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/
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2002 Farmer, Philip Jose. To Your Scattered Bodies Go. New York: Berkeley Medallion Books (1971); pg. 15-16. "'...You must have died before I came to Earth!'

'When was that?'

...'Let's see. I believe it was, in your chronology, 2002 A.D...'

...'...My planet? It was a satellite of that star you terrestrials call Tau Ceti...' "; Pg. 17: "The being--the Tau Cetan!--talked so pragmatically, so sensibly, that he provided an anchor... And, despite the repulsive alienness of the creature, he exuded a friendleness and an openness that warmed Burton. " [Other refs. not in DB.]

Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2010 Anthony, Patricia. Cold Allies. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1993); pg. 23. "...and listened to the rapid, tuneless tones as the phone automatically dialed.

'Tau Ceti Publications,' the receptionist chirped. The girl sounded very dim and very young. "

Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2020 Heinlein, Robert A. Friday. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1982); pg. 87. "There was no way to guess whther or not the trouble extended as far as Alpha Centauri or Tau Ceti... "
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2025 Gunn, James E. The Listeners. New York: Signet (1974; c. 1972); pg. 13. -
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2025 Ing, Dean. "Lost in Translation " in Firefight 2000. New York: Baen (1987; c. 1985); pg. 130. [Refs. to Tau Ceti and indigenous Cetian culture throughout story, pg. 129-153.]
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2069 Clarke, Arthur C. The Fountains of Paradise. New York: Ballantine (1980; 1st ed. 1978); pg. 82. "'Centaurus was its eleventh port of call. After it had rounded our sun like a comet, its new course was aimed precisely at Tau Ceti, twelve light years away. If there is anyone there, it will be ready to start its next conversation soon after A.D. 8100. . . .' "
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2085 Disch, Thomas M. "Things Lost " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 610. "...and now we just coast until we have to brake for our first stop, Tau Ceti, some dozen years off. "
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2093 Kube-McDowell, Michael. The Quiet Pools. New York: Ace (1990); pg. 57. "'Cancel my appointments,' she said, opening her eyes to let the tears run free. 'They picked me. They picked me, Kirella. I'm going to Tau Cetu.'

Ten thousand for Tau Ceti.

However euphonious it might be, the unofficial motto of the Selection Section was not quie accurate. Counting the core crew of roughly five hundred, drawn equally from Allied and Takara, plus beteen one and three hundred 'discretionaries,' split between paying passengers and other payoffs, plus a handful of creative stowaways, the final outbound head count would be closer to eleven thousand.

And that was only if you discounted the quarter million frozen eggs (five per donor) and five million myriad frozen sperm samples which would also make the trip--consolation prizes in the starbound sweepstakes. "

Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2093 Kube-McDowell, Michael. The Quiet Pools. New York: Ace (1990); pg. 169. "Sasaki's predecessor had announced the Tau Ceti system as the provisional choice for prime rendezvous eleven years ago, and Sasaki had reconfirmed the choice three years later, long before staff and community selection had begun. The Tau Ceti of New Moon Over Barridan and other popular fictions was well ingrained in the public mind. " [Many other refs. to Tau Ceti in book, not in DB. The main plot in novel centers on a massive colonization trip to Tau Ceti.]
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2125 Cherryh, C. J. Cyteen. New York: Warner (1988); pg. 2-3. "The discovery of intelligent life on the planet at Pell's Star, the star Earth once called Tau Ceti, was more than ten years old by the time the word of it reached Earth. The dealing of human beings with the Downers was more than two decades old by the time Earth's elaborate instructions could arrive at Pell; and it was much longer before Terran scientists could reach Pell... the long route that led them station by station into a human culture almost as foreign to them as were the Downers. "; Pg. 3: "Gaia made her last trip to Earth in 2125... By 2201 a group of dissident scientists and engineers sponsored by financial interests on Mariner founded a station at Cyteen, about a world vastly different from Pell... " [No references in book are made to any specific actual religion, but there is profanity on nearly every page with dialogue.]
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2150 Rosenberg, Joel. Hero. New York: Penguin Books (1990); pg. -5. "Nueva Terra, noun
1. The third planet of Tau Ceti, inhabited primarily by descendants of colonists from La France, Deutschland, Greater Britain, Italia and Afrika Del Sud.

2. [Colloq.] Any particularly earthlike planet upon which unmodified terran flora and fauna can readily flourish. (E.g., 'Dean's World is a real nueva terra.') " [Much of this novel takes place on this planet in the Tau Ceti system.]

Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2200 Hawke, Simon. The Whims of Creation. New York: Warner Books (1995); pg. 40. "Stars similar to Earth's sun had been considered as possible destinations, among them Epsilon Eridani, Epsilon Indi, Tau Ceti, Omicron Eridani, 70 Ophiuchi... "
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2300 Bujold, Lois McMaster. Falling Free. Riverdale, NY: Baen (1991; first pub. 1988); pg. 16 48. Pg. 16: "...building a deep space transfer facility at some nexus away the hell-and-gone beyon Tau Ceti and Kline Station... "; Pg. 48: "'...In the heavily populated systems, like Tau Ceti or Escobar or Orient or of course Earth, there's always...' "
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2300 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Dispossessed. New York: Avon Books (1975; first pub. 1974); pg. 11. "'The Second Officer,' he said, 'seems to be afraid of me.'

'Oh, with him it's religious bigotry. He's a strict-interpretation Epiphanist. Recites the Primes every night. A totally rigid mind.'

'So he sees me--how?'

'As a dangerous atheist.'

'An atheist! Why?'

'Why, because you're an Odonian from Anarres--there's not religion on Anarres.'

'No religion? Are we stones, on Anarres?'

'I mean established religion--churches, creeds--' Kimoe flustered easily... Each took for granted certain relationships that the other could not even see. For instance, this curious concept of superiority, of relative height, was important to the Urrasti; they often used the word 'higher' as a synonym for 'better' in their writings, where an Anarresti would use 'more central.' But what did being higher have to do with being foreign? It was one puzzle among hundreds. " [Book contains many references to religion on Urras and Anarres, most not in DB.]

Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2300 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Dispossessed. New York: Avon Books (1975; first pub. 1974); pg. 152. "'For God's sake, girl, can't you serve Truth a little at a time?'--except that she was the girl, and was unacquainted with God. "
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2300 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Dispossessed. New York: Avon Books (1975; first pub. 1974); pg. 176. "'Then it's true, you really have no morality?' she asked as if shocked but delighted.

'I don't know what you mean. To hurt a person there is the same as to hurt a person here.'

'You mean you have all the same old rules? You see, I believe that morality is just another superstition, like religion. It's got to be thrown out.'

'But my society,' he said, completely puzzled, 'is an attempt to reach it. To throw out th moralizing, yes--the rules, the laws, the punishments--so that men can see good and evil and choose between them.'

'So you threw out all the do's and don'ts. But you know, I think you Odonians missed the whole point. You threw out the priests and judges and divorce laws and all that, but you kept the real trouble behind. You just suck it inside, into your consciences. But it's still there. You're as much slaves as ever! You aren't really free.' "

Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2300 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Dispossessed. New York: Avon Books (1975; first pub. 1974); pg. 177. "'How do you know?'

'I've read an article in a magazine about Odonianism,' she said. 'And we've been together all day. I don't know you, but I know some things about you. I know that you've got a--a Queen Teaea inside you, right inside that hairy head of yours. And she orders you around just like the old tyrand did her serfs. She says, 'Do this!' and you do, and 'Don't!' and you don't.'

'That is where she belongs,' he said, smiling. 'Inside my head.'

'No. Better to have her in a palace. Then you could rebel gainst her. You would have! Your great-great-grandfather did; at least he ran off to the Moon to get away. But he took Queen Teaea with him, and you've still got her!'

'Maybe, but she has learned, on Anarres, that if she tells me to hurt another person, I hurt myself.'

'The same old hypocrisy. Life is a fight, and the strongest wins. All civilization does is hide the blood and cover up the hate with pretty words.'

'Your civilizaiton, perhaps...' "

Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2300 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Dispossessed. New York: Avon Books (1975; first pub. 1974); pg. 177. "'The law of evolution is that the strongest survives!'

'Yes, and the strongest, in the existence of any social species, are those who are most social. In human terms, most ethical. You see, we have neither prey nor enemy, on Anarres. We have only one another. There is no strength to be gained from hurting one another. Only weakness.'

'I don't care about hurting or not hurting. I don't care about other people, and nobody else does, either. They pretend to. I don't want to pretend. I want to be free!'

'But Vea...' "

Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2300 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Dispossessed. New York: Avon Books (1975; first pub. 1974); pg. 273. "'...This castle eleven light-years from Earth, this room in a tower in Rodarred, in A-Io, on the planet Urras of the sun Tau Ceti, is Terran soil.' "
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2300 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Dispossessed. New York: Avon Books (1975; first pub. 1974); pg. 192-193. "'...He won't recommend the Principles for publication, or export.'...

' 'That Sequency Physics is the highroad of chronosophical thought in the Odonian Society has been a mutually agreed principle since the Setttlement of Anarres. Egoistic divagation from this solidarity of principle can result only in sterile spinning of impractical hypotheses without social organic utility, or repetition of the superstitious-religious speculations of the irresponsibl hired scientists of the Profit States of Urras...'

...'What if you offered to let him sign as co-author? Like the first paper you wrote?'

'Sabul won't put his name to 'superstitious-religious speculations.' '

'Are you sure?...' "

Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2300 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Dispossessed. New York: Avon Books (1975; first pub. 1974); pg. 76-77. [The planets Urras and Anarres.] "In the third Millennium on Urras the astronomer-priests, of Serdonou and Dhun had watched the seasons change the tawny birghtness of the Otherworld, and had given mystical names to the plains and the ranges and sun-reflecting seas. One region that grew green before all others in the lunar new year they called Ana Hos, the Garden of Mind: the Eden of Anarres.

In later millennia telescopes had proved them to be quite correct... "

Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2350 Bear, Greg. Beyond Heaven's River. New York: Dell (1980); pg. 8. "They had relayed all they had heard for twenty-six years, so that their employers could feel that the puzzle of the Perfidisians was being solved, no matter how slowly. They had never known precisely who their employers were--the contract had been confirmed only on their end, with assurance in the form of credits formally registered and accepted by proxy twice yearly on Myriadne, Tau Ceti II. "
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2360 Friedman, Michael Jan. "Kathryn Janeway " in Fire Ship (Star Trek: Voyager / The Captain's Table: Book 4 of 6). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 270. "It was at about the same time that Janeway's father and fiance were killed in the crash of a shuttlecraft on Tau Ceti Prime. "
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2362 Taylor, Jeri. Mosaic (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 226. "A month later, she, Justin and her father were seated in the prototype ship Terra Nova as it entered the Tau Ceti system... had test-flown it himself on numerous occasions, and was now overseeing its first long-range flight--a three-day journey to the Tau Ceti system, where it would undergo a series of experimental flights conducted in a variety of spatial environments. " [More.]
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2370 Friedman, Michael Jan. All Good Things . . . (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1994); pg. 79. "'Yes, Traveler?' he replied.

The being from Tau Ceti eyed him with an intensity that surprised him. 'Do you not sense it?' he asked. "

Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2370 Thompson, W.R. Infiltrator (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 206. "'Most of the Khans were wiped out after the Eugenics Wars. A few of them tried to make it to Tau Ceti, but eventually they were killed, too...' "
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2500 Ford, John M. "The Adventure of the Solitary Engineer " in Laughing Space (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1982); pg. 237. [Year estimated.] "'You mean Bruce Dee was drunk.'

'As the proverbial Tau Cetan, Watson...' "

Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2550 Barton, William. Acts of Conscience. New York: Warner Books (1997); pg. 19. "We came to the Green Heaven pavilion, representing the habitable planet of Tau Ceti. When I was a teenager... " [More about this here, pg. 89, 104-105, 121-122, etc.]
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2733 Simmons, Dan. Hyperion. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 4. "...had originated on the Hegemony administrative world of Tau Ceti Center... " [Tau Ceti is mentioned extensively in this book. Not all refs. in DB.]
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 2780 Simmons, Dan. The Fall of Hyperion. New York: Bantam (1991; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 3. Pg. 3: "On the day the armada went off to war, on the last day of life as we knew it, I was invited to a party. There were parties everywhere that evening, on more than a hundred and fifty worlds in the Web, but this was the only party that mattered.

I signified acceptance via the datasphere, checked to make sure that my finest formal jacket was clean, took my time bathing and shaving, dressed with meticulous care, and used the one-time diskey in the invitation chip to farcast from Esperance to Tau Ceti at the appointed time. "; Pg. 8: " they ignited their main drives and swept out through Tau Ceti System's cislunar traffic region. " [Many other refs. to Tau Ceti, one of the centers of galactic civilization. Other refs. not in DB.]

Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 3000 Niven, Larry; Jerry Pournelle & Steven Barnes. The Legacy of Heorot. New York: Simon and Schuster (1987); pg. 97. "Two deaths. Two deaths in a population of less than two hundred. "
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 3000 Niven, Larry; Jerry Pournelle & Steven Barnes. The Legacy of Heorot. New York: Simon and Schuster (1987); pg. 22. "Today seemed more tolerable, more like the First Days, when Cadmann and Sylvia and the other First Ones thundered down from the heavens in their winged landing craft... A hundred and fifty colonists waited in orbit... The National Geographic Society's probes told a lot. Tau Ceti Four had oxygen and water... Civilization on Earth was rich, comfortable, satisfying; and crowded, and dull. Forty million university graduates had volunteered for the expedition. The first winnowing had eliminated compulsive volunteers, flakes whose horoscopes had told them to find a different sky, candidates with allergies or other handicaps, geniuses who couldn't tolerate cramped conditions or human company or people who gave orders. . . Perhaps a hundred thousand had been seriously considered; and two hundred had set forth to conquer Tau Ceti Four. Eight died along the way. "
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 3000 Sheffield, Charles. Convergence. Riverdale, NY: Baen (1997); pg. 54. "'Centauri, Bernard, Sirius, Epsilon Eridani, 61 Cygni, Procyon, Tau Ceti, Kapteyn, 70 Ophiuchi . . .' "
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 3099 Simmons, Dan. Endymion. New York: Bantam (1996); pg. 252-253. "His first world is Tau Ceti Center, former administrative capital of the far-flung Hegemony WorldWeb. home to tens of billions during the day of the Web, surrounded by an actual ring of orbital cities and habitats, served by space elevators, farcasters, the River Tethys, the Grand Concourse, the fatline, and more--center of the Hegemonic datumplane megasphere and home of Government House... " [More about Tau Ceti.]
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 3131 Simmons, Dan. The Rise of Endymion. New York: Bantam (1998 mass market edition; first ed. 1997); pg. 199. Pg. 199: "The seven archangels would translate to the nearest Pax base, Tau Ceti system, where they would be rearmed, refitted, refueled... "; Pg. 239: "'...requesting permission to refuel and refit in Tau Ceti System and then extend Task Force GIDEON's mission... proceeded to take the bulk of my task force to Tau Ceti System for refueling, rearming, and rendezvous with five additional...' " [Other refs., not in DB. See pg. 242-243, etc.]
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 3400 Anderson, Poul. Starfarers. New York: Tor (1998); pg. 106. [Year is estimated.] "Earth was the mother and her Kith Town the small motherland of every starfarer; but there were other worlds where humans dwelt. At those the ships were almost always welcome, bearers of tidings and wares that bridged, however thinly, the abysses between. It was not perenniallly so on Earth. Thus, over the centuries, Tau Ceti became the sun which voyagers from afar often sought first. Its Harbor was as homelike as any known extrasolar planet, and usually at peace. News beamed from Sol arrived only eleven and a half years old... "
Tau Ceti Tau Ceti 4025 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. Traitor's Sun. New York: DAW Books (1999); pg. 12. "There were eight billion people on the planet, and more every year. "
Taushiro Peru 2002 Morlan, A. R. "Fast Glaciers " in Vanishing Acts (Ellen Datlow, ed.) New York: Tor (2000); pg. 290. "'...While the Whistler tribe seems to have no written language... their language is utterly unique, far more so than even the Taushiro Indians with their lack of labial consonants and accompanying lack of lip movements...' " [The Taushiro are an actual Peruvian tribe.]
Tebu Egypt 1915 Ondaatje, Michael. The English Patient. London, UK: Bloomsbury (1996; c. 1992); pg. 141. "I was walking not in a place where no one had walked before but in a place where there were sudden, brief populations over the centuries--a fourteenth-century army, a Tebu caravan, the Senussi raiders of 1915. "
technology California: Los Angeles 2025 Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 98. "The drive to the scene of the concert is long, made longer by the vact that Vitaly, rejecting the technocentric L.A. view of the universe in which Speed is God, likes to stay on the surface and drive about thirty-five miles per hour. "
technology galaxy 2275 Dillard, J. M. Star Trek: Insurrection. New York: Pocket Books (1998). Based on the movie; story by Rick Berman & Michael Piller; screenplay by Michael Piller.; pg. 235. "There is no evil in the vessels themselves--but in the attitude that spawns the vessels. Technology is a weed: once it takes root, it strangles all other philosophies, all other ways of doing things. It cannot be controlled: once our culture embraced it, it had to accept both the good and the bad truths it brings. The good aspect of technology helped to heal our ancestors; the bad, to destroy them. "
technology Oregon 2011 Brin, David. The Postman. New York: Bantam (1985); pg. 126. "Still, there was a faint hum of electricity on all sides as white-coated techs carted equipment to and fro. Against every well was stacked tribute from the surrounding towns and hamlets--payment for the benign guidance of Cyclops.

More machinerey of all kinds--plus a small tithe of food and clothing for Cyclop's human helpers--came in every day. And yet, from all Godon had herd, this salvage was easly spared by the people of the valley. After all, what use had they for the old machines, anyway?

No wonder there were no complaints of a 'tyranny by machine.' The supercomputer's price was easily met. And in exchange, the valley had its Solomon--and perhaps a Moses to lead them out of this wilderness. " [A major theme in the book is this community of people who are being apparently led by an efficient computer, and have come to worship it in some ways.]

technology Oregon 2011 Brin, David. The Postman. New York: Bantam (1985); pg. 131. "The foyer of the House of Cyclops--once the OSU Artificial Intelligence Laboratory--was a striking reminder of a more elegant era. The gold carpet was freshly facuumed and only slightly frayed. Bright fluorescents shone on fine furniture in the paneled lobby, where peasants and officials from villages as far as forty miles away nervously twisted rolled-up petitions as they waited for their brief interviews with the great machine.

... At last, the pretty receptionist... motioned them through the doors at the end of the foyer. As Gordon and his guide passed down the long hallway to the interview chamber, two men approached from the other end. One was a Servant of Cyclops, wearing the familiar black-trimmed white coast. The other--a citizen...--frowned over a long sheet of computer printout.

'I'm still not sure I understand, Dr. Grober. Is Cyclops sayin' we dig the well near the north hollow or not? His answer isn't any too clear, if you ask me.' "

technology Oregon 2011 Brin, David. The Postman. New York: Bantam (1985); pg. 132. "'Now Herb, you tell your people it isn't Cyclops's job to figure everything down to the last detail. He can narrow down the choices, but he can't make the final decisions for you.'

The farmer tugged at his overtight collar. 'Sure, everybody knows that. But we've gotten straighter answers from him in th' past. Why can't he be clearer this time?'

'Well for one hting, Herb, it's been over twenty years since the geological maps in Cyclops's memory banks were updated. Then you're also certainly aware that Cyclops was designed to talk to high-level experts, right? So of course a lot of his explanations will go over our heads . . . sometimes even we scientists who survived.' "

technology USA 1956 Jones, Raymond F. "The Non-Statistical Man " in The Non-Statistical Man. New York: Belmont Books (1964; copyright 1956); pg. 85. "'You had to know how truly Man has become poor, little rich boy, sitting in the midst of his wealth of Christmas gadgetry which has become abundant beyond his capacity to use it; and that inside, a slowly crumbling psyche is leaving him a hollow, eyeless shell which will collapse upon the heap of shining gadgetry when his last internal fires are dead...' "
technology USA 1972 Wolfe, Bernard. "Monitored Dreams and Strategic Cremations " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 338. [Afterword] "I see capitalism once and for all overthrown; truly overthrown, not just replaced with a new power structure just as fawning upon scientists and just as exploitative of them and their fake charisma as ever was the old. The only kind of socialism of communism I'm interested in is one that makes science and scientists look a bit ridiculous, to be humored, maybe, but never taken in by; never catered to, always kept in their place. Humanism--and if communism isn't humanism, as Marx and Engels defined it, it is nothing--is incompatible with scientism.

And so, an end, finally, to the reactionism that is at the heart of sf, all technology-worship. An end to all the soupy mysticisms that, whether they mean to or not, bolster the slobbering profit economy, all low-level intellectual handmaidens to the Great God Mammon.

And, of course, to this slime of a capitalist terminal-case order that breeds such scientist slaveys and sf hangers-on--what a bonus. "

technology USA 1995 Brin, David. The Postman. New York: Bantam (1985); pg. 176. "'According to this book, America was having a cultural renaissance, just before the Doomwar... for the most part it was a brilliant time!... And yet these surveys taken at the end of the century say that the majority of American women of that time still mistrusted technology!'

'I can't believe it! Is it true? Were they all idiots?'

Gordon... looked up at the cover of the book. It bore a legend...:


...'It wasn't that simple, Dena. Technology had been throught of as a male occupation for thousands of years. Even in the nineties, only a small fraction of the engineers were women, though there were more and more damn fine--'

'That's irrelevant!' Dena interrupted. She shut the book... 'What's important is who benefits! Even if it was mostly a male art, technology helped women far more than men! Compare America of your time with the world today, and tell me I'm wrong.' "

technology USA 2011 Brin, David. The Postman. New York: Bantam (1985); pg. 177. "'There are those who say technology was the very thing that wrecked civilization,' he suggested... 'Those people may have a point. The bombs and bugs, the Three-Year Winter, the ruined networks of interdependent society . . .'

This time she did not interrupt. It was his own voice that caught of its own accord. He could not recite the litany aloud.

. . . hospitals . . . universities . . . restaurants . . . sleep airplanes that carried free citizens anywhere they might want to go . . .
. . . laughing, clear-eyed children, dancing in the spray of lawn sprinklers . . . pictures sent back from the moons of Jupiter and Neptune . . . dreams of the stars . . . and wonderful, wise machines who wove delicious puns and made us proud . . .
. . . knowledge . . .

'Anti-tech bullsh--,' Dena said, dismissing his suggestion in two words. 'It was people, not science, that wrecked the world. You know that, Gordon. It was certain types of people.' "

technology world 1779 Morse, David. The Iron Bridge. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1998); pg. 432. "Now she could see that technology was following the mold of Christianity, offering solutions to problems great and small even as it created new ones at a rate too fast to process, yet always holding out the promise of salvation. A deus ex machina. "
technology world 1980 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Miracle Monday. New York: Warner Books (1981); pg. 65. "To a stranger, every highly developed technology must look like arcane ritual. The impression on the first extraterrestrial who studied an operation of brain surgery, for example, must have been reminiscent of the impression physicians had when they began to note the herbal therapy practiced by Ozark healers, or the reaction of anthropologists to social customs of the natives of Samoa. What is an alien to think of a rite carried out in a sterile room by veiled men and women wearing nova-white robes, a ritual that involves the removal and subsequent rescuing of a hairless human's scalp with bizarre specialized tools?

Such arcane rituals accompanied every new discovery that civilization added to its repertoire. The discovery of tools was accompanied by the rituals of woodcraft and stone masonry. The bronze age brought the smelting of ores. The locomotive was accompanied by coal-tending and first-class compartments... " [More.]

technology world 1999 Banks, Iain. The Business. New York: Simon & Schuster (1999); pg. 139. "'I admire what the Business stands for, its--'

'What do you think it stands for?' he said quickly.'

I took a deep breath. 'Reason,' I said. 'Rationality. Progress. Respect for science, belief in technology, belief in people, in their intelligence, in the end. Rather than faith in a god, or a mosseah, or a monarch. Or a flag.' "

technology world 2030 Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books (1984); pg. 59. "The Moderns were mercenaries, practical jokers, nihilistic technofetishists. "
technology world 2046 Bear, Greg. Eternity. New York: Warner Books (1988); pg. 109. "'Jesus,' Lanier said almost automatically. The name had lost considerable power in the past few decades. After all, the miracles at the foundation of Christianity were almost all duplicated weekly in the Terrestrial Hexamon. Technology had superseded religion.

But what was Mirsky, that his reappearance should supersede even the abilities of the Hexamon? Had wonders gone full circle, back to the realm of religion again? "

technology world 2075 Baker, Virginia. "Rachel's Wedding " in Writers of the Future: Volume V (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1989); pg. 104-105. "Crystal implantation is illegal. There are reasons for this... Legitimate labs would never touch implantation for anything but metal hosts. So, the really desperate brain jockeys go down to Mexico or sometimes the Hong Kong bazaars. But by the time they go in for AI implants, most of them are already whacked up by expansion drugs and simple transistors... And it isn't the hit alone that makes this addition so powerful. It's the subculture. In Osaka, in Silicon Valley, the juicebunnies gather in concerts to take in that power etched in soundwaves, their bodies swaying as it hits them. At the foot of the Ngong hills, Kenya has come into primary economic status by making tech a national religion. Implants and meditation are standard practices for Beta monks. It could be the meditation techiniques they use; maybe it's the faith. They aren't telling. But they are among the few to survive the implant. "
technology world 2090 Aldiss, Brian W. Helliconia Winter. New York: Atheneum (1985); pg. 98. "At first, only two of Earth's nations were in competition beyond the confines of the solar system. The number crept up to four and stopped at five. The cost of interstellar travel was too great. No more could play, even in an age when technology had become a religion. Unlike religion, the hope of the poor, technology was a rich man's strategy. "
technology world 2100 Gloss, Molly. The Dazzle of Day. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 21. "...we go on planting our maize as the Indians must have done on this same land before Columbus came, cutting the old stalks with machetes, dropping the seeds into holes made with pointed sticks, while elsewhere in this world people follow the pandemic, destructive impulse of technology. "
technology world 2200 Arnason, Eleanor. A Woman of the Iron People. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1991); pg. 72. "'...Okay. Stay. But I think you're wrong.'

'About what? The situation?'

'No. Technology. It's a typical Western bias. You think a tool is more important than a dream because a tool can be measured and a dream cannot.' "

technology world 2200 Arnason, Eleanor. A Woman of the Iron People. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1991); pg. 145. "'It's dangerous, Lixia. People are beginning to say if Jian is right, then maybe we ought to make contact with the natives of the planet--formal contact, telling them who we are. Maybe we have to offer them our technology. If we don't, we condemn them to an existence without the possibility of progress. They will remain as they are forever... What i see happening is--an alliance between the altruists and the technologists. The lovers of the people and the lovers of machinery. They will both decide that we have to open up the planet.' " [Technology is a major theme in this novel.]
televangelism Alabama 1981 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 495. "Dothan, Alabama
Wednesday, April 1, 1981

The World Bible Outreach Centre, five miles south of Dothan, Alabama, consisted of twenty-three glaringly white buildings spread over 160 acres. The center of the complex was the huge granite and glass Palace of Worship, a carpeted and curtained amphitheater that could seat six thousand of the faithful in air-conditioned comfort. Along the half mile curve of the Boulevard of Faith, each gold brick represented a five-thousand-dollar pledge, each silver brick a one-thousand-dollar pledge, and each white brick a five-hundred-dollar pledge. Coming in from the air, perhaps in one of the Center's three Lear executive jets, visitors often looked down at the Boulevard of Faith and thought of a huge white grin emphasized by several gold teeth and a row of silver fillings. Each year the grin grew wider and more golden. "

televangelism Alabama 1981 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 495. "Across the Boulevard of Faith from the Palace of Worship, the long, low Bible Outreach Communications Center might have been mistaken for a large computer factory of research facility except for the presence of six huge GTE satellite broadcast dishes on the roof. The Center claimed that its twenty-four-hour television broadcasting, relayed through one or more of three communications satellites to cable companies, television stations, and church-owned earth stations, reached more than ninety countries and a hundred million viewers. The Communications Center also contained a computerized printing plant, a press for records, recording studio, and four mainframe computers hooked into the World Evangelist Information Network. "
televangelism Alabama 1981 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 496. "Just where the white, gold, & silver grin ended, where the Boulevard of Faith passed out of the high security area and became County Road 251, were the Jimmy Wayne Sutter Bible College and the Sutter School of Christian Business. Eight hundred students attended the two nonaccredited institutions, 650 of them living on campus in rigidly segregated dormitories such as Roy Rogers West, Dale Evans East, & Adam Smith South.

Other buildings, concrete-columned, granite-facaded, looking like across between modern Baptist churches and mausoleums with windows, provided office space for the legions of workers carrying out duties of administration, security, transportation, communications, and finances. The World Bible Outreach Center kept its specific income and expenses secret, but it was public knowledge that the Center complex, completed in 1978, had cost more than 45 million dollars... rumored that current donations brought in around a million and a half dollars a week. "

televangelism Alabama 1981 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 496. "In anticipation of rapid financial growth in the 1980s, the World Bible Outreach Center was preparing to diversity into the Dothan Christian Shopping Mall, a chain of Christian Rest motels, and the 165-million-dollar Bible World amusement park under construction in Georgia.

The World Bible Outreach Center was a nonprofit religious organization. Faith Enterprises was the taxable corporate entity created to handle future commercial expansion and to coordinate franchising. The Reverend Jimmy Wayne Sutter was the president of the Outreach Center and currently the chairman and sole member of the board of directors for Faith Enterprises. "

televangelism Alabama 1981 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 496. "The Reverend Jimmy Wayne Sutter put on his gold-rimmed bifocals and smiled into camera three. 'I'm just a country preacher,' he said, 'all this highfalutin financial and legal stuff just passes me by . . .'

'Jimmy,' said his second banana, an overweight man with horn-rimmed glasses & jowls that quivered when he got excited as he was not, 'the whole thing . . . the IRS investigation, the FCC persecution . . . is so transparently the work of the Enemy . . .'

'. . . but I know persecution when I see it,' continued Sutter, his voice rising, smiling ever so slightly as he noticed that the camera had stayed on him. He saw the lens extend as three moved in for an E.C.U. The director up in the booth, Tim McIntosh, knew Sutter well after eight years & more than ten thousand shows. 'And I know the stench of the Devil when I smell it. And this stinks of the Devil's work. The Devil would like nothing better than to block the Word of God...' "

televangelism Alabama 1981 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 497. "'But Jesus does not abandon His People in time of need!' shouted Jimmy Wayne Sutter. He was standing and moving now, whipping the traveling mike cord behind him as if he were tweaking Satan's tail. 'Jesus is on the home team . . . Jesus is calling our plays and confounding the Enemy and the Enemy's players.'

'Amen!' cried the overweight ex-TV actress in the interview chair. Jesus had cured her of breast cancer during a live television crusade broadcast from Houston a year earlier.

'Praise Jesus!' said the mustached man on the couch. In the past sixteen years he had written nine books about the imminent end of the world.

'Jesus takes no more notice of these . . . Big Gov'ment bureaucrats . . .' Sutter almost spit the phrase, 'than a noble lion notices the bite of an itty bitty flea!' "

televangelism Alabama 1981 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 497. "'Yes, Jesus!' sighed the male singing star who had not had a hit record since 1957. The three guests appeared to use the same brand of hair spray and to shop in the same section of Sears for double-knit bargains.

Sutter stopped, tugged on the microphone cord, and swiveled to stare at the audience. The set was huge by television standards--larger than most Broadway stages--three levels, carpeted in red and blue, picked up here and there by arrays of fresh, white flowers. The upper level, used primarily for song numbers, resembled a carpeted terrace backed by three cathedral-style windows through which an eternal sunset--or sunrise--glowed. The middle level held a crackling fireplace--crackling even on days when the temperature in Dothan was 100 degrees in the shade--and was centered around a conversation/interview area with imitation-antique, gold-filigreed couch & chairs, as well as a Louis XIV writing table behind which the Rev. Jimmy Wayne Sutter usually sat... "

televangelism, continued


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