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/
Sumerian world -3000 B.C.E. Heinlein, Robert A. Starship Troopers. New York: Ace Books (1987; 1st ed. 1959); pg. 80. "We've been doing it, with changes in weapons but very little change in our trade, at least since the time five thousand years go when the foot sloggers of Sargon the great forced the Sumerians to cry 'Uncle!' "
Sumerian world -2000 B.C.E. Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 196. "'Speaking of which--Lagos was babbling to me about viruses and infection and something called a nam-shub. What does that mean?'

'Nam-shub is a word from Sumerian.'


'Yes, sir. Used in Mesopotamia until roughly 2000 B.C. This oldest of all written languages.'

'Oh. So all the other languages are descended from it?'

...'Actually, no.... No language whatsoever are descended from Sumerian. It is an agglutinative tongue, meaning that it is a collection of morphemes or syllables that are grouped into words--very unusual.'

'You are sayinig... that if I could hear someone speaking Sumerian, it would sound like a long stream of short syllables strung together.'

'Yes, sir.'

'would it sound something like glossolalia?'

'Judgment call. Ask someone real,' the Librarian says.

'Does it sound like any modern tongue?'

'There is no provable genetic relationship between Sumerian and any tongue that came afterward.' "

Sumerian world -2000 B.C.E. Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 197. "'...And have any of these people figured out what the word 'nam-shub' means in Sumerian?'

'Yes. A nam-shub is a speech with magical force. The closest English equivalent would be 'incantation,' but this has a number of incorrect connotations.'

'Did the Sumerians believe in magic?'

The Librarian shakes his head minutely. 'This is the kind of seemingly precise question that is in fact very profound, and that pieces of software, such as myself, are notoriously clumsy at. Allow me to quote from Kramer, Smauel Noah, and Maier, John R. Myths of Enki, the Crafty God. New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989: 'Religion, magic, and medicine are so completely intertwined in Mesopotamia that separating them is frustrating and perhaps futile work. . . . [Sumerian incantations] demonsrate an intimate connection between the religious, the magical, and the esthetic so complete that any attempt to pull one away from the other will distort the whole.' ' "

Sumerian world -2000 B.C.E. Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 196-197. "'That's odd. My Mesopotamian history is rusty,' Hiro says. 'What happened to the Sumerians? Genocide?'

'No, sir. They were conquered, but there's no evidence of genocide per se.'

'Everyone gets conquered sooner or later,' Hiro says. 'But their languages don't die out. Why did Sumerian disappear.'

'Since I am just a piece of code, I would be on very thin ice to speculate,' the Librarian says.

'Okay. Does anyone understand Sumerian.'

'Yes, at any given time, it appears that there are roughly ten people in the world who can read it'

'Where do the work?'

'One in Israel. One in the British Museum. One in Iraq. One at the University of chicago. One at the University of Pennsylvania. And five at Rife Bible College in Houston, Texas.'

'Nice distribution...' "

Sumerian world -2000 B.C.E. Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 200-201. "'The clay envelope is Sumerian. It is from the third millennium B.C. It was dug up from the city of Eridu in southern Iraq. The black stele or obelisk is the code of Hammurabi, which dates from about 1750 B.C. The treelike structure is a Yahwistic cult totem from Palestine. It's called an asherah. It's from about 900 B.C.'

'Di dyou call that slab an envelope?'

'Yes. It has a smaller clay slab wrapped up inside of it. This was how the Sumerians made tamber-proof documents.

'All these things are in a museum somewhere, I take it?'

...'Rife Bible College, which [L. Bob Rife] founded, has the richest archaeology department in the world. They have been conducting a dig in Eridu, which was the cult center of a Sumerian god named Enki.'' [Many other refs. to Sumerians in book, not in DB.]

Sumerian world -1500 B.C.E. Anthony, Piers. Faith of Tarot. New York: Berkley Books (10th printing 1986; 1st ed. 1980); pg. 21. "Therion [the demon] remarked... 'The Sumerians, Accadians, Assyrians, Babylonians and the like had well-developed religious mythologies from which the Hebrews plagiarized freely...' "
Sumerian world -445 B.C.E. Vidal, Gore. Creation. New York: Random House (1981); pg. 77. "Thirty years after Nebuchadnezzar's death, Cyrus was welcomes to Babylon by the antipriest party, an association of international merchants and moneychangers who had deposed the last king, a dim figure named Nabonidus. Because this very odd sovereign was interested only in archaeology, he was usually to be found not at Babylon but out in the desert, digging up the lost cities of Sumeria. "
Sumerian world 1956 Knight, Damon. "The Last Word " in The Best of Damon Knight. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1976; c. 1956); pg. 174. -
Sumerian world 1969 de Camp, L. Sprague. "Creation " in Laughing Space (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1982; c 1969); pg. 6. "That Yahveh manufactured man from dust, the Hebrews tell;
In Hind they say that Varuna had formed him by a spell;
The Norse believed that Odin made the breath of life indwell
His torpid trunk.

Of all Creation legends, though, the one I like the best --
A myth from ancient Sumer, where perhaps the truth was guessed --
Asserts the gods created man one day, in cosmic jest,
When they were drunk. "

Sumerian world 1973 Sagan, Carl. Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (2000; c. 1973); pg. 67. -
Sumerian world 1978 Tucker, Wilson. The Year of the Quiet Sun. New York: Ace (1970); pg. 79. "'No. That land [in Israel] has been a battleground for something like five thousand years--ever since the first Egyptian army marching north met the first Sumerian army marching south. Doom-criers marched with them...' "
Sumerian world 1978 Tucker, Wilson. The Year of the Quiet Sun. New York: Ace (1970); pg. 88. "That is as old as time; the earliest Egyptians, the Sumerian, the Akkadians, all were crazy about astrology. It's the most enduring religion.' "
Sumerian world 1980 Anthony, Piers. Faith of Tarot. New York: Berkley Books (10th printing 1986; 1st ed. 1980); pg. 77. "'The Sumerians, the Egyptians, the Minoans, the Eblans, the Hittites, the Greeks, the Megalithic society--all the ancient peoples who know so much more than history has credited them with...' "
Sumerian world 1982 Asimov, Isaac. Asimov's introduction to "Report on 'Grand Central Terminal' " (by Leo Szilard) in Laughing Space (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1982); pg. 244. "Considering how much we deduce about the Sumerians, the Mayans, the Etruscans, and various other early cultures on the basis of laughably inadequate remains, it only serves us right to be treated similarly... "
Sumerian world 1989 Kress, Nancy. "Renaissance " in The Aliens of Earth. Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House Publishers (1993; 1st pub Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, mid-December 1989); pg. 227. [1989 is year of story publication.] "The Sumerians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Chaldeans, Egyptians, Mycenaeans, Indo-Iranians, Syrians, Scythians, and Greeks all had griffins. "
Sumerian world 1997 Drake, David. Lord of the Isles. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 9. "A Note to the Reader

...The general religion of the Isles is based on Sumerian beliefs (and to a lesser degree, Sumerian practice). I have very roughly paraphrased the funeral service described herein from verses to the Goddess Inanna. "

Sumerian world 2020 Maggin, Elliot S. Kingdom Come. New York: Time Warner (1998); pg. 144. The chieftain of a Cro-Magnon tribe calling themselves the Blood People... Vandar Adg [contemporary Vandal Savage, who has lived for 50,000 years]... Once, in Rome, he'd assumed the name Julius Caesar... Once, in Mongolia, he'd become a man named Genghis Khan and laid down an empire across the steppes of Asia and Europe. He'd founded the Bavarian Illuminati and the Sumerian Empire. "
Sumerian world 2025 Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 189. "'There's some good stuff in the Babel stack about someone named Inanna,' she says.

'Who's Inanna?'

'A Sumerian goddess. I'm sort of in love wit her. Anyway, you can't understand what I'm about to do until you understand Inanna.' "

Sumerian world 2025 Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 234. "'...Where did Asherah come from?'

'Originally from Sumerian mythology. Hence, she is also important in Babylonian, Assyrian, Canaanite, Hebrew, and Ugaritic myths, which are all descended from the Sumerian.'

Interesting. So the Sumerian language died out, but the Sumerian myths were somehow passed on in the new languages.'

'Correct. Sumerian was used as the language of religion and scholarship by lateer civilizations, much as Latin was used in Europe during the Middle Ages. No one spoke it as their native language, but educated people could read it. In this way, Sumerian religion was passed on.'

'And what did Asherah do in Sumerian myths?'

'The accounts are fragmentary. Few tablets have been disovered, and thes are broken and scattered...' "

Sumerian world 2035 Asimov, Isaac. "Evidence " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1946); pg. 425. "Most of the 'new schools' we have were duplicated in the social life of ancient Greece, and perhaps, if we knew more about it, in the social life of ancient Sumeria and in the lake dwellings of prehistoric Switzerland as well. "
Sumerian world 2050 Stephenson, Neal. The Diamond Age. New York: Bantam (1995); pg. 95. "'...So we have the Sumerian Enki, the Greek Prometheus and Hermes, Norse Loki, and so on... Trickster/Technologist is just one of the universals...' "
Sumerian world 2250 Zelazny, Roger & Jane Lindskold. Donnerjack. New York: Avon (1998; c.1997); pg. 226. Pg. 226: "'Architectural analysis of some of the ancient Sumerian/Babylonian ruins with extrapolations as to how the actual buildings might have been constructed...' ";

Pg. 268: "'...the Church of Elish.'

'Because they claim it was founded in Virtu?'

'That's right.'

'I think that it's just a marketing scam. The religion of ancient Sumer has been dead and gone for millennia. Why would it be reborn in virt?' " [The 'Church of Elish', the fictional religion central to the novel's plot, borrows heavily from Sumerian religion, although 'Sumer' or 'Sumerian' is mentioned rarely by name in the novel.];

Pg. 293: "'The virt form almost always resembles something out of the Sumerian/Babylonian pantheon. I suppose that makes sense, since their religion employs those forms, but it's . . .'


'I guess. Things like that aren't supposed to happen in Verite. Ghosts are about as strange as things get.' " [Also pg. 297, 436-437, 479.]

Sumerian world 2250 Zelazny, Roger & Jane Lindskold. Donnerjack. New York: Avon (1998; c.1997); pg. 569. "The crossover was complete. After millennia, the gods and goddesses of Sumer, Babylon, and Assyria again breathed the air of the world they had once ruled. If some of them were disappointed at the pollution or that their worshipers radiated amusement and excitement rather than awe, they kept their thoughts to themselves.

Then, from the east a great light shone forth, a light that caused even the brilliance of the sun to seem dimmed. Forth from the heart of that glow stepped a mighty figure. This time the crowd screamed in fear (especially those in the eastern grandstands), for what towered over them was an enormous multiheaded dragon.

'Tiamat!' Bel Marduk roared, fire bursting from his lips.

The dragon screamed a challenge, a shrill sound like dozens of cartoon pterodactyls falling on their prey.

The lesser gods got out of the way, heading north or south. A few forgot the warning s that the western ziggurat could not support significant weight... "

Sumerian world 4913 Asimov, Isaac. The Naked Sun in The Robot Novels (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Doubleday (c. 1957); pg. 313. "'Now here on Solaria, for the first time, the apex of the pyramid stands lone. In the place of the dispossessed are the robots. We have the first new society, the first really new one, the first great social invention since the farmers of Sumeria and Egypt invented cities.' "
Sunni galaxy 2525 Simmons, Dan. Hyperion. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 136. "...on Qom-Riyadh... the New Prophet chose to lead thirty million New Order Shi'ites against two continents of Sunni shiopkeepers... "
Sunni galaxy 2780 Simmons, Dan. The Fall of Hyperion. New York: Bantam (1991; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 483. "On Qom-Riyadh a self-appointed fundamentalist Shiite ayatollah rode out of the desert, called a hundred thousand followers to him, and wiped out the Suni Home Rule government within hours. The new revolutionary government returned power to the mullahs and set back the clock two thousand years. The people rioted with joy. "
Sunni galaxy 4500 Herbert, Brian & Kevin J. Anderson. Dune: House Atreides. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 338. Pg. 338: "Man is but a pebble dropped in a pool. And if man is but a pebble, then all his works can be no more.

--Zensunni Saying ";

Pg. 380: "The ultimate question: Why does life exist? The answer: For life's sake.

thought to be of Zensunni origin ";

Pg. 384: "Secretly, Anirul had consulted a Feng Shui master about the old birthing facility. A withered old man with Terrasian features, he was a practitioner of an ancient Zensunni philosophy which held that architecture, furniture placement, and maximum utilization of color & light... " [More.];

Pg. 513: "Truth is a chameleon.
--Zensunni Aphorism "

Sunni galaxy 13500 Herbert, Frank. Dune. Philadelphia: Chilton Book Co. (1965); pg. xxi. [Definitions in 'Terminology of the Imperium'] "ORANGE CATHOLIC BIBLE: the 'Accumulated Book,' the religious text produced by the Commission of Ecumenical Translators. It contains elements of most ancient religions, including the Maometh Saari, Mahayana Christianity, Zensunni Catholicism and Buddislamic traditions. " [bold added to emphasize applicable segments]
Sunni galaxy 13560 Herbert, Frank. Dune Messiah. New York: Ace (1987; c. 1969); pg. 91. Pg. 91: "'Zensunni philosopher,' Paul mused... 'You've examined your own role and motives?' ";

Pg. 92: "'Bondage, my Lord? The cleansed mind makes decisions in the presence of unknowns and without cause and effect. Is this bondage?'

Paul scowled. It was a Zensunni saying, cryptic, apt--immersed in a creed which denied objective function in all mental activity. Without cause and effect! Such thoughts shocked the mind. Unknowns! Unknowns lay in every decision, even in the oracular vision. ";

Pg. 94: "But then, how else could a Zensunni-mentat respond? Even in a ghola, a mentat could speak no less than the truth, especially out of Zensunni inner calm. This was a human computer, mind and nervous system fitted to the tasks relegated long ago to hated mechanical devices. To condition him also as a Zensunni meant a double ration of honesty... " [More, e.g., pg. 95-96, 163-165, 280, 325-327.]

Sunni galaxy 13560 Herbert, Frank. Dune Messiah. New York: Ace (1987; c. 1969); pg. 295. "'The Zensunni approach to birth,' he said... 'is to wait without purpose in the state of highest tension. Do not complete with what is happening. To compete is to prepare for failure. Do not be trapped by the need to achieve anything. This way, you achieve everything.' "
Sunni galaxy 13575 Herbert, Frank. Children of Dune. New York: Berkley (1976); pg. 113. "'But . . . I'm looking directly at you. Of course I see you!' She glared at him. His words reflected knowledge of the Zensunni Codex as she'd been taught it in the Bene Gesserit schools: play of words to confuse one's understanding of philosophy. " [Few other refs., e.g., pg. 377, 422.]
Sunni galaxy 15200 Herbert, Frank. The Heretics of Dune. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1984); pg. 59. "Knowing that his councillors also recalled this catechism of the Great Belief, Waff reminded them of the Zensunni admonition.

'Behind such assumptions lies a faith in words that the powindah do no question. Only the Shariat question and we do so silently.'

His councillors nodded in unison.

Waff inclined his head slightly and continued: 'The act of saying that things exist that cannot be described in words shakes a universe where words are the supreme belief.'

'Powindah poison!' his councillors shouted.

He had them all now and Waff hammered home his victory by demanding: 'What is the Sufi-Zensunni Credo?'

They could not speak it but all reflected on it: To achieve s'tori no understanding is needed. S'tori exists without words, without even a name. " [Many other refs., not in DB, e.g. pg. 185, 297, 320.]

Sunni galaxy 15200 Herbert, Frank. The Heretics of Dune. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1984); pg. 155. "'You are not amused,' she said. 'But cling to your doubts anyway. Doubt is necessary to a philosopher.'

'So the Zensunni assure us.'

'All mystics agree on it, Miles. Never underestimate the power of doubts. Very persuasive. S'tori holds up doubts and surety in a single hand.'

Really quite surprised, he asked: 'Do Reverend Mothers practice Zensunni rituals?' He had never even suspected this before.

'Just once,' she said. 'We achieve an exalted form of s'tori, total. It involves every cell.'

'The spice agony,' he said.

'I was sure your mother told you. Obviously, she never explained the affinity with the Zensunni.' "

Sunni Mars 2114 Robinson, Kim Stanley. Green Mars. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 423. "'...You see the Ahad and Fetah were split over a variety of issues...'

'Sunni-Shiite?' Maya asked.

'No. More conservative and liberal, with the liberals thought to be secular, and the conservatives religious, either Sunni or Shiite...' "

Sunni Middle East 2128 Robinson, Kim Stanley. Blue Mars. New York: Bantam Books (1996); pg. 111. "''Sunnis are fighting Shiites--Lebanon is devastated--the oil-rich states are hated by the oil-poor states--the North African countries are a metanat--Syria and Iraq hate each other--Iraq and Egypt hate each other--we all hate the Iranians, except for the Shiites--and we all hate Israel of course, and the Palestinians too... And everyone hates the Saudis, who are as corrupt as you can get...' "
Sunni Newmanhome 2100 Pohl, Frederik. The World at the End of Time. New York: Ballantine (1990); pg. 105. "The funeral was worse than the one the day before. The town meeting had settled very little when it had authorized separate burials for Moslems. Kittamur Haradi was a Moslem, all right, but he was a Sunni. He didn't want his late wife buried with the Shi'ites. So a separate, smaller ditch was dug for the second Moslem sect. "
Sunni Newmanhome 2103 Pohl, Frederik. The World at the End of Time. New York: Ballantine (1990); pg. 127. "The Sunni Moslems and the Shi'ites hadn't stopped splintering when they broke into two groups; they schismed again over which way was East, and almost did it again over the calendar. "
Sunni Syria 1986 Leigh, Stephen. "The Tint of Hatred " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 138. "He had orchestrated the rioting in Damascus when al-Assad's ruling Ba'th Party had tried to move away from Qu'ranic law, allowing the Nur sect to forge an alliance with the Sunni and Alawite sects. He craftily advised Nur al-Allah to send the faithful into Beirut when the Christian Druze leaders had threatened to overthrow the reigning Islamic party. "
Sunni Syria 1991 Ing, Dean. Butcher Bird. New York: Tom Doherty Associates (1993) [Book jacket] "An Iraqi garrison in Mosul collapses, dying in convulsion. A Kurd leader does the same way a week later in Al Qimishli, Syria. A Sunni leader in Aleppo, Syria and a Shiite near Damascus follow suit. One by one, the opponents of Syria's Assad are biting the dust. The killer? A nuclear-powered terminator flying high and swift, a tiny stealthy bird that carries death behind its eyes. You can't see it. You can't hear it. But it knows you. " [Multiple refs., not in DB.]
Sunni Syria 1991 Ing, Dean. Butcher Bird. New York: Tom Doherty Associates (1993); pg. 17. Pg. 17: "He was equally certain that he had neither seen nor heard any aircraft. A Sunni Moslem, he was privately certain that he wanted nothing further to do with these Alawite thugs with their newfangled, barely Moslem ways. Much later, recounting it with friends in the souk, he pointed out that the dead man was defiling a ruin, and wondered aloud if that ruin had harbored a djinni. "; Pg. 19: "For one thing, Clement might even be right; in Syria alone, the Sunni Moslem majority squirmed under the rule of Assad's Alawite Moslems, and Shiites hated them both. " [Other refs., not in DB.]
Sunni world 632 C.E. Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 204. "When the Prophet died in [632 A.D.], the true faith was almost immediately shattered by conflict between the Shiite and Sunnite parties... " [Other refs. in this appendix section, not in DB.]
Sunni world 1995 Ing, Dean. The Big Lifters. New York: Tor (1988); pg. 243. -
Sunni world 2048 Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 214. "...he'd about conquered the world of cybertao before Ecucatholic memes had turned up to fight back, quickly joined by Sunni and Shi'ite memes and the mad-dog guerrilla memes called Freecybers. "
superstition Arizona 2011 Willis, Connie. "The Last of the Winnebagos " in Impossible Things. New York: Bantam (1994; story copyright 1988); pg. 33. "...the tanker lanes were grated. Superstition Mountain is full-divided, and the old highway down from Roosevelt is, too... " [More, pg. 34.]
superstition Arizona 2015 Leiber, Fritz. The Wanderer. New York: Walker & Co. (1964); pg. 26. Pg. 26: "Asa Holcomb, puffing a bit, surmounted the top of the little mesa west of Arizona's Superstition Mountains... His eyes had been resting, a little wistfully, on the lights of Mesa, but now he lifted them... "; Pg. 33: "Asa Holcomb had been blinking his flashlight toward town from the mesa near top the Superstition Mountians. After all, he was supposed to try to save his own life. "
superstition Arizona 2017 Thornley, Diann. "Thunderbird's Egg " in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993); pg. 139. "Pilots are as superstitious about flying accidents as my People [Navajos] are about death in any form, but they deal with it in a different way. That evening my classmates drove into Phoenix to a bar called Wings, a legend among pilot students... " [Death commemoration ritual at the bar described.]
superstition Arizona 2095 Heinlein, Robert A. "'If This Goes On--' " in Revolt in 2100. New York: Baen (1981; story copyright 1940); pg. 88. "I had thought that I had given my mind a thorough housecleaning already and had rid it of all the dirty superstitions I had been brought up to believe. I was learning that 'housecleaning' had been no more than a matter of sweeping the dirt under the rugs... "
superstition Australia 2041 Turner, George. Drowning Towers. New York: William Morrow (1987); pg. 33. "'They're superstitious, that's all,' and she replied, 'No, they're frightened. Any of them may be next...' "
superstition Australia 2050 Egan, Greg. Permutation City. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 20. "'I also know that you're a highly intelligent, discerning woman, with no interest whatsoever in the muddled, irrational superstitions of the past, the fairy tales that comforted humanity in its infancy... No truly intelligent person, though, ever dismisses an idea without taking the trouble to evaluate it--skeptically, but fairly...' " [Also pg. 86.]
superstition Brazil 2015 McAuley, Paul J. "The Rift " in Vanishing Acts (Ellen Datlow, ed.) New York: Tor (2000); pg. 58. "Like many of the old style mountaineers, Ralph was a deeply superstitious man. Back then you relied on yourself and your own good luck, not on piton guns and free-running carabineers and nylon rope... "
superstition California 1975 Dick, Philip K. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer. New York: Timescape Books (1982); pg. 116. "'...What you see is not world but a representation formed in and by your own mind. Everything that you experience you know by faith. Also, you may be dreaming. Had you thought of that? Plato relates that a wise old man, probably an Orphic, said to him, 'Now we are dead and in a kind of prison.' Plato did not consider that an absurd statement; he tells us that it is weighty and something to think about. 'Now we are dead.' We may have no world at all...' "
superstition California 2025 Ziemianski, Dale D. "The Ebbing " in L. Ron Hubbard Presents The Best of Writers of the Future (Algis Budrys, ed.) Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (2000; c. 1985); pg. 101. "'What was it, anyway?' Kathy raised a hand to brush hair out of her eyes. 'It seemed so real!'


'You mean, real magic?... You believe in that?'

'Yes.' He supported her with one arm and steered her quickly away from the wreck and the corpses. 'I'm Native American. I believe in a lot of things you'd probably call magic or superstition.' "

superstition California: Los Angeles 1950 Dick, Philip K. Puttering About in a Small Land. Chicago, IL: Academy Chicago Publishers (1985); pg. 211. -
superstition California: Los Angeles 1996 Powers, Tim. Expiration Date. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 167. "He kept a gun in his office and car and bedside table. Superstitiously, he never ate potato salad. "
superstition California: Los Angeles 2023 Platt, Charles. The Silicon Man. Houston, TX: Tafford Pub. (1993); pg. 12. "Strange behavior for someone who believed in the scientific method, and yet as the months passed she was growing more and more superstitious. If she sensed there were bad omens, she'd cancel a test-run without hesitation. Her burden of responsibility had grown so heavy, the only way she could deal with it was by going with her gut feelings. "
superstition California: San Francisco 1991 Blaylock, James P. The Paper Grail. New York: Ace Books (1991); pg. 275. "He felt almost spry, but he carried his cane in case he'd need it in the steep passage--and partly, he had to admit, out of superstition. He still didn't want to be without it. "
superstition California: San Francisco 2036 Besher, Alexander. Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality. New York: Simon & Schuster (1998); pg. 179. "...they're Chinese--old family, very respectable. And being Chinese, they're very superstitious--definitely into feng shui, you know what that is? Geomancy. Everything has to be positioned exactly right so that there aren't any bad influences. You can't have a door facing the wrong direction;; it will attract bad influences. You have to hang mirrors and crystals and do rituals. You can go out of business, or your health will be damaged, if you don't do it right. "
superstition Canada 1993 Katz, Welwyn Wilton. Come Like Shadows. Regina, Saskatchewan: Coteau Books (2001; 1993); pg. 96. Pg. 84: "'...I'd never remember all the things I'm not supposed to do. Macbeth, Macbeth, Macbeth. See, I'm still alive. Want to try it? Take some of the wind out of superstition's sails. No? ";

Pg. 96: "'What do you think of Alexander Blair's Macbeth?'

Lucas wasn't superstitious, not even a little bit, but he wished Dana Sloe would stop using Macbeth's real name. "

superstition Colorado 1985 Wilhelm, Kate. "The Gorgon Field " in Isaac Asimov's Detectives (Gardner Dozois and Sheila Williams, eds.) New York: Ace Books (1998; c. 1985); pg. 95. "'Actually, I'm planning a book now... It will deal with the various superstitions that continue to survive even in this super-rational age. Like throwing coins into a fountain. That goes so far back that no one knows for certain where it began. We assume it was to propitiate the Earth Goddess for the water that the people took from her. It has variations throughout the literature.'

'To what end?' Carl Wyandot asked. 'To debunk or explain or what?'

'I don't debunk things of that sort... They are part of our heritage. I accept the theory that the archetypes are patterns of possible behavior, they determine how we perceive and react to the world, and usually they can't be explained or described. They come to us as visions, or dream images, and they come to all of us in the same forms over and over. Civilized, educated Westerner. African native who has never seen a book, they have the same dream images, the same impulses in their response to the archetypes...' "

superstition Darkover 3700 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Heirs of Hammerfell. New York: DAW Books (1989); pg. 146. "'I am not superstitious,' said Floria. 'I think we should go on with the handfasting--I do not think the royal lady would grudge us that. Even if this should be her last act of kindness--'

'All Gods forbid,' said Erminie and Edric speaking almost together. "

superstition Deep Space 9 2371 Carey, Diane. Station Rage (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 18. "'...Come on, Major--you've done battle with these people [Cardassians] since you were a child. Don't you know any of their legends or beliefs? Superstitions? Religions? Voodoo? Anything, Major?' "
superstition Deep Space 9 2371 Sheckley, Robert. The Laertian Gamble (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 68. Pg. 68: "'Ultab must have visited you,' Rom said, invoking the name of the ancient Ferengi deity of self-doubt.

'That's idle speculation,' Quark said.

'How else do you explain your going broke?' "; Pg. 69: "The Ferengi didn't believe this sort of thing any longer, of course. That kind of thinking was a part of the old days of superstition. But they did fear it. "

superstition Deep Space 9 2400 Reeves-Stevens, Judith & Garfield. The War of the Prophets (Star Trek: DS9 / Millennium Book 2 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 92. "But Arla Rees, only a few years younger than Kira, had been born to prosperous Bajoran traders on the neutral world of New Sydney. She had enjoyed a life of privilege in which the Cardassian Occupation, though an evil to rally against, had never been experienced firsthand. For Arla, now a Starfleet officer, as for many Bajorans of her upbringing, the Prophets were little more than an outmoded superstition perversely clung to by her less sophisticated cousins on the old world. "
superstition Discworld 1992 Pratchett, Terry. Small Gods. New York: HarperCollins (1994; c. 1992); pg. 291. "'And I'm a professional soldier,' said Simony. 'I'm not a superstitious peasant.' "
superstition Europe 1897 Stoker, Bram. Dracula. New York: Bantam (1981; c. 1897); pg. 368. "This mixture of simplicity and cunning, of superstition and commercial reasoning, aroused Van Helsing, who said... "

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