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/
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2300 Dick, Philip K. "The Unreconstructed M " in The Golden Man. New York: Berkley (1980; c. 1956); pg. 128. [Nothing to index.]
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2300 Knight, Damon. "Man in the Jar " in The Best of Damon Knight. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1976; c. 1957); pg. 181. [Nothing to index.]
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2305 Panshin, Alexei. "Arpad " in Farewell To Yesterday's Tomorrow. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1975; c. 1971); pg. 95. "But a colony planet, even the best and the biggest of them, is only one world. A Ship gives access to a hundred worlds.

Or a hundred plus seven.

There's a certain joy that comes in thinking about the possibility of affecting a hundred and seven worlds. That's a lot of plastic to shape, however, you like best to mold plastic. "

miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2366 Smith, Dean Wesley & Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Vectors (Star Trek: TNG / Double Helix: Book 2 of 6). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 119. "'Cardassian and Bajoran?' she asked. 'No one has survived?'

'No one.'

She shook her head. 'I've never heard of a plague like that,' she said. 'The black plague on Earth, in the days when medicine consisted of trickery and leeches, left one-quarter of the population alive. The Triferian flu on Vulcan only killed half. The worst plague I've ever heard of, the Nausicaan wort virus, which struck a thousand years ago, killed 95 percent of the Nausicaan population. No plague kills one hundred percent. Someone always survives.'

Kellec shook his head. 'If you contract this thing,' he said, 'you die.'

'And that's why you believe this is a designer virus?' she asked. "

miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2374 Friedman, Michael Jan. Planet X (X-Men/Star Trek: The Next Generation crossover). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 12. Pg 12: "One had light-blue skin, but no Bolian, Andorian, Benzite, or Pandrilite ever had such yellow hair to go with it... "; Pg. 22: "As the Starfleet officer most familiar with Klingon customs, Worf was asked... On the other hand, with the Jem'Hadar a constant threat... " [As may be expected, this novel has frequent references to the religions, cultures and races prominent in the Federation, including Klingon, Betazoid, Bajoran, Jem'Hadar, Bolian, etc. Other such refs. have not been added to the DB. The novel has no apparent explicitly refs. to contemporary Earth religious groups.]
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2375 Leisner, William. "Gods, Fate, and Fractals " in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds II (Dean Wesley Smith, ed.) New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 222. "I walked with him out of the office, heading off to Drovoer II, to preserve the timeline as the gods, or fate, or a complex string of fractals deemed it to be.

I hoped to hell they knew what they were doing. "

miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2376 Wright, Susan. "One Giant Leap " in What Lay Beyond (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (2001) [Nothing to index]
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2400 Heinlein, Robert A. Citizen of the Galaxy. New York: Ballantine Books (1984; first published 1957); pg. 19. "Jubulpore, capital of Jubbul and of the Nine Worlds, residence in chief of the Great Sargon, boasts more than three thousand licensed beggars, twice that number of street vendors, more grog shops than temples, and more temples than any other city in the Nine Worlds... "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2400 Wightman, Wayne. "In the Realm of the Heart, In the World of the Knife " in Future on Fire (Orson Scott Card, ed.) New York: Tor (1991; story copyright 1985); pg. 255. [Year estimated.] "Supervisor Stattor surveyed the nerve center of his domain, the place where he could order any action on any of twenty thousand worlds, and today he felt not only a peculiar sense of serenity beyond that which he normally experienced, but he also felt one of those increasingly frequent twinges of immortality. It seemed as if something grandly mysterious was about to happen to him. "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2425 Bova, Ben & A. J. Austin. To Save the Sun. New York: Tor (1992) Book jacket: "The time is centuries hence: the human race has grown to fill an Empire of a hundred star systems. Earth is a backwater, save for one vital fact:

The handful of 'primitives' left on Earth are the baseline for human genetic stock. Every other human world sends regular delegations to check their own genetic pool against 'Earth normal.' ";

Pg. 9: "The Emperor of the Hundred Worlds stood at the head of the conference chamber, tall, gray, grim-faced. Although there were forty other men and women seated in the chamber, the Emperor knew he was alone.

'Then it is certain?' he asked, his voice grave but strong despite the news they had given him. 'Earth's Sun will explode?' ";

Year estimation: Pg. 163: "' 'Nicholas,' ' Javas read aloud, ' 'August 15th, 2409.' ' He turned back with a wistful look in his eyes that Eric had never seen before. 'My father.' "

miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2500 Chalker, Jack L. The Demons at Rainbow Bridge. New York: Baen (1998; c. 1989); pg. 48. "Within only a century after the first ships had left Earth, humanity had over a hundred solar systems within its grasp, although, to be sure, most of them were totally worthless and held on to only for pride, speculation, or because they were between two places worth going to. It was an impressive array nonetheless. During that period, the first extraterrestrial life forms were discovered, and whole massive new fields of extraterrestrial study opened up. No other sentient races were discovered in this period, but hope springs eternal... "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2500 Knight, Damon. "The Enemy " in The Best of Damon Knight. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1976; c. 1957); pg. 195. [Nothing to index.]
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2520 Bujold, Lois McMaster. The Vor Game. New York: Baen (1990); pg. 47. "Miles meditated briefly on Olney and Pattas. They had developed a cool, reasonably efficient working relationship over the last few days, based, Miles had no illusions, on a fear of God instilled in the two men by Miles's good angel Lieutenant Bonn. How did Bonn accomplish that quiet authority, anyway? He had to figure that one out. Bonn was good at his job, for starters, but what else? "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2530 Bujold, Lois McMaster. Mirror Dance. Riverdale, NY: Baen (1994); pg. 15. [Actual year unknown.] Pg. 15: "That had been a kiss. Freaking gods. 'Nothing,' he gasped. 'I've . . . been ill...' "; Pg. 268: "How much time had he been--he glanced at his chrono. My God. 'I happen to be on my what to Jackson's Whole...' "; Pg. 98: "'God damn the clever jerk to sixteen hells for not reporting!' " [Also: pg. 99, etc. This novel appears to make no reference to any actual religion by name. It appears to not even contain directly Christian-derived profanity. 'Hell' and 'damn' are used, in generic, swearing. Profanity of any kind, invoking 'God' or 'gods' is rare, but is present, indicating that the culture(s) described in this book have a concept of deity, at least at the linguistic level. It is interesting that both plural and singular forms are used in these examples of profanity. We do not know if the characters involved represent two distinct cultures, or if this is an oversight by the author.]
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2530 Bujold, Lois McMaster. Mirror Dance. Riverdale, NY: Baen (1994); pg. 119. [Actual year unknown.] Pg. 119: "'My God. If you're right...' "; Pg. 119: "'...Hell, I used to play hide and seek...' "; Pg. 121: "'...Miles is clearly out of Bharaputran hands, heading God knows where...' "; Pg. 137: "'My God, Miles, you--' "; Pg. 138: "'So what happened? How bad were his wounds--not a head wound, pray God? How well prepped was he?' "; Pg. 169: "...what kind of easy pickings had they expected, for God's sake? " [A sampling of profanity or semi-profanity offers linguistic evidence of the religious underpinnings or heritage of the star-spanning society described in this book.]
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2530 Bujold, Lois McMaster. Mirror Dance. Riverdale, NY: Baen (1994); pg. 194. [Actual year unknown.] "It hurt still, a knotted ache somewhere behind his solar plexus. The soul dwelt there, according to somebody-or-other's mythology. "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2530 Bujold, Lois McMaster. Mirror Dance. Riverdale, NY: Baen (1994); pg. 197. [Actual year unknown.] "...We did all the major ceremonies of the Imperium, because he didn't know in advance just what time of year he'd drop me in. The Emperor's Birthday, the Midsummer Review, Winterfair--all of 'em...' "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2530 Bujold, Lois McMaster. Mirror Dance. Riverdale, NY: Baen (1994); pg. 220. [Actual year unknown.] "One wall-hanging was ironic, personal, and obvious: an old metal leg-brace, crossed, military-museum fashion, with a Vor sword. Half-joke, half-defiance. Both obsolete. A cheap photonic reproduction of a page from an ancient book was matted and mounted in a wildly expensive silver frame. The text was all out of context, but appeared to be some sort of pre-Jump religious gibberish, all about pilgrims, and a hill, and a city in the clouds. Mark wasn't sure what that was all about; nobody had ever accused Miles of being the religious type. Yet it was something clearly important to him. "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2625 Bova, Ben & A. J. Austin. To Fear the Light. New York: Tor (1994) Book jacket: "In To Save the Sun... told the epic tale of Adela de Montgarde... who conceived the centuries-long plan to forestall the death of Earth's sun, thus preserving the original genetic material of the Empire of the Hundred Worlds--and of the Emperors who enabled her visionary plan.

Now, choosing to leave the man she loved, Adela has undergone cold sleep, returning two hundred years later to oversee the final stages of her project. She awakens to an Empire transformed: her son Eric is Emperor, faster-than-light travel has finally been achieved, and humanity has spilled out into innumerable self-sufficient new planets far beyond the Empire's Hundred Worlds.

More ominously, there are the alien Sarpans, bearing gifts of high technology. Are they as benevolent as they seem, or are they the threat the popular demagogue Jephthah claims they are? "

miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2733 Simmons, Dan. Hyperion. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 20. "Martin Silenus made an expansive gesture. 'I was baptized a Lutheran,' he said. 'A subset which no longer exists. I helped create Zen Gnosticism... I have been a Catholic, a revelationist, a neo-Marxist, an interface zealot, a Bound Shaker, a satanist, a bishop in the Church of Jake's Nada, and a dues-paying subscriber to the Assured Reincarnation Institute. Now, I am happy to say, I am a simple pagan.' He smiled at everyone. 'To a pagan,' he concluded, 'the Shrike is a most acceptable deity.' " [This person's religious history indicates something of the general human religious environment in this future interplanetary empire.]
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2775 Simmons, Dan. The Fall of Hyperion. New York: Bantam (1991; 1st ed. 1990); 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. "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2780 Simmons, Dan. The Fall of Hyperion. New York: Bantam (1991; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 70. "'Whose decision? Theirs? How can the lives of six or seven people . . . and a baby . . . affect the outcome of a society of a hundred and fifty billion' "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2800 Niven, Larry. Ringworld. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston (1970); pg. 4, 41. [Information on some of the major sentient races of Known Space.] Pg. 4: "Every sentient species had its quirks. Surely the [cowardly] puppeteer would be easier to deal with than the racially paranoid Trinocs, or the kzinti with their hair-trigger killer instincts, or the sessile Grogs with their . . . disturbing substitute for hands. "; Pg. 41: "Us, of course. Humans and kzinti, at least. Kdatlyno and pierin and dolphins, probably...' "; Pg. 304: "...You'd conquer more than you could hold . . . and in all that expanded space you'd find something really dangerous. The puppeteer fleet. Another Ringworld, but at the height of its power. Another Slaver race just starting its expansion. Bandersnatchi with hands, grogs with feet, kdatlyno with guns.' "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 2857 Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Miracle Monday. New York: Warner Books (1981); pg. 35. "In Kristin's apartment, and on the screen through which an instructor of the Field Work Training Center monitored her, it was a bright day in the city of Metropolis, sometime around the year 1980. Everywhere else--in the ancient city of Metropolis that lay outside Kristin's walls; in the Confederation of Nations of which Metropolis was effectively the capital; in the Martian Principalities, the Venusian Protectorate, the Jovian and Saturnian Satellite City-States; in the Union of Outer Darkness comprising the far-scattered civilization of Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and the artificial comets; on barren bases and mining colonies through the Arm of the Milky Way wherever Earth humans had extended their consciousness--in all these places it was a day in the year 2857. "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 3000 Benford, Gregory & Marc Laidlaw. "A Hiss of Dragon " in Dragon Tales (Isaac Asimov, ed.) New York: Ballantine (1982; c. 1978); pg. 80. [Nothing to index. Story takes place in the future on another planet settled by humans.] Pg. 80: "This one was as old as the city--which in turn had been around for a great deal of the 1,200 years humans had been on Lex. "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 3000 McCaffrey, Anne. Dragonsdawn. New York: Ballantine (1988); pg. 4. "The Pern expedition was composed of committed and resourceful people who had chosen to eschew the high-tech societies of the Federated Sentient Planets... far enough from the center of the galaxy that it should escape the greed of the technocrats. "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 3000 Simmons, Dan. "Remembering Siri " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1983); pg. 131. "'...But what will happen? Who will be the first through to us?'

I shrugged. 'More diplomats, I suppose. Cultural contact specialists. Anthropologists. Ethnologists. Marine biologists.'

'And then?'

...'And then will come the missionaries. The petroleum geologists. The sea farmers. The developers.'

Siri sipped at her coffee. 'I would have thought your Hegemony was far beyond a petroleum economy.'

I laughed and locked the wheel in. 'Nobody's beyond a petroleum economy. Not while the petroleum's there. We don't burn it, if that's what you mean. but it's still essential for the production of plastics, synthetics, food base, and keroids. Two hundred billion people use a lot of plastic.' "

miscellaneous regional info galaxy 3017 Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Mote in God's Eye. New York: Simon and Schuster (1974); pg. 32. "After inspection, Rod conducted Divine Worship on the hangar deck. They had only just finished the last hymn when the midshipman of the watch announced... There would be no free Sundays while his ship wasn't in fighting trim, no matter what service traditions might say about Sundays in orbit. "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 3038 Anderson, Kevin J. & Rebecca Moesta. Titan A.E.: Cale's Story. New York: Ace (2000); pg. 40. [Intelligent races featured in novel.] "The inside of Tau-14... Also, Cale saw more different creatures on this station than he had ever seen in one place in his life. In the shipping docks alone, Cale saw Akrennians, Vusstrans, Solbrechtians, Rybets, Humans, and Mantrins, as well as other species he had only seen in padbooks or holoscrolls before. " [Other species not mentioned in this passage include: Drej (indexed); Qu'utians (mentioned throughout novel beginning on page 57, including a visit to the Qu'utian homeworlds).]
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 3039 Anderson, Kevin J. & Rebecca Moesta. Titan A.E.: Akima's Story. New York: Ace (2000); pg. 90. [Cultures/species mentioned include Humans (of course), Drej (indexed); Solbrechtians (indexed), Mantrins (indexed) and also Gulcrecians (pg. 90-91, 97); Glk's species (pg. 104-109, more); Hodrian (indexed); Rutan Conglomeration (pg. 120-121, 151, etc.); Qu'utian (Dhornan's species, pg. 163, 170-172, 177-178)]
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 3043 Perry, Steve & Dal Perry. Titan A.E.. New York: Ace (2000); pg. 20. [Various intelligent species in novel: Mantrin (indexed); Drej (indexed); Humans, Akrennian (introduced pg. 21; race of one Preed, Captain Korso's first mate, one of the main characters; also pg. 65, 72, 87-88, 167, 198-201); Vusstran (Tek's species, a race not mentioned by name here, but known from Titan A.E.: Cale's Story); Gauol of the planet Sesharrim (pg. 106-114); Gvort (pg. 130).]
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 3307 Thornley, Diann. Ganwold's Child. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 53. "Ganan are matriarchal, sir, " she said. "Your prisoners would have talked to any female older than themselves. "

... "What were you able to learn? "

"It's rather difficult to take someone's history in a language that has no past or future tenses, " the woman said, "but the boy claims to have come here out of jwa'lai--'duty to mother' in the gan language. "

"What's that " the general asked. "Some sort of native idolatry? "

She smiled. "You might call it that... One's mother, " said the anthropologist, "is his personal incarnation of Yung Jwei the life-giving deity. Because of that, a request from, or promise made to her takes higher precedence than life itself.One even approaches his mother--all mature females, in fact--with a gesture "--she touched her brow-- "symbolic of putting his head--his life--into her hands. That's jwa'lai. "

miscellaneous regional info galaxy 3309 Thornley, Diann. Dominion's Reach. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 24. "Whenever she felt her throat tighten or her eyes begin to burn as she exercised him, bathed him, or watched him struggle to communicate, she gripped his nearest hand and prayed. Grant him strength. Grant him calm in thy love. Help him rest. Help him heal. "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 3309 Thornley, Diann. Dominion's Reach. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 25. "Picking up the new bundle [of prayer ribbons], she sank into the nearest chair and began to read the requests stitched on them:

Touch Admiral Serege with your hand, most Compassionate One, and let him return to us well and strong.

And another:

Pour your healing balm upon Admiral Lujan Serege, that his wounds will be healed and he will be restored..

Darcie didn't offer her own prayers to the local pantheon, but the urgency and feeling of those wishes caught her heart. Perhaps, she thought, the universal God whom she and Lujan worshiped would recognize their pleas. "

miscellaneous regional info galaxy 3309 Thornley, Diann. Dominion's Reach. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 65. "She stayed on through late afternoon and into the evening, massaging soreness from his body and printing scriptures, verses from The Law of the Prophets, on his forehead with the tactile pad. "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 3309 Thornley, Diann. Dominion's Reach. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 126. "'...It's a hospital regulation: The only visitors allowed in the CCU are chaplains and members of the patient's immediate family.'

...'There are two or three chapels in the hospital complex,' she said. 'Perhaps one of them would be available during the day.'

'Not a chapel,' Lujan said at once. 'We never conduct political or intelligence work in a chapel. But going to the chapel is a valid reason for me to be out of this room...' "

miscellaneous regional info galaxy 3309 Thornley, Diann. Dominion's Reach. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 126. "'According to Priestess Valasi Juha, Matriarch of the Temple of Velke, this year's annual festival will be the largest celebration in nearly two decades.' "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 3309 Thornley, Diann. Dominion's Reach. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 24-25. "By the dim light she spotted a new bundle of prayer ribbons on the table, undoubtedly delivered by the housekeeper.

The ribbons were still a curiosity to her, in spite of the number that she had been sent by the people of Ramsicle City since the accident. Each was five centimeters wide and twenty-five long with a cord at one end and a prayer embroidered down its length in curly script. Most of the ribbons were red, invoking the local deity of healers and healing, but some were amber, to petition the protector of warriors. They were supposed to be tied up in the patient's room, she knew, preferably where ventilation or an open door would make them flutter, to attract the deity to whom they were addressed.

The ribbons that had arrived over the past nine days would completely cover the walls of three rooms the size of her quarters, she guessed. "

miscellaneous regional info galaxy 3419 Panshin, Alexei. The Thurb Revolution. New York: Ace Books (1978; c. 1968); pg. 95. "The Nashuite Empire is vast. There are enough planets within its nebulous and fluid borders that merely to number and name them all would be the occupation of months, the hobby of years. Most of these planets, of course, are uninteresting, undistinguished and uninhabited. However, the only man to attempt to visit those remaining, the legendary Kazumatsu Ohno, died at the age of seventy-three of nervous exhaustion... with his life's work only half done. Now, that is vast. "; Pg. 96: "The Nashuite Empire is diverse. It contains planets occupied by single families, and planets that are population sinks to rival Old Earth. Each planet is an individual. Each has its own history. Each joins the Empire in its own way, in its own time, under its own particular conditions. Within the Empire there are free planets, and trusts, and fiefs, and satrapies, and provinces, and semi-autonomic dependencies. Diversity for every taste. "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 3500 Chalker, Jack L. The Demons at Rainbow Bridge. New York: Baen (1998; c. 1989); pg. 108. "Getting her documents to make her real also provided a bit of amusement, since immediately after name and address you had to enter 'racial code,' and, quite naturally, there was no racial code for a Syn. There were a hundred and forty-six officially recognized sentient races of the Exchange, a hundred and twenty-nine known sentient races that didn't duplicate the others for the Mycohl, and a hundred and six non-duplicative sentient races for the Mizlaplan, but none of them really fit her. "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 3500 Dietz, William C. Where the Ships Die. New York: Berkley (1996); pg. 2. [Year estimated] "Of the Confederacy's more than 500 worlds, New Hope was one of the most backward. "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 4000 Hubbard, L. Ron. Ole Doc Methuselah. Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (1992); pg. xv. [year unknown] "There are one hundred and seventy-six trillion human beings throughout this galaxy. There is roughly one physician for every hundred and sixty of these. There are only six hundred Soldiers of Light. They give allegiance to no government, need no passport, so long as they do not engage in political activity, their persons are inviolate. "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 4500 Herbert, Brian & Kevin J. Anderson. Dune: House Atreides. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 204. "Two hundred thirty-eight planets searched, many of only marginal habitability... Resource surveys list valuable raw materials. Many of these planets deserve a second look, either for mineral exploitation or possible colonization. As in previous reports, however, no spice found.

--Independent scout survey, third expedition, delivered to Emperor Fondil Corrino III "

miscellaneous regional info galaxy 4600 Weber, David & Steve White. In Death Ground. New York: Baen (1997); pg. 151. "On the other hand, the Prime Minister who held the real power had to command the support of a majority of the Legislative Assembly, which the Corporate Worlds effectively controlled by virtue of their own single-mindedness and dense individual populations, the Heart Worlds' disunity and philosophical confusion, and the Reapportionment of 2340. The reapportionment plan had been bitterly resisted by the Fringe Worlds for a very simple reason: Corporate World populations averaged 1.75 billion, while the average Fringe World was fortunate to have a total population of thirty to forty million. The Constitution guaranteed every Federated World at least one representative in the Legislative Assembly, but the Reapportionment had pushed the qualifying population base for each additional representative up to ten million. " [See also pg. 332, 338.]
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 4870 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Left Hand of Darkness. New York: Ace Books (1976; first pub. 1969); pg. 153. "Guyrny Susmy. Slose heads a committee that purposes to suppress the obscene plays performed in public kemmerhouses here; they must be like the Karhidish huhuth. Slose opposes them because they are trivial, vulgar, and blasphemous.

To oppose something is to maintain it.

To say here 'all roads lead to Mishnory.' To be sure, if you turn your back on Mishnory and walk away from it, you are still on the Mishnory road. To oppose vulgarity is inevitably to be vulgar. You must go somewhere else; you must have another goal; then you walk a different road. "

miscellaneous regional info galaxy 4870 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Left Hand of Darkness. New York: Ace Books (1976; first pub. 1969); pg. 155. "Obsle sighs. 'Yes, yes, but we can't do it, Estraven. Radio, printed bulletins, scientific periodicals, they're all in the Sarf's hands. What am I to do, make speeches on a street-corner like some fanatic-priest?' "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 4870 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Left Hand of Darkness. New York: Ace Books (1976; first pub. 1969); pg. 159. "Kaharosile:...You know he comes from Karhide. You know he is a Karhidish agent. You can see he is a sexual deviant of a type which in Karhide, due to the influence of the Dark Cult, is left uncured, and sometimes is even artificially created for the Foretellers' orgies. And yet when he says 'I am from outer space' some of you actually shut your eyes, abase your intellects, and believe! Never could I have thought it possible... "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 4870 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Left Hand of Darkness. New York: Ace Books (1976; first pub. 1969); pg. 181. "Once I said, 'I know a story about people who live on another world.'

'What kind of world would that be?'

'One like this one, all in all; but it doesn't go around the sun. It goes around the star you call Selemy. That's a yellow star like the sun, and on that world, under that sun, live other people.'

'That's in the Sanovy teachings, that about the other worlds. There used to be an old Sanovy crazy-priest would come by my Hearth when I was little and tell us children all about that, where the liars go when they die, and where the suicides go, and where the thieves go--that's where we're going, me and you, eh, one of those places?'

'No, this I'm telling of isn't a spirit-world. A real one...' "

miscellaneous regional info galaxy 4870 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Left Hand of Darkness. New York: Ace Books (1976; first pub. 1969); pg. 34-36. Pg. 34: "'...The Ekumen wants an alliance with the nations of Gethen.'

'What for?'

'Material profit. Increase of knowledge. The augmentation of the complexity and intensity of the field of intelligent life. The enrichment of harmony and the greater glory of God. Curiosity...'

...'How big is this kingdom out in Nowhere, this Ekumen?'

'There are eighty-three habitable planets in the Ekumenical Scope, and on them about three thousand nations or anthrotypic groups--' "; Pg. 36: "The pictures... were a little gallery of Man: people of Hain, Chiffewar, and the Cetians, of S and Terra and Alterra, of the Uttermosts, Kapetyn, Ollul, Four-Taurus, Rokanan, Ensbo, Cime, Gde and Sheashel Haven...' "

miscellaneous regional info galaxy 4912 Asimov, Isaac. The Caves of Steel in The Robot Novels (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Doubleday (c. 1954); pg. 16. "There was no doubt about it: the City was the culmination of man's mastery over the environment. Not space travel, not the fifty colonized worlds that were now so haughtily independent, but the City. "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 4913 Asimov, Isaac. The Naked Sun in The Robot Novels (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Doubleday (c. 1957); pg. 216. "'...Our sociologists have been coming to certain conclusions concerning the present Galactic situation. Fifty Outer Worlds, underpopulated, roboticized, powerful, with people that are healthy and long-lived. We ourselves, crowded, technologically underdeveloped, short-lived, under their domination. It is unstable.' "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 5115 Asimov, Isaac. Robots and Empire. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1985); pg. 36. "She was a Spacer. There were over five billion Spacers spread over fifty worlds, all of them proud of the name. Yet how many of those who called themselves Spacers were really space travelers? Very few. Perhaps eighty percent of them never left the world of their birth. Even of the remaining twenty percent, hardly any passed through space more than two or three times. "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 5248 Card, Orson Scott. Speaker for the Dead. New York: Tor (1986); pg. xiii, 37, 39. Pg. xiii: "The members of Starways Congress worshipped many gods, or none... "; Pg. 37: "Outside Lusitania, only one man among the half-trillion human beings in the Hundred Worlds felt the death of Joao Figueira Alvarez, called Pipo, as a great change in the shape of his own life. "; Pg. 39: "After all, the Bugger Wars were more than three thousand years ago; it was now the year 1948 SC, counting from the year the Starways Code was established, and Ender had destroyed the buggers in the year 1180 BSC. " [The events of Ender's Game took place about 70 years after the 1st Bugger invasion, which took place about 2050, we're guessing.]
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 5298 Card, Orson Scott. Xenocide. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 243. Indicators of the size of the human population in the known galaxy: "'[Humans are not] At greatest risk of species annihilation,' said Wiggin, perturbed by Grego's interpretation. 'She'll not waste a ship on getting humans off Lusitania, because there are trillions of humans on a couple of hundred other worlds. We're not in danger of xenocide.' "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 6492 Asimov, Isaac. "Profession " in Nine Tomorrows. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1959; story c. 1957); pg. 60. "Once that was done, trained men could be turned out by the thousands and millions, and we could begin what someone has since called the 'Filling of the Universe.' There are now fifteen hundred inhabited planets in the Galaxy and there is no end in sight.

'Do you see all that is involved? Earth exports Education tapes for low-specialized professions and that keeps the Galactic culture unified. For instance, the Reading tapes insure a single language for all of us...' "

miscellaneous regional info galaxy 13500 Herbert, Frank. Dune. Philadelphia: Chilton Book Co. (1965); pg. 497. "Any comparison of the religious beliefs dominant in the Imperium up to the time of Maud'Dib must start with the major forces which shaped those beliefs:

1. The followers of the Fourteen Sages, whose Book was the Orange Catholic Bible, and whose views are expressed in the Commentaries and other literature produced by the Commission of Ecumenical Translation (C.E.T.);

2. The Bene Gesserit, who privately denied they were a religious order, but who... were almost wholly religious;

3. The agnostic ruling class (including the Guild) for whom religion was a kind of puppet show to amuse the populace and keep it docile...

4. The so-called Ancient Teachings...

There is a fifth force which shaped religious belief... SPACE TRAVEL! "

Mankind's movement through deep space placed a unique stamp on religion during the one hundred and ten centuries that preceded the Butlerian Jihad. "

miscellaneous regional info galaxy 13500 Herbert, Frank. Dune. Philadelphia: Chilton Book Co. (1965); pg. 497. "Any comparison of the religious beliefs dominant in the Imperium up to the time of Maud'Dib must start with the major forces which shaped those beliefs:... 4. The so-called Ancient Teachings--including those preserved by the Zensunni Wanderers from the first, second, and third Islamic movements; the Navachristianity of Chusuk, the Buddislamic Variants of the types dominant at Lankiveil and Sikun, the Blend Books of the Mahayana Lankavara, the Zen Hekiganshu of III Delta Pavonis, the Tawrah and Talmudic Zabur surviving on Salusa Secundus, the pervasive Obeah Ritual, the Muadh Quran with its pure Ilm and Fiqh preserved among the pundi rice farmers of Caladan, the Hindu outcroppings found all through the universe in little pockets of insulated pyons, and finally, the Bulterian Jihad. "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 13500 Herbert, Frank. Dune. Philadelphia: Chilton Book Co. (1965); pg. xii. [Definitions in 'Terminology of the Imperium'] "DAR AL-HIKMAN: school of religious translation and interpretation. "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 13500 Herbert, Frank. Dune. Philadelphia: Chilton Book Co. (1965); pg. xv. [Definitions in 'Terminology of the Imperium'] "GREAT MOTHER: the horned goddess, the feminine principle of space (commonly: Mother Space), the feminine face of the male-female-neuter trinity accepted as Supreme Being by many religions within the Imperium. "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 13560 Herbert, Frank. Dune Messiah. New York: Ace (1987; c. 1969); pg. 135. "'Statistics: at a conservative estimate, I've killed sixty-one billion, sterilized ninety planets, completely demoralized five hundred others. I've wiped out the followers of forty religions which had existed since--'

'Unbelievers!' Korba protested. 'Unbelievers all!'

'No,' Paul said. 'Believers.' "

miscellaneous regional info galaxy 16000 Vinge, Vernor. A Fire Upon the Deep. New York: Tor (1992); pg. 100. "That may have to change: sixty-five hours ago, we noticed the apparent extinction of three isolated civilizations in the High Beyond near Straumli Realm. Two of these were Eye-in-the-U religious probes, and the third was a Pentragian factory. "
miscellaneous regional info galaxy 16000 Vinge, Vernor. A Fire Upon the Deep. New York: Tor (1992); pg. 164, 254. Pg. 164: "'...That was a complete surprise to the Powers; suddenly the Perversion was more than a curious problem for underminds. Then Old One really did try to help. He jammed plans and automation down into you. He jammed so much, you nearly died, so much you can't make sense of it. I've read about things like that in Applied Theology--'as much legend as fact. 'Godshatter,' it's called.'

'Godshatter?' He seemed to play with the word, wondering. 'What a strange name. I remember His panic. But if He was doing what you say, why didn't He just tell me? And if I'm filled with good advice, how come all I see inside is... darkness . . . dark statues with sharp edges, crowding.' ";

Pg. 254: "...ablative dissonance was a commonplace of Applied Theology. but then, like oe of those dreams where the secret of life is about to be revealed, the posting just drifted into nonsense. "

miscellaneous regional info galaxy 17050 Smith, Cordwainer. Norstrilia. Framingham, MA: NESFA Press (1994; c. 1964, 1968); pg. 1. Pg. 1: "The place? That's Old North Australia. What other place could it be?... Where else do people lead peaceful lives, untouched by militarism, on a world which is booby-trapped with death and things worse than death. Old North Australia has stroon--the santaclara drug--and more than a thousand other planets clamor for it. But you can get stroon only from Norstrilia--that's what they call it, for short--because it is a virus that which grows on enormous, gigantic, misshapen sheep. "; Pg. 3: "Time: first century of the Rediscovery of Man.

When C'mell lived.

About the time they polished off Shayol, like wiping an apple on the sleeve.

Long deep into our own time. Fifteen thousand years after the bombs went up and the bomb came down on Old Old Earth. Recent, see? "

miscellaneous regional info galaxy 22000 Asimov, Isaac. "The Last Question " in Nine Tomorrows. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1959; story c. 1956); pg. 183. "'Space is infinite. A hundred billion Galaxies are there for the taking. More.'

'A hundred billion is not infinite and its getting less infinite all the time. Consider! Twenty thousand years ago, mankind first solved the problem of utilizing stellar energy, and a few centuries later, interstellar travel became possible. It took mankind a million years to fill one small world and then only fifteen thousand years to fill the rest of the Galaxy. Now the population doubles every ten years--'

VJ-23X interrupted. 'We can thank immortality for that.'

'Very well. Immortality exists and we have to take it into account. I admit it has its seamy side, this immortality. The Galactic AC [computer] has solved many problems for us, but in solving the problem of preventing old age and death, it has undone all its other solutions.' "

miscellaneous regional info galaxy 22000 Asimov, Isaac. "The Last Question " in Nine Tomorrows. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1959; story c. 1956); pg. 184. "'...Population doubles every ten years. Once this Galaxy is filled, we'll have filled another in ten years. Another ten years and we'll have filled two more. Another decade, four more. In a hundred years, we'll have filled a thousand Galaxies. In a thousand years, a million Galaxies. In ten thousand years, the entire known Universe. Then what?' "

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