Religious Groups in Literature

34,420 citations from literature (mostly science fiction and fantasy) referring to real churches, religious groups, tribes, etc. [This database is for literary research only. It is not intended as a source of information about religion.]


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Group Where Year Source Quote/
literature - Dickens California: Gateway City 1997 Byrne, John. Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing (1997); pg. 47. "He was tall and heavyset--Rebecca thought immediately of the Spirit of Christmas Present in Dickens's tale of Scrooge... "
literature - Dickens California: Hollywood 1955 Bradbury, Ray. A Graveyard for Lunatics. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1990); pg. 4. "If it hadn't been, I would not have run off to start this new Tale of Two Cities. " [On the title page, the novel is subtitled: "Another Tale of Two Cities ". It seems clear that this novel has many refs. to that famous book.]
literature - Dickens California: Los Angeles 1971 Matheson, Richard. Bid Time Return. New York: Viking Press (1975); pg. 9. "A blown-up photo of the bulkhead. Gertrude Lawrence with her white dog. Like the one they used in David Lean's Oliver Twist; ugly, squat, and pointy-eared. "
literature - Dickens Colorado 1996 Willis, Connie. Bellwether. New York: Bantam Spectra (1997; 1st ed. 1996); pg. 225. -
literature - Dickens Darwath 1996 Hambly, Barbara. Mother of Winter. New York: Ballantine (1996); pg. 14. "Gil had gained quite a reputation among the Guards as a spinner of tales, passing along to them recycled Kipling and Dickens, Austen and Heinlein... "
literature - Dickens Deep Space 9 2371 Graf, L. A. Caretaker (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 64. "Paris looked up at him and shrugged. It was the most honest thing he could think to do, and even so it didn't mean much. 'I'll tell you the truth, Harry,' he sighed, pushing his soup aside. 'All I had to do was keep my mouth shut, and I was home free. But I couldn't. The ghosts of those three dead officers came to me in the middle of the night and taught me the true meaning of Christmas . . .' Suddenly embarrassed by his own confession, he waved the worst of it away. 'So I confessed,' he finished, somewhat lamely. 'Worst mistake I ever made. But not the last...' "
literature - Dickens France 1987 Snodgrass, Melinda M. "Mirrors of the Soul " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 426. "'Jesus, where do they all come from? Is there a Gypsy factory the same way there's a hooker factor?'

'They're usually sold by their mothers to 'talent scouts' from France and Italy. They're then trained to steal and work like slaves for their owners.'

'Jesus, sounds like something out of Dickens.' "

literature - Dickens France: Paris 1929 Ebershoff, David. The Danish Girl. New York: Viking (2000); pg. 139. "'Reading Dickens, writing poetry, painting scenes of the San Gabriels...' " [May be some other explicit literary refs., not in DB, but minimal.]
literature - Dickens Gaea 2025 Varley, John. Titan. New York: Berkley (4th ed. 1981; 1st pub. 1979); pg. 272. "'What are you then?' It came out before she could stop it.

'I am Gaea, the great and wise. I am the world, I am the truth, I am the law, I am--'

'You're the whole planet, then? April was telling the truth?'

Maybe it wasn't wise to interrupt a Goddess, but Cirocco was feeling like Oliver Twist asking for more gruel. She had to fight it somehow. "

literature - Dickens galaxy 2084 Disch, Thomas M. "Things Lost " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 592. "Right out of Dickens--Little Dorrit, perhaps. Better yet, Little Nell. "
literature - Dickens galaxy 2285 McIntyre, Vonda N. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. New York: Pocket Books (1982); pg. 186. "Jim thought about the book Spock had given him. He was remembering a line at the end: 'It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.' He could not quite imagine Spock's questing spirit finally at rest.

Carol put her hand on his. 'Jim--?'

'I was just thinking of something. . . . Something Spock tried to tell me on my birthday.' " [The book is Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities.]

literature - Dickens galaxy 2370 David, Peter. Q-Squared (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1994); pg. 318. "Trelane merely stood there and pointed, his arm outstretched, one finger waggling slightly. For some reason, Crusher was reminded of A Christmas Carol, with Trelane cast as the ominous, frightening Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come. "
literature - Dickens galaxy 2371 David, Peter. Triangle: Imzadi II (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 14. Pg. 12: "'Get up, Riker,' said his captor, and he kicked again... 'Well?'

And Riker managed to get out, 'Please, sir . . . I want . . . some more . . .' ";

Pg. 14: "'Were you out of your mind just before? Saying you wanted more?'

'It was . . . it was a quote . . . from a book, actually . . . about orphans, Oliver Twist. Author's name was Dickens . . . I felt it appropriate . . since in a way I don't have a mother or father . . . I'm just sort of . . . here . . .'

'You're babbling, Riker.'

'No, I'm fine . . . truly. Dickens . . . great author . . .you should read him . . . Bleak House . . . story of my life . . . Tale of Two Cities . . . about two men who look alike, and one sacrifices himself for the other . . . never realized when I was reading him as a boy . . . how much resonance . . . he'd have for me.' "

literature - Dickens galaxy 2371 David, Peter. Triangle: Imzadi II (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 342. "'A paper book, Captain? Don't see those very often.'

'I've always been a fan of such antique objects. You know that, Number One.'

'Yes. Yes, of course I do, sir. Do you mind--?' He picked it up and made no effort to hide his surprise. 'A Christmas Carol?'

'What can I say? I have a fatal weakness for Dickens.'

'So do I, actually. Funny. I was just discussing that with someone not long ago... Why A Christmas Carol, of all things?'

'It deals with themes I find attractive. Redemption. The thought that no soul is so completely beyond hope that he cannot turn things around for himself. In some ways, it doesn't matter what you did in the past. Only what you do in the future... Why, what's your favorite Dickens work?'

'A Tale of Two Cities. One man . . . identical to another . . sacrificing himself so that those who are important to him have a second chance at life and happiness.' "

literature - Dickens galaxy 2371 David, Peter. Triangle: Imzadi II (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 357. "'...while the shapechanger [Odo] hid on a nightstand, disguised--at Picard's request--as a copy of an old Earth novel entitled A Christmas Carol. Picard, you see, felt that this Riker was a trouble dindividual. He said he was hoping that he could--you should find this amusing--redeem the fellow.'
literature - Dickens galaxy 2373 Robinson, Peg. "The First " in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Dean Wesley Smith, ed.) New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 136. "Shakespeare, Dickens, Melville... "
literature - Dickens galaxy 2374 Cox, Greg. Q-Space (Star Trek: TNG / The Q Continuum: Book 1 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 45. "Picard's weary eyes scanned the dog-eared, leatherbound volumes that filled his bookshelves, everything from Shakespeare to Dickens... "
literature - Dickens galaxy 2374 Cox, Greg. Q-Strike (Star Trek: TNG / The Q Continuum: Book 3 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 229. "The holodeck controls... He scrolled through the various options...

Christmas Carol, A. He'd spent quite enough time haunting the shadows of the past, thank you very much! "

literature - Dickens galaxy 2374 Cox, Greg. Q-Zone (Star Trek: TNG / The Q Continuum: Book 2 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 23. "Much like Scrooge and his ghostly visitors, Picard thought, when they spied on the likes of Bob Cratchit or Fezziwig. "
literature - Dickens galaxy 2375 Smith, Dean Wesley. A Hard Rain (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (2002); pg. 82. "Dix glanced at the titles of a few of the books. All great classics, in fine first editions. Dickens, Shakespeare, and Melville were just a few authors Dix recognized as he glanced around. "
literature - Dickens galaxy 5370 Thatcher, Franklin. "I Am Become Death " in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds II (Dean Wesley Smith, ed.) New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 229. "In my mind a strange memory clicks into place: a man in nightshirt and cap, cowering before an emaciated spirit bound in chains. You have labored on it, since. It is a ponderous chain, Ebenezer! " [Refers to Dickens' Christmas Carol.]
literature - Dickens Germany 2002 Knight, Damon. "The Other Foot " in One Side Laughing. New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; 1965); pg. 86. "Wearing his reading spectacles, he looked like a rosy, good-humored old uncle out of Dickens. "
literature - Dickens Illinois 2001 Bradbury, Ray. From the Dust Returned. New York: HarperCollins (2001); pg. 41. Pg. 41: "Someone, passing on the road in dark Dickensian storms, left a picnic basket by the front iron gate. "; Pg. 100: "'Hamlet!' she cried, 'his father, yes? A Christmas Carol. Four ghosts! Wuthering Heights. Kathy returns, yes? To haunt the snows? Ah, The Turn of the Screw, and . . . Rebecca! Then--my favorite! The Monkey's Paw! which?'

But the Orient ghost said not a Marley word. "; Pg. 101: "' 'I am the Ghost of Christmas Past!' ' " [More.]

literature - Dickens Kansas: Smallville 1978 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Last Son of Krypton. New York: Warner Books (1978); pg. 73. "He [Clark Kent, as a precocious toddler] often came out with statements like, 'Me want finish reading Tale of Two Cities,' and then he did precisely that.

The Kents decided early that at least for awhile they were going to screen his influences very carefully. Martha Kent held, for example, that stories of cutthroats and street urchins of the type Dickens wrote were not the sort of things Clark should be exposed to. "

literature - Dickens Louisiana: New Orleans 1990 Rice, Anne. The Witching Hour. New York: Ballantine (1993; c. 1990); pg. 27. Pg. 27: David Copperfield (also pg. 37-39, 214, 629); Pg. 212: "'Vivaldi,' he said, slipping the Walkman with its earphones into his jacket pocket. 'And my Dickens. I go nuts when I fly without them. It's better than Valium and vodka, I swear.'

She smiled at him, the most exquisite smile, and then she laughed. 'Vivaldi and Dickens,' she whispered. 'Imagine that.' " [Also, pg. 222, 505.]

literature - Dickens Maryland 1996 McDevitt, Jack. Ancient Shores. New York: HarperCollins (1996); pg. 168. "Taylor had devoured... Shakespeare, Dickens, Mark Twain... "
literature - Dickens Massachusetts 1985 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 17: "Getaway! ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (July 1984); pg. 11. Illyana: "I wonder--you ever read Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol?' We're kind of like Scrooge, seeing the shape of things to come... and asking ourselves if this is what will be or what might? "
literature - Dickens Metropolis 2020 Maggin, Elliot S. Kingdom Come. New York: Time Warner (1998); pg. 94. "I walked purposefully up the aisle and, like Scrooge accommodating the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, grabbed up a swatch of that thick robe in my hand. "
literature - Dickens Metropolis 2020 Maggin, Elliot S. Kingdom Come. New York: Time Warner (1998); pg. 84. "'...I'm not an angel encumbered with divine imperatives. I'm not some Dickensian clown you can intimidate with Victorian guilt...' "
literature - Dickens New York: New York City 1986 Hubbard, L. Ron. Mission Earth Vol. 2: Black Genesis. Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (1986); pg. 384. "The book he had was English Literature for Advanced High-School Students as Passed by the American Medical Association. Book One. The Complete, Rewritten and Abridged Works of Charles Dickens. It was a quarter of an inch thick and had large type. "
literature - Dickens New York: New York City 2002 Friesner, Esther M. Men in Black II. New York: Ballantine (2002); pg. 122. "That was when Kay came in. Ebenezer Scrooge reacted to the black-shrouded ghost of Christmas yet-to-Come with more aplomb. "
literature - Dickens New York: New York City 2076 Morehouse, Lyda. Archangel Protocol. New York: Penguin Putnam (2001); pg. 197. "So, when Phanuel started haunting my dreams--being all spooky and that--I figured it was like Scrooge, you know, in that Christmas story: the ghost was trying to tell me something. "
literature - Dickens Oklahoma 1943 Bishop, Michael. Brittle Innings. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 237. Oliver Twist
literature - Dickens Ontario 1992 de Lint, Charles Memory & Dream. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 61. "She was always reminded of A Tale of Two Cities when she thought back to that time. Dickens had summed up her feelings for Waterhouse Street days perfectly with the novel's opening line: 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. . . .' "
literature - Dickens Oregon 1953 Knight, Damon. The Man in the Tree. New York: Berkley Books (1984); pg. 24. "The novels Gene had brought from the Boy Scout camp were David Copperfield, Treasure Island, The Count of Monte Cristo... His favorite parts were David's school days, so much worse than anything he had suffered... "
literature - Dickens Oregon 2001 Callenbach, Ernest. Ecotopia. New York: Tor (1977; c. 1975); pg. 12. "The Ecotopians are almost Dickensian: often strange enough, but not crazy-looking or sordid, as the hippies of the sixties. "
literature - Dickens Pennsylvania 1983 Knight, Damon. "La Ronde " in One Side Laughing. New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; 1983); pg. 196. "one of my prizes was a leather-bound set of Dickens, published in eighteen seventy-eight, with the original illustrations... "
literature - Dickens Switzerland 2009 Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward. New York: Tor (2000; c. 1999); pg. 212. "'I'm reminded of the story A Christmas Carol, by the British writer Charles Dickens. His character Ebenezer Scrooge saw a vision of Christmas Yet to Come, in which the results of his actions had led to misery for many other people and himself being hated and despised in death. And, of course, seeing such a vision would have been a terrible thing--had the vision been of the one, true immutable future. But Scrooge was told that, no, the future he saw was only the logical extrapolation of his life, should he continue on the way he had been. He could change his life, and the lives of those around him, for the better; that glimpse of the future turned out to be a wonderful thing.' " [More.]
literature - Dickens United Kingdom 1999 Willis, Connie. "Adaptation " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 123. "Marley was dead: to begin with.

Dickens' story, A Christmas Carol, however, of which the aforementioned is the first sentence, is alive and well and available in any number of versions. In the books department of Harridge's, where I work, we have nineteen, including Mickey's Christmas Carol, The Muppet Christmas Carol, the Cuddly-Wuddlys' Christmas Carol, and one with photographs of dogs dressed as Scrooge and Mrs. Cratchit. We also have an assortment of Christmas Carol cookbooks, advent calendars, jigsaw puzzles, and an audiotape on which Captain Picard of the American television series Star Trek: The Next Generation takes all the parts. " [This story is about Dickens' famous book, and is itself a loose adaptation. Of course there are many refs., most not in DB, although we've attempted to include in DB mention of each different work mentioned.]

literature - Dickens United Kingdom 1999 Willis, Connie. "Adaptation " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 130. Dickens's Little Dorrit
literature - Dickens United Kingdom: England 1944 Holdstock, Robert. Mythago Wood. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1984); pg. 96. "'I hardly looked at anything, Mr Huxley,' she said quietly. 'My father's study is precisely as he left it. If you find that a touch Dickensian, you are welcome to think so. This is a large house, and the room is not needed...' "
literature - Dickens United Kingdom: London 1990 Byatt, A.S. Possession. New York: Random House (1991; c. 1990); pg. 145. Pg. 145, 480, 484.
literature - Dickens USA 1949 Jackson, Shirley. "Seven Types of Ambiguity " in The Lottery and Other Stories. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1998; first published 1949); pg. 211. "'...But I don't know much about these things, like books... We were sort of hoping you'd be able to tell us... None of this trash they turn out nowadays... Something like Dickens,' he said.

'Dickens,' Mrs. Harris said.

'I used to read Dickens when I was a kid,' the man said. 'Books like that, now, good books.' He looked up as the boy who had been standing off among the books came over to them. 'I'd like to read Dickens again,' the big man said. " [More refs. to Dickens, pg. 212-214.]

literature - Dickens USA 1974 Simmons, Dan. The Crook Factory. New York: Avon Books (1999); pg. 430. "I really did not begin reading fiction until after World War II. I began with Homer and spent a decade just working my way to Charles Dickens and Dostoyevsky. I did not read a Hemingway book until 1974. "
literature - Dickens USA 1978 Blaylock, James P. "Unidentified Objects " in Omni Visions One (Ellen Datlow, ed). Greensboro, NC: Omni Books (1993; story copyright 1989); pg. 67. "I chatted with him three or four times when Jane wasn't along, coming to think of him finally as a product of 'the old school,' which, as Dickens said, is no school that ever existed on Earth. "
literature - Dickens USA 1996 Willis, Connie. Bellwether. New York: Bantam Spectra (1997; 1st ed. 1996); pg. 21. -
literature - Dickens USA 1999 Willis, Connie. "Miracle " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 15. "The young man was sitting on the couch, messing with the TV remote. 'So, what do you want for Christmas? A yacht? A pony?' He punched buttons on the remote, frowning. 'A new TV?'

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

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

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

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

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

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

literature - Dickens USA 1999 Willis, Connie. "Miracle " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 29. "She hit the automatic channel changer. Jimmy Stewart was on ever channel except one. The Ghost of Christmas Present was on that one, telling Scrooge to change his ways. She watched the rest of A Christmas Carol. When it reached the part where the Cratchits were sitting down to their Christmas dinner, she remembered she hadn't had any supper... " [More, pg. 35.]
literature - Dickens USA 1999 Willis, Connie. Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 320-324. [List by Willis: "Twelve Terrific Things to Read at Christmas ". Only titles and authors listed here. Annotation has been left out of DB.]... 2. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens...
11. 'Another Christmas Carol' by P. G. Wodehouse
literature - Dickens USA 2008 England, Terry. Rewind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 168. "'Yeah, yeah. So what else is there? Human physiology, astronomy and A Tale of Two Cities. Hard, harder and hardest. Thanks.' "
literature - Dickens USA 2026 Moffett, Judith. Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream. New York: St. Martin's Press (1992); pg. 50. Great Expectations
literature - Dickens Washington 1905 Gloss, Molly. Wild Life. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000); pg. 185. "The backbone and foundation of my mother's bookshelf was Emerson and Montaigne, but her taste ran out to the further extremities: Grimm's Fairy Tales, Dickens, Scottish Chiefs, Ivanhoe, Days of Bruce, Victor Hugo... "
literature - Dickens world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 210. "One theorist, noting that Sidney Carton in Dickens' Tale of Two Cities is the twenty-third man guillotined in the final scene... "
literature - Dickens world 1976 Matheson, Richard. What Dreams May Come. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1978); pg. 170. "'Remember Marley with his chains?' Albert asked. 'The simile is apt. Mark is encumbered with chains too. He just can't see them.' "
literature - Dickens world 1984 Adams, Douglas & John Lloyd. The Meaning of Liff. New York: Harmony Books (1984); pg. 82. "Smisby (n.) The correct name for a junior apprentice greengrocer whose main duty is to arrange the fruit so that the bad side is underneath. From the name of a character not in Dickens. "
literature - Dickens world 1986 Vonnegut, Kurt. Galapagos. New York: Delacorte Press (1985); pg. 45. Pg. 45: "'Get the Bible!' he said again... She found it in the spare bedroom, along with Darwin's The Voyage of the Beagle and A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens. "; Pg. 181: Charles Dickens
literature - Dickens world 1995 Bradbury, Ray. "One More, Legato " in Quicker Than the Eye. New York: Avon Books (1996; c. 1995); pg. 200. A Tale of Two Cities
literature - Dickens world 1995 Bradbury, Ray. "The Witch Door " in Quicker Than the Eye. New York: Avon Books (1996; c. 1995); pg. 159. Charles Dickens
literature - Dickens world 1995 Powers, Tim. Earthquake Weather. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 31. [Epigraph] Pg. 31: Quote from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens; Pg. 33: other quote from same book. [Nearly all epigraphs for the novel's 34 chapters are from Tale of Two Cities or from Shakespeare. Other refs. not in DB.]
literature - Dickens world 1996 Feeley, Gregory. "The Crab Lice " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 318. "...he remembers being taught about the novels by Dickens and Zola that provoked social reforms... "
literature - Dickens world 1996 Fry, Stephen. Making History. New York: Random House (1996); pg. 5. "I remember that child in the Dickens novel, Hard Times... "
literature - Dickens world 2000 Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward. New York: Random House (1951; c. 1887); pg. 117. "'...and a score of other great writers of my time and all time, I understood her meaning. "; Pg. 117-120: Charles Dickins
literature - Dickens world 2000 Cox, Greg. X-Men & the Avengers: Gamma Quest: Book 3: Friend or Foe?. New York: Berkley Boulevard (2000); pg. -3. "'What is the odds . . . so long as the wing of friendship never moults a feather?'

--Charles Dickens (1841) "

literature - Dickens world 2009 Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward. New York: Tor (2000; c. 1999); pg. 229. "...although Islamic leaders did not invoke the [Ebenezer] Scrooge metaphor, the concept of receiving insight that would allow one to improve oneself along religious and spiritual lines was interpreted as being fully congruent with the Qur'an. "
literature - Dickens world 2031 Wilson, Robert Charles. The Chronoliths. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 165. "'You know the Charles Dickens story, A Christmas Carol?'

'What about it?'

'I was thinking about Kuin and the Chronoliths and all that. You know in Dickens where Scrooge goes into the future and sees his own funeral? And he says to the ghost, 'Are these the shades of things that must be, or things that may be?' Or something like that?'

'Right,' I said.

'So the Chronoliths...' "

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