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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Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2374 Reeves-Stevens, Judith & Garfield. The Fall of Terok Nor (Star Trek: DS9 / Millennium Book 1 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 100. [5] "'That's still not an answer.' Now Arla, too, spoke in earnest. 'And the question is so simple. Are they . . . gods?'

'A wise man once said, 'Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.' Why should it be indistinguishable from the works of gods, Commander?'

'Sir, don't you think there's a difference--a profound difference--between having the attributes of a god, and being a god?'

If you only knew how many times I've asked myself that same question, Sisko thought wearily. 'Yes,' he said. 'I do.'

At that, Arla shot him a quick, almost triumphant look from beneath her improbably thick fringe of eyelashes. 'So--what is the answer to my question?'

Sisko suddenly felt the need to bring an end to their conversation. 'In all honesty, I don't know.' " [Many other Bajoran refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2375 Carey, Diane. What You Leave Behind (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 203. "'I'm sure he's very proud of you, Nog.'

'I'd like to think so, ma'am.'

Kira deliberately didn't say 'was.' She didn't believe Sisko was dead. Nobody did.

Was he watching them? Now, there was a disturbing thought: no, he probably wasn't acting as some kind of mystical voyeur. They were free to have privacy, and to make mistakes without a big daddy watching over them. He wouldn't have wanted that for himself and she was betting he wasn't eying them from the ethereal plane. He probably had his own duties out there, somewhere, teaching the Prophets a thing or two about life.

That made her smile. " [Other refs., not in DB. The last part of this novel is particularly mystical/religious, as Captain Sisko, the Emissary of the Bajoran religion, is transformed into a non-corporeal existence.]

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2375 Perry, S. D. Avatar, Book One (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 218. [1] "He'd had faith, of a sort, attending weekly services along with everyone else--but he'd never really felt or understood the nature of the Prophets, even after Benjamin Sisko had come to the station. His relationship with Them had been perfunctory, his feelings for the Bajoran Gods a kind of vague, mental appreciation; he likened it to the way some childless individuals felt about children--glad they were there, but only because that was the appropriate response to children, whether or none one actually enjoyed them. The Emissary's arrival was just another 'prophecy' fulfilled that would make no real difference in his life, interesting but essentially inconsequential.

Except he was the Emissary . . . "

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2375 Perry, S. D. Avatar, Book One (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 218. [2] "One day, shortly after B'hala had been rediscovered, in fact, Lieutenant Yevir had been on his gray, unassuming way to the station's Replimat... he'd been caught in a crowd of his people--and seen light in their eyes, their faces glowing as they watched the Emissary walk among them, touching them when the Prophets whispered in his ear. Yevir hadn't known the captain beyond being someone to nod to, but on that miraculous day, he'd seen and felt the spiritual power of the man for the first time. It had radiated from him like heat, like a thousand bright colors, and Yevir had understood that something was going to happen, something vast and wonderful. The Emissary told an aging couple not to worry about the harvest, and everyone in the crowd had known it was the truth-and suddenly, the Emissary had been standing in front of him, in front of him. "
Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2375 Perry, S. D. Avatar, Book One (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 219. [3] [Lt. Yevir recalls meeting the Emissary/Capt. Sisko in person, an experience which changed his life and instilled great religious faith in him.] "'And he touched my shoulder, and I felt the power. 'You don't belong here,' he said, and I understood that my life was gray and wasted. 'Go home,' he said, and I knew the truth. I knew that I would serve; I knew that I had been touched by the Prophets through his hand . . . and I left the station that very night.

The story went on--there was his newfound tranquility, and his acceptance as a religious initiate back on Bajor, and his rapid rise into and through the Vedek Assembly--but it was his contact with the Emissary, that single, life-altering moment of total reality, that was the point. It was as though he'd been awakened from a very long sleep, one that had lasted his entire life, and that he would be kai one day was only a natural extension of that rapturous moment. "

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2375 Perry, S. D. Avatar, Book One (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 219. [4] "Is it any wonder that I'm excited to see the station again? To see the people I used to know, to walk through the same places I used to walk, but to see everything through new eyes, through eyes opened by the Prophets' love?

Just thinking of it, he was pulled from the depth of his contemplation, a slight smile touching his lips. He should enjoy his anticipation; pretending some distant calm he didn't feel was unworthy. It was funny, how he still so often worried about how a vedek should behave... "

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2375 Perry, S. D. Avatar, Book One (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 176. "'If it's not too personal, may I ask why you wear your earring on your left ear?' Every other Bajoran he'd ever known always wore it on the right.

[Ro:] 'My I ask why you're asking?'

Quark shrugged. 'Honestly, because I've noticed that it seems to bother some of the other Bajorans on board.'

Particularly Kira. And 'bother' was a serious understatement...

Ro seemed almost pleased. 'That is honest. All right, Quark, I'll tell you. I wear it in memory of my father. He loved his culture, and in my own way, I suppose I do, too. But I've never been very religious. Not all Bajorans are, you know. Wearing my earring on the left was the best way to discourage the random vedek from wandering up to feel my pagh . . . which, you may know, is traditionally felt by taking hold of the left ear. For different reasons, of course, the practice was also taken up by the Pah-wraith cultists. . . .'

'. . . which explains why people don't like it,'... "

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2375 Perry, S. D. Avatar, Book Two (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 8. "Ro's voice, the open worry of her face. Colonel, I'm not prone to leaps of faith, you probably know, but everything in that book has come true.

...Kira read the marked passage again; according to the padd, it was the last complete prophecy. Pages from before and after the text were gone, ripped from the book.

. . . with the Herald attendant. A New Age for Bajor will begin with the birth of the alien Avatar, an age of Awareness and Understanding beyond what the land's children have ever known. The child Avatar will be the second of the Emissary, he to whom the Teacher Prophets sing, and will be born to a gracious and loving world, a world ready to Unite... " [Many other Bajoran religious refs. throughout novel. The two main characters are Bajorans, one devout and one not: Kira and Ro.]

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2375 Robinson, Andrew J. A Stitch in Time (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 343. "'...Where did you expect me to go? My Bajoran predecessor, I believe, is now with his Prophets,' Dukat snorted... "
Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2376 DeCandido, Keith R. A. Demons of Air and Darkness (Star Trek: DS9 / Gateways: Book 4 of 7). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 32. "'The wormhole.'

...Kira said, 'It could be the Prophets protecting this region.'

'That's certainly a possibility. Vaughn, given your experience with the gateways, I want you out there, finding out why there aren't any gateways near Bajor. Is it something natural? Is it the doing of the aliens--that is to say, the Prophets?' he amended with a conciliatory glance at Kira. " [Many other Bajoran refs. throughout novel, not in DB, incl. refs. to Bajoran religion. Two of the main characters, Kira and Ro, are Bajoran.]

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2376 George III, David R. Twilight (Star Trek: DS9; "Mission: Gamma " #1 of 4). New York: Pocket Books (2002); pg. 21. "Kira Nerys slid her thumb down the cracked, ruby-colored spine of the oversized book... Flecks of gold passed beneath her touch, remnants of inlaid letters long ago eroded away by the attentions of many readers through many years.

'When the Prophets Cried,' she said aloud, pronouncing the title in a voice not quite soft enough to be a whisper. Her hand descended to the base of the book, and she let her fingertips hang on the edge of the glass shelf. She stood like that for a few moments... The cold volume beckoned to Kira, like the open invitation of a longtime and trusted friend. Often throughout her life she had turned to the venerable work for spiritual and emotional guidance. Penned hundreds of years ago by Synta Kayanil, a vedek revered even in her own time for her insight, the collection of religious exegeses, historical recountals, and prophetic writings had provided Kira with a solid foundation on which to build and rebuild her faith... "

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2376 George III, David R. Twilight (Star Trek: DS9; "Mission: Gamma " #1 of 4). New York: Pocket Books (2002); pg. 27. "Another aspect of the congestion on the Promenade, according to Ro, concerned the Bajoran temple and the Orb of Memory. As word of the Orb's rediscovery spread, many Bajorans were apparently undertaking a pilgrimage to the station to experience it for themselves. The Orb would eventually be moved to Bajor, once a suitable location for it had been selected and prepared by the Vedek Assembly, but in recent days the number of passenger transports arriving fully loaded from Bajor had increased dramatically.

Kira glanced back across the room, over at When the Prophets Cried. She had felt the urge to consult the old book this morning, not because she sought direction for herself, but because she hoped to gain some insight into the current, tumultuous times. Dramatic events had unfolded for Bajor during the past few months--the Ascension of the Emissary, the death of the kai... the unearthing of the Ohalu text... " [Extensive other Bajoran religious refs., not in DB.]

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2400 Reeves-Stevens, Judith & Garfield. The War of the Prophets (Star Trek: DS9 / Millennium Book 2 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 14. "Worf's next words unnerved Sisko. 'And her designation is Boreth.'

The Opaka was named for a Bajoran spiritual leader--the first kai Sisko had met on Bajor. And Boreth was a world to which the Klingon messiah, Kahless the Unforgettable, had promised to return after his death. The Starfleet of Sisko's day did not make a habit of naming its ships after religious figures or places. Something had changed in this time [25 years in Sisko's future]. But what? " [Many other refs. not in DB.]

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2400 Reeves-Stevens, Judith & Garfield. The War of the Prophets (Star Trek: DS9 / Millennium Book 2 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 91. "Sisko saw Kira stiffen at the Bajoran commander's casual use of the term 'aliens' to describe the beings in the wormhole.

'The Prophets,' Kira said emphatically, 'chose to stop one fleet of Jem'Hadar ships from traveling through their Temple. But if the Bajoran people failed in their duty to protect the Temple's doorway, then it is entirely possible that the Prophets withdrew their blessings--just as they did when the Cardassians invaded.'

Arla persisted. 'Major, if the wormhole aliens are gods, how could they let the Cardassians inflict such evil on our world?'

Kira's smile was brittle. 'I won't pretend to understand the Prophets, but I know everything they do is for a reason.

Before Arla could further escalate what was for now merely a discussion, Sisko intervened to keep it at that level. This argument could have no end between the two Bajorans of such dissimilar background and belief. "

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2400 Reeves-Stevens, Judith & Garfield. The War of the Prophets (Star Trek: DS9 / Millennium Book 2 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 92. "Kira had been born on occupied Bajor. She had grown up in relocation camps, and had fought for the Resistance since she was a child. The only thing that had enabled her--and millions of other Bajorans--to survive the horrors of the Cardassian Occupation of their world was a deep and unquestioning faith in their gods--the Prophets of the Celestial Temple.

But Arla Rees, only a few years younger than Kira, had been born to prosperous Bajoran traders on the neutral world of New Sydney. She had enjoyed a life of privilege in which the Cardassian Occupation, though an evil to rally against, had never been experienced firsthand. For Arla, now a Starfleet officer, as for many Bajorans of her upbringing, the Prophets were little more than an outmoded superstition perversely clung to by her less sophisticated cousins on the old world. "

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2400 Reeves-Stevens, Judith & Garfield. The War of the Prophets (Star Trek: DS9 / Millennium Book 2 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 92. "Sisko knew that as fervently as Kira believed in the Prophets and their Celestial Temple, Arla held an equally strong belief that the Bajoran wormhole was inhabited by aliens from a different dimensional realm, and that their involvement in the history of Bajor had been more disruptive than benevolent.

He himself had been wondering of late if reconciling these two opposing beliefs was one of the tasks that he, in his ill-defined and unsought role as the Emissary to Bajor's Prophets, was supposed to be able to accomplish. If so, then he was still unable to see how one could ever be reconciled with the other.

'That's enough,' Sisko said to both Kira and Arla. 'This debate is nothing we're going to resolve here and now. " [Many other refs. throughout novel, not in DB. Novel has a particularly high level of references to religion: largely Bajoran religion, also Ferengi, Vorta, and some refs. to Klingon religion, other fictional religions, religion in general.]

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2400 Reeves-Stevens, Judith & Garfield. The War of the Prophets (Star Trek: DS9 / Millennium Book 2 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 97. [Weyoun recounts converting from Vorta to Bajoran belief.] "'But you've always known [as a Vorta] about your programming,' Sisko said.

'True. And our belief, engineered or not, did sustain the Vorta--sustained me--through the most difficult times. But then. . .' Weyoun withdrew his arms from his robes and spread them wide, as if to embrace Sisko and the others. '. . . The day came when those difficult times ended . . . and I met the true Gods of all creation--the Prophets.' His transformed face shone with bliss.

Sisko stared at the triumphant Vorta. 'You . . . met the Bajoran Prophets?'

Weyoun nodded, his beatific smile never wavering.

'Through an Orb experience?' Kira asked doubtfully. 'Or--'

'Face to face,' the Vorta said in a humble voice. 'In the True Celestial Temple. I traveled through it. A desperate expedition to see if it led to the Gamma Quadrant.' " [More.]

Bajoran* galaxy 2342 ab Hugh, Daffyd. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Courageous (Book 2 of 3 in "Rebels " trilogy). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 96. "She kept awake by running through all seventy-seven prayers of the Book of Amakira, a test she had passed as a young girl while studying for holy orders; each prayer comprised sixteen syllables, so it took quite some time to pass through the entire book, especially while fully comprehending the meaning of each verse: Sister Winn had great need for the heart-comforting revelations of Amakira. When she finished, the camp was silent, save for the omnipresent tramp of the guards; same rhythm as last night, thank the Prophets. "
Bajoran* galaxy 2368 Neason, Rebecca. Guises of the Mind (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 17. "She [the nun] cocked her head slightly to one side and studied the captain. 'As for religion no longer playing a part in society,' she said. 'Which society? The Vulcans, whose discipline of pure logic, the Kilinar, exists side by side with their mystical teachings of the Katra? The Bajorans who unanimously claim that it is their spiritual beliefs that have held them together as a society throughout the long years of Cardassian domination? I could name dozens more.' "
Bajoran* galaxy 2370 Cox, Greg & John Gregory Betancourt. Devil in the Sky (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 235. "The Bajoran cleric, her gaunt features framed by a headdress of folded red fabric, acknowledged his greeting with a nod. 'I apologize for the delay,' she said. Persistent static gave her voice an unnatural, crackling accent. 'The work of the Prophets, and of the council, is never-ending.' ";

Pg. 236: "Sisko was not surprised to discover that Secretary Pova's superior was also a religious leader. On Bajor, the line between church and state was often uncomfortably thin. He hoped Sloi was more like the Kai Opaka and less like Vedek Winn and her followers. Kira could have informed him, discreetly, on Sloi's reputation and politics, but Kira, of course, wasn't here.

...The Vedek shook her head. 'The Prophets created Bajor according to their divine plan, a plan which clearly does not include the Hortas. If such creatures were meant to exist on Bajor, they would have dwelt here from the beginning. What you are proposing is anathema.' " [Other refs., not in DB.]

Bajoran* galaxy 2371 Smith, Dean Wesley & Kristine Kathryn Rusch. The Escape (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 122. "Finally, Seska said, 'Bajorans are raised to believe there are many things we cannot see. We should never discount the spiritual aspect of any journey.'

'Are you saying there are ghosts on this planet?' Janeway asked.

Seska took a deep breath. 'With one look at that ship, you knew it was too dilapidated to work. Yet it came right at us. I don't know if I think that is the work of a ghost, but I do know that the entire experience was unnerving.' "

Bajoran* galaxy 2371 Wright, Susan. Dark Passions, Book One (Star Trek: TNG/DS9/Voy). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 124. "The pungent scent of bateret leaves filled the courtyard in the sprawling government complex of the Chamber of Ministers, the legislative body of Bajor. First Minister Winn Adami was seated in her receiving room, a blank scroll unrolled on the desk in front of her.

The Bajoran Gratitude Festival was taking place, and Winn was supposed to write her problems on the Renewal Scroll. Then she would lead the procession of ministers into the courtyard, where their witnesses were gathered. One by one they would place their scrolls on a burning brazier so their troubles would symbolically turn to ashes...

Winn paced to the window, where the blue smoke curled as it drifted up the inner walls of the complex. Chanting echoed outside as her people partook in the ancient ceremony, practiced for nearly twenty thousand years, some historians said... " [Some other Bajoran refs., not in DB. Kira is a major character.]

Bajoran* galaxy 2372 ab Hugh, Daffyd. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Courageous (Book 2 of 3 in "Rebels " trilogy). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 34. "Briefly, Jadzia Dax wished she were a Bajoran, so she could pray to the Prophets. " [Many other refs. to Bajoran religion throughout novel, not in DB.]
Bajoran* galaxy 2372 ab Hugh, Daffyd. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Courageous (Book 2 of 3 in "Rebels " trilogy). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 63. "Sisko closed his eyes against the burning, orange sun: Please, he prayed--perhaps to the Prophets, since he was still the Emissary--please, this time, let me be right! "
Bajoran* galaxy 2372 ab Hugh, Daffyd. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Liberated (Book 3 of 3 in "Rebels " trilogy). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 2. "'Courage, child,' said the Kai in a monumentally condescending attempt at raising Kira's spirits. 'The Prophets send tribulations to test us.' " [Other refs. to Bajoran religion throughout novel, not in DB. Other fictional religions and cultures in novel include Ferengi, Cardassian, Klingon, Drek'la, Jem'Hadar.]
Bajoran* galaxy 2372 ab Hugh, Daffyd. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Liberated (Book 3 of 3 in "Rebels " trilogy). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 22. [Kira] "The major's lips flickered for a momentary smile. The words from the psalm: tolerate and endure: "
Bajoran* galaxy 2372 Betancourt, John Gregory. The Heart of the Warrior (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 52. "A Vedek--no wonder they were so riled up. Bashir focused on the tall Bajoran wearing gray robes who turned at her voice. The man might dress simply, Bashir thought, but he carried himself like someone important. Vedeks were among the highest religious positions a Bajoran could attain, he knew, and their unique authority in Bajoran allowed them to incite the masses with their words. Most of the trouble on DS9 between Bajorans and Cardassians could be traced to Bajoran religious leaders.

Vedek Werron had the thin, almost emaciated features of one who habitually fasted. His intense green eyes focused on Bashir, who felt instantly dissected by that gaze. Like he can see into my soul, Bashir thought with a shiver. " [More. Other refs. to Bajoran religion, not in DB.]

Bajoran* galaxy 2373 Vornholt, John. Tunnel Through the Stars (Star Trek: TNG / The Dominion War: Book 3). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 1. "Sam Lavelle strode onto the bridge of the Orb of Peace... The cramped bridge had a strange viewscreen with Bajoran writing all around it. He was able to translate two phrases: 'The devout will enter the Celestial Temple,' and 'The Kai holds the lantern of Bajor.' " [Many other refs., not in DB, although Bajoran religion is not a central theme of this novel.]
Bajoran* galaxy 2374 Cox, Greg. Q-Strike (Star Trek: TNG / The Q Continuum: Book 3 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 52. "...Bajor... It was as though the Celestial Temple itself was on fire.

'What is it, Holiness?' asked Vedek Kuros fearfully, tugging on the kai's silken sleeve to draw her attention down from the inexplicable stellar pyrotechnics. 'Is it the Reckoning?'

The kai shook her head thoughtfully, causing the ornate silver chain dangling from her ear to sway back and forth. 'I think not,' she said. 'The Sacred texts are very clear that the Reckoning shall not occur until after the Coming of the Emissary.' " [More Bajoran religious refs., pg. 52-54.]

Bajoran* galaxy 2376 DeCandido, Keith R. A. Demons of Air and Darkness (Star Trek: DS9 / Gateways: Book 4 of 7). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 223. "Kira then did something that the Vedek Assembly had judged her unworthy to do with other Bajorans: she prayed.

Or, rather, she tried to.

On many occasions in her thirty-three years of life, Kira Nerys had been sure she was going to die. From the resistance to the Dominion War, her life had been fraught with danger, and she had long ago made peace with the fact that she was not likely to die of old age in her bed.

When circumstances permitted, Kira had always prayed on those occasions. She had faith in the Prophets, and in prayer she took comfort in the idea that her life had some meaning to them, that she had made some contribution to their grand design. And she always believed that if the path they had guided her on had finally come to its end, her death wouldn't be a vain one. Those prayers were always heartfelt and came easily to her. "

Bajoran* galaxy 2376 DeCandido, Keith R. A. Demons of Air and Darkness (Star Trek: DS9 / Gateways: Book 4 of 7). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 224. Pg. 224: "But this time, the words wouldn't come. She had been a devout follower of the Prophets her whole life. Is this how I'm to have that faith rewarded? Dying on an arid wasteland, alone in a Starfleet shelter tens of thousands of light-years from home, theta radiation...?

True, her actions might well lead to saving Europa Nova, something she swore she would do no matter what.

But I don't want to die like this. Not here, not this way--and not Attainted. [excommunicated]

Then her tricorder beeped... ";

Pg. 225: "Ten minutes later she collapsed again.

The Prophets have given you a sign! her mind yelled. They haven't abandoned you! But you have to get to the gateway. So move it! ";

Pg. 226: "The other was the comforting light that [she] knew in her heart belonged to the Prophets.

Each time the vista switched to the light, Kira felt her heart beat faster. This is it. The Prophets are calling to me. My road is at an end. "

Bajoran* galaxy 2376 DeCandido, Keith R.A. "Horn and Ivory " in What Lay Beyond (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 90. Pg. 90: "Kira noticed that she gripped the table... 'We simply followed the road the Prophets laid out for us,' she said.

Kira's eyes automatically went to the admiral's right ear, which was adorned with an earring. Though it was nowhere near as elaborate as those worn by Kira's time, Kira knew that it symbolized devotion to the Prophets--a way of life that had not become as widespread in this era as in hers. Kira wasn't completely sure how far back she had gone, but, based on the clothes and weaponry, it had to be over twenty thousand years in the past. Which means, she thought, the first Orb won't even be found for at least ten thousand years or so. ";

Pg. 93: "'We are not a theocracy, sir. The Bajora is a democratic government of the people of the world. Our goal is to unite the planet once and for all.' " [Many other refs., not in DB. Kira, a devout Bajoran, is the main character of this story.]

Bajoran* galaxy 2376 Greenberger, Robert. Doors into Chaos (Star Trek: TNG / Gateways: Book 3 of 7). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 8. "Was it stable like the wormhole he lived near for so long? Could the Prophets of Bajor come for his meager profits? " [Some other refs., not in DB.]
Bajoran* 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. 233. -
Balinese Brunei 2035 Sterling, Bruce. "Green Days in Brunei " in Future on Fire (Orson Scott Card, ed.) New York: Tor (1991; story copyright 1985); pg. 333. "The Bruneian actress Dewi Serrudin... had the ritual concentration of a Balinese dancer evoking postures handed down through the centuries. "
Balinese Indonesia: Bali 1995 Aldiss, Brian. "Becoming the Full Butterfly " in Supertoys Last All Summer Long. New York: St. Martin's Griffin (2001; c. 1995); pg. 206. "Or fake tourist figurines sold in Bali, Berlin, London, Aberdeen, Buenos Aires. "
Balinese Indonesia: Bali 2001 Callenbach, Ernest. Ecotopia. New York: Tor (1977; c. 1975); pg. 172. Pg. 172: "White bands tend to play music that sounds to me something like Balinese gamelan orchestras--an intricate, cerebral, yet driving jazz... "; Pg. 173: "'We're like the Balinese,' he insisted. 'We have no 'art,' we just do everything as well as we can.' "
Balinese Louisiana 1987 Geary, Patricia. Strange Toys. New York: Bantam (1989; c. 1987); pg. 96. "...their windows filled with shadow puppets from Bali, carved jade Buddhas, Mardi Gras clown masks... "
Balinese Massachusetts: Nantucket -1250 B.C.E. Sterling, S. M. Island in the Sea of Time. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 319. -
Balinese New York: New York City 1991 Snodgrass, Melinda M. "Lovers " in Wild Cards IX: Jokertown Shuffle (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1991); pg. 310. "At last they reached bottom, and Tach found herself in a cavern. Seven openings debouched into the vaultlike room. Tach pivoted slowly, staring in wonder at the colorful painted glyphs that rioted on the curving walls. Somewhat reminiscent of Mayan art, they also partook of Balinese temple paintings. "
Balinese Solar System 2001 Clarke, Arthur C. 2001: A Space Odyssey. New York: New American Library (1969; c. 1968); pg. 58. "Only the charming little stewardess seemed completely at ease in his presence. As Floyd quickly discovered, she came from Bali, and had carried beyond the atmosphere some of the grace and mystery of that still largely unspoiled island. One of his strangest, and most enchanting, memories of the entire trip was her zero-gravity demonstration of some classical Balinese dance movements, with the lovely, blue-green crescent of the waning Earth as a backdrop. "
Balinese T'ien Shan 3131 Simmons, Dan. The Rise of Endymion. New York: Bantam (1998 mass market edition; first ed. 1997); pg. 293. "I look to the southwest. If I could someday travel the arc of the Antarctic Circle there, I know, I would come across such peaks as Gunung Agung, the navel of the world (one of dozens on T'ien Shan), where the Eka Dasa Rudra Festival is now twenty-seven years into its sixth hundred-year cycle, and where the Balinese women are said to dance with unsurpassed beauty and grace. "
Balinese USA 2004 Hand, Elizabeth. Catwoman. New York: Ballantine (2004). Based on screenplay by John Rogers, Mike Ferris, and John Brancato; pg. 105. And masks. Patience had never seen so many masks. Leering Ojibwa masks of carved wood, Balinese demons, Kabuki lions...
Balinese Virginia 2025 Swanwick, Michael & William Gibson. "Dogfight " in Future on Fire (Orson Scott Card, ed.) New York: Tor (1991; story copyright 1985); pg. 59. "She was bouncing on the bed, weaving her hands like a Balinese dancer. "
Balinese world 1986 Shepard, Lucius. Green Eyes. New York: Ace Books (1984); pg. 5. "...and I was reminded of the gestures of a Balinese dancer. "
Balinese world 1988 Foster, Alan Dean. To the Vanishing Point. New York: Warner Books (1988); pg. 84. "There was no rhyme or reason to the town that he could see. Victoriana slumped right next to early medieval, Islamic alongside Frank Lloyd Wright, Balinese beside early Russian. "
Balinese world 1994 Bradbury, Ray. "Unterderseaboat Doktor " in Quicker Than the Eye. New York: Avon Books (1996; c. 1994); pg. 8. "'...crippled shadow dances from Bali, cut-string puppets from Geppetto's attic...' "
Bambara Niger 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 309. "'...We gladly shelter any ethnic group in need--Bambara, Marka, Songhai...''
Bambara world 1996 Dietz, William C. Where the Ships Die. New York: Berkley (1996); pg. 19. [Epigraph] "God gives nothing to those who keep their arms crossed.

Bambara (West African) proverb
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Bambuti Africa 2038 Brin, David. Earth. New York: Bantam (1990); pg. 313. "To the Efe [Bambuti] people, the advancing jungle was just another invader to adapt to. Legends told of many others... To Kau, leder of his small band of pygmies, the forest was more real, more immediate, than that other world had been--back when he used to wear shirts woven in faraway factories and carried a carbine as a 'scout' for something called 'the Army of Zaire.' One thing for certain, the Tall People had been easier to please than any jungle... Without the old district clinic, many children now died. And yet, Efe numbers were on the rise. Kau could not account for it. "
Baniwas Brazil 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. 665-666. "It was the Brazilian government people she had to worry about, the petty bureaucrats suffering through years of virtual exile in Manaus... a village of a hundred filthy Baniwas... She had the benaxiden, and so she immediately began spreading word that all the Baniwas should come for injections... As usual, the bureaucrats had diverted a shipment and there were a dozen Baniwas bedridden in the village... " [Other refs. not in DB.]
Bantu Africa 1500 C.E. Moorcock, Michael. Gloriana. New York: Warner Books (1986; c 1978); pg. 142. "'...If they know how she works for Albion. I've read all this more than once. The author?'

'On his way to begin a new life, my lord, where he'll find plenty of discomfort to please him. In Africa. In irons, to the Shaleef of Bantustan.'

Lord Montfallcon gave vent to a small chuckle. 'You sold him, Quire? As a slave?'

'As a scribe. He'll be well-treated, by Bantustan standards. He claimed, in one paragraph, that he was no better than a slave. It seemed fitting to give him a taste of the reality.' "

Bantu Africa 2008 McDonald, Ian. Evolution's Shore. New York: Bantam (1997; c. 1995); pg. 41. "...but Tembo is Luhya and Faraway is Luo. This apparently is important. Something to do with Bantus as opposed to Nilo-Hamitics. "
Bantu galaxy 2271 Roddenberry, Gene. Star Trek: The Motion Picture. New York: Pocket Books (1979); pg. 78. "Uhura was turning his way with a questioning look when his eyes lit on what he hoped was the control. Sulu had turned, too, as Kirk touched the switch. Fortunately, it worked. He sat down, relieved. Was there a hint of bemused comprehension on Uhura's fine-boned Bantu face? Sulu also gave him a small smile and nod. "
Bantu Georgia: Atlanta 2041 Bishop, Michael. Catacomb Years. New York: Berkley (1979); pg. 153. "She called him Basenji because the word was Bantu but had a Japanese ring, at least to her. It was appropriate for other reasons, too: he was small, and doglike, and very seldom spoke. "
Bantu Kansas: Smallville 1978 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Last Son of Krypton. New York: Warner Books (1978); pg. 74. "The child [Clark Kent] was the source of a number of unsolved mysteries until he revealed himself to the world... He was the 'messiah' once as far as a tribe of Bantu were concerned. "
Bantu North America 3000 Hubbard, L. Ron. Battlefield Earth. New York: St. Martin's Press (1982); pg. 401. "How many Bantu and Pygmies had stood in this place the same way, captured and sold by the Brigantes? "
Bantu Utah: Richfield 2020 Dick, Philip K. & Roger Zelazny. Deus Irae. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1976); pg. 68. "'Whither, Son of Wrath?' the nearest little boy piped, meanwhile pushing through the tangled debris and slag. He was a little Bantu, in red rags sewn and patched together. He ran up to the cart, like a puppy, leaping and bounding and grinning white-teethed. "
Banyas India: Aden 1872 Verne, Jules. Around the World in Eighty Days. Translated by George M. Towle. New York: Bantam (1988; c. 1873); pg. 30. "...went ashore to Aden... sauntered about among the mixed population of Somanlis, Banyans [Muslim businessmen class], Parsees, Jews, Arabs, and Europeans who comprised the twenty-five thousand inhabitants of Aden. "
Banyas India: Bombay 1872 Verne, Jules. Around the World in Eighty Days. Translated by George M. Towle. New York: Bantam (1988; c. 1873); pg. 34. "...crowds of people of many nationalities--Europeans, Persians with pointed caps, Banyas [Muslim businessmen] with round turbans, Sindes with square bonnets, Parsees with black mitres... "
Baptist Alabama 1981 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 496. "Other buildings, concrete-columned, granite-facaded, looking like across between modern Baptist churches and mausoleums with windows, provided office space for the legions of workers carrying out duties of administration, security, transportation, communications, and finances. "
Baptist Alabama 1991 McCammon, Robert R. Boy's Life. New York: Pocket Books (1992; c. 1991); pg. 178. Pg. 221: "The caption said this was what was left of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, after somebody planted a bomb that went off as Sunday School was just letting out and four girls died in the blast. "; Pg. 185: "'This Satan's squallin' has got to cease!' Reverend Blessett of the Freedom Baptist Church hollered to the assembled throng. 'Day and night I hear this trash, and the Lord has moved me to strike it down!' He gave the offending radio a last stomp, and wires and batteries flew from the wreckage. Then Reverend Blessett looked at the sobbing girl, his cheeks flushed and sweat glistening on his face, and he held out his arms and approached her. 'I love you!' he yelled. 'The Lord loved you!' " [More here, pg. 190-191, 515.]
Baptist Alabama 1993 Ellison, Harlan. Mefisto in Onyx. Shingletown, CA: Mark. V. Ziesing Books (1993); pg. 59. "That institution for the betterment of the human race, the Organized Church, has a name for it. From the fine folks at Catholicism, Lutheranism, Baptism, Judaism, Islamism, Druidism... "
Baptist Arizona 1961 Bradbury, Ray. "Almost the End of the World " in The Day it Rained Forever. London: Rupert Hart-Davis (1970; first ed. 1959); pg. 105-106. "Sighting Rock Junction, Arizona at noon on August 22, 1961... But there stood the band pavilion, the Baptist church, the firehouse... "
Baptist Arkansas 1953 Dick, Philip K. Mary and the Giant. New York: Arbor House (1987); pg. 21. Pg. 21: "'Did you know that I was once a member of the First Baptist Church of Chickalah, Arkansas?'

Mary Anne was not interested in the past... ";

Pg. 22: "'I was a member in good standing,' Nitz said. 'Then I turned against God. It happened all of a sudden; one day I was saved and then--' He shrugged fatalistically. 'Suddenly I was moved to get up and denounce Jesus. It was the strangest thing. Four other church members followed me to the altar. For a while I traveled around Arkansas converting people away from religion. I used to follow those Billy Sunday caravans. I was sort of a Blue-Monday Nitz.' "

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