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/
Spartan Deep Space 9 2371 Sheckley, Robert. The Laertian Gamble (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 187. "'I admit no such thing,' Allura said, utilizing the impudent denial of the obvious, as Dr. Bashir knew, Paris learned to his cost when, back in Troy after his escapade in Sparta, he had begun to doubt the wisdom of his caprice with the fair Helen which had brought her to Troy and set off a world war. " [More, pg. 187-188.]
Spartan Europe 1984 Farmer, Philip Jose. "A Scarletin Study " in Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) USA: Bluejay Books (1984); pg. 197. "'My tastes are Spartan. Or perhaps I should say canine...' "
Spartan galaxy 2368 Bischoff, David. Grounded (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 95. "He'd woken up in his Spartan cabin. "
Spartan galaxy 2368 Wright, Susan. The Badlands, Book One (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 193. "Much as he hated to agree with the Cardassian, Worf's Spartan tastes also ran toward less opulent surroundings. "
Spartan galaxy 3043 Perry, Steve & Dal Perry. Titan A.E.. New York: Ace (2000); pg. 19. "Akima had been a week out from her last job, flying a crappy freighter between Houston and Spartan, just a system away. "
Spartan galaxy 4000 Laumer, Keith. Retief to the Rescue. New York: Simon & Schuster (1984; c. 1983); pg. 187. "'No complaint at the Spartan nature of my accommodations...' "
Spartan Greece -479 B.C.E. Wolfe, Gene. Soldier of the Mist. New York: Tor (1986); pg. xiv. "In ancient Greece, skeptics were those who thought, not those who scoffed. Modern skeptics should note that Latro reports Greece as it was reported by the Greeks themselves. The runner sent from Athens to ask Spartan help before the battle of Marathon met the god Pan on the road and conscientiously recounted their conversation to the Athenian Assembly when he returned. (The Spartans, who well knew who ruled their land, refused to march before the full of the moon.) "
Spartan Middle East 650 C.E. Silverberg, Robert. "A Hero of the Empire " in The Year's Best Science Fiction, Vol. 17 (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (2000); pg. 365. "What, I wonder, would my new friend Mahmud think of our court and its ways? He is so severe and astringent of nature. His hatred for self-indulgence of all sorts seems deep as the bone: a stark prince of the desert, this man, a true Spartan. "
Spartan Roman Empire 500 C.E. Garfinkle, Richard. Celestial Matters. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 9. Pg. 9: "I was born in the city of Tyre in the 935th year since the founding of the Delian League; that my antecedents are honorable, since my mother was of a great Phoenician merchant house and my father a Spartan general who in his youth commanded armies and in his maturity served as military governor of many city-states within the League. "; Pg. 10: "I sent messages down to Earth requesting permission from the Athenian bureaucracy, the Spartan military high command, and... " [Many other refs. throughout DB, not in DB.]
Spartan Roman Empire 500 C.E. Garfinkle, Richard. Celestial Matters. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 14. Pg. 14: "His Spartan spirit kept the men from indulging in excess, and made them remember that they were the crew of... "; Pg. 16: "and boarded a Spartan warship traveling to Rome... The Spartans would have had my head if I had actually given out any details about an important military project like... "; Pg. 18: "At the marina in Tyre I looked over the Spartan high-speed priority transport ship... "; Pg. 19: "...and where was the Spartan navy when you needed it? "; Pg. 22: "'Era, patron goddess of Sparta, arms crossed in front of her, eyes scanning the horizon for anyone who would dare offend against her people. "; Pg. 49: "'The supposedly equal partnership between Athens and Sparta that has ruled the Delian League since its founding is dominated by Spartan thinking.' "
Spartan United Kingdom: England 1100 C.E. White, T. H. The Once and Future King. New York: Ace Books (1996; c. 1939, 1940, 1958); pg. 73. "'...He is not quite right in his brains, poor chap, and if he once grips you, you will never leave his grip alive. Remember that you are visiting a kind of Spartan military mess. These fellows are regulars...' "
Spartan USA 2004 Dick, Philip K. The Zap Gun. New York: Bluejay Books (1985; c. 1965); pg. 114. "'Forgive me, Mr. Lars, for bearing grim news, like the Spartan soldier back from the Battle of Thermopylae...' "
Spartan world -1000 B.C.E. Waltari, Mika. The Etruscan. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1956); pg. 18. [Year estimated.] "He had a Spartan javelin, and as I balanced it in my hand... "; Pg. 19: "I pointed to the scar on his chest. 'Are you a soldier?'

'I am a Spartan,' he said proudly.

I looked at him with renewed curiosity, for he was the first Lacedaemonian I had ever seen. He did not seem brutal and unfeeling as Spartans were said to be. I knew that this city had no wall, boasting instead that the Spartan men were the only wall needed. But I also knew that they were not permitted to leave the city except in troops on their way to battle. " [Many other refs., not in DB.]

Spartan world -600 B.C.E. Tilton, Lois. "The Craft of War " in Alternate Generals (Harry Turtledove, ed.) New York: Baen (1998); pg. 86. Pg. 86, 91, 93
Spartan world -445 B.C.E. Vidal, Gore. Creation. New York: Random House (1981); pg. 334. "At least the Spartans are trained to love their state, and take for granted their brutish lives. " [Other refs., not in DB.]
Spartan world 1925 Sanders, William. "Billy Mitchell's Overt Act " in Alternate Generals (Harry Turtledove, ed.) New York: Baen (1998); pg. 156. Spartan fortitude
Spartan world 1996 Feeley, Gregory. "The Crab Lice " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 306. "He is engaged in an explanation of how to bring the Spartans to the peace table--it involves inviting them to the Great Dionysian Festival, where the merits of peace will be presented dramatically... " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
Spartan world 1996 Fry, Stephen. Making History. New York: Random House (1996); pg. 243. "a sentimental mythology of blond Nordic purity and manly Spartan virtues... "
Spartan world 1999 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 346. "'It's Plutarch, I think,' he said after a moment. 'Those were brave words the Spartans spoke. But rememer, the Romans won the battle.' "
Spartan world 2106 May, Julian. The Many Colored Land in The Many-Colored Land & The Golden Torc (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1981); pg. 58. "Some, like Richter, outfitted themselves for the journey with Spartan pragmatism. "
Spartan world 2150 Dick, Philip K. The Divine Invasion. New York: Timescape (1981); pg. 11. "You either emigrated or they burned your ass in some fruitless war. The government did not even bother to justify war, now. They just sent you out, killed you and recruited a replacement. It all came from the unification of the Communist Party and the Catholic Church into one mega-aparatus, with two chiefs-of-state, as in ancient Sparta. "
Spartan world 2375 Carey, Diane. What You Leave Behind (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 206. "'But,' he said, brightening, 'we could try my new program. The Battle of Thermopylae.'

She gawked at him, her fork in midair. What? No human lifetimes lurking around in there?

Of course not. She hadn't heard of that.

'You know,' he attempted, 'where a small band of Spartans led by King Leonidas defended a mountain pass against the vast Persian army?'

'What happened?' she asked.

'For two days, the Spartans put up a heroic struggle.'

'Until they were wiped out.'

'How'd you know?'

'Lucky guess. I take it we'll be the Spartans?'

'Fighting to the last man!' Bashir proclaimed. "

Spartan world 4913 Asimov, Isaac. The Naked Sun in The Robot Novels (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Doubleday (c. 1957); pg. 312. Pg. 311: "'Sparta!' said Quemot... 'I'm sure you've heard of Sparta!' ";

Pg. 312: "'...Now Sparta in its heydey consisted of a relatively small number of Spartiates, the only full citizens, plus a somewhat larger number of second-class individuals, the Perioeci, and a really large number of outright slaves, the Helots. The Helots outnumbered the Spartiates a matter of twenty to one, and the Helots were men with human feelings and human failings.'

'In order to make certain that a Helot rebellion could never be successful despite their overwhelming numbers, the Spartans became military specialists. Each lived the life of a military machine, and the society achieved its purpose. There was never a successful Helot revolt.

'Now we human beings on Solaria are equivalent, in a way, to the Spartiates. We have our Helots, but our Helots aren't men but machines...' " [More, pg. 312-313.]

Speakers for the Dead* galaxy 5268 Card, Orson Scott. Speaker for the Dead. New York: Tor (1986); pg. 159. "Miro had warned them that there were many Speakers, and the writer of the Hive Queen and the Hegemon was surely dead. Apparently they still couldn't get rid of the hope that the one who had come here was the real one, who had written the holy book. "
Speakers for the Dead* galaxy 5268 Card, Orson Scott. Speaker for the Dead. New York: Tor (1986); pg. 169. Dom Cristao, principal of Lusitania's Catholic school: "'The Speakers for the Dead are really quite innocuous--they set up no rival organizations, they perform no sacraments, they don't even claim that the Hive Queen and the Hegemon is a work of scripture. The only thing they do is try to discover the truth about the lives of the dead, and then tell everyone who will listen the story of a dead person's life as the dead one meant to live it.'

'And you pretend to find that harmless?'

'On the contrary. San Angelo founded our order precisely because the telling of truth is such a powerful act. But I think it is far less harmful then, say, the Protestant Reformation...' "

Speakers for the Dead* galaxy 5268 Card, Orson Scott. Speaker for the Dead. New York: Tor (1986); pg. 213. "'I thought you Speakers were supposed to be like priests or something. How did you get so good at tactics?'

The Speaker smiled pointedly at Novinha as he answered. 'Sometimes it's a little like a battle just to get people to tell you the truth.'

...'You've been prying,' said Novinha. 'And you weren't very clever about it. Is that what passes for 'tactics' among Speakers for the Dead?'

'It got you here, didn't it?' The Speaker smiled.

'What were you looking for in my files?'

'I came to Speak Pipo's death.' "

Speakers for the Dead* galaxy 5268 Card, Orson Scott. Speaker for the Dead. New York: Tor (1986); pg. 275. "'...I may detest the pseudo-religion of these blasphemous Speakers for the Dead, but if this is the only way...' "
Speakers for the Dead* galaxy 5268 Card, Orson Scott. Speaker for the Dead. New York: Tor (1986); pg. 292. "Miro had called for that voice, had wanted it to Speak Libo's death. How could he have known that instead of a benevolent priest of a humanist religion he would get the original Speaker himself, with his penerating mind and far too perfect understanding? "
Speakers for the Dead* galaxy 5268 Card, Orson Scott. Speaker for the Dead. New York: Tor (1986); pg. 308. "'I thought,' said the Bishop, 'that you Speakers for the Dead renounced all religions before taking up your, shall we say, vocation.'

'I don't know what the others do. I don't think there are any rules about it--certainly there weren't when I became a Speaker.' "

Speakers for the Dead* galaxy 5298 Card, Orson Scott. Xenocide. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 165. "Ender the Xenocide, yes, but also the Speaker for the Dead, the one who wrote the Hive Queen and the Hegemon, Miro knew that now, of course, but when he had first met Wiggin it was with hostility--he was just an itinerant speaker for the dead, a minister of a humanist religion who seemed determined to turn Miro's family inside out. "
Speakers for the Dead* galaxy 5298 Card, Orson Scott. Xenocide. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 280. "Demosthenes had already been important in her life, but not to learn that the real Demosthenes was sister to the Hegemon! The one whose story was told in the holy book of the speakers of the dead: the Hive Queen and the Hegemon. Not that it was holy only to them. Practically every religion had made a space for that book, because the story was so strong--about the destruction of the first alien species humanity ever discovered, and then about the terrible good and evil that wrestled in the soul of the first man ever to unite all of humanity under one government Such a complex story, and yet told so simply and clearly that many people read it and were moved by it when they were children. "
Speakers for the Dead* Lusitania 5268 Card, Orson Scott. Speaker for the Dead. New York: Tor (1986); pg. 158-159. "...the young piggy named Human... was carrying a leaf-wrapped bundle, which he laid on the dirt and opened carefully. It was a printout of the Hive Queen and the hegemon that Miro had given them four years ago. It had been part of a minor quarrel between Miro and Ouanda. Ouanda began it, in a conversation with the piggies about religion... At the piggies' request Ouanda later brought them a printout of the Gospel of St. John... But Miro had insisted on given them, along with it, a printout of the Hive Queen and the Hegemon. 'St. John says nothing about beings who live on other worlds,' Miro pointed out. 'But the Speaker for the Dead explains buggers to humans--and humans to buggers.'... the Hive Queen and the Hegemon was tenderly wrapped in leaves... Now Human opened the printout to the last page. Miro noticed that from the moment he opened the book, all the piggies quietly gathered around... "
Spiritism Brazil 2010 Anthony, Patricia. Cradle of Splendor. New York: Ace Books (1996); pg. 67. "'Shhhh!' An engine was purring upt the drive. Roger cowered as a car door slammed.

'Probably just the Spiritists coming early.' "

Spiritism Brazil 2010 Anthony, Patricia. Cradle of Splendor. New York: Ace Books (1996); pg. 100. "In the passenger seat, Edson ducked and threw his arms over his head. 'Watch out! You will shoot me. Every cow in O Vale do Amanhecer is in danger.'

'The cows here are good Spiritists. Maybe they will reincarnate as my wife's housecat.' "

Spiritism California 2103 Silverberg, Robert. Tom O'Bedlam. New York: Donald I. Fine, Inc. (1985); pg. 180. "'...It's been a purely local San Diego thing...'

'Tumbonde,' Elszabet said.

'It's a hybrid Brazilian-African spiritist cult, with some Caribbean and Mexican overtones...' "

Spiritism California: Los Angeles 1996 Powers, Tim. Expiration Date. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 10. "Dirty mummy-stuff, he thought. Meditation, and the big tunnel with all the souls drifting toward the famous white light. His parents had lots of pictures of that. Pyramids and the Book of Thoth and reincarnation and messages from these 'old soul' guys called Mahatmas.

The Mahatmas were dead, but they would supposedly still come around to tell you how to be a perfect dead guy like they were. But they were coy--Kootie had never seen one at all, even after hours of sitting and trying to make his mind a blank, and his parents only claimed to have glimpsed the old boys, who always apparently snuck out through the kitchen door if you tried to get a good look at them. " [Many refs. to his parents veneration of 'Mahatmas', throughout novel. Other refs. not in DB.]

Spiritism California: Los Angeles 1996 Powers, Tim. Expiration Date. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 11. "Kootie wasn't allowed to see movies . . . or watch TV, or even eat meat, though he often sneaked off to McDonald's for a Big Mac, and then had to chew gum afterward to get rid of the smell.

Kootie wanted to be an astronomer when he grew up, but his parents weren't going to let him go to college. He wasn't sure if he'd even be allowed to go to all four years of high school. His parents told him he was a chela, just as they were, and that his duty in life was to . . . well, it was hard to say, really; to get squared away with these dead guys. Be their 'new Krishnamurti'--carry their message to the world. Be prepared for when you die and found yourself in that big tunnel.

And in the meantime, no TV or movies or meat, and when he grew up he wasn't supposed to get married or even have sex at all... because the Mahatmas were down on it. "

Spiritism California: Los Angeles 1996 Powers, Tim. Expiration Date. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 91. "'...We're pretty sure he's dead.'

'Loretta's pretty sure he's not.'

Canov made a tossing gesture with one hand. 'Ore she's trying to fake somebody out by pretending she thinks so. He does seem to be reliably dead. We got a broad spectrum of media out to do resonance tests at the houses he lived in, and in his old law office... and they found no ringing lifelines that worked out to be him. The one that seems to be his thuds dead at around 1975, when he disappeared.'

'What kind of mediums?' Obstadt hated faggoty overprecise language.

Canov shrugged. 'Hispanic brujas, a team of psychics from USC, autistic kids, ghost-sniffing dogs, even; a renegade Catholic priest, two Buddhist monks; we fed LSD to some poker players and had them do sixty-or seventy hands of seven-stud with a Tarot deck in the law office one night. " [More.]

Spiritism California: Los Angeles 1996 Powers, Tim. Expiration Date. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 255. "In Boston in the fall of 1911, Oaks had been closing in on Houdini-the magician was weakened with a fever and haunted by dreams of his dead older brother--when suddenly the magician's psychic ground-signal was extinguished; Oaks had panicked, and expended far too much energy trying to find the ghost... The famous Boston medium Margery gave a seance near Christmas of '24, and the ghost of her dead brother Walter announced that Houdini had less than a year to live.... " [More.]
Spiritism galaxy 2075 Card, Orson Scott & Kathryn H. Kidd. Lovelock. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 50. [Year is estimated.] "Dividing communities by language [aboard the colony ship] made sense to me. But it was a typical human absurdity that, after language, the next most important set of divisions was religious. Muslims, Buddhists, Catholics, Jews, Hindus, Espiritistas: All had their own villages. "
Spiritism Georgia: Atlanta 2020 Anthony, Patricia. "Anomaly " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997; c. 1988); pg. 49. Pg. 49: "Burton Stengler, professor of applied mediumship from the Kardeckian Institute in Atlanta, watched doggedly, his eyes narrowing in disgust. "; Pg. 48: "'Do you imagine I practice Past Life Therapy because of something Hindu in my DNA?' "
Spiritism Louisiana: New Orleans 2014 Goonan, Kathleen Ann. Crescent City Rhapsody. New York: Tor (2001; c. 2000); pg. 56. "'...I've been too busy for voudoun. I do know that it's a real religion, not the cartoon that some people think it is. A mix of Catholicism and African spiritism. A New World hybrid...' " [Much more.]
Spiritism United Kingdom: England 1888 Willis, Connie. To Say Nothing of the Dog. New York: Bantam (1997); pg. 257. Pg. 257: "A message from the spirits!' Mrs. Mering said, clasping her hands. 'How thrilling!' What did they say? "

" 'Go!' " Madame Iritosky said dramatically.

"Avanti! " Count de Vecchio said. "The rapped eet out on the table. 'Go.' "

" 'Go where?' I asked them,' Madame Iritosky said, 'and waited for them to rap an answer. But there was only silence.' "

Pg. 377: "'Damn Madame Iritosky! Upsetting my wife even when she isn't here! Damned spiritist nonsense!' " [Some other references, not in DB. The scene on page 257 goes on for a few pages.]

Spiritism USA 1981 Crowley, John. Little, Big. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 119. "She did know: she knew precedents for this. What could they be? Krishna fluting, seed-scattering, spirit-incarnating--avatars--what? "
Spiritism world 1993 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. Of Tangible Ghosts. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 122-293. "That no Spirit Preservation League existed was immaterial. It would, and certainly none of the organized religions were likely to gainsay its purpose. Then I drafted the Spirit Preservation League announcement... "
Spiritism world 1993 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. Of Tangible Ghosts. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 122-332. "Initial puzzlement turned to anger and then concern when the 'Spirit Preservation League' claimed credit in a series of announcements post-marked well before the blast... According to Reid and other specialists, the Spirit Preservation League has delivered a strong message... Acting Deputy Spazi Minister Jerome questioned whether the blast was really a League effort, citing threats by another group, the Order of Jeremiah... "
Spiritism world 2008 England, Terry. Rewind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 168. "'I didn't know you checked out Tony Hillerman. Seekers of Spirits. 'Belagana faith-seekers start turning up dead.' Dibs.' "
Spiritualism Brazil 2010 Anthony, Patricia. Cradle of Splendor. New York: Ace Books (1996); pg. 140. "...I would suspect that if one accepts a supernatural occurrence as being valid--UFOs, for example--it's probably easier to accept another--of, say channeling. Don't you think? Take Brazil. Odd mix of what Mama called 'hoodoo,' and Catholicism, and Victorian table-rapping... "
Spiritualism California: Los Angeles 1993 DeChance, John. MagicNet. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 175. "The problem was that my mind had always been of a hard, skeptical-rationalist temper, regarding magic, astrology, and even ESP phenomena as essentially bogus. They were hoaxes, delusions, evidence of the congenital madness of crowds. I would not even say that I kept an 'open mind' about such things. I had looked into various flaps over the years, from spiritualism to UFOs, and found them all to be wanting of empirical proof. In time, I had simply closed those mental files with no intention of ever opening them again... "
Spiritualism California: Los Angeles 1996 Powers, Tim. Expiration Date. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 97. "Some of the other members of the psychiatric team had frequently talked about raising 'spiritual awareness' in their patients, and had liked to use the blurry jargon of New Age mysticism, but even they found Elizalde's use of spiritualism vulgar and demeaningly utilitarian--especially since Elizalde insisted that there was not a particle of intrinsic truth behind any sort of spiritualism. "
Spiritualism California: Los Angeles 1996 Powers, Tim. Expiration Date. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 226. "Under some other name, Oaks had been a follower of all kinds of spiritualist leaders, even joining William Dudley Pelley's pro-Nazi 'Legion of Silver Shirts'--though when, as required in the Silver Shirts, he had been asked to give the exact date and time of his birth, he had given false ones...' "
Spiritualism California: San Francisco 1999 Hand, Elizabeth. Glimmering. New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 181. "...past the sign so faded now that its letters were imprinted only in his memory.

Spiritualism Europe 1990 Byatt, A.S. Possession. New York: Random House (1991; c. 1990); pg. 535. "...he had seen the scene of the box's reinterment so often, so often in his mind's eye, that he had invented the place. But not for nothing was he the descendant of spiritualists and Shakers. He gave weight to intuition. 'We'll start at the head,' he said, 'and excavate a decent depth, and progress towards the feet in an orderly way.' "
Spiritualism Kansas 1989 Denton, Bradley. Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1991); pg. 250. "Mother's UFO/Atlantis/occult obsessions had been getting worse, leaning toward spiritualism and entrail reading... "
Spiritualism Ontario: Toronto 1998 Wilson, Robert Charles. "Divided by Infinity " in Starlight 2 (Patrick Nielsen Hayden, ed.). New York: Tor (1998); pg. 23. "He stepped back... and invited me to look at his collection. But the titles... were disappointing. They were old cloth volumes of Gurdjieff and Ouspenski, Velikovsky and crowley--the usual pseudo-gnostic spiritualist bullsh--... Like the room itself, the books radiated dust and boredom. So this was Oscar Ziegler, one more pathetic old man with a penchant for magic and cabbalism. "
Spiritualism Tarot 2077 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 94. "'...I must acquaint you in more detail with our religious situation here... We are a colony of schisms, of splinter sects. Many of us were aware of the special effects of Planet Tarot before we emigrated from Earth, and each of us saw in these effects the potential realization of God--our particular specialized concepts of God, if you will. This appeal seems to have been strongest to the weakest sects, or in any rate, the smallest numerically. Thus we have few Roman Catholics, Mohammedans, Buddhists, or Confucians, but many Rosicrucians, Spiritualists, Moonies, Gnostics, Flaming Sworders--' "
Spiritualism United Kingdom 1910 Asimov, Isaac. "Sherlock Holmes " (essay) in Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) USA: Bluejay Books (1984); pg. 14. "I have often thought that Conan Doyle turned to spiritualism and other follies in later life in an (unconscious?) effort to dissociate himself from Holmes and to achieve some sort of fame that would adhere to himself alone. The extremities of irrationality to which he descended (he believed in fairies and let himself be fooled by obviously faked photographs) may well have been a wild attempt to rebel against Holmes's supreme rationality. If so, that didn't work either. Conan Doyle was laughed at, but Holmes was still revered. " [Asimov, in this essay which precedes a collection of short stories, is discussing actual Doyle history.]
Spiritualism USA 1845 Jonas, Gerald. "The Shaker Revival " in The Ruins of Earth: An Anthology of Stories of the Immediate Future. (Thomas M. Disch, ed.) New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1971); pg. 281. "...1837-1845--Mass outbreak of spiritualism. Blessings, songs, spirit-drawings and business advice transmitted by deceased leaders through living 'instruments.' "
Spiritualism USA 1972 Blish, James & Judith Ann Lawrence. "Getting Along " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 568. [1] " this time the prime movers of an organization called the First Church of the Unreal Absence, which was a gathering-place for spiritualists from all over the Colonies. These people maintained that the dead are not extinguished forever, but instead simply wander, discorporate, in some misty other land from which they may graduate only as they attain to superior understanding of their condition. In the meantime, they may be spoken to by means of seances conducted by psychic mediums, of which latter group my aunt was considered preeminent.

'The First Church,' my aunt was fond of saying, 'is a great leveler of classes. Here the charwoman with psychic force is the superior of the millionaire who lacks it.'

I was prepared to grant this sentiment some nobility, but when I reported it to Buddworth Maracot, he said dryly: 'How many millionaires have you seen there lately?' "

Spiritualism USA 1972 Blish, James & Judith Ann Lawrence. "Getting Along " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 568. [2] "Nevertheless, Maracot's position was somewhat compromised by the fact that his daughter Deepily was a member of the First Church. I am unable to account for my friend's having had a daughter at all, for I never had any success in interesting him in the opposite sex--'To me, Coupling,' he said often, 'the BVM will always be the only woman'--but what is important here is that Deepily had challenged him to attend a seance at the First Church and bring to bear the fullest powers of his formidable scepticism to expose it, if he could.

Maracot brought, to the session not only his scepticism, but a veritable brute of a man, bulging with old hockey muscles, whom he had recruited during one of his trips in disguise to the docks along the banks of the Monongohela... This creature was made as welcome to the seance by Deepily and the Pullovers as was everyone else, and Maracot was then invited to search both Mrs. Pullover and her cabinet. "

Spiritualism USA 1972 Blish, James & Judith Ann Lawrence. "Getting Along " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 568. [3] "Then we all sat down, the lights were turned to a ghostly dimness, and Mrs. Pullover called upon her 'contact,' a childish spirit named Sam.

'Me wee pee lamb top hole allee samee sensa wonda byembye seeka tomollah, you bet,' piped the little voice.

'Tell me, Sam, dear, is there anyone in the land of mist who wishes to speak to anyone here?' Mrs. Pullover intoned.

'Here ee weary topside bigfella past competent journalist Bergen Record,' Sam squeaked through the trumpet. 'Callself allsame J. R. Transistor, wantee mohtal gaslight explohah infinite storm.'

But no, no one would own to a friend named J. R. Transistor, or even a relative of that name. But at the same moment there emerged from the cabinet an astonishing vision, wrapped from moorcock to gernsback in a coating of ectoplasm.

'Grab him!' cried the voice of my friend, and the soccer player lunged in a full football tackle for the anxious ankles of the spirit. "

Spiritualism USA 1972 Blish, James & Judith Ann Lawrence. "Getting Along " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 569. [4] "Since he failed to release my hand as he did so, we soon found ourselves rather more entangled with each other than with the Problem of the White Sheet, but in the confusion managed to make the best resolution of it that presented itself.

* * *

It was sometime later that I asked my friend how he had known that Mrs. Pullover had been generating the voices in the tube by vibrating her diaphragm. 'My dear Felicity,' he said, stuffing his Persian slipper into a pot, 'can you really have missed the clue of the Third Fundamentalism? Then I fear that you are to inattentive to serve as my liaison officer.'

And with this, alas, I was waved away anew and never again saw the best and wisest and most unsatisfactory man that I have ever known. "

Spiritualism USA 1972 DuBois, Brendan. Resurrection Day. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1999); pg. 309. "An advertising flyer decorated with drawings of a crystal ball, stars and planets, and with a local phone number and address, caught his eye:

Madame Bolivar
Readings and Predictions
You Can Contact a Lost Relative in the Other World!
Thousands Have Done So. Why Not You?

One of the few growth industries in the country after the war. Mediums and spiritualists, for the millions of guilty survivors out there. He threw that away as well. "

Spiritualism USA 1995 Hand, Elizabeth. Waking the Moon. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 329. "...the National Museum itself was slapped with a lawsuit by a feminist spiritualist group named Potnia, after the ancient Cretan mistress of beasts. "
Spiritualism world 1920 Wilson, Robert Charles. Darwinia. New York: Tor (1998); pg. 54. "At dinner he sat where he was directed, entertaining a congressman's daughter and a junior Smithsonian administrator with stories of table-rapping and spirit manifestations, all safely second-hand and wry. Spiritualism was a heresy in these lately pious times, but it was an American heresy, more acceptable than Catholicism, for instance... "

Spiritualism, continued


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