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superstition Europe 1918 Newman, Kim. The Bloody Red Baron. New York: Carroll & Graf (1995); pg. 102. "Before the 1880s, only a few superstitious souls believed in the undead. Dracula upset the board and set out the pieces in a new configuration. Vampirism spread from him, but his immediate get were fewer than some imagined. "
superstition France 1792 Perry, Anne. A Dish Taken Cold. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (2001; c. 2000); pg. 3. "There were no formalities to be observed except the civil ones... Religion was outlawed; it belonged to the greed, the oppression and superstition of the past. This was an age of reason. but she would have liked the comfort of ritual now, even if it was foolish and meant nothing. " [Story takes place in Paris during the French Revolution.]
superstition France 1792 Perry, Anne. A Dish Taken Cold. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (2001; c. 2000); pg. 28. "Everyone in Paris knew that the Revolutionary powers could search your house any time they suspected you of harbouring a wanted person, an enemy of the commune or of the government. All priests were automatically in that category. Religion was a superstition from the past, an oppressor of the poor. To sustain it, even to the last degree, was to stand in the way of progress... "
superstition France 1916 Anthony, Patricia. Flanders. New York: Ace Books (1998); pg. 182. "'A cross, is it?' O'Shaughnessy shrugged. 'Well. Seems he has something after all. He's not entirely a nonbeliever, lad.'

'No, sir. That's not the way it is. What he's hanging onto is superstition.'

'Who's to say that religion and superstition are not sometimes one and the same?' "

superstition France 2010 Anthony, Patricia. Cold Allies. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1993); pg. 72. "'They are frightened,' Yussif admitted. 'They are illiterate, mostly, and superstitious. Once they believe the Americans are protected by djinn, they will not fight.'

'Superstitious, yes,' Wasef said absently. His own master's degree in electrical engineering was no insulator against such unfounded and primitive fear. Before the killing head came to Egypt, he had imagined himself one link in a long proud line from the builders of Giza, a line superior to the filthy Algerians, more intelligent than the backward, sheepherding Libyans. Now he wasn't so sure. They, at least, knew the methods of dealing with the supernatural. "

superstition France: Paris 1738 Suskind, Patrick. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1986; c. 1985); pg. 14. "And most instances of so-called satanic possession or pacts with the devil proved on closer inspection to be superstitious mummery. "
superstition Gaea 2025 Varley, John. Titan. New York: Berkley (4th ed. 1981; 1st pub. 1979); pg. 108-109. "'I don't know. We lost our mythologist to that overgrown tire advertisement. But even if it died, I wouldn't want to use it. Odysseus had nothing but trouble.'

Bill grinned. 'Superstitious, Captain? I never would have believed it.'

'It's the sea, lad. It does strange things to a body.' "

superstition galaxy -99936 B.C.E. Moran, Daniel Keys. "The Last One Standing: The Tale of Boba Fett " in Star Wars: Tales of the Bounty Hunters (Kevin J. Anderson, ed.) New York: Bantam (1996); pg. 297. "Organa... 'It's hard for me to believe that you can really think like this. I've heard Luke--Luke Skywalker, I know you've heard of him--I've heard him talk about the dark side--'

Fett was amazed to hear himself laugh. 'That Jedi superstition? Gentlelady Organa, if the Force exists I have seen no proof of it, and I doubt it does.'

Now she did look at him. 'You remind me of Han Solo, a little. He didn't believe--' "

superstition galaxy 2100 Yep, Laurence. Seademons. New York: Harper & Row (1977); pg. 30. "The Prime Rector shrugged and crossed his arms over his chest. 'That depends on how much trouble you're willing to put up with. Our people are the salt of the earth, but they're a superstitious lot--even more so since we came here. In the Unknown, you hang on to the old customs for dear life.' "
superstition galaxy 2293 Vornholt, John. Mind Meld (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 102. "'You don't believe what I say, do you?' she asked.

Spock shook his head. 'I am not a believer in numerology, astrology, phrenology, and other pseudo-sciences and superstitions.'

'Then what do you believe in?'


The old woman hooted with laughter until spittle ran down her chin. 'Logic may work some places, but not on Rigel V--and you seek balance, no matter what you say.'

'That is possible,' the Vulan conceded. He reached into his pocket for one of his few remaining coins. "

superstition galaxy 2370 Dillard, J. M. & Kathleen O'Malley. Possession (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 40. "'Captain, your reaction is typical--and, if you'll forgive me, almost medieval in its superstitious insistence that we must yield to death because that's the way it's always been. Why? Why yield to such a curse, any more than we should yield to disease, to suffering to poverty?...' "
superstition galaxy 2372 Wilson, David Niall. Chrysalis (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 263. "It was becoming obvious that, despite their caution, they'd overlooked a great many things. The Awakening. She'd heard the Urrythans speaking of it, she'd seen the inscriptions, seen the pillars--had they been some sort of cocoon? They'd looked upon all of it as superstition, religious mumbo jumbo. The Urrythans had their faith, as Janeway herself and the others of her crew had their own faiths, and yet she had been too blind to see beyond the differences, too blind to notice how much of what had been said and written was born out by the events and circumstances that had surrounded her. " [More.]
superstition galaxy 2375 David, Peter. Excalibur: Restoration (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 43. "After tracing 'knock-knock' jokes back to a sequence in the Shakespeare drama habitually referred to (by superstitious humans, apparently, who considered the show jinxed) as 'the Scottish play,' Soleta had tried out a series of knock-knock jokes... "
superstition galaxy 2700 Harrison, Harry. "The Streets of Ashkelon " in Stainless Steel Visions. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 21. -
superstition galaxy 2780 Simmons, Dan. The Fall of Hyperion. New York: Bantam (1991; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 91. "'The Time Bombs are for certain,' said the physicist. 'I have no knowledge of the Shrike. My own guess is that it's a myth fueled by the same hunger for superstitious verities that drive other religions.' "
superstition galaxy 3000 Burkett Jr., William R. Blood Lines. New York: HarperCollins (1998); pg. 45. Pg. 45: "The scaled and fanged form on the laboratory table resembles nothing so much as nightmare gargoyles from Earth's distant superstitious past. Human techs moved about in the subdued lighting beyond the isolation chamber's thick glass. Though determinedly not superstitious, they still were not very comfortable this close to a mythic monster. "; Pg. 130: " what amounted to a hardened satellite shell evoked superstitious chills. Llralan culture never had liked the idea of spirits liberated from their physical bodies. SjillaTen was a product of his upbringing. "
superstition galaxy 3000 Greeley, Andrew M. The Final Planet. New York: Warner Books (1987); pg. 91. "'...something like the Carnival or the Oktoberfest on ancient Earth. Also it likely served a superstitious function of blessing the fertility of the fields...' "
superstition galaxy 3131 Simmons, Dan. The Rise of Endymion. New York: Bantam (1998 mass market edition; first ed. 1997); pg. 166. "'Religion seems to have always offered us that false duality,' she said, setting her cup of tea on a flat stone. 'The silences of infinite space or the cozy comfort of inner certainty.'

I made a rude noise. 'The Pax Church offers a more pragmatic certainty.'

Aenea nodded. 'That may be its only recourse these days. Perhaps our reservoir of spiritual faith has run out.'

'Perhaps it should have run out a long time ago,' I said sternly. 'Superstition has taken a terrible toll on our species. Wars . . . pogroms . . . resistance to logic and science and medicine . . . not to mention gathering power in the hands of people like those who run the Pax.'

'Is all religion superstition then, Raul? All faith then folly?'

I squinted at her... 'What do you mean?' I said...

'If you had faith in me, would that be folly?' "

superstition galaxy 3300 Brin, David. Heaven's Reach. New York: Bantam (1998); pg. 58. "Before the Rothen-Danik expedition came to Jijo, computers had been legendary things one read about in dusty tomes within the Biblos archive. Even now, he saw them partly through two centuries of fear and half-superstition. "
superstition galaxy 3502 Drake, David. Through the Breach. New York: Ace Books (1995); pg. 197. "'All machine work instead of craftwork?' Stephen asked. 'Where that thinking ends is another Collapse--a system of automatic factories so complex that a few hit-and-run attacks bring the whole thing down. Everybody starves or freezes.

...'That's superstition,' I said, more forcefully than I usually spoke to Stephen. "

superstition galaxy 3900 Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Mercedes Lackey. Rediscovery. New York: DAW Books (1993); pg. 103. "'...Here you are, a planet without even space travel, and we come along and tell them they were just, well, seeded here by an interstellar society. That they're us. They have probably forgotten that entirely. They probably even have some variation of the old theory of origin from the Gods.'

Evans sneered. 'Superstitious religious drivel.' "

superstition galaxy 4000 Harrison, Harry. Bill, the Galactic Hero. New York: Avon (1975; c. 1965); pg. 26. Pg. 26: "'My folks were Fundamentalist Zoroastrian, so I suppose . . .'

'Superstition, my boy, rank superstition. It was the hand of fate that brought us together in this ship, that your soul would have this one chance to be saved from the fiery pit...' ";

Pg. 29: "'Hell awaits you, my boy, unless you are saved. Turn your back on your superstitious ways, for the First Reformed Voodoo Church welcomes you with open arms; come unto her bosom, and find your place in heaven at Samedi's right hand. Sit there with Mondongue and Bakalou and Zandor, who will welcome you.' "

superstition galaxy 4000 Vinge, Vernor. A Deepness in the Sky. New York: Tor (1999); pg. 68. "all the ancient superstitions of snow-trolls and earth-angels seemed to hover just behind the general's words. Even the most rational quailed before the thought of a Dark so intense that in a sense the world did not exist. "
superstition galaxy 4000 Vinge, Vernor. A Deepness in the Sky. New York: Tor (1999); pg. 363. "'But he's full of superstitions,' Trud put in.

'Right. He has no concept of the limits of software design, and of the limits that puts on hardware. He things immortality and godlike computers are just around the corner, the product of just a little more progress...' "

superstition galaxy 4004 Drew, Wayland. The Master of Norriya in The Erthring Cycle (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (c. 1986); pg. 615. "Superstitious Yggdrasilian troopers in the ranks began to whisper that she was immortal. "
superstition galaxy 4025 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. Traitor's Sun. New York: DAW Books (1999); pg. 411. "'...and do her small rituals. When I was a child they seemed to me to be wonderful, but when we went back there, so Nana could meet Terese, I was . . . almost embarrassed, I suppose. It seemed so backward and superstitious, and just a little silly. I would never suggest such a thing to her, of course. My Nana may be old, but she is still capable of reducing me to jelly without exerting herself.' "
superstition galaxy 4500 Herbert, Brian & Kevin J. Anderson. Dune: House Atreides. New York: Bantam (1999); 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 all worked to promote the well-being of a facility's inhabitants. With a sage nod, he declared that the old facility had been set up incorrectly, and showed Anirul what needed to be done. They'd had only a month before the expected delivery date, and the Kwisatz Mother had had not a moment to lose.

Now as she observed the abundance of light flowing down upon Mohiam's bed from actual windows and skylights, rather than from clusters of artificial glowglobes, Anirul assured herself she hadn't been 'superstitious.' Feng Shui was about aligning oneself properly with Nature & being intensely aware of one's surroundings--a philosophy that was, ultimately, very much in the Bene Gesserit way of thinking. "

superstition galaxy 5000 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Telling. New York: Harcourt (2000); pg. 8. "She turned up the cab sound to drown the tune out. 'Superstition is a rotting corpse,' the sound system said in a rich, attractive male voice. 'Superstitious practices defile youthful minds. It is the responsibility of every citizen, whether adult or student, to report reactionary teachings and to bring teachers who permit sedition or introduce irrationality and superstition in their classroom to the attention of the authorities. In the light of Pure Science we know that the ardent cooperation of all the people is the first requisite of--' "
superstition galaxy 13560 Herbert, Frank. Dune Messiah. New York: Ace (1987; c. 1969); pg. 78. 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? ";

Pg. 110: "Alia's eyes picked out the Fremen, marking the frozen looks of superstitious awe on their faces... " [Also pg. 94.]

superstition galaxy 13575 Herbert, Frank. Children of Dune. New York: Berkley (1976); pg. 9. "Muad'Dib's teachings have become the playground of scholastics, of the superstitious and the corrupt. He taught a balanced way of life, a philosophy with which a human can meet problems arising form an ever-changing universe. He said humankind is still evolving, in a process which will never end. He said this evolution moves on changing principles which are known only to eternity. How can corrupted reasoning play with such an essence?

--Words of the Mentat
Duncan Idaho

superstition galaxy 22995 Benford, Gregory. Foundation's Fear. New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 89. "' depict her as a tavern slut, much older than she in fact was, a liar about her so-called voices, a superstitious but shrewd fool...' " [Also pg. 113.]
superstition galaxy 23000 Bear, Greg. Foundation and Chaos. New York: HarperCollins (1998); pg. 76. Pg. 76: "The Shining Light school, in its modern form was rife with superstition and almost useless, but in its heyday it had trained administrators that were sent to the far corners of the Empire. "; Pg. 81: "'The point being that these waves of misery inevitably begin when some high official gets a bug in his hat and begins futile investigations. And when the investigations get out of hand, they cost the Empire many lives and much of treasure. Superstitions. Myths Always dangerous...' "
superstition Gotham 1971 O'Neil, Dennis. "Daugher of the Demon " in Batman in the Seventies, (Michael Wright, ed.) New York: DC Comics (1999; story first pub. in Batman #232, June 1971); pg. 142. Present-day Batman, remembering his origin: "I was not yet old enough to vote . . . a totally devoted, almost fanatical young man . . . consumed with a need but unable to focus it! Then, one night a bat chanced in my window--and my future was clear . . . "; Younger Bruce Wayne, shown in panel: "It's an omen! I shall become a bat! "; Present-day Batman: "I felt criminals to be a cowardly, superstitious lot . . . and I reasoned that my disguise would strike terror in their hearts . . . "
superstition Greece -445 B.C.E. Vidal, Gore. Creation. New York: Random House (1981); pg. 12. "Although Callias is an hereditary priest, he is most superstitious. I find this odd. Hereditary priests usually tend to atheism. They know too much. "
superstition Greece -445 B.C.E. Vidal, Gore. Creation. New York: Random House (1981); pg. 145. "Since the Athenian mob is still Aryan in its superstitions, few dare question openly the gods of the state. "
superstition Greece: Crete 1997 Preuss, Paul. Secret Passages. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 89. "'His grandmother is the witch who made my brother blind.'

'That is ignorant, un-Christian superstition. You may not say such things in this room' "

superstition Haiti 1986 Miller, John J. "Beasts of Burden " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 40. "'Are you a devotee of voodoo, Monsieur Calixte?' Chrysalis asked.

'It is the superstition of peasants,' he said... "

superstition Hyperion 2075 Anderson, Poul. "Scarecrow " in New Legends. Greg Bear (ed.) New York: Tor (1995); pg. 344. "'We humans make babies too, and, and we know their biochemistry, but if you call them meat machines, you're the one who is superstitious.' "
superstition Idaho 1930 Boyer, Elizabeth H. "A Foreigner Comes to Reddyville " in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993); pg. 205. "I looked at old Brick... His ears were still pricked up and twitching... I wasn't enjoying this much, I can tell you. Not that I was any more superstitious than the next person. "
superstition India 1905 Gibson, William & Bruce Sterling. The Difference Engine. New York: Bantam (1991); pg. 269. "'...but Moslems don't care to eat pork, you know, all very superstitious...' "
superstition India: Punjab 1943 Ondaatje, Michael. The English Patient. London, UK: Bloomsbury (1996; c. 1992); pg. 271. "Kip walks her beside a pool to the tree shrine where Baba Gujhaji, the first priest of the temple, is buried. A tree of superstitions, four hundred and fifty years old. "
superstition Japan 1000 C.E. Hand, Elizabeth. Catwoman. New York: Ballantine (2004). Based on screenplay by John Rogers, Mike Ferris, and John Brancato; pg. 180. Such red cats were considered to have special powers by the superstitious, and were caleld Kinkwaneko
superstition Louisiana: New Orleans 2014 Goonan, Kathleen Ann. Crescent City Rhapsody. New York: Tor (2001; c. 2000); pg. 4. "The top border of the screen shone with voudoun symbols: a snake, a drum, and the spirit of love, represented by concentric nesting hearts. Not that she knew anything about voudoun, though her name and heritage were intimately related to the practice. She was not superstitious; her rather scattered scientific and mathematical background precluded that. She had no truck with her family background of voudoun though her grandmere... "
superstition Mars 2011 Zubrin, Robert. First Landing. New York: Ace Books (2002; c. 2001); pg. 76. -
superstition 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. 364. "I think the Greek is wrong, though, in saying that Mahmud will be killed by his angry neighbors for speaking out against their superstitions. No doubt they'll want to kill him, at first. "
superstition Nem Ma'ak Bratuna 2368 Ferguson, Brad. The Last Stand (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 3. "It had been Kerajem's generation which, when it had come to maturity and power, had at last eased the relentless preparation for war instituted and maintained for millennia by their forefathers. Kerajem himself had helped to form the more liberal policies of modern times when e was younger. There had been great opposition, mostly by the old, the self-interested, and the superstitious, but reform had finally come. As a result, living conditions for the people were generally much better than they had been when Kerajem was a boy.

Social reform had finally come in the conviction that the old stories of doom and destruction had been merely the exaggerated stuff of hoary legend, tales of horror believed only by the stupid, the gullible, and the obsessed. However, the world had discovered the terrible truth 33 years before, when the first signals from space had been detected... Those who would destroy the world were real, and they were coming. Now they were almost here... "

superstition Nevada: Las Vegas 1992 Powers, Tim. Last Call. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1992) [Book jacket] "The terrifying Las Vegas of Tim Powers's imagination is one that secretly animated the neon-lit gambling capital we all think we know. It is a world in which superstition assumes the power of religion, the gambling tables are strange altars to chaotic gods, and luck becomes a deity literally made flesh. "
superstition New York 1886 Irving, Washington. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. New York: Tor (1990; c. 1886); pg. 3. "Some say that the place was bewitched by a high German doctor during the early days of the settlement; others, that an old Indian chief, the prophet or wizard of his tribe, held his powwows there before the country was discovered by Master Hendrick Hudson. Certain it is, the place still continues under the sway of some witching power that holds a spell over the minds of the good people, causing them to walk in a continual reverie. They are given to all kinds of marvelous beliefs, are subject to trances and visions, and frequently see strange sights, and hear music and voices in the air. The whole neighborhood abounds with local tales, haunted spots, and twilight superstitions; stars shoot and meteors glare oftener across the valley than in any other part of the country, and the nightmare, with her whole ninefold, seems to make it the favorite scene of her gambols. "
superstition New York 1966 Keyes, Daniel. Flowers for Algernon. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1966); pg. 13. "He wished me luk. I hope I have luk. I got my rabits foot and my luky penny and my horshoe. Dr Strauss said don't be so superstishus Charlie. This is sience. I don't no what sience is but they all keep saying it so maybe its something that helps me have good luk. Anyway Im keeping my rabits foot in one hand and my luky penny in the other hand with the hole in it. The penny I meen. I wish I could take the horshoe with me to but its hevy so Ill just leeve it in my jaket. "
superstition New York: New York City 1950 Delany, Samuel R. "The Tale of Plagues and Carnivals " in Flight from Neveryon. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press (1994; c. 1984); pg. 192. "If a mid-twentieth century orthodox Freudian could return to Kolhari and present Nari with the theory of 'penis envy' (to explain her girlish desire for a son) and 'sublimation' (to explain her new success in her work), though myself I think the analysis would be false, Nari, a primitive woman in a superstitious time, would probably find the notion intriguing, even plausible.

There were a number of such fables about in that land in those days -- especially among the barbarians. "

superstition New York: New York City 1976 Silverberg, Robert. Dying Inside. New York: Ballantine (1976; c. 1972); pg. 140. "What else is in the bedroom?... A cracked mirror: are you superstitious. "
superstition New York: New York City 2030 Disch, Thomas M. On Wings of Song. New York: St. Martin's Press (1978); pg. 319. "...Daniel was not, in general, a superstitious sort... "
superstition New York: New York City 2150 McHugh, Maureen F. China Mountain Zhang. New York: Tor (1992); pg. 53. "I have an affinity for machines, call me superstitious but I think it comes from spending some of my waking hours as a kind of cyborg. I think my building likes me. "
superstition Newmanhome 2100 Pohl, Frederik. The World at the End of Time. New York: Ballantine (1990); pg. 118. "Newmanhome's own sun was nowhere near the center of that volume, but nearly on one edge--so Sorricaine was scathing in answering the colonists who (how superstition did feed on the unexpected!) muttered that it was their blasphemous temerity in colonizing across space that had somehow changed things. "
superstition Nicoji 2200 Bell, M. Shayne. Nicoji. New York: Baen (1991); pg. 151-153. "'Maybe they're superstitious,' Sam said. Maybe they think we'd gain power over them if we knew their names.' "
superstition Niger 2010 Bell, M. Shayne. "Dry Niger " in Bright Angels & Familiars. (Eugene England, ed.) Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1992; story c. 1990); pg. 277. "'Were you dreaming?' Ahmid asked.

I nodded. 'Of a beautiful woman.'

He looked concerned. 'A woman, you say?'

'Yes, Ahmid.'... He could never know the things I knew. I did not want to hurt him.

'You do not understand what such a dream could mean,' he said. 'The Djenoun blow about on winds across these empty lands till they find a man's mind to inhabit. If one troubles you, tell me and I will pray to Allah for your protection. Allah can protect you, even in your dreams.'

I could not believe that he believed what he was telling me about the Djenoun. Yet for one moment I wondered if Tuareg superstitions could be true, and if a Djenoun were haunting my mind. If she were I would not ask Ahmid to pray to have her taken from me. "

superstition North America 2025 Anderson, Poul. "No Truce with Kings " in The Hugo Winners: Volumes One and Two. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971; story copyright 1963); pg. 390. "'...Psionics was merely one bit of folklore we found potent enough to serve as the motivator of a new orientation toward life. There are others, for example the widespread belief in magic among the less educated classes. We can begin again on a different basis, if we must. The exact form of the creed is not important. It is only scaffolding for the real structure: a communal, anti-materialistic social group, to which more and more people will turn for sheer lack of anything else, as the coming empire breaks up. In the end, the new culture can and will discard whatever superstitions gave it the initial impetus.' "
superstition Ontario: Toronto 1993 Huff, Tanya. Blood Lines. New York: DAW Books (1993); pg. 46. "'This is ridiculous... I'm a scientist, not some superstitious old fool frightened of the dark. I've just been working too hard.' "
superstition Roman Empire 300 C.E. Anderson, Poul & Karen Anderson. The King of Ys: Roma Mater. New York: Baen (1986); pg. 71. "He didn't think Ahriman would deign to employ mere spooks, and in any event they must flee from the light of Ahura-Mazda which Mithras bore. He could not understand why otherwise rational people had all those vague superstitions about Ys. "
superstition Russia 1832 Bishop, Michael. Brittle Innings. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 258. -
superstition Russia 1944 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Striking the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1996); pg. 61. -
superstition Solar System 2436 Bester, Alfred. The Stars My Destination. New York: Berkley Publishing (1975; c. 1956); pg. 48. Pg. 48: "Captain Y'ang-Yeovil was a member of the dreaded Society of Paper Men, an adept of the Tientsin Image Makers, a Master of Superstition, and fluent in the Secret Speech. He did not look Chinese. "; Pg. 49: "'...Did you know I was a Master of Superstition? Some day I must show you the Mirror-and-Listen Mystery...' "
superstition Texas 1996 Leon, Mark. The Unified Field. New York: Avon Books (1996); pg. 243. "'...what looks like superstition now will became sacred.' " [More]
superstition Tran 1996 Pournelle, Jerry & Roland Green. Tran. New York: Baen (1996); pg. 251. "'...Vothan has powerful friends.' Including some of my mercs. They may not be believers, but they're superstitious enough. And a lot of the army is devoted to Vothan, or at least scared of him. "
superstition Transylvania 1897 Stoker, Bram. Dracula. New York: Bantam (1981; c. 1897); pg. 2. "I read that every known superstition in the world is gathered into the horseshoe of the Carpathians, as it were the centre of some sort of imaginative whirlpool; if so my stay may be very interesting. (Mem., I must ask the Count all about them.) "

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