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/
People, The* galaxy 1983 Cooper, Susan. Seaward. New York: Atheneum (1983); pg. 67. "...and she saw trees quiver and fall, one after another, as the People ground them out of their way. Steadily the huge stone figures lurched forward, splashing into the lake, making straight for the island...

Cally felt sick with fright. 'It's the People,' she said hoarsely. 'Making a way for Stonecutter to come after me. I didn't think he would.'

Westerly pulled his head back in. He looked pale. 'What are those things?'

'Stone. People made of stone. Nothing but stone at night, but alive in the daytime.' " [Other refs. not all in DB.]

People, The* galaxy 1990 Bonanno, Margaret Wander. The Others. New York: St. Martin's Press (1990); pg. 369. "As with much else about their everyday lives, People and Others measure time in differing ways.

The People employ one unified calendar, which was established under the Plalan Ascendancy, a sun-worshiping, slave-trading society which endured for approximately eight hundred years before falling into decline. Droghen-Gerim's arrival on the Other Archipelago occurs in the year 1563 P.A. (Plalan Ascendancy). "

People, The* galaxy 1990 Bonanno, Margaret Wander. The Others. New York: St. Martin's Press (1990) [Book jacket] "Lingri the Inept is the Chronicler of the dying days of her island race. Pacifistic, finely tuned by genetic and nutritional science, no longer able to laugh, the Others had lived for millennia in magnificent cities in their archipelago. ON the same world, across a wide ocean, life for the People--a feudal race barely emerged from the primeval mire--was cold, brutish, nasty, and short. but, as the Other-Monitors sent to live among them reported, the People had begun to venture farther out in their primitive vessels.

By the time Lingri writes, the People have known of the Others for eighty years, and the once promising cooperation of the two races has gone badly awry. Lingri, a poet born of a race of scientists, sets to paper what she saw in her time among the People, and writes, even as the People destroy her race, that she has grown to cherish them. " [Refs. throughout novel, not in DB, to the People.]

People, The* galaxy 2400 Heinlein, Robert A. Citizen of the Galaxy. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1957); pg. 148. "'The People are free. It's their proudest boast. Any of them can tell you that freedom is what makes them People and not fraki. The People are free to roam the stars, never rooted to any soil. So free that each ship is a soverign state, asking nothing of anyone, going anywhere, fighting against the odds, asking no quarter, not even cooperating except as it suits them. Oh, the People are free; this old Galaxy has never seen such freedom. A culture of less than a hundred thousand people spread through a quarter of a billion cubic light-years and utterly free to move anywhere at any time. there has never been a culture like it and there may never be again. Free as the sky . . . more free than the stars, for the stars go where they must...' "
People, The* galaxy 2400 Heinlein, Robert A. Citizen of the Galaxy. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1957); pg. 148-149. "'...Ah, yes, the People are free.' She paused. 'But at what price was this freedom purchased?'

Thorby blinked.

'I'll tell you. Not with poverty. The People enjoy the highest average wealth in history. The profits of your trading are fantastic. Nor has it been with cost to health or sanity. I've never seen a community with less illness. Nor have you paid in happiness or self-respect. You're a smugly happy lot, and your pride is something sinful--of course you do have a lot to be proud of. But what you have paid for your unparalleled freedom . . . is freedom itself. No, I'm not talking riddles. The People are free . . . at the cost of individual freedom for each of you--and I don't except the Chief Officer or Captain; they are the least free of any.' "

People, The* galaxy 2400 Heinlein, Robert A. Citizen of the Galaxy. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1957); pg. 148-149. "Her words sounded outrageous. 'How can we be both free and not free?' he protested.

'Ask Mata. Thorby, you live in a steel prison; you are allowed out perhaps a few hours ever few months. You live by rules more stringent than any prison. That those rules are intended to make you all happy--and do--is beside the point; they are orders you have to obey. You sleep where you are told, you eat when you are told and what you are offered--it's unimportant that it is lavish and tasty; the point is you have no choice. You are told what to do ninety percent of the time. You are so bound by rules that much of what you say is not free speech but required ritual; you could go through a day and not utter a phrase not found in the Laws of Sisu. Right?' " [Other refs., not in DB. Not the same as 'The People' in Zenna Henderson's stories.]

People, The* galaxy 2400 Heinlein, Robert A. Citizen of the Galaxy. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1957), pg. 106. [Pg. 92 in Ballantine 1984 ed.] "'Most societies... practice both exogamy and endogamy--a man must marry outside his family but inside his nation, race, religion, or some large group, and you Free Traders are no exception; you must cross to another moiety but you can't marry fraki. But your rules produce an unusual setup; each ship is a patrilocal matriarchy.' "
People, The* New Mexico 1995 Grant, Charles. Whirlwind (X-Files). New York: HarperCollins (1995); pg. 98. " with Anglo crooks like that Falkner woman and sell the People down the river without an ounce of guilt. Not him. He had plans. "
People, The* USA 1869 Bethke, Bruce. Wild Wild West. New York: Warner Books (1999); pg. 167. Pg. 166-167: "Gordon was puzzled. 'You mean Heaven?'

'No, I mean the Sixth World.' West rolled over and got up on an elbow again.

'You belaga'ana got shortchanged. You only got kicked out of the Garden of Eden. The People believe we were kicked out of four other worlds before we got to this one--the Fifth World. But the thing is, each time we got booted out of a world, we wound up trading up to a better one.

'Until we got here, where we're so close to perfection that we can see its bottom side. And someday, when the People prove themselves worthy, the Gods will open up the gate of stars to let us climb up and live there.' "

People, The* Utah 1869 Bethke, Bruce. Wild Wild West. New York: Warner Books (1999); pg. 150. "'...Would you like to eat a handful of ants and locusts?'

Gordon's stomach somersaulted. 'Please!'

'The People do,' West said. 'Some years, about the only crop that grows out here is locusts...'

'You said, 'The People.' What people?'

West turned around, looked at Gordon, and spread his hands. 'The people who live here. The Dineh. The Lords of the Earth.' Gordon arched an eyebrow.

'The Spanish named 'em Navajo,' West translated. "

People, The* world 1967 Gardner, Craig Shaw. Dragon Sleeping. New York: Ace Books (1994); pg. 129. Pg. 129: "But now the People were ready. They rushed at the invaders from either side, forcing them to press even more tightly together. And when the People pressed, their arrows traveled before them, a black rain that fell into the enemy... The People held knives and hatches as they jumped into battle... "; Pg. 149: "'You fought by their side,' he explained. 'To the People, that makes you one of them. A few formalities, and you are part of the tribe.' " [Many more refs., not in DB.]
Peoples Temple Guyana 1977 Card, Orson Scott. Lost Boys. New York: HarperCollins (1992); pg. 235. "Outsiders usually seemed to think of Mormons as automatons, obeying a charismatic prophet the way Jim Jones's followers obeyed him in Guyana. The reality was almost the opposite... "
Peoples Temple Guyana 1978 Williams, Walter Jon. Days of Atonement. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 23. "'...Look at Jim Jones, who killed all those people in Surinam.'


'Guyana. That's the place.'


Loren decided he'd had enough. He put down his cup... "

Peoples Temple USA 1984 Grimwood, Ken. Replay. New York: Arbor House (1986); pg. 212. "'The gory stuff, the shooting and killing, all that. Vietnam; Richard Speck, who did those nurses in in [sic] Chicago; the Manson thing; Jonestown . . . and the terrorists...' "
Peoples Temple USA 1995 Hand, Elizabeth. Waking the Moon. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 247. "'...You don't think--none of you think, you're letting some rich crazy egotistical New Age bitch do it for you. Haven't you ever heard of cults, girls? Don't any of you know how to read a newspaper? The name Manson mean anything to you? David Koresh? Bhagwan Rajneesh? Jim Jones?' "
Peoples Temple world 1965 Cart, Michael. "Starry, Starry Night " in Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About the Future (Michael Cart, ed.) New York: Scholastic Press (1999); pg. 194. [Author's Note] "Yeas later, when I had grown up and moved to California, I saw television evangelists for the first time and was even more intrigued by the mesmerizing power they exerted over their audience. What would have happened to me if I had encountered one of them when I was a lonely teenager? I wondered. Might I have ended as a true believer in a Jonestown or a Waco? It was such speculation that inspired the story 'Starry, Starry Night.' "
Peoples Temple world 1978 Grimwood, Ken. Replay. New York: Arbor House (1986); pg. 151. "'. . . apparent murder-suicide. Initial reports indicate a scene of awesome mass carnage, bodies strewn everywhere about the settlement, the corpses of infants still in their dead mothers' arms. A few of the victims had been shot to death, but most seem to have taken their own lives, in a macabre ritual unlike any--'

Jeff reached for the frequency dial on the shortwave set, tuned it away from the BBC news broadcast... Maybe he was still vulnerable to the general malaise that always gripped the world the week of the Jonestown horror, despite his having heard the loathsome tale revealed afresh three times before. Whatever it was, all he wanted to do today was sit by the crackling wood stove and read... "

Peoples Temple world 1991 Grubb, Jeff. "A Brother to Dragons " in Testament of the Dragon (Weis, Margaret, ed.) New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 28. "'Pattern?'

Justin rubbed his hands together over his cup, as if for warmth. 'Cult activities, real cult activities, usually have more of a motivation. An ultimate goal, whether... setting up some ultimate retreat from the wicked world, or even planning for some apocalypse.'

'Jim Jones,' said the policewoman.

'Correct,' continued Justin, acting very much like the professor he claimed to be, 'What you have here is just a group of kids playing Meet the Devil. Without the fire, they would have just gotten drunk and hauled themselves home at a late hour. Real cultists, the ones who think in terms of poison Kool-Aid, don't work like that. They need artifacts to give themselves some sense of legitimacy. Artifacts like this 'dingus.'...' "

Peoples Temple 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. 152. Pg. 152: "...their backs are really against the wall, mass suicide may seem the best option, as it did to the faithful in Guyana and Waco. "; Pg. 161: "From the orderliness surrounding their communal suicide, and on the evidence of their videotapes, it would not seem that any of them was acting under coercion. The same can't be said for those who drank the Kool-Aid of Guyana or perished in the flames of Waco. " [Also pg. 160.]
Peoples Temple world 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 167. "'There are people with charisma,' Brickell said, 'and if their motivation is powerful enough, people will obey. Hitler had the German economy working for him. Jim Jones and David Koresh had the fear of hell on their sides...' "
Peoples Temple world 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 215. "'You might have the power, young man, but you're very alone with it. It happens whenever one of our little 'trinkets' falls into the hands of your species. Jim Jones. David Koresh. But they can never handle it. And we always get our devices back.' "
Peoples Temple world 2000 Barad, Judith & Ed Robertson The Ethics of Star Trek. New York: HarperCollins (2000); pg. 35. [Non-fiction.] "The mass suicides of the People's Temple worshipers in 1978, as well as those of the Heaven's Gate cult in 1997, came about because of unquestioned adherence... "
Peoples Temple world 2051 Egan, Greg. Permutation City. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 188. "An ex-psychiatric patient was planning on spending thirty million dollars of other people's money to 'prove' his own sanity--and lead the clones of his followers into a cybernetic paradise which would last for about twenty seconds. Taking a cut seemed just a tiny bit like doing the catering for the Jonestown massacre. "
Peoples Temple world 2094 Sladek, John. Tik-Tok. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1985; 1st printed 1983); pg. 122. "There were quite a few arguments aboard the Doodlebug as we plunged towards the sun... Some argued that we should (me excepted) drink Kool-aid laced with cyanide and get it over with; others pointed out that there was no Kool-aid or cyanide aboard, and darn little of anything else to eat or drink. "
Persian Africa 2008 McDonald, Ian. Evolution's Shore. New York: Bantam (1997; c. 1995); pg. 154. Pg. 154: Persian carpet; Pg. 180: "All he needed was a white Persian [cat] cradled in his one good arm... "
Persian California: Los Angeles 1993 DeChance, John. MagicNet. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 173. "'...Grant would know, since Grant works in the same system.'

' 'Ragnarok' isn't a name from Persian mythology. Scandinavian.'

'As I said, you can combine mythologies.' " [More.]

Persian Cameroon 1966 Ballard, J. G. The Crystal World. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux (1966); pg. 97. "...and the ornate Persian patterns swam below the surface like the floor of some perfumed pool in the Arabian Nights. "
Persian Colorado 1974 Disch, Thomas M. Camp Concentration. New York: Random House (1999; c. 1968); pg. 70. Persian carpet
Persian Europe 2018 Bova, Ben. Voyager II: The Alien Within. New York: Tor (1986); pg. 122. "Persian carpet, made to order and a gift of the new Iranian government... "
Persian France 1942 Lee, Stan & Stan Timmons. The Alien Factor. New York: ibooks, inc. (2002; c. 2001); pg. 169. "'Alexander the Great... He was outnumbered, so he simply went straight at the Persian King... The Battle of Issus.' "
Persian Gaia 2046 Bear, Greg. Eternity. New York: Warner Books (1988); pg. 21. Pg. 21: "Few Lindians came up here; many thought it was haunted by the centuries-dead ghosts of Persian defenders, massacred when the Oikoumene regained control of the island. Sometimes there were tourists from Aigyptos... "; Pg. 23: "Patrikia's house stood on a rocky promontory overlooking the Great Naval Harbor. It was a small gypsum-plaster and stone dwelling, in late Persian style, with four rooms and a separate study on the low cliff above the beach. "
Persian galaxy 2367 Duane, Diane. Dark Mirror (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 60. "He went to the shelf, scanned the volumes there for a moment, and finally reached for Anabasis, the 'Journey of the Ten Thousand': a good textbook for a man who wasn't sure where to go or what to do next. Those Greeks had not, either. Marooned in Asia after their battle with a huge Persian force, their officers assassinated, trapped between the Persians and unknown country full of savage tribes...' "
Persian galaxy 2376 Martin, Michael A. & Andy Mangels. Cathedral (Star Trek: DS9; "Mission: Gamma " #3 of 4). New York: Pocket Books (2002); pg. 160. "'We've seen neither hide nor hair of the Persian army yet. So we'll keep right on defending Thermopylae. That's a medical order.' "
Persian galaxy 3000 Sheffield, Charles. Convergence. Riverdale, NY: Baen (1997); pg. 281. "She tells me that her name, Pas-farda, means the day-after-tomorrow in the old Earth Persian language, and that's where we're going. "
Persian galaxy 4000 Harrison, Harry. Bill, the Galactic Hero. New York: Avon (1975; c. 1965); pg. 37. "The chaplain continued to nod, smiling, half-unconscious from the Haoma fumes. Finally he snapped out of it, blew his nose, and opened the thick copy of the Avesta. He mumbled aloud in Old Persian a bit, which seemed to brace him... "
Persian Illinois: Chicago 1991 Grubb, Jeff. "A Brother to Dragons " in Testament of the Dragon (Weis, Margaret, ed.) New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 62. "Many of them were curling photocopies of rubbings taken from the tombs of the Persian hero... "
Persian India 1000 C.E. Anthony, Piers & Alfred Tella. The Willing Spirit. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 128. "...sleek helmets from Persia with colored pates that gave them the look of Christian monks.. "
Persian 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 with round turbans, Sindes with square bonnets, Parsees with black mitres... "
Persian Iran 1995 Ing, Dean. The Big Lifters. New York: Tor (1988); pg. 16. "Winthorp had learned Persian from his mother. "
Persian Louisiana 1987 Geary, Patricia. Strange Toys. New York: Bantam (1989; c. 1987); pg. 110-111. -
Persian Massachusetts: Nantucket -1250 B.C.E. Sterling, S. M. Island in the Sea of Time. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 200. Pg. 200: Persian rugs; Pg. 568: " of The Persians... " [and a quote from the book]
Persian Metropolis 2020 Maggin, Elliot S. Kingdom Come. New York: Time Warner (1998); pg. 101. "...threw the last of the Minutemen off his feet and under a pileup of the members of a family of Persian refugees. "
Persian New Jersey 1974 Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 14. "...a sumptuous Persian rug. "
Persian New York 1997 Duane, Diane. X-Men: Empire's End. New York: Berkley (1998 softcover; 1st ed. 1997); pg. 110. "'...The courts of Claudius, Nebuchadnezzar, Napoleon, various others...' "
Persian New York: New York City 1986 Harper, Leanne C. "Breakdown " in Wild Cards V: Down and Dirty (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 72. "'So then this guy starts claiming that his what-do-you-call-it, his ancient Persian contact, told him that this other poor guy was really an ancient Greek and a personal enemy. And he starts 'channeling' right there in the courtroom. Lots of grunts, rolling around on the floor, speaking in tongues--who knows if it's Persian. The judge breaks two gavels screaming for order while the schmuck's defense attorney is alternately calling for a doctor for his client and trying to build a defense based on this fit...' " [More, pg. 73.]
Persian Roman Empire 300 C.E. Anderson, Poul & Karen Anderson. The King of Ys: Roma Mater. New York: Baen (1986); pg. 17. "Flame glimmered across a green southwestern heaven, and went out. More and more stars gleamed forth, and lights along the blackness of Wall and fortress. Elsewhere the world sheened phantom gray. The song ended. The three underling ranks formed their squad and saluted while Lions, Persians, the Runner of the Sun, and the Father whom he attended went inside. "
Persian Roman Empire 300 C.E. Anderson, Poul & Karen Anderson. The King of Ys: Roma Mater. New York: Baen (1986); pg. 190. "Prominent among those who immigrated in the early decades were Babylonians fleeing the Persians who conquered and destroyed their city, and Egyptians resentful of Persian rule. "
Persian Roman Empire 307 C.E. Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Diana L. Paxson Priestess of Avalon. New York: Viking (2001); pg. 303. Pg. 303: "It was I, remembering tales I had heard of kin-fights among the Persians when a new Great King came to the throne, who felt the first chill of fear. " [Also pg. 279, 322, 340.]
Persian Roman Empire 500 C.E. Garfinkle, Richard. Celestial Matters. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 12. "Mihradarius himself brought out some jars of Persian wine that had aged for many years in his family estates near Persepolis. He broke the seal on a dark red vintage and let the heady smell waft deliciously from the clay clask... I came upon Mihradarius and Ramonojon in animated discussion. They formed a strange contrast, the tall, intense young Persian genius, keen and clear with his ideas, and the old Indian man... " [Other refs., not in DB. A Persian appears to be one of main characters.]
Persian Sindikash 2371 Carey, Diane. Day of Honor, Book One: Ancient Blood (novel excerpt) in Star Trek: Adventures in Time and Space (Mary P. Taylor, ed.) New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 303. "Even the brickwork imitated the woven texture of the Persian-style carpets the colony was famous for. "
Persian Texas 1996 Leon, Mark. The Unified Field. New York: Avon Books (1996); pg. 36. "Persian carpet "
Persian Texas: Galveston 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 18. "Persian cat "
Persian Tran 1996 Pournelle, Jerry & Roland Green. Tran. New York: Baen (1996); pg. 413. "'Come. The caviar is Persian...' "
Persian United Kingdom 1994 Holdstock, Robert. The Hollowing. New York: Roc (1994); pg. 18. "Persian rug "
Persian United Kingdom: England 1790 Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Bantam (1991; c. 1818); pg. 53. Pg. 53: "The Persian, Arabic, and Sanskrit languages engaged his attention... "; Pg. 55: " imitation of the Persian and Arab writers... "
Persian United Kingdom: England 1792 Pack, Janet. "The Pimpernel Problem " in Testament of the Dragon (Weis, Margaret, ed.) New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 95. "'Persian rugs "
Persian United Kingdom: London 1989 Campbell, Ramsey. Ancient Images. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1989); pg. 13. "Persian carpet... "
Persian USA 1981 Crowley, John. Little, Big. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 344. "...and to rule over a new Golden Age. Rex Quondam et Futurus. Arthur in Avalon; Sikander somewhere in Persia... "
Persian USA 1993 Simmons, Dan. The Hollow Man. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 126. "He moved through [the world] with a kind of stately grace--an elegant Egyptian barge floating amid the carnage of some wild naval battle between reeks and Persians... "
Persian USA 1996 Dreyfuss. Richard & Harry Turtledove. The Two Georges. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 112. "...did he remember the trouble Herodotus said Xerxes the Persian king had found for himself with a similar rash promise. "
Persian USA 1996 McDevitt, Jack. Ancient Shores. New York: HarperCollins (1996); pg. 174. Persian carpet
Persian world -1000 B.C.E. Waltari, Mika. The Etruscan. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1956); pg. 312. [Year estimated.] Pg. 312: "...and having won the personal favor of the new king, Xerxes, even before the death of Darius... 'In Carthage we of course have our Persian House and our ambassador,' "; Pg. 314: "Xenodotos nodded and said, 'I myself am an Ionian, but, speaking honestly, I miss my Persian attire and Persian truth. A Persian is a man of his word and does not betray his companions, but we Greeks are accustomed to deceiving even our gods... It is true that nothing black in the world is absolutely black, nor is anything white pure white, but in serving the Persian king's cause I believe that I am also serving my own people best.' " [Many refs. to Persians in book, others not in DB.]
Persian world -600 B.C.E. Tilton, Lois. "The Craft of War " in Alternate Generals (Harry Turtledove, ed.) New York: Baen (1998); pg. 87. Pg. 87-96
Persian world -445 B.C.E. Vidal, Gore. Creation. New York: Random House (1981); pg. 12. "Since he spoke only Persian and I spoke only Greek, there was no way to sort the matter out... Like everyone in Athens, Anaxagoras knew that Callias had promptly killed the Persian... " [The protagonist and narrator of the novel is Persian, and Persian culture and philosophy is discussed throughout. Other refs. not in DB. See also 'Zoroastrianism.']

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