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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science fiction USA 1990 De Haven, Tom. Walker of Worlds. New York: Doubleday (1990); pg. 57. Pg. 57: "Even though Geebo figured he was rehashing a bunch of four-ninety-five sword-and-sorcery novels he'd read at the men's shelter... "; Pg. 210: "'...It as either us or Ghostbusters. And we're cheaper, I would think.' "; Pg. 211: "'...But what the hell. Everybody's seen Gremlins nobody gives a... anymore. Monsters in the hospital? Big deal--what's tomorrow's weather?...' "
science fiction USA 1991 McCammon, Robert R. Boy's Life. New York: Pocket Books (1992; c. 1991); pg. 34. Pg. 34: "The title came up on the screen: Invaders from Mars. "; Pg. 72: "...I sat in my room rereading old Famous Monsters magazines and my stock of comic books. "; Pg. 238: Jason and the Argonauts; Pg. 273: "...was demonstrating on the blackboard the division of fractions. Arithmetic was for me a walk into the Twilight Zone; this dividing fractions stuff was a mystifying fall into the Outer Limits. "; Pg. 284: Invaders from Mars (also pg. 320); Pg. 320: "He said he used to have all the Doc Savage magazines and the Tarzan and John Carter of Mars book sand the Shadow and Weird Tales and boxes of Argosy... "; Pg. 333: Metropolis; Pg. 534: Fighting Men of Mars (also pg. 554)
science fiction USA 1991 McCammon, Robert R. Boy's Life. New York: Pocket Books (1992; c. 1991); pg. 176. "Staring down at me were Lon Chaney's Phantom of the Opera, Bela Lugosi's Dracula, Boris Karloff's Frankenstein and Mummy. My bed was surrounded by moody black and white scenes from Metropolis, London after Midnight, Freaks, The Black Cat, and The House on Haunted Hill. My closet door was a collage of beasts: Ray Harryhausen's Ymir battling an elephant, the monster spider stalking the Incredible Shrinking Man, Gorgo wading across the Thames, the scar-faced Colossal Man, the leathery Creature from Black Lagoon, and Rodan in full light. I had a special place above my desk--a place of honor, if you will--for Vincent Price's suave, white-haired Roderick Usher and Christopher Lee's lean and thirsty Dracula. "
science fiction USA 1991 McCammon, Robert R. Boy's Life. New York: Pocket Books (1992; c. 1991); pg. 573. "She knows Vincent Price and Peter Cushing, the films of Hammer, the works of Poe, the chronicles of Mars and the town called 'Salem's Lot. But she knows Alice through the looking glass, too, and the Faithful Tin Soldier, the Ugly Duckling, and the journeys of Stuart Little. She knows Oz and the jungles of Tarzan, and though she is too young to fully appreciate anything but the colors, she knows the hands of Van Gogh... "
science fiction USA 1992 Anthony, Piers and Philip Jose Farmer. The Caterpillar's Question. New York: Ace Books (1992); pg. 33. "'Empire of the stars.'

A science-fiction cliche, essence of corn.

'Reality is a dream.'

First said by some ancient Chinese philosopher...

He was in a situation which needed a superhero to deal with it, and he was far from being a Flash Gordon or Luke Skywalker. He was not even a good imitation. He had never shot a gun and knew nothing of fencing or martial arts beyond what he had seen in films. "

science fiction USA 1993 Anthony, Piers. Demons Don't Dream. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 42. Pg. 15: "He settled himself by his computer table and turned the system on. While it warmed up and went through its ritual initial checks and balances, he opened the package. There were no instructions, just a disk. There wasn't even the usual warning note forbidding anyone to copy it. Just the words INSERT DISK--TYPE A:\XANTH--TOUCH ENTER. "; Pg. 42: "'This is simply the nature of Mundanes who are interested in fantasy games,' he explained soothingly. 'They are all rebellious teenagers. It is in the Big Book of Rules.' " [This entire novel is about the main character entering the Xanth computer game. There are many references to fantasy gaming throughout.]
science fiction USA 1993 Bova, Ben. "Conspiracy Theory " in Twice Seven. New York: Avon Books (1998; c. 1993); pg. 61. "'They came to take over the Earth?'

'Nonsense! Pulp-magazine twaddle! Their ethical beliefs would not allow them to stop on a beetle. They came to beg for our help.' "

science fiction USA 1993 Cummings, James. "Space People " in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993); pg. 54-55. "'I read that book about the space people picking that guy up,' Cindy says. 'Those things happen... It was a best-seller in the New York Times for months... It's about this guy--he's a famous author, you know--and he gets taken up into their ships ever now and then, and it's so frightening he can't remember it. What he keeps seeing are these packs of animals crossing the road. Finally he has this nervous breakdown. It's just too much. He has to face it. It turns out there weren't any animals. Those were the times the space people took him.'

No one says anything.

'It's a true story,' Cindy says. 'Documented.'

'It's not documented,' Don says.

'Yes it is,' Cindy says. 'There's this statement in the book from a psychiatrist that says the guy definitely is not nuts.'

'I don't think that's what Don meant,' Jule says. "

science fiction USA 1993 DeChance, John. MagicNet. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 32. Pg. 32: "'Hear me now?' the synthetic voice from the speaker asked. I typed:


Pg. 102: "'...Do we get dinner on this flight? For some reason I'm hungry.'

'Dinner and a movie,' Jill said. 'It's a sci-fi feature.'

'Splendid. Just what I need.' "; Pg. 115: "...theremin, the electronic musical instrument that was the workhorse of the sound tracks of nineteen-fifties B sci-f flicks. "; Pg. 220: Pg. 220: "The rest of the room followed suit. It was a set straight out of a science fiction movie. Everything hummed and clicked, tiny Christmas lights blinked... The whole ball of wax. " [Many other refs., not all in DB.]

science fiction USA 1993 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 58. "'Not entirely, and not if I have anything to say about I. This is grandstanding. This is pandering to UFO kooks and comic strips and weak-minded adolescents.' "
science fiction USA 1993 Simmons, Dan. The Hollow Man. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 40. "'Okay. Yeah. You know that the reality of mindtouch isn't anything like how they portray it in those silly sci-fi stories you read.'

Gail smiles. Reading science fiction is her secret vice, a vacation from the 'serious reading' she usually does, but she enjoys the genre enough that she usually chastises Jeremy for calling it 'sci-fi.' "

science fiction USA 1993 Simmons, Dan. The Hollow Man. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 182. Pg. 182: "'Parallel worlds!' She realizes that she has said this aloud, almost shouting. A man in the seat across the aisle glances over, then returns to his newspaper. Parallel worlds, she sends again in a telepathic whisper.

Jeremy winces a bit. That's a sci-fi term. . . .

Science fiction, corrects Gail. But this Hugh Everett, he postulated a splitting of reality into equal and separate parallel worlds... right? ";

Pg. 184: "Gail concentrates on remembering the blue-and-white covers of her old Ace Double novels. Parallel worlds! Just like I said. "

science fiction USA 1993 Simmons, Dan. The Hollow Man. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 319. "Jaunting, she sends.

'Jaunting? What's that?'

You remember that Jacob and I talked about The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester?

Jeremy shakes his head even as he shares her memory of it. A sci-fi novel?

Science fiction, Gail corrects him automatically.

He is trying to remember. Yeah, I sort of remember. You and he were both sci-fi fans, it turns out. But what does 'jaunting' have to do with anything . . . it was a sort of 'Beam me up, Scotty' teleportation thing, wasn't it?'

...No,' she says, her voice carrying the slight defensive she always uses when discussing science fiction or religion, 'it wasn't 'Beam me up, Scotty.' It was a story about a man who learned to teleport all by himself. . . .' "

science fiction USA 1993 Simmons, Dan. The Hollow Man. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 320. [Discussing Bester's The Stars My Destination] "

Be 'teleport' you mean zap instantaneously from place to place, right, kiddo? Well, you have to know that that's as impossible as anything in the--

'Yes, yes,' says Gail, ignoring him. 'Bester called the personal teleportation jaunting . . . but Jacob and I weren't talking about jaunting, really, just how the writer had people learn how to do it... I think the idea was that they had a lab out on some asteroid or somewhere, and some scientists were trying to find out if people could jaunt. It turns out that they couldn't. . . .'

Hey, great, sends Jeremy, adding he image of a Cheshire cat's grin, let's put the science back in science fiction, huh?

'Shut up, Jerry. Anyway, the experiments weren't succeeding, but then there was a fire or some sort of disaster in a closed section of a lab, and this one technician or whatever just teleported right out . . . jaunted to a safe place.' " [More.]

science fiction USA 1995 Anderson, Kevin J. & Rebecca Moesta. Heirs of the Force (Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights). New York: Berkley (1995) "Acknowledgments

We would like to thank Vonda N. McIntyre for helping to create the kids, Dave Wolverton for his suggestions with Tenel Ka and Dathomir, Lucy Wilson and Sue Rostoni at Lucasfilm for all their ideas and for giving us the opportunity to do this new series. "

science fiction USA 1995 Bonta, Vanna. Flight. San Diego, CA: Meridian House (1995); pg. 339. "'Science fiction, poetry, fiction, anything. A friend of mine, Bonta, a writer, actually calls it Quantum Fiction, a new term bringing science up to speed, for when thought meets matter,' Mendle found himself babbling. " [In a very rare example of the ultimate in recursive s.f., this novel apparently refers to its own author.]
science fiction USA 1995 Chalker, Jack L. The Cybernetic Walrus (Book One of The Wonderland Gambit). New York: Ballantine (1995); pg. 78. "'Looks like the Addams Family getaway,' Riki commented dryly. "
science fiction USA 1995 Randle, Kristen D. The Only Alien on the Planet. New York: Scholastic Inc. (1995); pg. 12-13. "'You wanna play?' Charlie asked me. 'Or you want to read?' He dangled a book in front of me most enticingly.

'What a nice boy you are,' I said, snagging the book... I took the book over to the side and stretched out on the grass...

'Science fiction?' somebody said.

I blinked into the sunlight, and saw this boy leaning lazily over the side fence. I looked down at the cover of my book. 'Yep,' I said.

He straightened up. 'I thought you'd be more into the classics.' He smiled at me.

'Really,' I said. 'And what would make you think that?'

'Rumor,' he said. 'My mother told me you were a very serious family.' "

science fiction USA 1995 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 86-87, 100. Pg. 86-87: "After all these years, they had finally received a signal--sort of. But its content was shallow, hollow, empty. She had imagined receiving the Encyclopedia Galactica. "; Pg. 110: "'...Maybe all this is one small volume of the Encyclopedia Galactica...' "
science fiction USA 1995 Siddoway, Richard. The Christmas Wish. New York: Harmony Books (1998; c. 1995); pg. 101. "...just as Justin bounded into the room wearing Jurassic Park pajamas. 'You know the biggest problem with these pajamas?' he asked.

'What?' Will asked, turning him around, taking in all the dinosaurs.

'Most of the dinosaurs are Cretaceous,' said the six-year-old. "

science fiction USA 1996 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 255. "'He's acted as advisor to the President on the Death Valley spaceship, and he's well known in scientific and journalistic circles. He's had over forty books published, including his recent prophetic novel, Starhome, a scientific romance about his first contact. His name is Trevor Hicks, and he's a native of Great Britain.' "
science fiction USA 1996 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 199. "'I am way out of my depth here, Mr. Hicks. This is not clear-cut. We're certainly not dealing with angels with flaming swords. We're not dealing with anything predicted in apocalyptic literature.'

'Not in religious literature,' Hicks corrected.

'I don't read science fiction much,' Ormandy said pointedly.

'More's the pity.' "

science fiction USA 1996 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 248. "'Did he actually see something?'

'I guess so, Edward said. 'I wish I'd seen it.'

'Day of the Triffids, that's what it was,' Minelli said enthusiastically. 'Remember? We'll al go blind any minute now. Break out the pruning sheers!' "

science fiction USA 1996 bes shahar, eluki. "It's a Wonderful Life " in The Ultimate X-Men (Stan Lee, ed.) New York: Berkley (1996); pg. 38. "His name was Davey Ferris, and he was eight years old. Starbuck had been his companion and best friend for as long as Davey Ferris could remember, which was, why, it was years and years. Starbuck was no particular kind of dog--a Heinz, as Davey's father liked to say, because he contained fifty-seven varieties of dog within his rangy frame--but that didn't matter to Davey.

And then one day Starbuck died. Hit by a car.

'Daddy, where's Starbuck gone?'

'I'm afraid he's dead, son,' Davey's father told him. But in hundreds and hundreds of universes right next door Davey's dog was still alive . . . " ['Starbuck' is a possible reference to the TV show Battlestar Galactica, which featured a main character by that name.]

science fiction USA 1996 Grobe, Ken. "X-Presso " in The Ultimate X-Men (Stan Lee, ed.) New York: Berkley (1996); pg. 105. "He wore a suit nearly the color of the wet pavement outside, with a thin tie, and while I hate to say it, he looked like a character out of those Man from U.N.C.L.E. episodes my friend Roberto liked so much. "
science fiction USA 1996 Hauman, Glenn. "On the Air " in The Ultimate X-Men (Stan Lee, ed.) New York: Berkley (1996); pg. 177. "Worthington:... We were talking about religion before and how mutations fit into all of it. Kurt Vonnegut said, 'A great swindle of our time is the assumption that science has made religion obsolete.' I really believe that. There is nothing in science that contradicts the works of mercy recommended by St. Thomas Aquinas--teaching the ignorant, consoling the sad, bearing with the oppressive and troublesome, feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, visiting prisoners and the sick, and praying for us all. We all need you--on the side of the angels. " [Vonnegut is a famous science writer of both science fiction and mainstream literature.]
science fiction USA 1996 Schimel, Lawrence. "A Stable Relationship " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 196. "Late one evening at a convention, while siting in the bar surrounded by a mixed group of both his regular writers and of wannabe sycophants hoping to be invited to one of his anthologies, Mike [Resnick] had for the sake of a laugh offered me his daughter in African fashion for a bride-price sum in livestock. Struck by a capricious mood, I decided to call his bluff and take him at this word; a year or two after the joke had been made, long enough that it had faded from his recent memory but not so long that he could not recall the joke and its exact wording, I ordered delivered to his home the agreed-upon number of goats and cattle. Mike protested that, with inflation, and especially after Megan's having won the Campbell, I should owe him another four oxen, but being a man of his word he betrothed me to his daughter and considered the affair closed. " [Entire story is about science fiction writers and editors. Only some refs. in DB.]
science fiction USA 1996 Schimel, Lawrence. "A Stable Relationship " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 202. "A grudge over some petty slight would, peevishly, span decades. It has even reached the point where these grudges have developed a fandom of their own. One might now pay for the privilege of becoming a member of Enemies of Herovit, hoping, perhaps, to somehow work one's way into one of the nine upper echelons for whom membership was free. How soon, I wondered, before EoH is torn asunder by membership squabbles wherein the elite of actual Enemies feels slighted when the great unwashed who have never met Herovit nor whom Herovit cares a fig about have equal voting privileges within EoH? How soon before I regret having committed these hypothetical questions in print, when I, too, am eligible for free EoH membership and find myself shunned by the organization, the fannish equivalent of a mulatto, unaccepted by either whites or blacks. "
science fiction USA 1996 Schimel, Lawrence. "A Stable Relationship " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 204. "'Look,' Mike continued. 'Malzberg turned down a playwriting fellowship a hundred times more prestigious than your book of poems and ten times the money. Ten thousand dollars a year. And don't forget that in those days, that was a hell of a lot of money. But he turned it down and went on to write seventy novels and over three hundred short stories instead of starving somewhere as an unsuccessful playwright.'

'Or he may have stuck with it and gone on to win a Pulitzer in drama, or become the next Neil Simon.'

Mike laughed. 'Not Barry. He couldn't be the next Neil Simon. He's too bitter.'

'Too bitter now. Because he never had the chance to find out. All those novels and short stories, and where has it got him, when what he wanted to write were plays? The field has practically forgotten him. Are any of those books still in print? No wonder he's bitter.'

'Ah, well, at least he's got his music. Hopefully at this moment he's... listening to Tchaikovsky...' "

science fiction USA 1996 Schimel, Lawrence. "A Stable Relationship " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 195-196. "When you marry the daughter of an editor there are certain jokes you simply know you will have to endure. At the bris, your father-in-law will say things like, 'Just a few small cuts' in the same ton eof voice in which he asks for revisions. Every implication in the child, real or perceived, will elicit a similar comment, as if a baby could be returned to its author for reworking again and again like a lump of recalcitrant prose. I accepted this somewhat tedious commentary as inevitable long before I began to woo Megan Resnick in earnest. Nonetheless, each time these scenes played themselves out in real life they took me by surprise. I did often find them funny and laughed at their humor, or smiled at Carol, but especially I laughed at myself for having so blindly and blithely walked into the joke.

My relationship with Megan began with a joke of Mike's... " [Entire story is about s.f. writer Mike Resnick, his daughter, and his son-in-law, the story's author.]

science fiction USA 1996 Schimel, Lawrence. "A Stable Relationship " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 202-203. "And of course, the opposite held true. The field of SF has long been one that paid its debts forward, and I was the beneficiary of so much advice from Mike [Resnick] I easily cleared seven figures' worth of his fannish debt. But there was more to him than simply a sense of obligation; if he liked you, if you earned his respect, he went out of his way to help you, and his aid extended far. Mike had by this time been given his own imprint at Tor, following on the heels of the successful Mike Resnick Library of African Hunting Classics St. Martin's had begun publishing in 1993. Tom Doherty gave him carte blanche to publish whatever and whomever he desired. And suddenly being part of Mike's regular stable of writers became infinitely more interesting and profitable. "
science fiction USA 1996 Schimel, Lawrence. "A Stable Relationship " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 203-204. [This story becomes self-referential:] "'How much did you get for this book of poetry?' he asked me.

'A thousand dollars.'

'Stick to writing science fiction, kid. Haven't you been paying attention to anything I've been teaching you all these years?' He seemed to sigh, or perhaps it was a muffled chuckle. 'I'll tell you what, as a favor to my daughter's husband, and to show you the path you really should take, write a 3000-worder for Alternate Tyrants and I'll pay you as much as you got for that limp volume of poetry.'

I took the assignment--I would've been foolish not to--but I stuck to my guns about the poetry. "

science fiction USA 1996 Willis, Connie. Bellwether. New York: Bantam Spectra (1997; 1st ed. 1996); pg. 8. "'...What's in these days in birthday parties? Circus? Wild West?'

'Power Rangers,' I said...

'I hate the Power Rangers,' Gina said. 'Explain to me how they ever got to be so popular.' " [Power Rangers mentioned also pg. 35, 54, 71.]

science fiction USA 1996 Willis, Connie. Bellwether. New York: Bantam Spectra (1997; 1st ed. 1996); pg. 20-21. "'What else is on the reserve list?'

'The new John Grisham, the new Stephen King, Angels from Above, Brushed by an Angel's Wing, Heavenly Encounters of the Third Kind, Angels Beside You, Angels, Angels Everywhere, Putting Your Guardian Angel to Work for You, and Angels in the Boardroom.'

None of those counted. The Grisham and Stephen King were only best-sellers, and the angel fad had been around for over a year.

'Do you want me to put you on the list for any of those?' Lorraine asked. 'Angels in the Boardroom is great.' "

science fiction USA 1997 Anthony, Patricia. "Alone Again in Dweebland " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997; c. 1997); pg. 256. Pg. 256: "Jack Nicholson in The Shining... And he-e-e-ere's Christmas! knocking down your door with an ax. " [Other refs. to this movie, not in DB.]
science fiction USA 1997 Bova, Ben. "Introduction: The Art of Plain Speech " in Twice Seven. New York: Avon Books (1998); pg. 5. "Science fiction is a fundamentally optimistic literature. We tend to see the human race not as failed angels but as evolving apes struggling toward godhood. Even in the darkest dystopian science-fiction stories, there is hope for the future. This is the literature that can take a situation such as the Sun blowing up, and ask, 'Okay, what happens next?'

Does that make science-fiction silly? Or pedestrian? Or juvenile? Hell no! It's those academic thumb-suckers who are juveniles. I science fiction we deal with the real world and try to examine honestly where in the universe we are and where we are capable of going.

In good science fiction, that is. As Theodore Sturgeon pointed out ages ago, ninety-five percent of science fiction (and everything else) is crap. All that bears the title 'science fiction' is not in Ted's top five percent. But at its best, science fiction is wonderful. And it tends to be optimistic. "

science fiction USA 1997 Bova, Ben. "Introduction: The Art of Plain Speech " in Twice Seven. New York: Avon Books (1998); pg. 4. "Even in the science-fiction field, pessimistic 'downbeat' stories are often regarded as intrinsically more sophisticated than optimistic 'upbeat' tales. I suspect this reveals a hidden yearning within the breasts of some science-fiction people to be accepted by the academic/literary establishment. That's okay with me, but such yearnings should not cloud our perspectives.

It may be de rigueur in academic circles to moan about the myth of Sisyphus and the pointless futility of human existence, but such an attitude is antithetical to the principles of science fiction, which are based on the fundamental principles of science: that the universe is understandable, and human reason can fathom the most intricate mysteries of existence, given time. " [More of Bova's general philosophy of science fiction, pg. 1-6.]

science fiction USA 1997 Byrne, John. Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing (1997); pg. 301. "Rebecca screamed, and the demon grabbed her and lifted her from the stage, swinging her about his horned head like the victim of a predatory dinosaur in Jurassic Park. "
science fiction USA 1998 Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Holly Lisle. In the Rift. New York: Baen (1998); pg. 68. "'I'd like to place two advertisements,' Callion said. 'Can you write them down, please?'


'The first must read: 'Career opportunity: The successful candidate will be an intelligent, well-educated single female between the ages of 18 and 30 who is willing to move to advance her career, and who is a voracious reader. Should enjoy SF/F and occult literature and have a working knowledge of magic. Starting salary can range from $40,000 to $70,000 dollars per annum, commensurate with education and ability. Job includes company house and company car and all benefits. Apply in writing, describing yourself, your interests, and your qualifications, and give a contact number.' "

science fiction USA 1998 DeFalco, Tom & Adam-Troy Castro. X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow Book 2: The Present. New York: Berkley (1998); pg. 31. "'Hey, guys! I think I found Logan's weakness! The guy thinks he's Dr. Doolittle!' "
science fiction USA 1998 Maggin, Elliot S. Kingdom Come. New York: Time Warner (1998); pg. ix. [Acknowledgments] "Legends pass from one hand to another... I must pay homage, in roughly reverse chronological order, to a number of fabulists and philosophers who--knowingly or not--worked to make what follows possible: Julius Schwartz and Mortimer Weisinger; Orson Scott Card and Isaac Bashevis Singer; Jerome Siegel and Joseph Shuster; Robert Montana and Stan Lee; Jack Kirby; Otto Binder and William Moulton Marston; Joseph Campbell and Edgar Allen Poe... " [List includes science fiction writers.]
science fiction USA 1998 Wood, Crystal. Cut Him Out in Little Stars. Denton, TX: Tattersall Publishing (revised and reprinted 1998; c. 1994); pg. -3. "ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

It would be impossible to re-create the atmosphere of a science fiction convention without recognizing some f the benchmark creations of the genre. Some trademark names, characters, figures of speech, and fictional incidents may have been used in this original story to lend authenticity to the convention scenes. The following are gratefully acknowledged:

STAR TREK is a Registered Trademark of Paramount Pictures.
STAR WARS is a Registered Trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd.
DOCTOR WHO is a Registered Trademark of the British Broadcasting Corporation. "

science fiction USA 1998 Wood, Crystal. Cut Him Out in Little Stars. Denton, TX: Tattersall Publishing (revised and reprinted 1998; c. 1994); pg. 44. Pg. 44: Doctor Who; Pg. 45: Quantum Leap
science fiction USA 1998 Wood, Crystal. Cut Him Out in Little Stars. Denton, TX: Tattersall Publishing (revised and reprinted 1998; c. 1994); pg. 92. "Then there were the dilettantes, who had only cursory interest in any science fiction activity, but who came to conventions out of curiosity or with friends. They had probably seen a some [sic] of the TV and film and read some of the literature (including comic books), and were enough with the genre to become comfortable in the convention setting. Many of these would eventually become hobbyists, but many more of them simply had better things to do.

Finally, there were those for whom their science fiction/fantasy interest was totally consuming--they spent every waking moment immersed in it. These were the individuals whom William Shatner had once admonished in a Saturday Night Live skit to 'get a life!' Trick considered Jody the poster child for this pitiable contingent. He could not fathom why she would travel to distant cities week after week to see the same actor tell the same stories and do the same show--and how she could support herself in the meantime. "

science fiction USA 1998 Wood, Crystal. Cut Him Out in Little Stars. Denton, TX: Tattersall Publishing (revised and reprinted 1998; c. 1994); pg. 91. "The majority of [science fiction] fans [at the conventions] seemed to be hobbyists, who led normal lives, but spent a good deal of time, effort, and money on their particular science fiction interest. Some were the masqueraders, others were the collectors of memorabilia, others were the merchandisers who served both. Toby was a prime example of this type--she probably had other interests of equal importance, but there was no question about her devotion to 'Starship Stowaway' and others who shared the devotion. "
science fiction USA 1998 York, J. Steven. Generation X: Crossroads. New York: Berkley (1998); pg. 157. "He adjusted controls... to find an AM station... The announcer seemed to be in the middle of some sort of entertainment report. '--once again headlines are being converted into ratings, with reports that the top three broadcast networks are in a bidding war for the rights to a new television series to be called Buford and Taryn, the New Adventures of Razorback. The show will reportedly focus on the romantic rather than the heroic aspects of Razorback's life. Casting is not complete, but Tom Selleck--' " [This contains an allusion to the 1990's series 'Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.']
science fiction USA 1998 York, J. Steven. Generation X: Crossroads. New York: Berkley (1998); pg. 221-188-189. "She'd [Jubilee] seen this old movie once--almost every mutant saw this one--about a guy who gave himself X-ray vision. His powers kept growing and growing, tearing his life apart, even as he saw more and more, until finally he saw too much, and what he'd seen was too terrible to behold. Unable to stand it, he'd clawed his own eyes out.

She shuddered as she thought about it, yet the cheesy old movie held a terrible fascination for mutants. And now, she thought she finally understood why. It wasn't about powers or vision in the literal sense, but about understanding. Mutants couldn't ignore the reality of the world, like the blissful masses. It reached out and slapped them in the face. Regularly. That was what Norman mistook for an agenda. It was just that day-to-day struggle to deal with a reality that others didn't see. "

science fiction USA 1999 Bear, Greg. Darwin's Radio. New York: Del Rey (1999); pg. 301. [Fox News interview with Bill Cosby about his public service ad for the CDC.] "'You've joined quite a select team,' said the interviewer. 'Dustin Hoffman and Michael Crichton. Let's take a look at your spot.'

...The interviewer looked away from the big screen television on the set. 'Let's play an excerpt from Dustin Hoffman's message . . .'

Hoffman stood on a bare motion picture sound stage with his hands thrust into the pockets of tailored beige pants. He smiled a friendly but solemn greeting. 'My name is Dustin Hoffman. You might remember I played a scientist fighting a deadly disease in a movie called Outbreak. I've been talking to the scientists at the National Institute of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and they're working as hard as they can, every day, to fight SHEVA and stop our children from dying.' "

science fiction USA 1999 King, Stephen. Hearts in Atlantis. New York: Scribner (1999); pg. 7. "Number 6: What do you want?
Number 2: Information.
Number 6: Whose side are you on?
Number 2: That would be telling. We want information.
Number 6: You won't get it!
Number 2: By hook or by crook . . . we will.

--The Prisoner "

science fiction USA 1999 Willis, Connie. "Miracle " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 29. "Now Jimmy Stewart was singing, 'Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight?' " [Not only is this a song, it is also the title of an award-winning story by Ursula K. Le Guin, which is why Willis mentions it here.]
science fiction USA 1999 Willis, Connie. "Newsletter " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 225. "'Now I know this is going to sound crazy, but I think all these people have been possessed by some kind of alien intelligence. Have you ever seen Invasion of the Body Snatchers?'

'What?' I said.

'Invasion of the Body Snatchers,' he said. 'It's about these parasites from outer space who take over people's bodies--'

'I know what it's about,' I said, 'and it's science fiction. You think the man who missed his plane was some kind of pod-person? You're right,' I said... 'I do think you're crazy.'

'That's what Donald Sutherland said in Leechmen from Mars. Nobody ever believes it's happening, until it's to late.' " [More, pg. 227.]

science fiction USA 1999 Willis, Connie. "Newsletter " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 229. "We rented movies. Actually, we rented only some of the movies. Attack of the Soul-Killers and Invasion from Betelgeuese were both checked out. " [More refs. later]; Pg. 232: Village of the Damned; Pg. 233: Infiltrators from Space; War with the Slugmen
science fiction USA 1999 Willis, Connie. Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 320. Pilgrim's Progress; T. H. White's The Once and Future King; Charles Williams's All Hallow's Eve; Robert A. Heinlein's Have Spacesuit Will Travel; J. R. R. Tolkien; Middle Earth
science fiction USA 2000 Drake, Robert. "Power " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000); pg. 101. "...I remember every image of people flying I have ever seen: Sally Field as The Flying Nun and the way as a child I stuffed myself with food... Superman... "
science fiction USA 2000 Knight, Damon. The Observers. New York: Tor (1988); pg. 1. "...Ridenour had witnessed the completion of a process that had begun much earlier: the place of general fiction had been taken over by a rather repellent growth called sci-fi. The former categories of fiction had now been almost entirely absorbed: for example, there was Jewish family sci-fi (not including shtetl sci-fi, a separate genre), historical sci-fi, spy sci-fi, and so on, including an academic variant not much read by the public, dealing principally with extraordinary mental powers and referred to as psi-fi. Earlier forms were the subjects of study in the remaining English departments of universities; Ridenour had a young friend, for example, who had just done his dissertation on Sidney Sheldon.

Ridenour himself had written a little poetry of an unassuming sort while at school, but there was no money in that, and he could not write sci-fi: it simply was not in him. "

science fiction USA 2000 Mann, William J. "Say Goodbye to Middletown " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000); pg. 260. "dressed like Power Rangers. "
science fiction USA 2004 Hand, Elizabeth. Catwoman. New York: Ballantine (2004). Based on screenplay by John Rogers, Mike Ferris, and John Brancato; pg. 70. "They're really very sweet dogs. "

"Sweet compared to, like, the Terminator? " Sally yelled after her. "Or sweet compared to Godzilla? Jeez! "

science fiction USA 2005 Malzberg, Barry. Beyond Apollo. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (1989; 1st ed. 1972); pg. 11. "In the novel I plan to write of the voyage, the Captain will be a tall, grim man with piercing eyes who has no fear of space: 'Onward!' I hear him shout. '... the bastards... control base; they're only a bunch of pimps for the politicians anyway. We'll make the green planet yet or plunge into the sun. Venus forever! To Venus! Shut off all the receivers now. Take no messages. Listen to nothing they have to say; they only want to lie about us to keep the administrators content. Venus or death! Death or Venus! No fear, no fear!'

He has also had, in the book, a vigorous and satisfying sex life, which lends power and credence to his curses... The novel, when I write it, should find a large commercial outlet. People still love to read stories of space, and here for the will learn the sensational truth. Even though it is necessary for me to idealize the Captain in order to make the scheme more palatable, the novel will have great technical skill... "

science fiction USA 2005 Malzberg, Barry. Beyond Apollo. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (1989; 1st ed. 1972); pg. 53. "'You mean,' the Captain said, 'as I understand this, that humanity can only join together against a common foe and the Venusians will group all of mankind against them?'

'Exactly,' I say, 'Is that right? Did I answer?'

'That's an old science-fiction theme, you know,' the captain says. He seems poised, judicious... 'I never had much use for science fiction.'

'I never did either.'

'It gave the program a bad name, science fiction did. It was so disreputable in the minds of most people that the program had to be as businesslike as possible in order to seem legitimate. Perhaps we became a little stuffy,' the Captain says, 'as I think about it.'

'That's a good point.'

'But then again it's hard to say; maybe the program was put together by people who believed in science fiction and this is the way all science-fiction characters acted.'

'That's true too,' I say agreeably. "

science fiction USA 2008 England, Terry. Rewind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 78. "'Several agencies--'

'Who? CIA? FBI? NSC? NASA? NOAA? NTSB? CDC? FAA? FDA? HHS... NBS? OSHA? DOE? DARPA? NRC? NAS? NIMH?...' " [Apparently a facetious reference to the classic YA novel The Secret of NIMH]

science fiction USA 2009 England, Terry. Rewind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 289. Pg. 289: "'The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann,' she said after pulling the wrapper from the paperback book. 'You know, I've never read this.'

'One of the few books I really remember from college,' he said. 'It's about a guy who lets himself get into an absurd situation, full of interesting but strange characters.' ";

Pg. 318: "'It's for you, actually. Magic Mountain, to replace the one lost in the fire.'

'That one was only a paperback,' she said.

'This one's nicer.' "

science fiction USA 2010 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 57. "'Malenfant, Dan isn't some general-purpose genius like in the movies. He's a specialist, a marine biologist. If you want someone to work on time travel signals you need a physicist, or an engineer. Butter yet a sci-fi writer.' "
science fiction USA 2010 Stephenson, Neal. The Big U. New York: Random House (1984); pg. 27. "'Uh, do you guys' ventured the blue one, 'ever get into role-playing games? Like Dungeons and Dragons?'

'Those of us high in the experiential hierarchy find conventional D and D stulifying and repetitive. We prefer to stage live-action role-playing scenarios. But that's not for just anyone.' " [Other refs. not in DB.]

science fiction USA 2010 Stephenson, Neal. The Big U. New York: Random House (1984); pg. 203. "HYACINTH. A lot of those science-fiction types have big sexual hangups. You ever look at a science-fiction magazine? All these women in brass bras with whips and chains and so on--dominatrices. But the men who read that stuff don't even know it. "
science fiction USA 2011 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 252. "The churches had pretty uniformly condemned the downstream visions for their godless logic. Science fiction sales in all media had taken a hammering--not that that was necessarily a bad thing, in Maura's opinion--though she had heard that there were already several digital dramas being cooked up in Hollywood's banks of story-spinning supercomputers, stories set against the death of the Galaxy, or orbiting a black hole mine. "

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