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 - Wizard of Oz world 2500 Paterson, Katherine. "The Last Dog " in Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About the Future (Michael Cart, ed.) New York: Scholastic Press (1999); pg. 127. "Dogs had been abundant once. They filled the ancient fictions. They even had names there -- Lassie, Toto, Sounder. "
science fiction - X-Files California: Los Angeles 1997 Sawyer, Robert J. Illegal Alien. New York: Ace Books (1997); pg. 111. "Which of the following TV series have you watched regularly now or in the past? For those that you have seen, indicate whether you agreed with, disagreed with, or had no opinion about the portrayal of alien lifeforms:

Babylon 5
Lost in Space
Mork & Mindy

Any Star Trek series

The X-Files

Members of LASFS, the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society, helped in putting together a series of questions. Apparently anyone who agreed with the ALF, Star Trek or Mork & Mindy portrayals of aliens would be biased in favor of the defense, whereas those who liked the Babylon 5, Lost in Space or X-Files portrayals would be biased toward the prosecution. " [More of the questions for potential jurors.]

science fiction - X-Files galaxy 3419 Panshin, Alexei. The Thurb Revolution. New York: Ace Books (1978; c. 1968); pg. 145. [This is simply an interesting coincidence, but this passage refers to two characters named David and Gillian, the first names of the main actors from X-Files: David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.] "Finally he called, 'David! Gillian! It's Mr. Villiers.'

The crying quieted abruptly with a gasp. But there was no further sound as though silence might provide a place to hide.

'Gillian,' Villiers said again...

She tried to smooth away tear tracks, bit at her knuckle and sniffed. Gillian or David, the inability to use words easily seemed a constant... "

science fiction - X-Files Indiana 1996 bes shahar, eluki. "It's a Wonderful Life " in The Ultimate X-Men (Stan Lee, ed.) New York: Berkley (1996); pg. 10. "Once upon a time, the running man had possessed a name. He'd been David Ferris; twenty-nine, unmarried, and--according to his now ex-girlfriend Alicia--looked a lot like Fox Mulder on The X-Files. Until a week ago he'd been just another teacher... in Indianapolis, Indiana... "
science fiction - X-Files Ontario: Toronto 1998 Wilson, Robert Charles. "Divided by Infinity " in Starlight 2 (Patrick Nielsen Hayden, ed.). New York: Tor (1998); pg. 21-22. "'Are they valuable?'

'They're certainly odd. Valuable? Not to me. Tell you the truth, I kind of wish you hadn't brought them in.'


'They're creepy. They're too good. Kind of X-Files.' He gave me a sour grin. 'Make up your own science fiction story.'

'Or live in it,' I said. We live in the science fiction of our youth.

He pushed the books across his cluttered desk. 'Take 'em away, Mr. Keller. And if you find out where they came from--'


'I really don't want to know.' "

science fiction - X-Files Ontario: Toronto 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 37. "'We have orders,' said the white agent.

'No doubt you do. And no doubt your superiors will understand that you were unable to fulfill them.' Hollus indicated the videographer, who was madly scrambling to change tapes. 'The record will show that you insisted, I declined, and that was the end of the matter.'

'This is no way to treat a guest,' shouted a woman from the crowd...

'We're trying to protect the alien,' said the white CSIS man.

'Like hell,' said a male museum patron. 'I've seen The X-Files. If you walk out of here with him, no regular person will ever see him again.' "

science fiction - X-Files Ontario: Toronto 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 50. "'We have been watching your TV broadcasts for about a year now. But I suspect you have more interesting material than what I have seen. "

'What have you seen?'

'A show about an academic and his family who are extraterrestrials.'

It took me a moment to recognize it. 'Ah,' I said. 'That's 3rd Rock from the Sun. It's a comedy.'

'That is a matter of opinion,' said Hollus. 'I have also seen the program about the two federal agents who hunt aliens.'

'The X-Files,' I said.

He clicked his eyes together in agreement. 'I found it frustrating. They kept talking about aliens, but you almost never saw any. More instructive was a graphic-arts production about juvenile humans.' [South Park]

science fiction - X-Files Texas: Dallas-Fort Worth 1998 Wood, Crystal. Fool's Joust. Denton, Texas: Tattersall Publishing (1998); pg. 15. Pg. 15: "When they went inside, Tay was warmly greeted by two of the three resident felines, Scully and Mulder, who were named for FBI agents on a popular TV show. "; Pg. 28: "...Mulder curled up in the small of his back, and Scully tucked into the crook of his knees... "
science fiction - X-Files Texas: Dallas-Fort Worth 1998 Wood, Crystal. Fool's Joust. Denton, Texas: Tattersall Publishing (1998); pg. 272. "'Nobody will ever believe what really happened. They'll think I've just been watching too many episodes of 'The X-Files.' ' "
science fiction - X-Files United Kingdom: London 1995 Ryman, Geoff. 253. New York: St. Martin's Press (1998); pg. 232. "Large woman in her early thirties. X-Files T-shirt, tie-dyed gown... "
science fiction - X-Files USA 1999 Gabriel, Manfred. "A Man More Ordinary " in Writers of the Future: Volume XV (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1999); pg. 48. "He looked at me then, seemed to read what was on my mind. 'What, do you think I'm making this up? This isn't the X-Files. I'm not Whitley Strieber. These things were real, and they never even heard of Rosewell. "
science fiction - X-Files USA 2151 Ruditis, Paul. "Behind the Scenes of Enterprise " in Broken Bow. New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 211. "'Our new breed of bad buys, the Suliban... What is their purpose? Is there one faction from the future? Are there many? We don't know and, in an X-Files kind of way, we may not know for years.' "
science fiction - X-Files Washington, D.C. 1998 Steele, Allen. Chronospace. New York: Ace Books (2001); pg. 29. Pg. 29: "'You really like this sci-fi stuff, don't you?... Not for me... Too unbelievable. I prefer real stories... Kinda like The X-Files, though. Tha's pretty good.' ";

Pg. 114: "Science fiction wasn't well respected at OPS, unless it was The X-Files. "

science fiction - X-Files Washington, D.C. 1999 Bear, Greg. Darwin's Radio. New York: Del Rey (1999); pg. 116. "'What hypocrisy,' he muttered. 'It hate it when they invoke God.' He shook his arms to loosen the tension in his neck and gave a small, crackling chuckle. 'I vote for aliens, myself. Call in the X-Files.' "
science fiction - X-Files world 1996 Fry, Stephen. Making History. New York: Random House (1996); pg. 253. "'...The force may be with you, young Skywalker, but you are not a Jedi yet... The Truth Is Out There...' "
science fiction - X-Files world 1997 Anthony, Patricia. Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997); pg. 247. [Introduction to "Guardian of Fireflies "] "All my life I've loved reading about strange happenings. I'm as addicted as Fox Mulder that way. "
science fiction - X-Files world 2008 McDonald, Ian. Evolution's Shore. New York: Bantam (1997; c. 1995); pg. 193. "'We're blue-skying. What-if-ing. Probing the outer limits. Entering the Twilight Zone. Opening the X-files.' "
Scientists Briar Patch 2275 Dillard, J. M. Star Trek: Insurrection. New York: Pocket Books (1998). Based on the movie; story by Rick Berman & Michael Piller; screenplay by Michael Piller.; pg. 236. "Gal'na's technological vision and genius impressed Ro'tin deeply he immediately befriended the young scientist and became the unofficial organizer of the Science Movement. "
Scientists California 1962 Benford, Gregory. Timescape. New York: Simon & Schuster (1980); pg. 140. "He liked solving problems, simply because they were there. Most scientists did; they were early chess players and puzzle solvers. That, and ambition, were the two traits scientists truly had in common, it seemed to him.' "
Scientists California 1998 Sladek, John. Tik-Tok. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1985; 1st printed 1983); pg. 102. "'The next break came from statue law, namely from the Equal Science Act. This says that 'no scientific theory, hypothesis, principle, law, definition, program, procedure or statement may be taught in any California school while in conflict with any other theory etc arising from any religious teaching, unless both theories etc are given equal emphasis as equally valid.' The idea was to give Genesis equal time with evolution as a creation theory, but it soon got out of hand with Ptolemaic Anabaptists insisting on equal time with the Copernican theory, and finally with the Christian Flat Earth Assembly..., whose representatives brought a suit against a California teacher for mentioning satellites. There are no satellites orbiting a flat earth, they pointed out, and so anyone mentioning satellites should also express doubts about their existence. A group of astronomers filed a countersuit, claiming that if satellites were unreal, their livelihood was in jeopardy...' "
Scientists California: Los Angeles 1999 Koman, Victor. Jehovah Contract. New York: Franklin Watts (1984); pg. 70. "'They reserved their greatest hate for witchcraft, though. They rightly recognized it as a primitive form of science, not merely a rival faith. Science--in any form--is anathema to faith. How much more skeptical is the one who experiments with herbs or symbols or rituals to pick what works best compared to the one who places absolute trust in a priest or rabbi or imam?'

'I suppose you could ask Uri Geller.''

Scientists California: Los Angeles 1999 Koman, Victor. Jehovah Contract. New York: Franklin Watts (1984); pg. 241. "'And now has come the time when the greatest of all Your crafts, the Craft of Science, shall aid in setting us free. From its beginnings in the split from alchemy and astrology, Science has ever been in conflict with the Usurper. Have not the servants of this newest of Crafts been denounced and burned alongside us? We have both been unknowing allies in this ancient struggle. Only now have we United, we who are mightier than the Usurper, as Love is mightier than hate, as the Creatrix is mightier than the destroyer...' "
Scientists California: San Francisco 1977 Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 44. "'--and the more serious junk, but sometimes people tell me there's no such thing as a supernatural horror anymore--that science has solved, or can solve, all mysteries, that religion is just another name for social service, and that modern people are too sophisticated and knowledgeable to be scared of ghosts even for kicks.'

'Don't make me laugh,' Gun said. 'Science has only increased the area of the unknown. And if there is a go, her name is Mystery.' "

Scientists Connecticut 1988 Byrne, John L. Fearbook. New York: Warner (1988); pg. 211. "'It is not easy to make parapsychology work like that. We operate at the very edge of hard science. Almost into the realms of theology. I had a teacher once who said scientists try to quantify God, while priests try to enlarge Him. What we do, what I do, is something in the middle.' " [More.]
Scientists 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. 380. "'...But really, I believe it is here, on Deep Space 9, in a temple of secular science as it were, that the objects [the Orbs] should be studied.' "
Scientists Florida 2019 Burton, Levar. Aftermath. New York: Warner Books (1997); pg. 10-11. "Leon's mother had tried to teach him how to share her love for God, but even as a child, Leon found it impossible to respect a God that could allow the world to be so full of pain. Science had become his religion. Now, he had nothing. "
Scientists France 2010 Anthony, Patricia. Cold Allies. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1993); pg. 103. "'Humans must question the nature of the universe. It was not my choice, Captain Mustafa, to think of aliens. I am a scientist above all. However, given Occam's razor--'

'You are stupid!' Yussif spat. "

Scientists galaxy 1979 Asprin, Robert L. The Bug Wars. New York: St. Martin's Press (1979); pg. 1. "Having recalled I am Tzen, it did not surprise me that I thought of my duty before even thinking of my name. It is part of the character of the Tzen to always think of the species and the Empire before thinking of themselves, particularly the Warrior caste, of which I was one. It has occasionally been suggested, privately of course, that some of the other castes, particularly the Scientists, think of the individual before they think of the species, but I do not believe this. A Tzen is a Tzen. " [Other refs. to the Scientist caste throughout the novel, only a few examples in the DB.]
Scientists galaxy 1979 Asprin, Robert L. The Bug Wars. New York: St. Martin's Press (1979); pg. 23. "'...The Longevity Serums developed by the Scientists caste virtually ensure that a Tzen will live until killed. With the overwhelming number of the Enemy present on this planet, I feel the best tactic to ensure against our being killed is to keep as many of the team conscious as possible and thereby maximize the fighting strength available at any given time.' "
Scientists galaxy 1979 Asprin, Robert L. The Bug Wars. New York: St. Martin's Press (1979); pg. 51. "'I did not express myself clearly. I do not wish to serve under you as a Scientist, but as a Warrior. My progress in the Scientist caste has slowed to immobility, and my superiors have suggested to me with increasing frequency that I could... better serve the Empire in another caste. If this is to be the case, my personal choice for an alternate career is the Warrior caste.'

Though I tried to suppress my outrage at the implications in his statement, my next question came out more terse than I would have liked.

'Then you feel that the Warrior's path is easier to follow than the Scientist's?'

'For me it is. Do not underestimate me. I am not attempting to depreciate the difficulty of the Warrior's caste. However, for me fighting has always been... too easy. That's why I entered the Scientist's caste. With my build, it was no great achievement to run faster or hit harder than the others in training. It required no effort... Having failed as a Scientist, however...' "

Scientists galaxy 1979 Asprin, Robert L. The Bug Wars. New York: St. Martin's Press (1979); pg. 52. "'...In actuality the lack of positive-negative judgment frequently only applies within the Warrior caste... Not that this trait is exclusive to the Warriors; the other castes also display it, including the Scientists. I find it particularly distressing in Warriors because...'

I paused in the doorway.

'What is your name, Scientist?'

'Zur,' he replied. "

Scientists galaxy 1979 Asprin, Robert L. The Bug Wars. New York: St. Martin's Press (1979); pg. 53. Pg. 53: "Following the discovery of the ruined city and the subsequent inference of the existence of the Coalition of Insects, the full might of the Empire's Scientist and Technician castes had swung into action as the Warriors slept. Every effort had been expended to decipher the language of Builders--or the First Ones... "; Pg. 55: "Having long since realized that any discovery has the double capacity of creation or destruction, our Scientists and Technicians applied themselves to finding combative uses for the First Ones' technology until we were ready to do battle with the Insects... "
Scientists galaxy 1979 Asprin, Robert L. The Bug Wars. New York: St. Martin's Press (1979); pg. 54. "'There is a balance of work here, Commander, which at times I think you overlook. Knowledge is a powerful weapon, but only if it is used. Had the Coalition of Insects utilized the knowledge of the First Ones as we have, it is doubtful we would be here today. The Tzen are effective not because we have knowledge, but because we use it. The Scientists seek and organize the knowledge, the Technicians render it usable, and the Warriors apply it. On a smaller scale, my information would be of little value if you as the Commander were unwilling to benefit from it. As I pointed out when we first met, I feel there are many officers who would be reluctant to take advantage of my assistance.'

'I must disagree with you, Zur. I do not feel am that unusual as an officer. In all phases of our training we rely heavily on the Scientists and Technicians. Why should it be any different in the field?' "

Scientists galaxy 1979 Asprin, Robert L. The Bug Wars. New York: St. Martin's Press (1979); pg. 96. "'The Commander is being generous in his analysis of the structure. The keyword of the Warrior caste is efficiency. When you appraise a problem or set priorities, you ask, 'Is it efficient?' In the Scientists, our key word is interesting. Frequently our priorities are determined by what is the most interesting subject at hand to study. While this attitude is beneficial in the laboratory, it is not conducive to a specific field problem. It would be my contention that a Warrior was placed in command of this mission to ensure our efforts would be directed to the subject at hand. If not, we would be in danger of being distracted by a new rock formation or plant, whether or not it was pertinent to the immediate problem.'

'While we are on the subject of avoiding distractions,' interrupted Horc, 'the Technicians also have a key word. That keyword is workable. It occurs to me that whatever fine points remain can be settled in the field...' "

Scientists 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... 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. " [Other refs. throughout DB.]
Scientists galaxy 2075 Card, Orson Scott & Kathryn H. Kidd. Lovelock. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 63. [Year is estimated.] "When I read the specs [about different villages on the colony ship], I knew at once that Carol Jeanne should live in the village of Einstein, with the people for whom science was life, not just a job... "
Scientists galaxy 2075 Card, Orson Scott & Kathryn H. Kidd. Lovelock. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 75. [Year is estimated.] "'It's like they say in the Good Book. 'Ashes to ashes. . .'

I accessed my computer files under Bible, and I didn't find 'ashes to ashes' anything. But it was hardly surprised. Christians will say any old thing and if they claim it's in the Bible, everyone nods wisely and accepts every word of it. That's because nobody reads the book. They believe it--but they leave it unstudied and unread. Of course, there are scientists like that, too--the ones who accept the orthodoxy of the past without ever looking at the evidence themselves. "

Scientists galaxy 2075 Card, Orson Scott & Kathryn H. Kidd. Lovelock. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 278. [Year is estimated.] "You know that someone is intelligent when he believes that there's a life after death. Which suggested something rather unfortunate about the agnosticism of science. But not really; even those who denied the literal existence of the soul nevertheless had to live as if there was one. As if life mattered. "
Scientists galaxy 2100 Pohl, Frederik. The World at the End of Time. New York: Ballantine (1990); pg. 39-40. "Viktor grinned at them. 'The Bible is one thing,' he told them, in full lecturing swing, 'Science is another. Even scientists think about Heaven and Hell, though. Did you ever hear of a man named Arthur Eddington? Well, he was the first one to figure out what the temperature inside the core of a star had to be in order to cook all those heavier elements out of hydrogen. Only when he published his figures some other scientists told him he was wrong, because it wasn't hot enough to do the job. So Eddington told them to go look for a hotter place.'

He looked at the uncomprehending faces expectantly. 'It was a kind of way of telling them to go to Hell,' he explained.

'Oh,' Billy said, deciding to laugh.

'Dr. Sorricaine?' Freddy said. 'Hell's hot like Wanda says, isn't it? So if we get frozen that can't be Hell, can it?' "

Scientists galaxy 2374 David, Peter. The Quiet Place (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 236. "'You, Soleta?' Kebron rarely sounded surprised or at least allowed himself to sound that way. 'You're a scientist. Your discipline is the antithesis of religion.'

'Not necessarily. After all, for example, in the Judeo-Christian Bible, God charges Adam--the metaphor for the beginning of humanity--with the responsibility of naming everything in Creation.'


'So . . . that is, fundamentally, what I do. I research, I study, and I try to put names to things. They are scientific names, but they are names nonetheless. My life is defining that which is already there. In a way, you could say that I am doing God's work.'

Kebron rolled his eyes. 'Religious . . . nonsense. I hate when you do that, Soleta.'

'Do what?'

'Play devil's advocate.'

'Whose advocate?' she asked... 'I am just getting a feeling about the world. That is all.'

'What sort of feeling?' asked Cwan.

'The feeling... that we are going to encounter something extremely unscientific.' "

Scientists galaxy 2375 David, Peter. Excalibur: Requiem (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 110. "'Spoken like a true skeptic.'

'I am someone who learns through observation. The existence of God, or gods, hinges not upon observation or quantifiable study, but upon faith. My faith is in science.'

'The universe, child, is too varied and multifaceted a thing to place the entirety of one's faith in anything,' " [More.]

Scientists galaxy 2375 David, Peter. Excalibur: Restoration (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 184. "There had to be some sort of scientific explanation. A person couldn't just command the weather through sheer force of will. It was more magic than science. . . .

Then again . . . what was extrasensory perception, or telekinesis, or empathy, except phenomena that would have once been ascribed to magic? On old Earth, they had burned anyone who displayed such tendencies, accusing them of being in league with dark or evil spirits. Scientists hadn't really managed to break down such talents into 'nonmagic' terms, but instead had simply given them a different name and proclaimed--having done so--that they were not the province of science rather than sorcery. But just saying it doesn't make it so. Perhaps science, in the final analyses, was simply magic with delusions of grandeur. "

Scientists galaxy 5284 Card, Orson Scott. Xenocide. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 86. "'What trouble, in particular?'

'To colony worlds. Demosthenes gave warning that the Lusitania Fleet was a dangerous precedent--it would be only a matter of time before Starways Congress used force to compel their obedience, too... To scientists, Demosthenes sent warning that the principle of independent research was at stake--a whole world was under military attack because it dared to prefer the judgment of the scientists on the scene to the judgment of bureaucrats many lightyears away...' "

Scientists galaxy 13560 Herbert, Frank. Dune Messiah. New York: Ace (1987; c. 1969); pg. 78. "But Chani wasn't to be stopped. 'I have been to the prayer wall of Sietch Tabor where I was born,' she said. 'I have submitted to doctors. I have knelt in the desert and sent my thoughts into the depths where dwells Shaihulud. Yet'--she shrugged--'nothing avails.'

Science and superstition, all have failed her, Paul thought. Do I fail her, too, by not telling her what bearing an heir to House Atreides will precipitate? "

Scientists galaxy 23000 Asimov, Isaac. Prelude to Foundation. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 4. "'Well, these are not the old days when science and mathematics were all the rage. That sort of thing seems to have died down somehow, perhaps because all the discoveries have been made, don't you think? Apparently, however, interesting things can still happen. At least I was told it was interesting.'

'By the Minister of Science, Sire?'

'Yes. He said that this Hari Seldon had attended a convention of mathematicians held here in Trantor...' "

Scientists galaxy 33960 Harrison, Harry. A Stainless Steel Rat is Born. New York: Bantam (1985); pg. 158. "'We find out how the locals are contacting the offplanet smugglers, like the Venians. With the obvious aim of leaving this backward and deadly world as soon as possible. In order to do that we may have to get religion.' He chuckled at my shocked expression. 'Like you, my boy, I am a Scientific Humanist and feel no need for the aid of the supernatural. But here on Spiovente what technology there is seems to be in the hands of an order called the Black Monks. . . .' "
Scientists Mars 2011 Zubrin, Robert. First Landing. New York: Ace Books (2002; c. 2001); pg. 36. "'But if we find no clue of life here, then we ourselves must become the first Martians. Here, we shall replicate the terrestrial biosphere and help Mother Gaia herself give birth to a second living world.'

Townsend smiled, but felt inwardly annoyed in the deliberate mention of a pagan goddess, sure to irk Major Llewellyn. Sherman's scientific rationalist pose had already caused enough friction with the other woman. The doctor might be a famous genius, but apparently lacked something in the common-sense department. Why doesn't anyone on this mission besides me every think about maintaining group cohesiveness? "

Scientists Mars 2040 Robinson, Kim Stanley. Red Mars. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 159. "'Now that we are here,' he went on, 'it isn't enough to just hide under ten meters of soil and study the rock. That's science, yes, and needed science too. But science is more than that. Science is part of a larger human enterprise, and that enterprise includes going to the stars, adapting to other planets, adapting them to us. Science is creation. The lack of life here, and the lack of any finding in fifty years of the SETI program, indicates that life is rare, and intelligent life even rarer. And yet the whole meaning of the universe, its beauty, is contained in the consciousness of intelligent life. We are the consciousness of the universe, and our job is to spread that around, to go look at things...' "
Scientists Massachusetts 2012 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 359. "At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, even the walls bore the names of scientific gods: Archimedes and Darwin and Newton and Faraday and Pasteur and Lavoisier. "
Scientists Montana 1979 Willis, Connie. "And Come from Miles Around " in Fire Watch. New York: Bluejay (1984; story copyright 1979); pg. 131. "Scientists, thought Meg. You can always tell scientists. Their pants are too short. these four all looked alike: short black pants, short-sheeved [sic] shirts with the pocket crammed with pencils and metal clips and a flat calculator. Short sandy hair and black-rimmed glasses. Heads of four science departments somewhere, Meg thought. Scientificus Americanus in the flesh... "
Scientists Montana 1998 York, J. Steven. Generation X: Crossroads. New York: Berkley (1998); pg. 97. "Pound laughed. 'Yo, science boy, nothing in the magic box [radio] but chips and wires...' "; "The Expatriate studied Walt Norman as a scientist might a rat. "
Scientists New Mexico 1995 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 128. "He was in mid-oration '. . . and others say there's been a pact with the Devil, that the scientists have sold their souls... These scientists don't believe we're the children of God. They think we're the offspring of apes. There are known communists among them. Do you want people like that to decide the fate of the world?' "
Scientists New York: New York City 1953 Clarke, Arthur C. Childhood's End. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1981; c. 1953); pg. 20. "His voice was somber now, like a great organ rolling its notes from a high cathedral nave. 'You will find men like him in all the world's religions. They know that we represent reason and science, and, however confident they may be in their beliefs, they fear that we will overthrow their gods. Not necessarily through any deliberate act, but in a subtler fashion. Science can destroy religion by ignoring it as well as by disproving its tenets. No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the non-existence of Zeus or Thor, but they have few followers now...' " [More.]
Scientists New York: New York City 2076 Morehouse, Lyda. Archangel Protocol. New York: Penguin Putnam (2001); pg. 274. Pg. 274-275
Scientists Newmanhome 2100 Pohl, Frederik. The World at the End of Time. New York: Ballantine (1990); pg. 118-119. "Of course, all this was terrifying.

At least, it was terrifying if you let yourself think about it. It was impossible. Fundamental natural law--law that was rock-solid at the bottom of scientific knowledge, the elements of motion that had been engraved in granite by Isaac Newton and confirmed by everybody since him--was simply being violated.

To think seriously about that was to realize that as a scientist you knew nothing at all. Maybe science was simply wrong.

But how could that be?

The people who lived on Newmanhome couldn't question science. Science was what had brought them there! They weren't Third World peasants... They were chemists, engineers, physicists, geneticists... nearly every adult who had boarded either of the two colony ships had had advanced degrees in some scientific field, and every day they were earnestly passing on that knowledge, and that mind-set to their children. "

Scientists Newmanhome 2200 Pohl, Frederik. The World at the End of Time. New York: Ballantine (1990); pg. 343. "'Balit's a very intelligent boy. He's really interested in science, too,' Viktor said. 'I think he could be good at it.'

'Yes, we're sure he could, Viktor,' Forta said reasonably. 'But what kind of life would Balit have if he confined his talents to 'science'? Nobody's a 'scientist.' People will think he's odd.'

'In my time it was a highly honored profession,' Viktor said defensively--and, he thought, not entirely truthfully; for it depended on which 'time' he was talking about. Certainly the icy Newmanhome of the four warring sects had offered few honors to scientists.

'In your time,' Forta repeated. His tone wasn't exactly disdainful, but the best you could say was that it was forgiving. 'Anyway... There's nothing new for him to do--you said yourself, all this sort of 'science' thing was well known thousands and thousands of year ago.' "

Scientists Nicoji 2200 Bell, M. Shayne. Nicoji. New York: Baen (1991); pg. 202-203. "'I had money to wire myself so I could come here and do solo research on help intelligence, Ph.D. I signed on as a worker so the company wouldn't suspect and interfere with my research. I thought I could make fast money harvesting nicoji, buy my way back to Earth after a couple years, be a big surprise to everybody--settle whether the help are intelligent or merely imitative... It would have been a scientific coup, studying the help in their native habitat, not in cages run by company-bought researchers.'

Her plan would have bought her way into footnote heaven, if the company couldn't have bribed her first. But it hadn't worked. None of us had realized going back to Earth would be so hard... The company would kill her if they found out. They'd arrange an accident. I was sure of it. It didn't matter if they believed she was a Ph.D. candidate or a corporate spy... "

Scientists North America 2150 Anderson, Poul. Genesis. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 199. [No. American settled by Chinese.] "'...If you travel, you will find superb achievements in the arts and in graciousness.'

'Another couple of centuries.' Laurinda's tone wavered the least bit. 'Afterward?'

'It doesn't last,' Christian predicted. 'These are humans too. and--tell me--do they eve get to a real science?'

'No,' said the presence. 'Their genius lies in other realms. But the era of warfare to come will drive the development of a remarkable empirical technology.' "

Scientists Ohio 2020 Zelazny, Roger. Damnation Alley. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1969); pg. 85. Pg. 85: "'Kanis,' said the man, 'Geoffrey Kanis,' and his voice was steady and loud. 'I'm not a scientist,' he added.

'Who the hell cares?... Why were you laughing?'

'Oh. Because you don't follow the rules of Batesian mimicry--and you should, you know.'

'What are you talking about?'

'I'm not a scientist.'

'You said that already.'

The man giggled and recited, 'It takes place in the same region and at the same season, according to Bates, and the mimicking species just not itself...'

'Are you nuts?'

'Yes, but I follow the rules.' "; Pg. 86: "'Do you hate scientists?'

'No more than anybody else.'

'What if I were a scientist?'


'Okay. I'm a scientist.'

'So what?'

'They lumped us all together. I'm a biologist.'

'I don't dig you.'

'It was the physicists who did this to us... and some chemists and mathematicians. Not the biologists.'

'You mean the war?' " [More. After the nuclear war, nearly all college professors were killed by mobs.]

Scientists Ontario 2002 Sawyer, Robert J. Hominids. New York: Tor (2002); pg. 291. "'Well,' replied Mary, 'not everyone on Earth--on this Earth, that is--believes in an afterlife.'

'Do the majority?'

'Well . . . yes, I guess so.'

'Do you?'

Mary frowned, thinking. 'Yes, I suppose I do.'

'Based on what evidence?' asked Ponter...

'Well, they say that . . .' She trailed off. Why did she believe it? She was a scientist, a rationalist, a logical thinker. But, of course, her religious indoctrination had occurred long before she'd been trained in biology. "

Scientists Ontario: Toronto 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 200. "'You mean to say that being a scientist, a logician, like--well, like you or me--is fundamentally incompatible with being at peace over moral and spiritual issue?'

'Some succeed at both--but they usually do it by compartmentalizing. Science is given responsibility for certain areas; religion for others. But for those looking for a single, overarching worldview, there is little peace. A mind is wired for one or the other, but not both.'

Pascal's wager came to mind: it was safer, he said, to bet on the existence of God, even if he doesn't exist, than to risk the eternal damnation of being wrong. Pascal, of course, had been a mathematician; he'd had a logical, number-crunching mind, a human mind. Old Blaise had had no choice in the kind of brain he had; it had been bequeathed to him by evolution, just as mine had. "

Scientists Ontario: Toronto 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 201. "But if I had a choice?

If I could trade some bafflement in factual matters for certitude about questions of ethics, would I do so? Which is more important: knowing the precise phylogenetic relationships between all the various branches on the evolutionary bush or knowing the meaning of life? "

Scientists Ontario: Toronto 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 30. "But even he wouldn't say that the existence of God is a scientific fact.'

'Then it will fall to me to educate you in this,' said Hollus.

Oh, joy. 'If you think it's necessary.'

'It is if you are to help me in my work. My opinion is not a minority one; the existence of God is a fundamental part of the science of both Beta Hydri and Delta Pavonis.'

'Many humans believe that such questions are outside the scope of science.'

Hollus regarded me again, as if I were failing some test. 'Nothing is outside the scope of science,' he said firmly--a position I did not, in fact, disagree with. But we rapidly parted company again: 'The primary goal of modern science,' he continued, 'is to discover why God has behaved as he has and to determine his methods. We do not believe...that he simply waves his hands and wishes things into existence. We live in a universe of physics... "

Scientists Pennterra 2233 Moffett, Judith. Pennterra. New York: Congdon & Weed, Inc. (1987); pg. 86. "'Yes because he said so! We have to find out what he meant! We'd know now if you two hadn't been so scared you'd get brainwashed or something.'

'Well goddamn it, it's time somebody got scared!' Byron shouted. He got up hastily, scattering pebble. 'There has to be some reason why you people take all this 'the Great Spirit is angry' garbage seriously--you're trained scientists, for God's sake! Even if you do believe in God.'

'Stop it, both of you,' said George. 'Name-calling isn't going to get us anyplace but divided.' "

Scientists Pern 3015 McCaffrey, Anne. Dragonsdawn. New York: Ballantine (1988); pg. 189. "'By all that's holy, I'll end it now!'

'Ted, be rational. You're a scientist!'

'I'm a father first, and my daughter was . . . devoured by one of those creatures! So was Joi Milan, and Patsy Swann, Eric Hegelman, Bob Jorgensen, and . . .'...With a final bitter, searing look at the biologists, he turned, roughly pushing aside those in his path. 'Fire kills it!' "

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