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/
vampire USA 1973 Watson, Ian. The Embedding. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1973); pg. 82. "...returning the electromagnetic refuse to Earth back to Earth, the Coke bottles and condoms of TV culture, the Nude Auction Show, a Vampire movie screened in the wee hours... "
vampire USA 1983 Simmons, Dan. "Carrion Comfort " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1983); pg. 373. "The Mind Vampire. That's what the writer was going to call his book. " [More refs., not in DB.]
vampire USA 1989 Simmons, Dan. "Shave and a Haircut, Two Bites " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1989); pg. 286. "'Vampires,' said Kevin. 'They're both vampires.'

'Who're vampires?' I asked between bites of my apple...

'Mr. Innis and Mr. Denofrio,' said Kevin. 'They're both vampires.'

I lowered the Superman comic I'd been reading. 'They're not vampires,' I said. 'They're barbers.'

'Yeay,' said Kevin, 'but they're vampires too. I just figured it out.' " [Other refs. throughout story, not in DB. The barbers who may or may not be vampires are the central element of the story.]

vampire USA 1989 Simmons, Dan. "Shave and a Haircut, Two Bites " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1989); pg. 291. "'All right,' I said... 'tell me this one wasn't essential. Number Eight--'All vampires hate and fear crosses and will avoid them at all cost.' ' I paused dramatically. Kevin knew what was coming and slumped lower. 'Kev, Mr. Denofrio goes to St. Mary's. Your church, Kev. Every morning before he goes down to open up the shop.'

'Yeah. Innis goes to First Prez on Sundays. My dad told me about Denofrio being in the parish. I never see him because he only goes to early Mass.'

I tossed the notes on the bed. 'How could a vampire go to your church? He not only doesn't run away from a cross, he sits there and stares at about a hundred of them each day of the week for about an hour a day.

'Dad says he's never seen him take Communion,' said Kevin, a hopeful note in his voice.

I made a face. 'Great. Next you'll be telling me that anyone who's not a priest has to be a vampire. Brilliant, Kev.' "

vampire USA 1989 Simmons, Dan. "The Offering " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1989); pg. 182. "The thing has no mouth, but the bones of its cheek and jaw seem to flow forward under white flesh to form a funnel, a long tapered snout of muscle and cartilage which ends in a perfectly round opening. This opening pulses as Louis watches, pale-pink sphincter muscles around the inner rim expanding and contracting as the thing breathes. It is a CANCER VAMPIRE. " [Other refs. throughout the story, not in DB.]
vampire USA 1997 Anthony, Patricia. Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997); pg. 293. [Introduction to "White Wives "] "I've always been a sucker for Victorian knock-offs, primarily Anne Perry's mysteries. I enjoyed writing 'Dear Froggy' so much that I wrote this horror short story, the idea for which was sparked by the non-fiction book, Vampires, Burial and Death. Read it only if you have a strong stomach... "
vampire USA 2010 Bury, Stephen. Interface. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 319. "After the debacle in Illinois, followed by severe drubbings in the northeastern states where television evangelists had a bit of an image problem, Sweigel had stayed in the race anyway, as a broker for the evangelical vote. He was a political vampire. His broadcasting network in the Bible Belt served as an inexhaustible source of funds, and in every city he had a hard core of supporters who could be relied on to sustain his campaign. "
vampire USA 2050 Nicholson, Scott. "The Vampire Shortstop " in Writers of the Future: Volume XV (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1999); pg. 431. Pg. 431: "There are always a few bigots around. Red, yellow, black and white, we had all got along and interbred and become one race. But when you get down to the equality of the living and the living dead, some people just don't take to the notion of unity as easily. ";

Pg. 432: "'Ain't no fair, you playing a slanty-eyed vampire,' came a gruff voice behind me. 'Next thing you know, they'll allow droids and other such trash to mix in. Baseball's supposed to be for normal folks.'

I turned to find myself face to face with Roscoe Turnbull, Sawyer Creek's Mister Baseball. Coach of the reigning champs for the past seven years...

'Hey, he's got just as much right to play as anybody,' I said. 'I know you're not big on reading, but someday you ought to pick up the U.S. Constitution and check out the Forty-Third Amendment.' "

vampire USA 2050 Nicholson, Scott. "The Vampire Shortstop " in Writers of the Future: Volume XV (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1999); pg. 433. Pg. 433: "The seventh game was trouble. I'd been dreading that line on the schedule ever since I realized that my best player was a vampire. Maynard Solar Red Sox versus The Dead Reckoning Funeral Parlor Pallbearers. Now, now self-respecting funeral parlors were selling the blood that they drained. But there had been rumors of underground activity, a black market for blood supplies.

...Oh, there were the usual unimaginative kind, like the old 'Kill the vampire,' the play on the resemblance between the words vampire and umpire. The other common one was 'Vampires suck.' And these were parents, mind you. ";

Pg. 446: "But that victory rang out across the ensuing years, a Liberty Bell for the living dead in Sawyer Creek. Vampires were embraced by the community, welcomed into the Chamber of Commerce, one was even elected mayor... " [Other refs. not in DB.]

vampire USA 2050 Nicholson, Scott. "The Vampire Shortstop " in Writers of the Future: Volume XV (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1999); pg. 423-446. [As the title indicates, the entire story is about vampires. Specifically, this is about a vampire baseball player who helps pave the way for vampires to be better tolerated in society. Refs. to vampires throughout, most not in DB.] Pg. 423: "I figured him for a vampire right away. He had that pale complexion, the color of a brand-new baseball before the outfield grass scuffs up the horsehide. But, hey, these are enlightened times; everybody's cool with everybody, especially since 'Transylvania' Wayne Kasloski broke the major league undead barrier back in '29. And that old myth about vampires melting in the sun is just that, an old myth. "; Pg. 425: "When I called out Jerry's name, he croaked out a weak syllable and grimaced, showing the tips of his fangs. I waved him to join the rest of the team. "; Pg. 430: "Not that vampires perpetrated that sort of violence. But still, all myths contain a kernel of truth, and even a myth can make you shiver. "
vampire Washington 1905 Gloss, Molly. Wild Life. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000); pg. 104. -
vampire world 500 C.E. Shea, Michael. Nifft the Lean. New York: DAW Books (1982); pg. 70. Pg. 70: Title of Part 2: "The Pearls of the Vampire Queen " [Part 2 runs page 67 through 106. A Queen is mentioned prominently, but the word 'vampire' is not actually used in the body of the text.]; Pg. 236: "I think, by my prefatory remarks to The Pearls of the Vampire Queen. "
vampire world 1000 C.E. Eddings, David. Domes of Fire. New York: Ballantine (1993); pg. 449. "'...I have no idea of where he was during that interim. Oh, one other thing. The so-called vampires began to appear in Arjuna at almost precisely the same time that Scarpa began telling the Arjuni that he'd been in contact with Sheguan, their national hero...' "
vampire world 1957 Sturgeon, Theodore. "The Other Celia " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1957); pg. 73. "The next day, he followed her. What strange occupation she might have, what weird vampiric duties she might disclose, he did not speculate on. He was doggedly determined to gather information first and think later. " [The word 'vampiric' is used here only because the person being described goes out in the middle of the night.]
vampire world 1965 Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five. New York: Random House (1999; c. 1969); pg. 132. "One thing Trout said that Rosewater liked very much was that there really were vampires and werewolves and goblins and angels and so on, but that they were in the fourth dimension... "
vampire world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 15. "...Dracula and His Brides, the Iron Curtain... "
vampire world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 21. "Hail Eris and Hi, Joe,
Here is a brilliant, original interpretation of international finance called 'Vampirism, the Heliocentric Theory and the Gold Standard.'... " [More on this, page 22.]
vampire world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 25. "...and Count Dracula and His Brides were giving forth a rage-rock version of an old Walt Disney cartoon song... Count Dracula wailed it again... "
vampire world 1976 Matheson, Richard. What Dreams May Come. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1978); pg. 75. "I noticed, then, there was no mirror in the room and realized that I had not seen a mirror in the entire house. Shades of Dracula, I thought, amused again. Vampires here? "
vampire world 1980 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Miracle Monday. New York: Warner Books (1981); pg. 116. "'I did a lot of reading on you before my last prison break, Saturn. I figured out that part of the Dracula legend traced back to you. As with the fictional vampire, a person must enter your power willingly, of his own accord, before you can claim his soul. You just put your hands on me before I made such an agreement, and now you forfeit any claim to me you may have had as a result of any agreement we make...' "
vampire world 1980 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 426. "A Level Three person was fixated on rules. 'I followed orders.' Level Four ethics were dictated by the majority. A Level Five person devoted his or her life to creating and defending the laws that best served the widest common good, while defending the legal rights even of those whose views the Level Five person could not accept... Level Sixes were able to transcend the legalistic fixation of Level Fives, focusing on the common good and higher ethical realities across national, cultural, and societal boundaries. Level Sevens responded only to universal principles. Level Sevens appeared to be represented by the occasional Jesuses, Gandhis, and Buddhas. "; Pg. 427: "Level Zeroes did not want to be caught and punished... Level Zeroes could not differentiate criminal acts from everyday functions; they were morally blind... At any given time, in any given culture, one or two percent of the population was at a Level Zero stage of human moral development. "
vampire world 1992 Tepper, Sheri S. Sideshow. New York: Bantam (1993; c. 1992); pg. 50. "They had the marvelous Timber Head, who could drive nails into his face. They had Countess Vampira, with her long, long fangs that not even the dentists in the audience could tell from real because she'd had them done in Los Angeles where dentistry had attained the status of an art form. "
vampire world 1993 Anthony, Patricia. "Born to Be Wild " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997; c. 1993); pg. 245. "'...We'd make popcorn and pecan fudge and watch old Dracula movies? You remember that?...' "
vampire world 1996 Bradbury, Ray. "The Finnegan " in Quicker Than the Eye. New York: Avon Books (1996); pg. 67. "From the withered detritus of these innocents rose fresh rumors of vampires or similar beasts with similar appetites. Such myths always pursue the facts to stun them in their tracks. "
vampire world 1997 Anthony, Patricia. "Young Wives " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997); pg. 297. "'Bedtime stories from her Slavic grandmother, too, I suppose. Plagues of vampyres, and every bridge with its troll.' "
vampire world 1998 York, J. Steven. Generation X: Crossroads. New York: Berkley (1998); pg. 152. "Monet was too cowed to even deny it. 'It was just that, somehow, the Tower [Devils Tower in Wyoming] reminded me of my brother.'

Paige didn't even think of questioning this. Considering that Monet's brother was some kind of supernatural, hyperdimensional, mutant vampire, nothing about Monet and her family was too weird to be true. "

vampire world 2000 Cox, Greg. X-Men & the Avengers: Gamma Quest: Book 3: Friend or Foe?. New York: Berkley Boulevard (2000); pg. 128. "...the X-Men had often overcome foes with similar hypnotic powers: Mesmero, Sauron, the Shadow King, even Dracula, the bloodthirsty Lord of the Undead. "
vampire world 2000 Cox, Greg. X-Men & the Avengers: Gamma Quest: Book 3: Friend or Foe?. New York: Berkley Boulevard (2000); pg. 170. "He knew he had to discourage her [Rogue] somehow, or it would be only a mater of time before she succeeded in prying off a piece of his [Iron Man's] suit, making him vulnerable to her vampiric touch. "
vampire world 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 245. "But they did remake Inherit the Wind, first with Jason Robards, Kirk Douglas, and good old Darren McGavin, The Night Stalker's Carl Kolchak himself--in fact, come to think of it, Mencken and Kolchak are pretty darn similar . . . except for the vampires. "
vampire world 2001 Aldiss, Brian. "Marvells of Utopia " in Supertoys Last All Summer Long. New York: St. Martin's Griffin (2001); pg. 191. "'Breaking away from Earth helped the process of clarification,' he said. 'The Earth was supposedly haunted by -- oh, , ghouls and ghosts and long-legged beasties, vampires, leprechauns, elves, gnomes, fairies, angels . . . All those fantasy creatures besetting early human life...' "
vampire world 2005 Bear, Greg. Eon. New York: Bluejay (1985); pg. 56. "'Perfect for fans of old horror movies,' Patricia said. 'can't you just see Castle Dracula here?' "
vampire world 2010 Anthony, Patricia. Cold Allies. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1993); pg. 217. "If she squashed this Dr. Gladdings, he would leave a stain on the wall, like a leech, a tick, a vampire. "
vampire world 2036 Besher, Alexander. Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality. New York: Simon & Schuster (1998); pg. 64. "Tara had the power of the goddess in her, and together with Dorje she performed magical rituals to cleanse the earth of its evil pulses of magic energy, which was definitely everywhere: Tibetan zombies and gdons and ogres and hungry ghosts and other assorted vampires of the net. Now Tara was working magic with Trevor's dad. 'Keeping the night marchers at bay,' as she liked to tell Trevor... "
vampire world 2050 Aldiss, Brian. "A Whiter Mars " in Supertoys Last All Summer Long. New York: St. Martin's Griffin (2001; c. 1995); pg. 217. "So back to the twenty-first century... The first arrivals on Mars found an empty world, free of all the imaginary creatures which have been supposed to haunt the Earth: the ghosts and ghouls and long-legged beasties, the vampires, the leprechauns, the elves and fairies... "
vampire world 2050 Bova, Ben. Moonwar. New York: Avon Books (1998); pg. 39. "He was on the small side, quite slim, with a fencer's agile figure. His hair was dark and straight, and came to a pronounced widow's peak centered above his heavy dark eyebrows. People called him Count Dracula, although once they got to know him they changed his nickname to Slick Willy. "
vampire world 2075 Anderson, Glenn L. The Millennium File. Bountiful, Utah: Horizon Publishers (1986); pg. 64. Pg. 64: "He was smiling. All at once it reminded her of the hungry smile of Bela Lugosi, leering from the dark corridors of an ancient 2-D video she had seen once. "; Pg. 68: "...she found herself wondering just what had been real and what had been imagination. Hoeksberg was an ogre of sorts to be sure, but envisioning him in the same league as Count Dracula had been going just a bit too far, now hadn't it? "
vampire world 2198 Conner, Miguel. The Queen of Darkness. New York: Warner Books (1998) Book jacket: "The future is paradise.
But not for humans.


Two hundred years ago the Stargazers, led by their immortal MoonQueen, sparked global nuclear war, blotted out the sun, conquered the world, and rewrote history. Now humans are cattle whose blood feeds the master race, the glorious rulers of high-tech cities.

And no one calls Stargazers by their true name: Vampires.

Yet some impulse is stirring in the slave farms, an echo of a forgotten pride. Byron, a rebellious young Stargazer, is assigned to investigate the 'Warm Ones'--in other words, to destroy any threat. But when a beautiful human shaman shows him unbelievable truths about his past, his origin, and his destiny, a vampire will discover that his mortal enemy is his living Goddess, the MoonQueen. " [Vampire refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]

Vandal Europe 1470 C.E. Gentle, Mary. A Secret History. New York: Avon Books (1999); pg. 151. Pg. 151-152, 326.
Vandal galaxy 3099 Simmons, Dan. Endymion. New York: Bantam (1996); pg. 366. "'...The Ousters will burn their way across the Pax, laying waste like the vandals and Visigoths, destroying Pacem, the Vatican, and everything we know...' "
Vandal Italy 2025 Wolverton, Dave. "Wheatfields Beyond " in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993); pg. 26. "Civilizations had collapsed before... and once the Vandals sacked Rome, its empire began the long spiral into decline. " [Tana thinks about this in the year 2025.]
Vandal Italy: Rome 1968 Ellison, Harlan. "The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World " in The Hugo Winners: Volumes One and Two. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971; story copyright 1968); pg. 806. "...452... forty years before Attila raided Italy, Rome had been taken and sacked by Alaric the Goth... Three years after the retreat of Attila, Rome was once more taken and sacked, by Gaiseric, king of all the Vandals. "
Vandal Roman Empire 271 C.E. Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Diana L. Paxson Priestess of Avalon. New York: Viking (2001); pg. 147. "'I was born in Dacia Repensis. Strange to think that it will become the frontier. I suppose the Goths will be fighting what's left of the Carpi, the Bastarnians, and the Vandals for it now.'

'Not the Vandals,' corrected the centurion. 'Aurelian has brought them in as federates and enlisted them as auxiliaries.'

Constantius frowned thoughtfully. 'It may work--the gods know the Germans breed good fighting men.' "

Vandal Solar System 2437 Bester, Alfred. The Stars My Destination. New York: Berkley Publishing (1975; c. 1956); pg. 103. "Foyle overran the asteroid with the sudden fury of a Vandal raid. "
Vandal USA 2002 Reed, Kit. Little Sisters of the Apocalypse. Boulder, CO: Black Ice Books (1994); pg. 92. "...and the Outlaw men will spring out form wherever they're hiding, swarming in like the Mongol hordes, Huns or Vandals to change the face of this little civilization. "
Vandal world 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. 353. "As in the time of Maximilianus III, for example, when the Greeks helped us put an end to the disturbances that the Goths and Vandals and Huns and other barbarians were creating along our northern frontier. "
Vandal world 1973 Ellison, Harlan. "Cold Friend " in Galaxy: Thirty Years of Innovative Science Fiction (Frederik Pohl, ed.) Chicago, IL: Playboy Press (1980; 1st pub Galaxy, Oct. 1973); pg. 334. "Later that day I turned back an attack by a German Stuka... an attack by a Samurai warrior... and attacks by a Hun, a Visigoth, a Vandal, a Vietcong... "
Vandal world 2000 Gentle, Mary. The Wild Machines. New York: HarperCollins (2000); pg. 214. "Perhaps this is Vandal Carthage? "
varelse galaxy 5248 Card, Orson Scott. Speaker for the Dead. New York: Tor (1986); pg. 38. Demosthenian Hierarchy of Exclusion described: "...Demosthenes' History of Wutan in Trondheim... The Nordic language recognizes four orders of foreignness. The first is the otherlander, or utlanning, the stranger that we recognize as being a human of our world, but of another city or country. The second is the framling... This is the stranger that we recognize as human, but of another world. The third is the raman, the stranger that we recognize as human, but of another species. The fourth is the true alien, the varelse, which includes all the animals, for with them no conversation is possible. They live, but we cannot guess what purposes or causes make them act. They might be intelligent, they might be self-aware, but we cannot know it. "
varelse galaxy 5275 Card, Orson Scott. Xenocide. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 35. "'...Hierarchy of Foreignness. Utlannings... Framlings... Ramen... Last are varelse--and what are they?'

'The pequeninos are not varelse. Neither is the hive queen.'

'But the descolada is. Varelse. An alien life form that's capable of destroying all of humanity... Yet which we cannot possibly communicate with, an alien species that we cannot live with... If an alien species seems bent on destroying us and we can't communicate with them, can't understand them, if there's no possibility of turning them away from their course peacefully, then we are justified in any action necessary to save ourselves, including the complete destruction of the other species.' "

varelse galaxy 5298 Card, Orson Scott. Xenocide. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 269. "Some strangers... Demosthenes had said... were ramen... Others were varelse, 'wise beasts,' clearly intelligent and yet completely unable to reach a common ground with humankind. Only with varelse would war ever be justified... "
Vedanta Societies Kansas 1943 Bear, Greg. Blood Music. New York: Arbor House (1985); pg. 183. "Randall Bernard, twenty-four, had wed Tiffany Marnier on the seventeenth of November, 1943, in a small Kansas City church... They sipped a cup of wine between them and exchanged their vows and broke a piece of bread and the minister, a Theosophist who would by the end of the 1940s be a Vedantist, pronounced them equal in the eyes of the Deity, and now united by love and common regard. "
Vedanta Societies world 1958 Blish, James. A Case of Conscience. New York: Ballantine (1979; c. 1958); pg. 70. "'...Oh, there were some duplications of doctrine, enough to encourage the twentieth century's partiality toward synthetic religions like theosophism and Hollywood Vedanta...' "
Vedic religion India -445 B.C.E. Vidal, Gore. Creation. New York: Random House (1981); pg. 154. "After an hour of chanted gibberish, each of us was offered an ill-tasting liquid in a communal cup. Dutifully I took a sip. The effect was swift and infinitely more powerful than that of haoma. But since I do not accept the Vedic gods, my waking dreams were unrelated to the ceremonies at hand. "
Vedic religion India -445 B.C.E. Vidal, Gore. Creation. New York: Random House (1981); pg. 167. "Incidentally, one Vedic narrative about a young king named Rama may well be the longest hymn ever written. I am told that it takes at least ten years for an intelligent Brahman to learn every line. " [Many other refs. not in DB.]
Vedic religion New Hampshire 1977 Simmons, Dan. Song of Kali. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1985); pg. 8. "'...He shifts from classical Vedic form to folk-Bengali and then back to Vedic. It's a complicated stylistic treatment, even allowing for translation.' "; Pg. 108: "Then, together we uttered a variant of the Vedic Mantra which ended.. The chorus of voices filled the darkness once again and rose in the chant of the holiest Veda, the Gayatri mantra... " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
Vedic religion New York: Brooklyn 2100 Arnason, Eleanor. "The Warlord of Saturn's Moon " (published 1974) in The Norton Book of Science Fiction (Ursula K. Le Guin & Brian Atterbery, editors). New York: W. W. Norton & Co. (1993); pg. 307. [Year is estimated.] "As for herself, she had been an ordinary sharpshooter and student of Hindu mysticism, a follower of Swami Bluestone of the Brooklyn Vedic Temple and Rifle Range. "
Vedic religion world 1989 Simmons, Dan. Phases of Gravity. New York: Bantam (1989); pg. 262. "Scott stared at his father for some time. Then he said, 'Have you read any of the Vedic holy books, Dad?'

'No,' said Baedecker.

'I did,' said Scott. I read quite a bit from them last year in India. They didn't have much of anything to do with the stuff the Master was teaching, but somehow I think I'll remember the books longer. One of my favorite things was from the Tattireeya Upanishads. It goes--'I am this world, and I eat this world. Who knows this, knows.' ' "

Vedic religion world 2018 Bova, Ben. Voyager II: The Alien Within. New York: Tor (1986); pg. 268. "An Linh stirred in her sleep beside him. He looked up from the volume of Vedic hymns that a grateful Colonel Bahadur had pressed into his hands when they had left Nairobi. After a long night of reading from the lovingly crafted, elaborately printed pages, one verse from the ancient songs stuck in Stoner's memory:

'Harness the plows, fit on the yokes, now that the womb of the earth is ready to sow the seed therein. . . .'

The relationship between sex and agriculture had never impressed him before, but now he saw how miraculous it must have seemed to early men that food crops would grow from tiny seeds, and babies would grow from the seed of their own bodies... "

Vegan New World 2500 Anthony, Piers & Jo Anne Taeusch. The Secret of Spring. New York: Tor (2000) Book jacket: "He's a sentient plant. Herb Moss is a nice young man. He's a Vegan: a member of a genetically engineered species, part human and part plant, living on the planet New World. It's a good life, really; Herb's engaged to be married to his childhood sweetheart, Lily, has a job with his father's firm, and can look forward to a solid if unexciting future. And as everyone keeps telling him, it's time to put down roots. If he happens to be bored every time he thinks about it--well, that's a normal part of growing up, isn't it? " [Refs. to this 'Vegan', and Vegan culture, throughout novel, not in DB.]
Vegan New World 2500 Anthony, Piers & Jo Anne Taeusch. The Secret of Spring. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 11. "Wiping the perspiration from his brow, Herb Moss looked with admiration at Holly, the beautiful, fresh green Veganette resting next to him. She was a busty blossom, with luscious strawberry lips and long, thick emerald hair that fell enticingly to her hips. "
Vegan New World 2500 Anthony, Piers & Jo Anne Taeusch. The Secret of Spring. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 28. "Herb regarded himself as an ordinary Veganoid and was not particularly religious. he felt awkward as always when suffered to attend these days of commitment. First came the interminable sermon, The Reminder, hailing the Founder and recounting the long history of their small planetoid. The sacred rites of Renewal followed. Another long and clinging ceremony.

It was not that he was a disbeliever. On the contrary, he had much respect for the Founder. It was these organized theological pantomimes he objected to, with their rigid, greener-than-thou attitudes. Let each grow in his own way! That was Herb's motto. And at Herb's age, spring after spring, it was all worn soil by now. He could quote the history of his home planet by rote.

Herb ceased pondering his beginnings as a young Treeple passed cups down his row for the Sharing ceremony. He accepted his, observing a bunchy Vinese female as she rolled to the pulpit. The rites of Rebirth was about to begin. " [More.]

Vegan New World 2500 Anthony, Piers & Jo Anne Taeusch. The Secret of Spring. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 28. "The Elder extended his vines, assisting her onto the hard earthen mound, and then led the faithful in the first of the traditional chants.

'Praise the Light! The Light is life!' He opened his leaves in acceptance as the congregation mimicked the gesture, repeating the chant in unison. The Elder raised the cup and poured the clear cool liquid over the tender leaves of the female.

'Praise the Water!' he began. 'Water is life!'

The female quivered with emotion, her blossoms losing a few soft petal. She was in full bloom, as was the proper state for the ceremony.

The congregation deposited their cups over their foliage in like manner as all chanted away. Herb hoped no one had seen him as he quaffed his down instead. He was terribly thirsty.

Reaching into the earthen mound, the Elder gathered and threw a scoop of soil onto the female's roots, signifying growth.

'Praise the Soil!' chanted the believers... " [More about Vegan religion, not in DB.]

vegetarian California: Los Angeles 1993 Shiner, Lewis. Glimpses. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 162. "'...That's when I gave up meat and all that. I started to come here once a week to do yoga....' "
vegetarian California: Los Angeles 1996 Powers, Tim. Expiration Date. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 10. "Kootie wasn't allowed to see movies . . . or watch TV, or even eat meat, though he often sneaked off to McDonald's for a Big Mac, and then had to chew gum afterward to get rid of the smell. "
vegetarian galaxy 2100 Asimov, Isaac. "The Gentle Vultures " in Nine Tomorrows. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1959; story c. 1957); pg. 128. "...well aware of the difference between the Hurrians and all the other intelligences in the Galaxy. The Hurrians alone were so small; they alone were tailed; they alone were vegetarians... "

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