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/
Aztec California 2053 Rucker, Rudy. Freeware. New York: Avon (1998; c. 1997); pg. 9. "...he was shaped like a coppery Aztec chessman with a mouth like a purple slash in his face. "
Aztec California: Los Angeles 1997 Sawyer, Robert J. Illegal Alien. New York: Ace Books (1997); pg. 62. "His nose was wide and misshapen. His three-hundred-pound body resembled an Aztec step pyramid; over it, he usually wore a charcoal-gray Armani suit... "
Aztec California: San Diego 2103 Silverberg, Robert. Tom O'Bedlam. New York: Donald I. Fine, Inc. (1985); pg. 30. "Tumbonde had emerged out of the Latino-African refugee community that had come crowding into San Diego after the Dust War... of course it had taken on a Mexican tinge too; you couldn't have any kind of apocalyptic cult operating this close to the border without very quickly having it acquire a subtle Aztec coloration. But it was more ecstatic in nature than the usual Mexican variety--less death, more transfiguration. "
Aztec Florida 2002 Bear, Greg. Vitalis. New York: Ballantine (2002); pg. 87. "At our mother's insistence, Rob had been encased in a ridiculous waterproof Aztec Bronze casket. " (also pg. 89)
Aztec France 1693 McIntyre, Vonda N. The Moon and the Sun. New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 406. "He thrust its edge into the candle flame. It burned his fingers. He dropped the ashes in a golden Aztec dish... With blistered fingers, Yves dropped the ashes into the Aztec dish. "
Aztec galaxy 2353 Carey, Diane. Red Sector (Star Trek: TNG / Double Helix: Book 3 of 6). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 7. "...tinged with an olive patina, reminding Stiles of Aztec paintings seen under a green filter. "
Aztec galaxy 2368 Neason, Rebecca. Guises of the Mind (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 68. [Data:] "'...I spent last night reading the history of the planet Earth, particularly in regard to the development of myth and religion. Although there are many esoteric writings I have yet to cover, I believe I know have a basic working knowledge of the subject. Many cultures worshiped warrior gods and valued warrior abilities. Among the most notable were the Aztecs from an area once known as Central America, the followers of Ba'al in the Middle East...' "
Aztec galaxy 2374 Cox, Greg. Q-Space (Star Trek: TNG / The Q Continuum: Book 1 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 154. "Q grumbled. 'I have important things to show you and I suppose it wouldn't do to have you fretting about your trivial human body the whole time. You might miss something.' The triple necks of the Q-serpent wrapped themselves around each other until the three heads seemed to sprout from a single coiled stalk. Picard was briefly reminded of Quetzalcoatl, the serpent deity of the ancient Aztecs. Quetzalcoatl . . . Q? Could there be a connection?'

He might never know. "

Aztec galaxy 2374 Cox, Greg. Q-Space (Star Trek: TNG / The Q Continuum: Book 1 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 204. "'This is fascinating, I admit, and you're right, no worse than various bloodthirsty chapters of early human history. The gladiatorial violence of the Roman coliseums, say, or the human sacrifices of the ancient Aztecs...' "
Aztec galaxy 2375 David, Peter. Excalibur: Renaissance (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 38. "The El Dorado had been designed with a motif similar to what one would expect to see in Central American ruins, where Aztecs had once lived. No ancient tribes had ever resided in El Dorado, of course. It was of far too recent vintage... "
Aztec galaxy 2375 Mack, David. "The Star Trek: New Frontier Minipedia " in Excalibur: Restoration (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 359. "Aztecs
Ancient society of Native Americans who resided in Central America until the arrival of European explorers, whose foreign disease vectors infected and rapidly wiped out the native population. "
Aztec galaxy 2375 Mack, David. "The Star Trek: New Frontier Minipedia " in Excalibur: Restoration (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 368. "El Dorado
Terran literary/historical reference: A legendary 'City of Gold' in South America on Earth, spoken of by the Aztecs to the Spanish explorers who arrived in the 15h century.

In the 24th century, El Dorado is a well-known luxury hotel on Risa... "

Aztec galaxy 2500 Leigh, Stephen. Dark Water's Embrace. New York: Avon (1998); pg. xi. "Mictlan: Human, from Nahuatl: 'The Land of the Dead.' In Aztec/Mayan creation myths, this is the Land of the Dead, from where the god Quetzalcoatl brought the bones of man. This was used as the world-name after the bones of a sentient race were found here. "
Aztec galaxy 2500 Leigh, Stephen. Dark Water's Embrace. New York: Avon (1998); pg. 7. "Mictlan was the Aztec land of the dead, where the god Quetzalcoatl found the bones of humankind--and now, where the bones of another dead culture had been found. The race itself were christened the Miccail--'the Dead,' in the Nahautl language. " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
Aztec galaxy 4600 Weber, David & Steve White. In Death Ground. New York: Baen (1997); pg. 67. "...recollections narrowed to a single face, a face in which Castillian blended with Aztec. "
Aztec galaxy 5000 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Telling. New York: Harcourt (2000); pg. 120. "A few Spaniards arrive, and the great empires of the Incas, the Aztecs, betray themselves, collapse, let their gods and their very language be denied. . . . So the Akans had been their own conquerors. "
Aztec Italy 2020 Watson, Ian. The Flies of Memory. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (1990); pg. 49. "As the hovering helicopter swung slowly on its axis rising from the lake they saw the alien pyramid.

This transformed the scene into some central American or Mexican delirium. Charles imagined not Jesuits but Aztec priests boating out to the pyramid, to climb to the top and tear out human hearts. Such priests would have required grappling irons on long ropes to hook into the ports. "

Aztec Japan 2030 Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books (1984); pg. 12. Pg. 12: "Neo-Aztec bookcases gathered dust along one wall... "; Pg. 65: "...she's already stopped in front of the cabinet that held the construct. Its lines reminded Case of the Neo-Aztec bookcases in Julie Deane's anteroom in Chiba. "; Pg. 118: "There was dust on the Kandinsky table and the Neo-Aztec bookcases. "
Aztec Latin America 2000 Anderson, Poul. Genesis. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 59. "The mighty Aztec and Inca realms broke before a handful of Spanish invaders. The wealth that flowed thence into Europe energized the trading nations of the North but rotted Spain itself, whose long-term legacy became one of tyranny and corruption. "
Aztec Louisiana 2002 Waldrop, Howard. Them Bones. New York: Ace Science Fiction (1984); pg. 38-39. [Much of the book deals with Native Americans in the Louisiana area in an alternative timeline, in which Arabs, not Europeans, explored North America, and Aztecs spread to the Mississippi area.] "The village, which overlooked the fields and the river, was laid out around a central plaza. On each end of the plaza was a large mound. On the rounded one was a hut, just a little bigger than the others. Opposite it across the hardpacked plaza was another mound, like a flat-topped pyramid...

'That's our temple,' said Took-His-Time. 'Not much, but we like it... That's where Sun Man lives. He's the chief...'

'How many are there?'

'Oh, every town has one. Thousands, I guess, maybe more. We belong to this confederacy, most of it's on the other side of the River, to the west, that's where the Huastecas, the Meshicas, live... "; Back cover: "Aztecs performed human sacrifices near the Mississippi... "

Aztec Massachusetts: Nantucket 1998 Sterling, S. M. Island in the Sea of Time. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 280. "'Research on what?' Cofflin asked.

'Early Mesoamerican cultures,' she said.


'Oh, no, much earlier than that--Olmec and proto-Mayan, this century we're in. Really trying to learn something, too...' "

Aztec Mexico 1487 C.E. Wilson, Robert Charles. The Harvest. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 69. "Simon Ackroyd, D.D., Rector of St. James Episcopal Church since his appointment to Buchanan in 1987, woke from a long sleep thinking about the Aztecs.

By the end of the fifteenth century, the Aztec Empire had brought the practice of ritual sacrifice to such a pinnacle of efficiency that on one occasion in 1487 eighty thousand individuals--prisoners of war--were systematically killed, their beating hearts extrated with obsidian knives. The lines of victims stretched for miles. They had been caged, fattened, and sedated with a plant drug called toloatzin so they would endure the nightmare without struggling. "

Aztec Mexico 1487 C.E. Wilson, Robert Charles. The Harvest. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 69. "The Aztecs, when Simon read about them in college, had been the first real test of his faith. He had grown up with what he recognized now as a sanitized Christianity, a pastel Sunday School faith in which a gentle Jesus had redeemed humanity from the adoration of similarly pastel pagan idols--Athena and Dionysus worshiped in a glade. The problem of evil, in this diorama, was small and abstract.

There was the Holocaust, of course, but Simon had been able to rationalize that as a terrible aberration, the horrendous face of a world in which Christ commanded but did not compel. "

Aztec Mexico 1487 C.E. Wilson, Robert Charles. The Harvest. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 69-70. "The Aztecs, however . . . the Aztecs had lodged in his mind like a burning cinder.

He could not dispel the persistent, horrible vision of those lines of prisoners snaking through angular stone colonnades to the temple at Tenochtitlan. It suggested whole worlds of unredeemed history: centuries fathomless, Christless, unimaginably cruel. He envisioned the sacrificial victims and thought: These were men. These were human beings. These were their lives, alien and terrible and brief. "

Aztec Mexico 1519 C.E. Anderson, Poul. The Stars Are Also Fire. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 298. "The important differences were irreconcilable. The larger good required that some practices, some beliefs, be suppressed, as the Conquistadores had suppressed the human sacrifices of the Aztecs. "
Aztec Mexico 1905 Gibson, William & Bruce Sterling. The Difference Engine. New York: Bantam (1991); pg. 79. "'You do remmeber,' Godwin persisted, 'Professor Rudwick's great flying reptile?'

'Quetzalcoatlus,' Mallory said. "

Aztec Mexico 1940 Hubbard, L. Ron. Fear. Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (1991; c. 1940); pg. 107. "'I had been lying there for three hundred years, and you, thinking it was an old Aztec ruin because of the Aztec symbols on the stones which had been converted to its construction, dug me up. Where is my belt?'

'Your belt?'

'Yes, my beautiful golden belt. You picked it up and turned to your guide and said, 'What's this? A gold belt marked with the symbols of the Catholic Church! I thought this was an Aztec ruin. A week's digging for nothing but a golden belt.'

'It is in the college museum.'

'I was a little hurt about it,' said Sebastian sadly. ''--for nothing but a golden belt.' I liked it because i made it, you see, and we thought it was very beautiful. We converted Razchytl to Christianity, and then we took his gold and made sacred vessels of it...' "

Aztec Mexico 1975 Chayefsky, Paddy. Altered States. New York: Harper & Row (1978); pg. 43. "Actually, the Hinchi Indians weren't in San Luis Potsi but in Zapatecus Province, a tribe of pre-Aztecs living amid the brutal barrancas of central Mexico. "
Aztec Mexico 2010 Card, Orson Scott. "America " (published 1987) in The Norton Book of Science Fiction (Ursula K. Le Guin & Brian Atterbery, editors). New York: W. W. Norton & Co. (1993); pg. 673. "'The feathered serpent god of the Aztecs. Or maybe the Mayas. Mexican, anyway...' "; Pg. 678: "'...You give birth to the resurrection god of the Aztecs, and then you send it out to destroy the Europeans.' "; Pg. 680: "'...The Aztecs soaked the ground in the blood of their human sacrifices...' "
Aztec Mexico 2028 Barnes, John. Mother of Storms. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 412. "...but what happened was that all of a sudden we were looking at all these people in a mishmash of Aztec and Mayan and central-casting-barbarian outfits, doing all this stuff out of a Cecil B. DeMille epic...' " [Other refs. not in DB.]
Aztec Mexico 2050 Bova, Ben. "Sam's War " in Sam Gunn Forever. New York: Avon (1998; c. 1994); pg. 86. "It reminded me of the ancient round pyramids of Michoacan, in Mexico: massive, tall and enduring. "
Aztec New York: New York City 1976 Silverberg, Robert. Dying Inside. New York: Ballantine (1976; c. 1972); pg. 133. "...pre-Columbian artifacts in spotlighted showcases... "
Aztec Ontario 2002 Sawyer, Robert J. Hominids. New York: Tor (2002); pg. 215. Pg. 215, 228
Aztec Oregon 1993 Wilson, Robert Charles. The Harvest. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 70. "And then, one night in Episcopal Seminary, he had dreamed himself talking with an Aztec priest--a bony, nut-brown man in a feathered headdress, who had misunderstood his horror as religious awe and who responded with his own attempt at a compliment. Our knives are trivial, the priest had said. See what your people have achieved. All your missile silos, your invisible bombers, each one an obsidian knife aimed at the hearts of tens of millions of men and women and children; each one a temple, painstaking, ingenious, the work of an army of engineers, contractors, politicians, taxpayers. We have nothing to compare, the Aztec priest had said.

And Simon had awakened with the chilly suspicion that his own life, his own culture, everything familiar and dear, might in its essence be as twisted and cruel as the stone altars and kaleidoscopic deities of the Aztecs. "

Aztec Oregon 1993 Wilson, Robert Charles. The Harvest. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 70. "His faith sustained him through college, through his divinity degree, through his appointment to this parish. He was a thoughtful Christian, and on his good days he suspected his doubts only made him stronger. Other times--when the winter fogs enclosed Buchanan, or on moonless summer nights when the pines seemed to take on the barbed and thorny aspect of Tlaloc, the Aztec god of the underworld, in the repulsive mural of Tepantitla--he wished his doubts could be abolished, annihilated in a light of faith so intense it would wash away all these shadows. "
Aztec Oregon 1993 Wilson, Robert Charles. The Harvest. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 71. "She hovered at his shoulder. 'Dr. Ackroyd--'

'Yes, Mary?'

'You had the dream?'

'We all did.'

His housekeeper confessed: 'I told them--I told them yes.'

'Yes, Mary. So did I.'

She was obviously surprised. 'But you were religious!'

'Why, Mary, I still am. I think I still am.'

'But then how could you answer them yes? If it's all right to ask, I mean.'

He considered the question. Not a simple one. Many of his deepest beliefs had been challenged in the last thirty-odd hours. Some had been abrogated. Had he been tempted? Had he yielded to temptation?

He pictured the temple at Tenochtitlan, the arc and fall of the obsidian knives.

'Because of the Aztecs,' he said.


'Because there won't be any Aztecs in the world anymore,' the Rector said. 'That's all finished now.' "

Aztec Solar System 2323 Strickland, Brad & Barbara Strickland. Nova Command (Star Trek: TNG: Starfleet Academy). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 68. "He could see the Aphrodite to his right, and beyond that the Quetzalcoatl and the Ra. "
Aztec South America -3005 B.C.E. Gaskell, Jane. The Serpent. New York: St. Martin's Press (1977; c. 1963); pg. 8. Pg. 7: "The Aztec goddess Cioacatle 'by whom sin came into the world', usually represented with a serpent near her -- The whole story of Adam and Eve and the Garden... "; Pg. 8: "The main action of the book takes place in what is now South America. "
Aztec Spain 2010 Anthony, Patricia. Cold Allies. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1993); pg. 49. "Martinez's Aztec features creased into an embarrassed half-smile. Hispanic, but he was at least three shades darker than she was. "
Aztec United Kingdom: London 1500 C.E. Moorcock, Michael. Gloriana. New York: Warner Books (1986; c 1978); pg. 98. "...the Queen [Gloriana] received the rest of her guests:... the Aztec ambassador, Prince Comius Sha-T'Lee of Chlaksahloo (who believed himself a demi-god and Gloriana a goddess) in golden feathers and feathered cloak... " [Also pg. 118.]
Aztec USA 1989 Wilson, Robert Charles. Gypsies. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 143. "He gestured effusively with a goblet of Aztec wine. "
Aztec USA 2004 Hand, Elizabeth. Catwoman. New York: Ballantine (2004). Based on screenplay by John Rogers, Mike Ferris, and John Brancato; pg. 113. ...looked up at the wall beside the Mau. A dramatic reproduction of an Aztec mask hung there, supple leatehr shaped into a stark, Symbolist version of a jaguar's skull. "And you are a Catwoman. Duality personified. "

Ophelia reached for the mask and tok it from the wall, then turned and held it out to Patience. [Ophelia gives this mask to Catwoman/Patience Phillips, who modifies it slightly into her Catwoman mask, using it through much of the rest of the story.]

Aztec world 1500 C.E. Murphy, Pat. The Falling Woman. New York: Tor (1986); pg. 131. "'...Christ died long ago in a faraway place, and that might make it seem different. His worshipers claimed he was God incarnate, but the Aztecs claimed the same for the god-king they sacrificed. It happened only once, and that speaks for moderation on the part of the Christians, but that's not a fundamental difference, just one of degree.' "
Aztec world 1950 Reynolds, Mack. "The Adventure of the Extraterrestrial " in Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) USA: Bluejay Books (1984); pg. 183. "'...great unsolved crimes of the world... The spiriting away of the Aztec treasure following the noche triste of Hernandon Cortes...' "
Aztec world 1959 Bradbury, Ray. "The End of the Beginning " in The Day it Rained Forever. London: Rupert Hart-Davis (1970; first ed. 1959); pg. 49. "...Quetzalcoatl, the Great White God come from the East... "
Aztec world 1973 Sagan, Carl. Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (2000; c. 1973); pg. 22. "In the absence of indigenous horses, both the Aztecs and the Incas interpreted the mounted conquistador as one animal--a kind of two-headed centaur. " [Also pg. 42, 206, 216.]
Aztec world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 61. Pg. 61: "'...the plumed serpent of the Aztecs, and their legend of the eagle devouring the snake...' "; Pg. 231: "We conclude with a final warning and clarification: Resort to mass sacrifice (as among the Aztecs, the catholic Inquisition, and the Nazi death camps) is the device of those who are incapable of the true Rite of the Dying God. "
Aztec world 1984 Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 57. "Christianity... no longer burns Geordano Bruno for saying the earth moves past the sun, or Michael Servetus for saying blood moves through the lungs. The slaughter of the Aztecs is a mute memory... "
Aztec world 1986 Asimov, Isaac. "Afterword " in The War of the Worlds (by H. G. Wells). New York: Penguin Putnam (1986; c. 1898); pg. 212. "The Europeans took over the two American continents. The native civilizations of Mexico and Peru, the Aztecs and the Incas, were wiped out very quickly... "
Aztec world 1989 Wilson, Robert Charles. Gypsies. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 71. "The automobile was significant. The Jihadic Wars had interrupted oil traffic through the Persian Gulf; gasoline was prohibitively expensive. The Americans... possessed their own oilfields, of course. And their endless border crises with the Aztecs often involved mineral rights... "
Aztec world 1992 Anthony, Piers and Philip Jose Farmer. The Caterpillar's Question. New York: Ace Books (1992); pg. 62. "Maybe the letters were ideographic or syllabic, like ancient Aztec or Chinese or whatever. "
Aztec world 1994 Morrow, James. Towing Jehovah. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1994); pg. 165. "Cupping a palm over his mouth and nose, he rushed past a huge mound of chemical waste, hundreds of 55-gallon drums stacked up in a kind of post-industrial Aztec pyramid. "
Aztec world 1996 Bradbury, Ray. "Exchange " in Quicker Than the Eye. New York: Avon Books (1996); pg. 213. "'Yes. Myths. Legends. Mummies. Aztec kings...' "
Aztec world 1997 Byrne, John. Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing (1997); pg. 142. "'...The destruction of the One World sent energy spilling in all directions into the Universe... scattered through the cosmos. It planted seeds, so that mortals who evolved there were invested with the power of the old gods and rose themselves to godhead. Here on Earth it struck in many places and spawned the gods of Olympus, the Norse gods, the Aztec and other gods. All much more than mortal, all touched by something we might call divine.' "
Aztec world 2000 Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 359. [Afterword by author.] "...but the reason why it was Cortez and Pizarro who prevailed over the Aztec and Inca empires by winning particular battles on particular days, instead of being cut down and destroyed as they might have, has everything to do with their own character and the character and recent history of the emperors opposing them. "
Aztec world 2009 Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward. New York: Tor (2000; c. 1999); pg. 218. "'...Anyone today can appreciate the beauty of ancient Chinese or Egyptian or Aztec artifacts; I collect all three. The individual artisans who made them live on through their work.' "
Aztec world 2010 Anthony, Patricia. Cradle of Splendor. New York: Ace Books (1996); pg. 122. "'Yes? What about Roswell? What about Aztec?'

'Grow up, man. There aren't any bodies in Hangar Eighteen. Roswell was a weather balloon and Aztec never happened.'

'Are you that stupid? You believe everything they tell you?' "

Aztec world 2025 Cool, Tom. Infectress. New York: Baen (1997); pg. 291. "'It's all here, Arabella... It's the Dead Sea Scrolls. It's the Rosetta Stone. It's the Aztec Calendar Wheel. Every hereditary disease identified...' "
Aztec world 2030 Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books (1984); pg. 105. "When Case jacked in, he opened his eyes to the familiar configuration of the Eastern Seaboard Fission Authority's Aztec pyramid of data. "
Aztec world 2060 Russell, Mary Doria. The Sparrow. New York: Ballantine (1996); pg. 306. "Unbidden the thought came. Rabbis marry. Ministers marry. And he told himself that, yes, if he were a rabbit or a minister, he would love her as a whole man and thank God for her every day. And if he were an Aztec, he thought ruthlessly, he'd cut the hearts from the living breasts of his enemies and offer blood to the sun. "
Aztec world 2125 Anderson, Poul. Harvest of Stars. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 74. "Mural screens down the corridor showed men at war, Assyrians, Hebrews, Romans, Vikings, Moors, knights, samurai, Aztecs... "
Aztec world 2233 Moffett, Judith. Pennterra. New York: Congdon & Weed, Inc. (1987); pg. 27. "'...Did you people let them hypnotize you, or can they put you under from a distance, or what? Either way, I don't agree at all that anything able to affect our feelings wouldn't be able to put up a very impressive resistance if it came to a showdown. If the Aztecs could have hypnotized the Spaniards just by thinking about it, things might have worked out a lot different.' " [The character is speaking these words in the year 2233, referring to events that happened in the sixteenth century.]
Aztec world 2500 Anderson, Poul. "The Sharing of Flesh " in The Hugo Winners: Volumes One and Two. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971); pg. 781. "'Cannibalism was an occasional part of human sacrifice. As a rule, victims were left uneaten. But in a minority of religions, the bodies, or selected portions of them, were consumed, either by a special class, or by the community as a whole. Generally this was regarded as theophagy. Thus, the Aztecs of Mexico offered thousands of individuals annually to the gods. The requirement of doing this forced them to provoke wars and rebellions, which in turn made it easy for the eventual European conqueror to get native allies. The majority of prisoners were simply slaughtered, their hearts given directly to the idols. But in at least one cult the body was divided among the worshippers...' "
Ba'ku* Briar Patch 2275 Dillard, J. M. Star Trek: Insurrection. New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 235. "There is no evil in the vessels themselves--but in the attitude that spawns the vessels. Technology is a weed: once it takes root, it strangles all other philosophies, all other ways of doing things. It cannot be controlled: once our culture embraced it, it had to accept both the good and the bad truths it brings. The good aspect of technology helped to heal our ancestors; the bad, to destroy them. Here the world itself heals us. We have the good; what need have we of the bad? "
Ba'ku* Briar Patch 2375 Dillard, J. M. Star Trek: Insurrection. New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 136-138. Pg. 136: "'There are six hundred people down there,' Dougherty said... "; Pg. 138: "'...Besides, they [Son'a] don't want to live in the middle of the Briar Patch--who would?'

'The Ba'ku,' Picard said softly... 'This will destroy the Ba'ku. Just as cultures have been destroyed in every other forced relocation throughout history.'

Dougherty sighed with pure exasperation. 'Jean-Luc, we are only moving six hundred people.'

'How many people does it take before it becomes wrong?' Picard asked him. 'A thousand? Fifty thousand? A million? How many will it take, Admiral?' "

Ba'ku*, continued


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