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/
Chinese United Kingdom: England 1100 C.E. White, T. H. The Once and Future King. New York: Ace Books (1996; c. 1939, 1940, 1958); pg. 583. "You wondered how the five people had been introduced into the place, as if it were a Chinese puzzle. "
Chinese United Kingdom: England 1200 C.E. Beagle, Peter S. The Last Unicorn. New York: Ballantine (1968); pg. 4. "'What did it look like? Pliny describes the unicorn as being very ferocious... And the Chinese--'

'My great-grandmother said only that the unicorn had a good smell...' "

Chinese United Kingdom: England 1905 Gibson, William & Bruce Sterling. The Difference Engine. New York: Bantam (1991); pg. 363. "'I haven't ever seen a Chinaman dress like that,' she said.

'Mr. Mori is Japanese.' " [Other refs. not in DB.]

Chinese United Kingdom: England 1955 Lewis, C.S. The Magician's Nephew (Narnia #6). New York: Macmillan (1970; c. 1955); pg. 19. "'...My first task was of course to study the box itself. It was very ancient. And I knew enough even then to know that it wasn't Greek, or Old Egyptian, or Babylonian, or Hittite, or Chinese. It was older than any of those nations...' "
Chinese United Kingdom: England 1985 Dickinson, Peter. The Green Gene. New York: Random House (1973); pg. 8. -
Chinese United Kingdom: London 1500 C.E. Moorcock, Michael. Gloriana. New York: Warner Books (1986; c 1978); pg. 98. "...the Queen [Gloriana] received the rest of her guests:... Prince Hira of Hindoostan, a protectorage of Albion's; Lord Li Pao, ambassador from the Court of Cathay [China], another vassal state... " [Also pg. 183, 254, 313.]
Chinese United Kingdom: London 1875 Blaylock, James P. Homunculus. New York: Ace Books (1986); pg. 8. Pg. 8: " half like a China plate... 'Fish and such would shoot away into the sky like Chinee rockets...' "; Pg. 11: "...was innocent as a China doll. " [Also pg. 109, 117.]
Chinese United Kingdom: London 1995 Priest, Christopher. Darkening Island. New York: Harper & Row (1972); pg. 48. "It came as something of a surprise for me to learn that the East End was a series of loosely connected ghettos, containing Jews, Negroes, Chinese, Greeks, Cypriots, Italians and English. "
Chinese United Kingdom: London 1995 Ryman, Geoff. 253. New York: St. Martin's Press (1998); pg. 101. Pg. 101: "And why did so many people want someone who speaks Chinese or Arabic? "; Pg. 110: "tiny Chinese flat shoes " [Also pg. 335: full page profile of a Chinese character. Also pg. 340.]
Chinese United Kingdom: London 2075 Ryman, Geoff. The Child Garden; or A Low Comedy. New York: St. Martin's Press (1989); pg. 78. "There was a picture of Mao at 25, and of Chao Li Song, the hero of the Second Revolution.

The Minister wore khaki trousers and a khaki shirt. He was a very handsome man of Chinese extraction, with neat black hair, a neat smile, a neat moustache. Milena liked him. There was something informal and direct about him. He had an air of competence and balanced openness, the product of Party training. " [Other refs. not in DB, including pg. 203-204, 316, 321.]

Chinese United Kingdom: London 2075 Ryman, Geoff. The Child Garden; or A Low Comedy. New York: St. Martin's Press (1989); pg. 161. "'Second, it will help people with their feelings of . . . distrust for the Chinese.'

Milena felt the room go still. There was an explosion of breath from Charles Sheer... 'I think you will find many people of British descent do not like the Chinese. They feel surpassed by them.. Junk makes people feel good. So. This junk . . .' Milena paused to gain both breath and spirit. 'This work will be staged in the manner of classical Chinese opera. The music and the dancing will be classical Chinese opera.' " [More.]

Chinese United Kingdom: London 2546 Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. New York: HarperCollins (1999; c. 1932, 1946); pg. 18. "...little cherubs, but of cherubs, in that bright light, not exclusively pink and Aryan, but also luminously Chinese, also Mexican... "
Chinese USA 1869 Bethke, Bruce. Wild Wild West. New York: Warner Books (1999); pg. 66. "The woman who'd busted him was one seriously fatale femme; Chinese; utterly beautiful, and wearing a striking red silk Dragon Lady dress. She stepped forward and reached out to touch his hat. 'What a terribly clever costume, Mr. . . .?'

'West,' West said. 'James West.'

The Dragon Lady smiled demurely. 'Well then, West meets East. Mae Lee East.' She curtsied, and offered West her delicate hand... " [More. Other Chinese refs., pg. 83.]

Chinese USA 1924 Willis, Connie. Bellwether. New York: Bantam Spectra (1997; 1st ed. 1996); pg. 153. "mah-jongg (1922-24) -- American game fad inspired by the ancient Chinese game. As played by Americans, it was a sort of a cross between rummy and dominoes... "
Chinese USA 1932 Wilson, Robert Charles. A Hidden Place. New York: Bantam (1989; c. 1986); pg. 169. "...and there by the potted Chinese evergreen... "
Chinese USA 1943 Bishop, Michael. Brittle Innings. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 316. "Chinese lanterns strung among the tents flickered in a breeze-blown dance... "
Chinese USA 1957 Dickson, Gordon R. "St. Dragon and the George " in Dragon Tales (Isaac Asimov, ed.) New York: Ballantine (1982; c. 1957); pg. 193. "...with its impossible little pool tinkling away like Chinese glass wind chimes in the background. "
Chinese USA 1966 Geary, Patricia. Strange Toys. New York: Bantam (1989; c. 1987); pg. 12. Pg. 12: "Even my Chinese fairy tale books never prepared me for this. "; Pg. 172: "...his voice as glutinous as the sauce in a cheap Chinese restaurant. " [Also pg. 174, 179, 218.]
Chinese USA 1967 Gardner, Craig Shaw. Dragon Sleeping. New York: Ace Books (1994); pg. 91. Pg. 89: "'By now, that trouble in China's gotta be done, hey?' "; Pg. 91: "Sort of like strange Chinese food. He took another bite. He felt like his mouth was drying out. "
Chinese USA 1974 Dick, Philip K. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. New York: Doubleday (1974); pg. 182. "'...How about this--we show the audience a priceless vase from antiquity, say from fifth-century China... early Chinese pottery...' "
Chinese USA 1980 Zelazny, Roger. "A Very Good Year . . . " in Unicorn Variations. New York: Timescape (1983; story c. 1980); pg. 146. "On New Year's Eve, they went to dinner at a place he knew in Chinatown. She leaned forward over the chicken fried rice. "
Chinese USA 1981 Baxter, Stephen. Voyage. New York: HarperCollins (1996); pg. 321. "Next came Chaushui Xu, another smart kid, a Chinese-American who was taking a doctorate in aerodynamics... " [Other refs., not in DB.]
Chinese USA 1981 Crowley, John. Little, Big. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 152. "One long leg was uncovered and the toes pointed toward the floor, as though indicating the appropriate one of two Chinese slippers that peeped from beneath a discarded kimono... "
Chinese USA 1981 Crowley, John. Little, Big. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 258. Pg. 258: "...and then in a quick, Chinese-stepping crouch, blowing through her chattering teeth, hunted up her clothes and put them on. "; Pg. 349: "...sketching quickly on its sunwise perimeter a Chinese dynasty or a Hermetic mathesis... " [Also, pg. 530.]
Chinese USA 1982 Knight, Damon. The Man in the Tree. New York: Berkley Books (1984); pg. 193. "...based on the seed-pod of a Chinese plant "
Chinese USA 1988 Beverley, Jo. "The Fruit Picker " in L. Ron Hubbard Presents The Best of Writers of the Future (Algis Budrys, ed.) Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (2000; c. 1988); pg. 68. "She had sincerely admired a contemporary Chinese white jade dove, so finely carved that she had been compelled to touch it to be sure it was not covered with feathers. "
Chinese USA 1992 Anthony, Piers and Philip Jose Farmer. The Caterpillar's Question. New York: Ace Books (1992); pg. 33. "'Empire of the stars.'

A science-fiction cliche, essence of corn.

'Reality is a dream.'

First said by some ancient Chinese philosopher. "

Chinese USA 1993 DeChance, John. MagicNet. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 76. Pg. 76: Chinese restaurant; Pg. 127: Chinese martial arts paraphernalia; Pg. 198: Great Wall of China
Chinese USA 1993 Shiner, Lewis. Glimpses. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 203. "'He was so critical of everybody. I remember he told me about this party once where one of the guests was from China. He was very proud of the fact that he went up to her and corrected her pronunciation of Chinese. This based on his being in China a couple of years in World War Two. He couldn't even pronounce 'Taoism,' you know?' "
Chinese USA 1995 Chalker, Jack L. The Cybernetic Walrus (Book One of The Wonderland Gambit). New York: Ballantine (1995); pg. 82. "...and a woman who was definitely not native to the U.S. who was clearly Chinese. " [More, pg. 279.]
Chinese USA 1995 Siddoway, Richard. The Christmas Wish. New York: Harmony Books (1998; c. 1995); pg. 108. "'I decided it was time to get out and about a little more. I stopped at the Golden Dragon and had lunch.' " [A Chinese restaurant.]
Chinese USA 1995 Willis, Connie. Bellwether. New York: Bantam Spectra (1997; 1st ed. 1996); pg. 159. "qiao pai (1977-95) -- Chinese game fad inspired by the American card game bridge (a fad in the 1930s). Popularized by Deng Xiaoping, who learned to play in France, qiao pai quickly attracted over a million enthusiasts, who play mostly at work. Unlike American bridge, bidding is silent, players do not arrange their hands in order, and the game is extremely formalized. Superseded Ping-Pong. "
Chinese USA 1996 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 173. "The first officer, an intense young Chinese man named Chao, glanced at Samshow from the controls... 'Big storm coming,' Chao said... " [More here, also pg. 357.]
Chinese USA 1996 Dreyfuss. Richard & Harry Turtledove. The Two Georges. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 46. "Not only did the Sons of Liberty want North America free from Britain, they wanted it free of Negroes, Jews, East Indians, Chinese . . . everyone but the pure and original settlers of the land... " [Also pg. 102.]
Chinese USA 1996 Willis, Connie. Bellwether. New York: Bantam Spectra (1997; 1st ed. 1996); pg. 101. "...middle-aged housewives had dressed up like Chinese maidens and played mah-jongg, and fads had seemed to come out of the woodwork... " [Also pg. 228-2302.]
Chinese USA 1997 Anthony, Patricia. "Alone Again in Dweebland " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997; c. 1997); pg. 256. "Malls and Chinese restaurants. "
Chinese USA 1997 Bradbury, Ray. "Driving Blind " in Driving Blind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 84. "Grandma placed what was indeed a Chinese garden done in blue ceramics but containing what looked to be a dog's dinner. "
Chinese USA 1998 Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin (1986); pg. 80. Pg. 80: "...the cow's-tongue hush of the tufted Chinese rug on the floor, with its peach-pink peonies... "; Pg. 84: "...I can't start to cry, here on the Chinese rug... "; Pg. 98: "In Serena's parlor, with the dried flowers, on the Chinese carpet, his thin body. "; Pg. 229: "'What's this?' I say. 'Chinese checkers?' I can take these liberties; he appears to enjoy them, especially after a couple of drinks. "
Chinese USA 1999 Casil, Amy Sterling. "My Son, My Self " in Writers of the Future: Volume XV (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1999); pg. 290. Pg. 290: "At eleven, I had my second appointment with The Specialist. Chin-Yeh or Yeh-Chin. I rehearsed what I would say to him. 'I'm fine, Doctor Chin-Yeh (or Yeh-Chin)... "; Pg. 294: "Yeh-Chen's face was broad, his eyes tiny and unreadable, set close to his broad, freckled nose. I hadn't realized that Chinese people got freckles. Well, why not? They looked like little flecks of dirt. "; Pg. 304: "He crossed his arms and regarded me, rubbing his thumb and forefinger together in an unusual gesture. I'd seen him do it before. Maybe it relaxed him. 'We have thoughts on this,' he said. 'Chinese thoughts. That perhaps this person you feel is your son is really a ghost. A ghost of yourself. " [Other refs. not in DB.]
Chinese USA 1999 Tucker, Wilson. The Year of the Quiet Sun. New York: Ace (1970); pg. 168. "He worried about the Chinese thrust, about the Harry called in on Chicago. Who would bring them in on an American city? Who would ally himself with the Chinese? "
Chinese USA 1999 Willis, Connie. "Epiphany " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 288. "He pulled a bamboo Chinese finger trap out of his pocket and handed it to Mel... " [More, pg. 301.]
Chinese USA 2000 Currier, Jameson. "Pasta Night " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000); pg. 77. Chinatown
Chinese USA 2000 Ebershoff, David. "The Rose City " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000); pg. 125. Pg. 125: "'The newest things are mixed-race dolls... Black-Chinese, Hispanic-Irish, Norwegian-Eskimo,' Graham was saying... "; Pg. 134: "The Chinese guy in the corner, talking on his phone. "
Chinese USA 2010 Bury, Stephen. Interface. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 72. Pg. 72: "Radhakrishnan had a total of fifteen grad students: four Japanese, two Chinese, three Korean, one Indonesian, three Indian [from India], one Pakistani, and one American. They had learned to work together well at times such as this, even the American. "; Pg. 139: "Everyone working inside here was Korean, Japanese, or American... "; [Also pg. 220.]
Chinese USA 2010 Sheffield, Charles. Brother to Dragons. Riverdale, NY: Baen (1992); pg. 25. Pg. 25: "...if the conversation between the two men had seen in English, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin... "; Pg. 208: "From the few words that Job could catch he knew that Gormish's assistant was speaking in Mandarin Chinese... "; Pg. 214: "The next day the team came to a community of a thousand people, al of Chinese origin. Their main allegiance was to Gormish, not Bonvissuto... " [More, not in DB. There are a few minor Chinese characters.]
Chinese USA 2010 Swanwick, Michael. "The Edge of the World " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1989); pg. 644. "...shelves of shadowy ceramic figurines: Dresden milkmaids, Chantilly Chinamen... "
Chinese USA 2015 Butler, Octavia E. "The Evening and the Morning and the Night " in Omni Visions One (Ellen Datlow, ed). Greensboro, NC: Omni Books (1993; story copyright 1987); pg. 126. [Year estimated.] "His name was Alan Chi. I thought Chi was a Chinese name, and I wondered. But he told me his father was Nigerian... "
Chinese USA 2019 Burton, Levar. Aftermath. New York: Warner Books (1997); pg. 84. "The soldiers' rifles sounded like firecrackers on a Chinese New Year. "
Chinese USA 2019 Burton, Levar. Aftermath. New York: Warner Books (1997); pg. 213. "'...He was white, like me, but his wife was Chinese. He died because of someone else's hatred...' "
Chinese USA 2020 Zelazny, Roger. Damnation Alley. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1969); pg. 143. "...the tails of tornadoes... sometimes charcoaled by the lightnings that flicker first, then pulse, like pinwheels or spiders with too many legs or Chinese characters that trace, chase, rewrite themselves in baleful red, lavish yellow, cold blue, blinding white... "
Chinese USA 2026 Moffett, Judith. Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream. New York: St. Martin's Press (1992); pg. 161. "...and the whole gaudy spectacle reflected, Chinese red and dazzling white, in the slate-gray water. "
Chinese USA 2030 Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Simon and Schuster (1967); pg. 64. "'...Bigger the population, the more minorities. Don't step on the toes of the... doctors, lawyers, merchants, chiefs, Mormons, Baptists, Unitarians, second-generation Chinese...' " [Ballantine edition (1991): pg. 57.]
Chinese USA 2031 Wilson, Robert Charles. The Chronoliths. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 150. Pg. 150: Chinese restaurant; Pg. 204: Chinese food
Chinese USA 2040 Bova, Ben. Moonrise. New York: Avon Books (1996); pg. 334. "'You know the old Chinese advice about getting raped,' Quentin said softly...

'You shouldn't relax,' she said... 'And you sure as hell shouldn't enjoy it.' "

Chinese USA 2044 Sterling, Bruce. Distraction. New York: Bantam (1998); pg. 86. Pg. 86, 175, 177, 428.
Chinese USA 2051 Kress, Nancy. Beggars in Spain. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 181. Pg. 181: "'I just wanted you to know that we've begun and that my distinguished Chinese colleague has arrived safely to join me.' "; Pg. 182: "Chinese? Susan was staring at her steadily, significant... that the genetic material woven into his had come originally from a Chinese donor. This fact had, for some reason, fascinated him. He began to collect imitation Ming vases and holopictures on the Forbidden City... "
Chinese Utah 1869 Bethke, Bruce. Wild Wild West. New York: Warner Books (1999); pg. 245. "Everywhere Grant looked, there seemed to be bluebloods and immigrants, Indians and Chinese, white and black and every color under the rainbow, all shaking hands and congratulating each other on a job well done.' " [Golden Spike celebration.]
Chinese Utah 1869 Bethke, Bruce. Wild Wild West. New York: Warner Books (1999); pg. 194. "'We're in the middle of absolutely nowhere,' Grant grumbled. 'There are at best five hundred people here, and half of them are Chinese construction workers. What difference does it make if my tie is straight?' "
Chinese Utah 2020 Dick, Philip K. & Roger Zelazny. Deus Irae. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1976); pg. 31. "'I'll tell you my name,' the pot said. 'I'm Oh Ho.'

To himself, Pete thought, Chinese.

'...It's a simple name.'

'Sure,' Pete said. 'Oh Ho, a Chine name.' "

Chinese Utah: Kanab 2000 Gates, John. Brigham's Day. New York: Walter & Co. (2000); pg. 49. "...the tiny, twenty-one-year-old Chinese American. "
Chinese Vietnam 1980 Dick, Philip K. "Faith of Our Fathers " in The Best of Philip K. Dick. New York: Ballantine (1977; story c. 1967); pg. 361. "A portly, middle-aged Caucasian male, wearing a brown Hong Kong silk suit... waited in his office. With the unfamiliar Caucasian stood his own immediate superior, Ssu-Ma Tso-pin. Tso-pin introduced the two of them in Cantonese, a dialect which he used badly. " [Story takes place in Vietnam. Many Vietnamese refs., not in DB, although the ruling class appears to be Chinese Maoists. Many refs. throughout story, not in DB.]
Chinese Vietnam 1991 Miller, John J. "And Hope to Die " in Wild Cards IX: Jokertown Shuffle (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1991); pg. 15. Pg. 15: "His father had been visiting him, speaking softly of the good old days back in Vietnam when Kien had worked in the family's small store. He had always been a dutiful son, though the stifling life of a storekeeper in a small village had bored him unmercifully... There was no way he was going to have a successful military career with an ethnic Chinese name among the extremely prejudiced Vietnamese. "; Pg. 51: "It was bad enough growing up ethnic Chinese among the damned Vietnamese. It was worse to... " [Other refs., not in DB.]
Chinese Vietnam 1999 Kessel, John. Good News from Outer Space. New York: Tor (1990; c. 1989); pg. 178. "'...To save South Vietnam? Credibility! they didn't think they could use the bomb against the Reds, so the only way they could show the Russians and Chinese that America wasn't pussy was to feed those soldiers into the 'Nam.' "
Chinese Vietnam: Saigon 1994 Milan, Victor. "My Sweet Lord " in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994); pg. 74. "An astounding calvacade was approaching down the broad street of the former Chinese quarter. "
Chinese Vietnam: Saigon 1994 Milan, Victor. "My Sweet Lord " in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994); pg. 87. "'What about the Chinese?'

'The Dragon likes us, because we make Hanoi unhappy. As long as the Northerners are willing to bleed their populace to keep a million men under arms, the Chinese will do anything they can go keep a good percentage of those bad boys peering South..' "

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