Mind is persuading ananke or blind necessity... According to Fat, my friend's cancer consisted of disorder not yet persuaded into sentient shape. Noos or God had not yet gotten around to her, to which I said, 'Well, when he did get around to her it was too late.' "
God California: San Diego 2015 Leiber, Fritz. The Wanderer. New York: Walker & Co. (1964); pg. 205. "He could see the lights of San Diego--at least some city-like glow, about where San Diego should be--and he realized he was voicelessly thanking God for that, very tritely, but sincerely. "
God California: San Francisco 1955 Dick, Philip K. The Broken Bubble. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 50. "'Let me tell you a story,' Hermann said. He emerged, wiping grease from his face and hands. 'You believe in God?'

'No,' Nat said, examining a clutch plate, wondering if he could make use of it in one of his cars.

'You believe it's wrong to spray over rust?'


'So the paint falls off next week. That's the used car business.' Hermann nodded his head toward the Packard. 'You know who that is?'


'Luke sprays over rust. Luke fills up the dents with putty.' "

God California: San Francisco 1955 Dick, Philip K. The Broken Bubble. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 177. "'What do you think the purpose of life is?'

'That's hard to say.'

'Well, what do you think?'

'You mean the ultimate purpose?'

'What we're here on Earth for.'

Ferde Heinke, pondering, said, 'To help mankind evolve up the next step in evolution.'

'You think the next step is with us already, but we don't know it?'

'I used to think the purpose of life was to do God's will,' Joe Mantilla said.

'How do you define God?'

'God made the universe.'

'Have you ever seen Him?'

'Hey,' Joe Mantilla said, 'I read this story where the military shoots down this angel. You know? And it's wounded or something.' he developed the plot for Ferde Heinke's benefit, repeating the details endlessly.

'I read that,' Ferde Heinke said. "

God Colorado 1974 Disch, Thomas M. Camp Concentration. New York: Random House (1999; c. 1968); pg. 32. "'Then you know I've outgrown the callow materialism of those days. God exists quite independently of Aquinas. Faith is more than a mastery of syllogisms.' " [Much discussion about God in novel. The narrator here is a former atheist who has become a firm believer in God, while Mordecai is a former believer who no longer believes in God.]
God Colorado 1993 Simmons, Dan. "Entropy's Bed at Midnight " in Lovedeath. New York: Warner Books (1993); pg. 24. "Riding the chair lift toward the beginning of our second slide, Caroline said, 'Daddy, do you believe in God?'

'Mmm?' I said...

'Do you believe in God? Mommy doesn't, I don't think, but Carrie down the street does.'

I cleared my throat. I'd rehearsed my answer to this dreaded question so many times in the past few years that my prepared answer, if printed in full, could have served as a curriculum for a semester-long philosophy course with a comparative religion course thrown in .'No,' I said to Caroline, 'I guess I don't.'

Caroline nodded. We were nearing the end of the lift ride. 'I guess I don't either, at least from what Carrie says about God, but sometimes I think about it.'

'About God?'

'Not exactly,' said Caroline. 'But about how if there's no God then there's no heaven and if there's no heaven . . . then where's Scout?' "

God Commonwealth 1001980 Wolfe, Gene. The Shadow of the Torturer. New York: Simon and Schuster (1980); pg. 131. "...yet I could hear the song of their sweepsmen across the water:

Row, brothers, row!
The current is against us.
Row, brothers, row!
Yet God is for us.
Row, brothers, row!
The wind is against us.
Row, brothers, row!
Yet God is for us. "

God Commonwealth 1001983 Wolfe, Gene. The Citadel of the Autarch. New York: Timescape (1983); pg. 55. "' 'Then this is my will. I call upon the Omnipotent to hear, and I call upon the servants of the Omnipotent also. When I die, all that I have shall go to Anskar and Gundulf. If one die, it shall go to the other...' ' "
God Discworld 1992 Pratchett, Terry. Small Gods. New York: HarperCollins (1994; c. 1992); pg. 104. "People said there had to be a Supreme Being because otherwise how could the universe exist, eh?

And of course there clearly had to be, said Koomi, a Supreme Being. But since the universe was a bit of a mess, it was obvious that the Supreme Being hadn't in fact made it. If he had made it he would, being Supreme, have made a much better job of it, with far better thought given, taking an example at random, to thinks [sic] like the design of the common nostril. Or, to put it another way, the existence of a badly put-together watch proved the existence of a blind watchmaker. You only had to look around to see that there was room for improvement practically everywhere.

This suggested that the Universe had probably been put together in a bit of a rush by an underling while the Supreme Being wasn't looking, in the same way that Boy Scouts' Association minutes are done on office photocopies all over the country. " [More.]

God Europe 1400 C.E. Willis, Connie. "The Father of the Bride " in Fire Watch. New York: Bluejay (1984; story copyright 1982); pg. 111. Pg. 111: "'The coat is too short,' I shouted at him. It showed what God intended decent men to hide. "; Pg. 112: "'Old man,' said one of them, clapping his hand to my shoulder, 'there are no fairies. Only God and his angels.' "
God Europe 1942 Lindskold, Jane. "The Big Lie " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 143. "Well, I suppose you've heard it all and believe it, too, the more fool you, but I was there and I can tell you. It wasn't anything like that, nor were the Draka anything like you believe. The whole pot of rot is a big lie like God or love or the perfect deviled egg. "
God Far 2200 Barrett, Jr., Neal. "'A Day at the Fair' " in The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: 24th Series (Edward L. Ferman, ed.) New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1982); pg. 234. [Year estimated] "'Right nice of you. Seeing as how there isn't no such thing this side of--Great God and hairy little pigs!' Grandpa stared right over my head and his jaw dropped about a foot... " [Other than this bit of profanity, the story has no apparent references to any specific religious groups.]
God Florida 1994 Clarke, Arthur C. & Gentry Lee. Cradle. New York: Warner Books (1988); pg. 280. "Winters' head was spinning. The ten-legged spider was the straw that broke the camel's back. He felt that he had now entered the Twilight Zone. I have never seen or heard of anything even remotely like this before in my life, Winters thought... Maybe I am the one losing touch with reality. Lieutenant Ramirez was still on his knees. It looked as if he were praying. Or maybe this is finally my sign from God. "
God France 1792 Perry, Anne. A Dish Taken Cold. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (2001; c. 2000); pg. 70. "Inside it was safer, but they were harried and pushed from one official to another, questioned, accused, insulted, until finally, as if God-sent, Procurator Manuel appeared and conducted them to his office.

...'Thank God I was able to rescue your friends yesterday,' he said... 'Today I think it would be too late!. The Marseillaise are everywhere...' "

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