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 world 2103 Heinlein, Robert A. Starship Troopers. New York: Ace Books (1987; 1st ed. 1959); pg. 143. "'...Throughout history men have labored to place the soverign franchise in hands that would guard it well and use it wisely for the benefit of all. An early attempt was absolute monarchy, passionately defended as the 'divine right of kings.'

'Sometimes attempts were made to select a wise monarch, rather than leave it up to God, as when the Swedes picked a Frenchman, General Bernadotte to rule them...' "

miscellaneous regional info world 2130 Robinson, Kim Stanley. Blue Mars. New York: Bantam Books (1996); pg. 284. "'...Earth's sixteen billion [people]...' "
miscellaneous regional info world 2150 Bear, Greg. "The Wind from a Burning Woman " in The Wind from a Burning Woman. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House (1983; story copyright 1978); pg. 8. [Year estimated] "Turco sat in the middle of her grandfather's control center and cried. She was tired and sick at heart. Things were moving rapidly now, and she wondered just how sane she was. In a few hours she would be the worst menace the Earth had ever known, and for what cause? Truth, justice? They had murdered her grandfather, discredited her father and driven him to suicide--but all seven billion of them, Geshels and Naderites alike? "
miscellaneous regional info world 2150 Clarke, Arthur C. & Gentry Lee. Rama II. New York: Bantam (1989); pg. 24. "The combination of an astronomical death rate from many causes and a minuscule birthrate (for who wanted to bring a child into such a hopeless world?) caused the world's population to drop by almost a billion in the decade ending 2150. "
miscellaneous regional info world 2160 Dick, Philip K. The Game-Players of Titan. Boston, MA: G. K. Hall (1979; c. 1963); pg. 9. "How many people, she wondered, are alive on the face of Earth at this moment? One million? Two million? How many groups, playing The Game? Surely no more than a few hundred thousand. And every time there was a fatal accident, the population decreased irretrievably by one more. "
miscellaneous regional info world 2175 Bear, Greg. Moving Mars. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 130. "We [Mars] are only five millions. Earth is thirty thousand millions. "
miscellaneous regional info world 2179 Sawyer, Robert J. Golden Fleece. New York: Time Warner (1990); pg. 90. "'...Which of the following statements are offensive: Blacks have rhythm. The Scottish are friendly. Orientals have mathematical ability. Women are more sensitive than men. All of the above. None of the above.'

'All of the above.'

'No. He said exactly the opposite--none of the above.'


'We don't have that information. Perhaps because none of the statements are derogatory or cast negatively.' "

miscellaneous regional info world 2200 Asimov, Isaac. "The Bicentennial Man " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1976); pg. 546. "The Earth itself was becoming parklike, with its one-billion-person population stabilized and perhaps not more than thirty per cent of its at least equally large robot population independently brained. "
miscellaneous regional info world 2200 Zelazny, Roger. This Immortal. New York: Ace Books (1966); pg. 22. [Year is estimated.] "'You are aware that there are over four billion persons on this planet right now...' "
miscellaneous regional info world 2266 Anderson, Poul. "Appendix A: Design for Two Worlds " in Murasaki (Robert Silverberg, ed.) New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 260. "At this point in the future there are nearly 20 billion human beings alive. Nineteen billion of them on Earth itself. "
miscellaneous regional info world 2300 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Dispossessed. New York: Avon Books (1975; first pub. 1974); pg. 279. "'My world, my Earth, is a ruin. A planet spoiled by the human species. We multiplied and gobbled and fought until there was nothing left, and then we died.... This is a living world, a harmony. Mine is a discord. You Odonians choose a desert; we Terrans made a desert. . . . We survive there, as you do. People are tough! There are nearly a half billion of us now. Once there were nine billion. You can see the old cities still everywhere. The bones and bricks go to dust...' "
miscellaneous regional info world 2301 Bester, Alfred. The Demolished Man. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1953); pg. 0. "In the endless universe there is nothing new, nothing different. What may appear exceptional to the minute mind of man may be inevitable to the Infinite Eye of God. This strange second in a life, that unusual event, those remarkable coincidences of environment, opportunity, and encounter . . . all may be reproduced over and over on the planet of a sun whose galaxy revolves once in two hundred million years and has revolved nine times already.

There are and have been worlds and cultures without end, each nursing the proud illusion that it is unique in space and time. There have been men without number suffering from the same megalomania; men who imagined themselves unique, irreplaceable, irreproducible. There will be more . . . more plus infinity. This is the story of such a time and such a man . . .

--The Demolished Man. "

miscellaneous regional info world 2301 Bester, Alfred. The Demolished Man. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1953); pg. 2. "He stared at his reflection: the heavy shoulders, narrow flanks, long corded legs . . . the sleek head with wide eyes, chiseled nose, small sensitive mouth scarred by implacability.

'Why?' he asked. 'I wouldn't change looks with the devil. I wouldn't change places with God. Why the screaming?' "; Also on this page: the inhabited parts of the solar system are indicated by a complex clock which shows the time and date on differen planets and moons: Venus, Earth, Mars, Moon [Luna], Io, Ganymede, Callisto, TItan, Triton.

miscellaneous regional info world 2301 Bester, Alfred. The Demolished Man. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1953); pg. 158. "'You name the gutter and you can have it, Dufy. Gold gutters . . . Jewelled gutters. You want a gutter from here to Mars? You'll have it. You want me to turn the System into a gutter? I'll do it. Christ! I can turn the Galaxy into a gutter if you wnt it' He jabbed his chest with this thumb. 'Want to look at God. Here I am. Go ahead and look.'

'Dear man. So modest and so hung-over.'

'Drunk? Sure, I'm drunk... Why shouldn't I be drunk?...' "

miscellaneous regional info world 2301 Bester, Alfred. The Demolished Man. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1953); pg. 172. "'Powell! Duffy! Quizzard! Tate! Oh Christ! Where is everybody? Where is everything? For the love of God . . .'

And he was face to face with the Man With No Face who said: 'There is no God. There is nothing.'

And now there was no longer escape. There was only a negative infinity and Reich and the Man With No Face. And fixed, frozen, helpess in that matrix, Reich at last raised his eyes and could not escape . . . the terror of his nightmares . . . the destroyer of his existence . . .

It was . . .
Two faces, blending into one. Ben D'Courtney. Craye Reich. D'Courtney-Reich. D'R...

'You are me?'
'We are us.'
Father and son?'
'I can't understand . . . What's happened?'
'You lost the game, Ben.'
'The Sardine Game?'
'The Cosmic Game.' "

miscellaneous regional info world 2350 Bear, Greg. Beyond Heaven's River. New York: Dell (1980); pg. 92. "'The radio temperature of the Earth is ten billion degrees Celsius,' Kawashita read from his new tapas... 'The total population is one hundred billion human beings. The keeping of private animals is illegal in most nations. One third of Africa is a zoo. Another third is unreclaimed wasteland, from the combined effects of a misguided asteroid in 2134, and the only nuclear war, which was fought between Algeria, Libya, and Morocco in 1995...' "
miscellaneous regional info world 2458 Haldeman, Joe. The Forever War. New York: Avon Books (1997; first ed. 1975); pg. 180. "'...Earth's population is stable at just under a billion...' "
miscellaneous regional info world 2800 Brin, David. Startide Rising in Earthclan (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (first pub. 1983); pg. 111. [Year is estimated.] "'Aptly put. I, too, think this is merely part of a program to destroy the Earthlings. The senior patron races see the Terrans as a threat. They are wolfings, and therefore dangerous. They preach revolutionary uplift practices . . . more dangerous still. They are allies of the Tymbrimi, an insult beyond forbearance. And they proselytize--an unforgivable offense.' " ['Proselytize' here may refer to the Earthlings' spreading the idea of universal uplift. 'Wolfings' are members of a race that achieved starflight without help from more advanced patron races.]
miscellaneous regional info world 2800 Niven, Larry. Ringworld. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston (1970); pg. 25. "Earth's population had been stabilized, about the middle of the twenty-first century, at eighteen billion. The Fertility Board, a subsection of the United Nations, made and enforced the birth laws. For more than half a thousand years those laws had remained the same: two children toa couple, subject to the judgment of the Fertility Board... Then two hundred years ago, had come rumors of chicanery in the Fertility Board. The scandal had ultimately resulted in drastic changes in the birth control laws: Every human being now had the right to be a parent once, regardless of the state of his genes. In addition, the Birthrights Second and Third could come automatically: for a high tested IQ, or for proven, useful psychic powers, such as Plateau eyes or absolute direction, or for survival genes, like telepathy or natural longevity or perfect teeth... [and] Birthright Lotteries... "
miscellaneous regional info world 2800 Niven, Larry. Ringworld. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston (1970); pg. 2. "He walked the brightly lighted slidewalks... It occurred to him that every city in the world had slidewalks... The thought was intolerable. Not new; just intolerable. Louis Wu saw how thoroughly Munich resembled Cairo and Resht . . . and San Francisco and Topeka and London and Amsterdam. The stores along the slidewalks sold the same products in all the cities of the world. These citizens who passed him tonight looked all alike, dressed all alike. NOt Americans or Germans or eEgyptians, but mere flatlanders.

In three-and-a-half centuries the transfer booths had done this to the infinite variety of Earth. They covered the world in a net of instantaneous travel... All the irrationalities of place and time and custom, blending into one big rationality of City, worldwide, like a dull gray paste. Did anyone today speak Deutsche, English, Francais, Espanol? Everyone spoke Interworld. "

miscellaneous regional info world 2874 Forbes, Edith. Exit to Reality. Seattle, WA: Seal Press (1997); pg. 278. "At every other place in this computer-mediated world, the human population had been stacked in a tiny area, so that every available hectare could be given over to agriculture. It was necessary to maintain the illusion that enough production had been achieved to support one hundred fifty billion people. Since discovering the truth, I had made more calculations and found that all the biomass on earth could not support such a population, not if all one hundred fifty billion had had bodies to feed, house and clothe. "
miscellaneous regional info world 2975 Knight, Damon. The World and Thorinn. New York: Simon and Schuster (1980) [Nothing to index.]
miscellaneous regional info world 3029 Anderson, Kevin J. & Rebecca Moesta. Titan A.E.: Akima's Story. New York: Ace (2000); pg. 2. "New Marrakech, like most Drifter colonies, had been formed by the fortunate Humans who escaped before the bloodthirsty Drej Mothership had blown up Earth... Of the billions of Human beings on Earth, only a fraction had managed to get away in mismatched spaceships and long-distance transports. Without a homeworld, the Human refugees had clustered together in various systems throughout the Spiral Arm of the galaxy, linking their ships into hodgepodge colonies that drifted between planets. Sometimes the 'Drifters' used an asteroid or barren moon as a base on which to build. "
miscellaneous regional info world 3417 Farmer, Philip Jose. Dayworld Breakup. New York: Tor (1990); pg. 2. "The second message:

Citizens of the World!

Your government has lied to you for a thousand obyears. The world population is not eight billion. It is only two billion. Repeat: two billion. "

miscellaneous regional info world 3417 Farmer, Philip Jose. Dayworld Rebel. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1987); pg. 313. "CITIZENS OF THE WORLD!


miscellaneous regional info world 3417 Farmer, Philip Jose. Dayworld Rebel. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1987); pg. 135. "Most citizens of Earth had both Chinese and Asiatic Indian ancestors, and it was said that the faces of Congolese citizens looked just like those of Sweden. That was something of an exaggeration, but it was near enough to the reality to be believed by everyone. The global melting pot begun by Wang Shen was well on its way to boiling. Nationalism and racism were wiped out, though, some thought, at the price of variety. "
miscellaneous regional info world 3900 Asimov, Isaac. The Caves of Steel in The Robot Novels (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Doubleday (c. 1954); pg. 14. "There were no Cities then. There were just huddles of dwelling places large and small, open to the air. They were something like the Spacer's Domes, only much different, of course. These huddles (the largest barely reached ten million in population and most never reached one million) were scattered all over Earth by the thousands. By modern standards, they had been completely inefficient, economically.

Efficiency had been forced on Earth with increasing population. Two billion people, three billion, even five billion could be supported by the planet by progressive lowering of the standard of living. When the population reaches eight billion, however, semistarvation becomes too much like the real thing. A radical change had to take place in man's culture, particularly when it turned out that the Outer Worlds (which had merely been Earth's colonies a thousand years before) were tremendously serious in their immigration restrictions. "

miscellaneous regional info world 4025 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. Traitor's Sun. New York: DAW Books (1999); pg. 3. "There were eight billion people on the planet, and more every year. "
miscellaneous regional info world 4400 Knight, Damon. "You're Another " in Far Out. New York: Simon and Schuster (1961; c. 1955); pg. 152. Pg. 151: "'...where are we now? What time?'

'Your calendar, uh, 4400-something. About twenty-five hundred years from your time.' ";

Pg. 152: "'...You know how many people live on d'planet now?... 'Tirty billion. You know how many go to livies? Half. Fifteen billion. Seven times more people dan live on d'planet in your time...' "

miscellaneous regional info world 4912 Asimov, Isaac. The Caves of Steel in The Robot Novels (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Doubleday (c. 1954); pg. 15. "The radical change had been the gradual formation of the Cities over a thousand years of Earth's history. Efficiency implied bigness. Even in Medieval times that had been realized, perhaps unconsciously. Home industry gave way to factories and factories to continental industries.

Think of the inefficiency of a hundred thousand houses for a hundred thousand families as compared with a hundred-thousand-unit Section; a book-film collection in each house as compared with a Section film concentrate; independent video for each family as compared with video-piping systems... City culture mean optimum distribution of food, increasing utilization of yeasts and hydroponics. New York City spread over two thousand square miles and at the last census its population was well over twenty million. There were some eight hundred Cities on Earth, average population, ten million. "; Pg. 16: "Practically none of Earth's population lived outside the Cities. "

miscellaneous regional info world 4912 Asimov, Isaac. The Caves of Steel in The Robot Novels (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Doubleday (c. 1954); pg. 158. "'Without yeast, six of Earth's eight billions would starve in a year. "
miscellaneous regional info world 4913 Asimov, Isaac. The Naked Sun in The Robot Novels (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Doubleday (c. 1957); pg. 216. "'...There are eight billions on Earth who hate the Spacers.' "
miscellaneous regional info world 6492 Asimov, Isaac. "Profession " in Nine Tomorrows. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1959; story c. 1957); pg. 22. Pg. 22: "There had to be farmers and miners and even technicians on Earth. It was only the late-model, high-specialty professions that were in demand on Outworlds, and only a few millions a year out of Earth's eight billion population could be exported. Every man and woman on Earth couldn't be among that group. "; Pg. 29: "'It says--it says--'Platen, George. Born 13 February 6492 of Peter and Amy Platen in . . .' "
miscellaneous regional info X-23 3050 Asimov, Isaac. "The Last Question " in Nine Tomorrows. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1959; story c. 1956); pg. 181. "'I can't help it. I feel funny about leaving Earth.'

'Why, for Pete's sake?... We had nothing there. We'll have everything on X-23. You won't be alone. You won't be a pioneer. There are over a million people on the planet already. Good Lord, our great-grandchildren will be looking for new worlds before X-23 will be overcrowded.' "

miscellaneous regional info Yatakang 2010 Brunner, John. Stand on Zanzibar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1968); pg. 224. "Yatakang (YAT'-a'-KANG), Guided Socialist Democracy of: country, SE Asia. Over 100 islands, lgst. Shongao 1790 sq. mi. Est. pop. 230,000,000. *Gongilung (4,400,000). Aluminium, bauxite, petroleum, tea, coffee, rubber, textiles.

Medieval seat of Takangi Empire (c. 1250-1475). Indep. kingdom to c. 1683. Partitioned 18th-19th cent. Dut. col. 1899-1954. Indep. repub. 1954 - date.

Mixed Khmon, Nger. 70% Buddh. w. pagan admx., 20% Muslim, 10% Xian (Prot.) "

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