|This annotated bibliography list, a subset derived from the Adherents.com Religion in Literature database, is intended as a resource for literary research. It lists mainstream science fiction novels or short stories which contain references to the Basque people or language. It is not necessarily a comprehensive list of such literature, but all Hugo-, Nebula- and Locus-winning novels have been indexed, as have many other major works.||The Basque were the oldest people in Europe, and proud of their heritage. Some said their language came from the Neolithic hunters who first claimed this land from the retreating ice. In a Bilbao museum, Logan had seen replicas of tiny boats Basque sailors used long ago, to hunt whales out on the rude Atlantic. They must have been very brave or suicidal, he thought
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by David Brin
Current number of novels, movies and stories in list: 14.
|Sample Quote and/or Description|
|Piers Anthony||Being a Green Mother. New York: Ballantine (1987)||1987||Pg. 35:
This was Basque country. The Pyrenees marched to the water of the Bay of Biscay, and the Basques were on either side of the border between Spain and France, speaking their own language...
|Isaac Asimov||The Gods Themselves. Greenwich, Connecticut: Fawcett Crest (1973; © 1972)||2100||Pg. 31:
What of the Basque language? Bronowski wondered. And he used Basque as his guide [to studying Etruscan]. Others had tried this before him and given up. Bronowski did not.
|David Brin||Earth. New York: Bantam (1990)||2038||Pg. 80:
The Basque were the oldest people in Europe, and proud of their heritage. Some said their language came from the Neolithic hunters who first claimed this land from the retreating ice. In a Bilbao museum, Logan had seen replicas of tiny boats Basque sailors used long ago, to hunt whales out on the rude Atlantic. They must have been very brave or suicidal, he thought, then and now.
|Samuel R. Delany||Babel-17. Boston: Gregg Press (1976; © 1966)||2071||Pg. 92
...it must take fifty discorporate souls to do all the sensory reading for Tarik and its spider-boats--in Basque again...
|Philip K. Dick||Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. New York: Doubleday (1974)||1974||Pg. 153:
"Felix especially likes Basque cuisine, but they cook with so much butter that it gives him pyloric spasms..."
|Philip K. Dick & Roger Zelazny||Deus Irae. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1976)||2020||Pg. 160:
Rain . . . A gray world, a chill world: Idaho. Basque country. Sheep. Jai alai. A language they say the Devil himself could not master . . .
|Thomas M. Disch||On Wings of Song. New York: St. Martin's Press (1978)||2015||Pg. 46:
It was for this reason that Drs. Pole and Williams were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. Only gradually, and never in the U.S., was its use extended to so-called "hostage populations" of potentially dissident civilians--the Basques of Spain, Jews in Russia, the Irish in England, and so on.
|R. A. Lafferty||"Groaning Hinges of the World" in The Ruins of Earth: An Anthology of Stories of the Immediate Future. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1971)||1971|
|Kim Stanley Robinson||The Gold Coast. New York: Tor (1995; © 1988)||2027||Pg. 64:
While he eats his cereal and milk he thinks about Arthur Bastanchury. Good old Basque name, from shepherds who came to OC when James Irvine used his land to raise sheep. Arthur still looks a little Basque: dark complexion, light eyes, square jaw. And they have a good long tradition of active resistance back home in Spain. Not to mention terrorism. Jim doesn't want to have anything to do with terrorism. But if there's something else that can be done--some other way...At least one of the characters has Basque heritage. But Basques aren't mentioned by name elsewhere.
|Robert Silverberg||Dying Inside. New York: Ballantine (1976; © 1972)||1976||Pg. 19:
But if I were to get into the depths of her soul I'd have complete comprehension of anything I picked up. The mind may think in Spanish or Basque or Hungarian or Finnish, but the soul thinks in a languageless language accessible to any prying sneaking freak...
|Clifford D. Simak||"The Grotto of the Dancing Deer" in Immortals (Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois, eds.) New York: Ace Books (1998; c. 1980)||1980||Pg. 132:
"I told you it is a long story. I'll try to make it short. There's this man--a Basque. He came to me ten years ago when I was doing the rock shelter... He wanted work and I gave him work. He broke in fast, caught onto the techniques immediately. Became a valuable man. That often happens with native laborers. They seem to have a feel for their own antiquity. And then when we started work on the cave he showed up again..."Pg. 133:
"Tom, you said he is a Basque."[Other references.]
|Dan Simmons||The Crook Factory. New York: Avon Books (1999)||1943||Frontispiece: Lengthy passage from Ernest Hemingway: A Life Story, by Carlos Baker. Pg. v:
Ernest immediately assembled a crew of eight from among his most trusted confederates... The others were all non-Americans: Juan Dunabeitia, a tall, thin, merry-eyed Basque who knew the sea so well that he was called Sinbad the Sailor...Pg. 87:
"Hell, no. The best thing here is the twenty-five-cent blue-plate special. We'll go back to the Basque Center for supper. . . . Marty's got friends coming to the finca tonight and it'd be better if we don't get back until later..."Pg. 88:
I identified the Ibarlucia brothers as well as half a dozen other jai alai players, several expatriate Basques, Winston Guest, other wealthy athletes...[Other references. One of novel's main character is Basque.]
|S. M. Sterling||Island in the Sea of Time. New York: Penguin (1998)||1250|
"We've finally figured out something about the Earth Folk language--it's very distantly related to Basque."[There is a little bit more about the Basque language.]
|S. M. Sterling||"Introduction" in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000)||2000||Pg. 2:
There are broad, impersonal forces at work in history; if Christopher Columbus had died as a child--most children did, in his age--someone else would have discovered the Atlantic crossing soon enough. Basque fishermen may well have crossed to Newfoundland before him...