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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literature world 1900 Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 98. "In 1900... Spencer preached science. Ingersoll thundered against superstition. "
literature world 1900 Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 99. "'De Castries brought with him only a large black Gladstone bag stuffed with copies of his ill-printed book that he could no more sell than Melville his Moby Dick...' "
literature world 1916 Anthony, Patricia. Flanders. New York: Ace Books (1998); pg. 1. Pg. 1: Shakespeare; Keats; Wordsworth; Pg. 10: War Is Kind by Stephen Crane; Pg. 67: Emily Dickinson (also pg. 174, 178); pg. 78: Goethe's Faust; Pg. 338-339: Shelley; Pg. 215: Shakespeare, Milton, John Donne, Paradise Lost
literature world 1920 Le Guin, Ursula K. "Conversations at Night " in Orsinian Tales. New York: Harper & Row (1976); pg. 35. "...Lisha's losing her job, where sanzo's mother's old books might have got to, she had been a great reader too, always with a book. Sanzo half listened, made no reply.. She had even dug out, from the closet in Volf's room, three books that had belonged to Sanzo's mother, old novels in early editions. Lisha, who sounded very ill at ease, started in promptly to read one of them, Karantay's The Young Man Liyve. "
literature world 1940 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: In the Balance. New York: Ballantine (1994); pg. 228. Chaucer
literature world 1941 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Tilting the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1995); pg. 72. Pg. 72: Chaucer; Pg. 129: "He felt like he was Kipling's Fuzzy-Wuzzy charging a British square. "
literature world 1942 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1996); pg. 220. Anna Karenina
literature world 1943 Waldrop, Howard. "Thirty Minutes Over Broadway! " in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986); pg. 17-18. "She tore the English butcher paper. Inside were copies of The House at Pooh Corner and The Tale of the Fierce Bad Rabbit... He remembered her dressed in the orphanage coveralls, just in, dusty and tired from a baseball game, lying on the reading-room floor with a Pooh book open before her.

'The Pooh book's signed by the real Christopher Robbin,' he said. 'I found out he was an RAF officer at one of the bases in England. He said he usually didn't do this sort of thing, that he was just another airman. I told him I wouldn't tell anyone. I'd searched high and low to find a copy, and he knew that, though.

'The other one's got more of a story behind it...' " [More, as the person tells how he met Beatrix Potter.]

literature world 1944 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Striking the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1996); pg. 131. "'For that matter, what would a Lizard make of Gone With the Wind?' Embry said. 'He'd need it annotated the way we have to put footnotes to every third word in Chaucer, but even worse.' "
literature world 1946 Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. New York: HarperCollins (1999; c. 1932, 1946); pg. xv. [Forward by Huxley.] Pg. xv: Voltaire
literature world 1946 Waldrop, Howard. "Thirty Minutes Over Broadway! " in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986); pg. 47. "It was eight years to the day after Thomas Wolfe died, but it was his kind of day. "
literature world 1950 Barton, William. "Home is Where the Heart Is " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 247. "Then the dreamer becomes the dream, as mourning became Electra, making her oh-so-pretty indeed. "
literature world 1953 Knight, Damon. "Anachron " in The Best of Damon Knight. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1976; c. 1953); pg. 135. "a hand-illuminated copy of De Sade's La Nouvelle Justine, very curiously bound in human skin. "
literature world 1953 Sturgeon, Theodore. More Than Human. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1953); pg. 41. "But she closed Venus in Furs by Sacher-Masoch and put it on the table. 'This's anyway got a story to it,' she complained, going to the shelves. She found the wanted volume between My Gun Is Quick and The Illustrated Ivan Bloch, and hefted it back to the armchair. "
literature world 1956 Bester, Alfred. The Stars My Destination. New York: Berkley Publishing (1975; c. 1956); pg. 1. [Epigraph] "Tiger! Tiger! burning bright
In the forests of the night.
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

-- Blake "

literature world 1956 de Camp, L. Sprague. "Aristotle and the Gun " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1956); pg. 40. "...but then a mental broad-jump carried me back to the stories of Kipling I had read as a boy.

'We call it a hathi, I said. 'Though of course there are many languages in India.' "

literature world 1956 Knight, Damon. "Extempore " in The Best of Damon Knight. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1976; c. 1956); pg. 151. "J. W. Dunne's An Experience with Time "
literature world 1957 Knight, Damon. "The Dying Man " in Three Novels. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (c. 1957); pg. 188. Empedocles (5th cent. B.C.)
literature world 1960 Davidson, Avram. "The Sources of the Nile " in A Pocketful of Stars (Damon Knight, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1971; c. 1960); pg. 266. "'I've seen the public taste change, let me tell you, my boy, from A Girl of the Limberlost (which was so pure that nuns could read it) to stuff which makes stevedores blench...' "
literature world 1962 Dickson, Gordon R. Necromancer. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1962); pg. 1. Pg. -1: Frontispiece from The Enchanted Tower by Hal Mayne; Pg. 1, 85 and 161: Epigraphs (for Parts 1 and 2) from The Enchanted Tower
literature world 1963 Freedman, Nancy. Joshua Son of None. New York: Delacorte Press (1973); pg. 78. Kipling
literature world 1963 Waldrop, Howard. "Thirty Minutes Over Broadway! " in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986); pg. 48. "--Daniel Deck
A Life of Jetboy
Lippincott, 1963 "
literature world 1964 Asimov, Isaac. "Introduction " in The Rest of the Robots. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1964); pg. ix. Pg. ix-x: Percy Bysshe Shelley; Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin; x: George Gordon; Lord Byron [Other literary references, not in DB. The intro. is primarily about Mary Shelley and her novel Frankenstein.]; Pg. xi-xiii: Faust
literature world 1964 Smith, Cordwainer. Norstrilia. Framingham, MA: NESFA Press (1994; c. 1964, 1968); pg. x. "In his short stories he [Cordwainer Smith] adapted works as diverse as... and the traditional Chinese narrative Quest of the Three Kingdoms. Linebarger [Smith] had been reading classic Chinese literature since childhood, in translation and in the original. As his ideas for Norstrilia were developing, another Chinese classic came to mind: the hundred-chapter epic The Journey to the West [which] tells the story of the real seventh-century Buddhist monk and his altogether fantastic monkey bodyguard, who travel to India to look for Buddhist scriptures... There may be even more connections between Norstrilia and The Journey to the West, in both deep structure and detail. But Paul Linebarger was never one to let strict literary parallels spoil a good story, and much of Norstrilia wanders far from The Journey " [More. There are many other books and literary influences mentioned in the intro, not in DB, as intro is not fiction.]
literature world 1965 Ellison, Harlan. "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman " in The Hugo Winners: Volumes One and Two. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971; story copyright 1965); pg. 477. Story begins with lengthy quotation from Henry David Thoreau's 'Civil Disobedience', beginning with 'The mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies. They are the standing army, and the militia, jailors, constables, posse comitatus, etc' and ending with 'A very few, as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and menserve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it.'
literature world 1967 Koontz, Dean R. "Soft Come the Dragons " in Dragon Tales (Isaac Asimov, ed.) New York: Ballantine (1982; c. 1967); pg. 180. Pg. 184: Hemingway; Pg. 186: "Other lines from Whiteman's 'Passage to India' entered his mind. I mark from on deck the strange landscape, the pure sky, the level sand in the distance . . . " [May be other refs., not in DB. Two main characters are named Dante and Menchen.]
literature world 1967 Leiber, Fritz. "The Winter Flies " in A Pocketful of Stars (Damon Knight, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1971; c. 1967); pg. 124. Plutarch (also pg. 126, 131)
literature world 1968 Disch, Thomas M. Camp Concentration. New York: Random House (1999; c. 1968); pg. -3. [Frontispiece: 22-line passage quoted from Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan.]
literature world 1968 Sallis, James. "A Few Last Words " in A Pocketful of Stars (Damon Knight, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1971; c. 1968); pg. 173. [Epigraph: Quote by W. S. Merwin]
literature world 1969 Sturgeon, Theodore. "The Man Who Learned Loving " in Nebula Award Stories Five (James Blish, ed.) New York: Pocket Books (1972; 1st ed. 1970; story c. 1969); pg. 149. Pg. 149: "'Sodom is a-cumen in,' he misquoted Chaucer. 'Lewd sing cuckold,' (because she had a husband back there somewhere amongst the harpsichord lessons...). she didn't get the reference. She wasn't bright--just loving. "; Pg. 153: Poor Richard's Almanac
literature world 1970 Anderson, Poul. The Dancer from Atlantis. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971); pg. 8. Pg. 8: Poem titled "Songs " by Rupert Brooke; Pg. 48: Illiad; Pg. 49: Agamemnon and Odysseus; Pg. 53: Homer
literature world 1970 Tucker, Wilson. The Year of the Quiet Sun. New York: Ace (1970); pg. 17. "A hair perhaps divides the false and true;
Yes, and a single Alif were the clue
(could you but find it) to the treasure-house
And peradventure to the Master too.

-- Omar Khayyam "

literature world 1970 Tucker, Wilson. The Year of the Quiet Sun. New York: Ace (1970); pg. 176. "Yesterday this day's madness did prepare;
Tomorrow's silence, triumph, or despair:
Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why;
Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.

-- Omar Khayyam "

literature world 1971 Panshin, Alexei. "How Can We Sink When We Can Fly? " in Farewell To Yesterday's Tomorrow. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1975; c. 1971); pg. 109. [Epigraph.] "In the final analysis civilization can be saved only if we are willing to change our ways of life. We have to invent utopias not necessarily to make them reality but to help us formulate worthwhile human goals.

--Rene Dubos "

literature world 1972 Heidenry, John. "The Counterpoint of View " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 3. Pg. 3: Miguel Saavadre de Cervantes; Quixote; George Berkeley; Pg. 4: David Hume; Lewis Carroll; Edgar Allen Poe; Vladimir Nabokov; Jorge Luis Borges; The Targum of Onkelos and Its Massoretic Revision; Odyssey; Aeneid; Imitatio Christi; Louis Ferdinand Celine; James Joyce; Menard; Pg. 5: Hume; Chaucer; William Butler Yeats; Joseph Conrad
literature world 1972 Russ, Joanna. "When It Changed " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 239. " Faust's words: Verweile doch, du bist so schoen! Keep it as it is. Don't change. "
literature world 1972 Wolfe, Gene. "The Fifth Head of Cerberus " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1972); pg. 328. "When the ivy-tod is heavy with snow,
And the owlet whoops to the wolf below,
That eats the she-wolf's young.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' "

literature world 1973 Leiber, Fritz. The Three of Swords. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1973); pg. 3. [Author's Introduction] "This is Book One of the Saga of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, the two greatest swordsmen ever to be in this or any other universe of fact or fiction, more skillful masters of the blade even than Cyrano de Bergerac, Scar Gordon, Conan, John Carter, D'Artagnan, Brandoch Daha, and Anra Devadoris. "
literature world 1973 Sagan, Carl. Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (2000; c. 1973); pg. 1. Pg. 1: Frontispiece from Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot; Pg. 67: "There are examples from the Biblical Near East, from Periclean Athens, and from other times... Rebelais and Montaigne in France; Shakespeare, Milton, and the translators of the King James Bible in England; Cervantes and Lope de Vega in Spain; Camoens in Portugal, all date from this period. From the writings of Francis Bacon it is clear that exposure to new parts of the world had a profound influence on the thinking of the times. "; Pg. 68: Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza [Other literary refs. not in DB.]
literature world 1974 Cox, Greg. The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh: Volume One (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 89. "I know how she feels, the young woman thought. A paperback copy of Jonathan Livingston Seagull rested on her lap, its slender spine and meager page count suddenly striking her as grossly insufficient to get her through the tedious journey ahead. I should've bought something longer, she realized. "
literature world 1975 Clarke, Arthur C. Childhood's End. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1981; c. 1953); pg. 72. "The end of strife and conflict of all kinds had also meant the virtual end of creative art. There were myriads of performers, amateur and professional, yet there had been no really outstanding new works of literature, music, painting, or sculpture for a generation. The world was still living on the stories of a past that could never return. "
literature world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 18. Pg. 18 "'The new Edison Yerby novel?' She shrugged philosophically. 'Not quite as bad as what Atlanta Hope did to me in Telemachus Sneezed.'

...'...The same kind of leak we had when Condon wrote The Manchurian Candidate.' " [Many other refs. to literature, not in DB.]

literature world 1975 Silverberg, Robert. The Stochastic Man. New York: Harper & Row (1975) [Frontispiece] Quotes by Laplace, Theorie Analytique des Probabilites and Castaneda, A Separate Reality
literature world 1975 Zelazny, Roger. "Some Science Fiction Paramaters: A Biased View " in Unicorn Variations. New York: Timescape (1983; story c. 1975); pg. 212. "Traditionally, the epic was regarded as representing the spirit of an entire people--the Iliad, the Mahabharata, the Aeneid showing us the values, the concerns, the hoped-for destinies of the Greeks, the ancient Indians, the Romans. "
literature world 1977 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 46. [Epigraphs] Pg. 46: Arthur Koestler: The Ghost in the Machine; Pg. 90: Algeron Charles Swinburne: Atalanta in Calydon
literature world 1977 Bryant, Edward. "Particle Theory " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1977); pg. 448. Pg. 448: "'A watered-down Byronic character...' "; Pg. 463: "Eleven years was more than half what Rip Van Winkle slept. "
literature world 1977 Strugatsky, Arkady & Boris Strugatsky. Roadside Picnic in Roadside Picnic and Tale of the Troika. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co. (1977); pg. 1. [Frontispiece] Quote by Robert Penn Warren
literature world 1979 Crowley, John. Engine Summer. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1979); pg. -2. [Frontispiece] Quote by Franz Kafka from "Parables and Paradoxes "
literature world 1979 Delany, Samuel R. "The Tale of Gorgik " in The Bridge of Lost Desire. New York: Arbor House (1987; c. 1979); pg. 236. [Frontispiece] Quote by Edward Said from Beginnings, Intention and Method
literature world 1979 Ing, Dean. "Fleas " in Firefight 2000. New York: Baen (1987; c. 1979); pg. 7. Dean Swift
literature world 1980 Bear, Greg. Beyond Heaven's River. New York: Dell (1980); pg. 5. [Dedication] "To my mother and father, Dale and Wilma Bear.

On the literary side, this book is for Joseph Conrad and Lafcadio Hearn "

literature world 1980 Benford, Gregory. Jupiter Project. New York: Avon (1998; c. 1980) [Frontispiece.] "Father of all! in every age
In every clime ador'd,
By saint, by savage, and by sage,
Jehovah, Jove, or Lord!


literature world 1981 Attanasio, A. A. Radix. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1981); pg. 133. [Epigraph.] "The Fox provides for itself,
but God provides for the Lion.

--William Blake "

literature world 1981 Crowley, John. Little, Big. New York: Bantam (1981) Frontispiece: Quote from Lark Rise, by Flora Thompson
literature world 1981 Crowley, John. Little, Big. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 3. [Sources of quotes in epigraphs.] BOOK 1: Ch. 1, pg. 3: Chesterton: "Men are men, but Man is a woman. "; Ch. 2, pg. 23: V. Sackville-West; Ch. 4, pg. 59: Marvell; Ch. 5, pg. 74: Ezra Pound; BOOK 2: Ch. 1, pg. 99: Johnson ( "The shepherd in Virgil grew at/ last acquainted with Love, and found/ him to be a native of the rocks. "; Ch. 2, pg. 128: Cicero; Ch. 3, pg. 147: Wordsworth; Ch. 4, pg. 161: George Herbert; BOOK 3: Ch. 1, pg. 185: Saint-Simon; Ch. 2, pg. 204: Soledades, De Gongora; Ch. 3, pg. 225: Tamburlaine, Marlowe; Ch. 4, pg. 246: De anima, Aristotle; BOOK 4: Ch. 1, pg. 267: Virginia Woolf; Ch. 2, pg. 287: Milton; Ch. 3, pg. 307: Hynde Etin, Buchan; Ch. 4, pg. 326: Sir Thomas Browne; BOOK 5: Ch. 1, pg. 343: Confessio, Augustine; Ch. 2, pg. 363: Ben Johnson; Ch. 3, pg. 387: Coriolanus; Ch. 4, pg. 409: Nightmare Abbey, Peacock
literature world 1981 Crowley, John. Little, Big. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 429. [Sources of quotes in epigraphs, continued.] BOOK 6: Ch. 1, pg. 429: The Fairies, Allingham; Ch. 2, pg. 453: Johnson on Cymbeline; Ch. 3, pg. 473: Parliament of the Birds, Attar; Ch. 4, pg. 491: Aeneid; Ch. 5, pg. 511: Parliament of the Birds and Alice in Wonderland
literature world 1981 Crowley, John. Little, Big. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 345. "'...You will remember Voltaire's dig: that it was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire...' "
literature world 1981 Dick, Philip K. Dr. Bloodmoney. New York: Bluejay Books (1985; c. 1965); pg. 27. Pg. 27: "...she was in the process of reading The Decline of the West in the original German... "; Pg. 28: US News; Pg. 109: "...he was reading Pascal's Provincial Letters.' Mrs. Raub said, 'Dangerfield is now reading Of Human Bondage.' [Many other refs. to that book, but it may be only fictional, only in this novel.]; Pg. 151: Britannica
literature world 1982 Asimov, Isaac. "Introduction " in Dragon Tales. New York: Ballantine (1982); pg. 12. "Some dragons were abnormally monstrous, such as the manly-headed Hydra, slain by Hercules, or the six-headed Scylla, whose gauntlet Odysseus had to run. "
literature world 1982 Willis, Connie. "A Letter from the Clearys " in Fire Watch. New York: Bluejay (1984; story copyright 1982); pg. 114. [Author's introduction to "A Letter from the Clearys " mentions Gatsby, Murder on the Orient Express, Jane Austen, Mary Stewart.]
literature world 1983 Batchelor, John Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial Press (1983) [Frontispiece quote from Beowulf]
literature world 1983 Wolfe, Gene. The Citadel of the Autarch. New York: Timescape (1983); pg. 5. [Frontispiece] "At two o'clock in the morning, if you open your window and listen,
You will hear the feet of the Wind that is going to call the sun
And the trees in the shadow rustle and the trees in the moonlight glisten,
And though it is deep, dark night, you feel that the night is done.

--Rudyard Kipling "

literature world 1984 Adams, Douglas & John Lloyd. The Meaning of Liff. New York: Harmony Books (1984); pg. 102. Virginia Woolf
literature world 1984 Bear, Greg. "Book One: The Infinity Concerto " (c. 1984, substantially rewritten for this edition) in Songs of Earth & Power. New York: Tor (1996; 1st ed. 1994); pg. 3. "If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and he found that flower in his hand when he awoke--Ay!--and what then?

--Samuel Taylor Coleridge "

literature world 1984 Farmer, Philip Jose. "A Scarletin Study " in Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) USA: Bluejay Books (1984); pg. 190. "Its canvas bears, among other things, the images of Sherlock Holmes, Christ coming from the tomb, Tarzan, a waistcoat, the Wizard of Oz in a balloon... "

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