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Real-Life Latter-day Saints in Science Fiction


Using data from the Adherents.com literature database, this page lists actual Latter-day Saints (Mormons) who have been mentioned in science fiction novels and stories. Most examples are passing references, but on rare occassions, historical Latter-day Saints have been important characters in s.f. Such examples fall into the alternative history or time travel categories, and include Brigham Young in Avram Davidson's "Pebble in Time" and President John Taylor Harry Turtledove's How Few Remain.

In a few cases, an author may have refered to a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints without being aware of his or her membership. Note that figures from the Book of Mormon (such as Moroni, Nephi, etc.) have not been included in this list. (The literature database does have some examples of such references, such as references to Moroni in Dan Simonson's Hyperion and Carl Sagan's Contact.)


NameFamous for:# of
Books
Mentioned In:
Michael Ballamcomposer; opera singer1Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996), pg. 327.
Ezra Taft BensonU.S. Secretary of Agriculture
13 President of Church
1Rock, Peter. This Is the Place. New York: Doubleday (1997), pg. 229
Don Bluthanimator2Willis, Connie. "In the Late Cretaceous" in Impossible Things. New York: Bantam (1994; story copyright 1991), pg. 307 ("Land Before Time" mentioned)

Willis, Connie. "Cat's Paw" in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999). ("Anastasia" mentioned)

Gutzon Borglumsculptor of Mt. Rushmore4[Mr. Rushmore mentioned, but Borglum not mentioned by name.]
Simmons, Dan. The Rise of Endymion. New York: Bantam (1998 mass market edition; first ed. 1997), pg. 317.

Cadnum, Michael. "Bite the Hand" in Vanishing Acts (Ellen Datlow, ed.) New York: Tor (2000), pg. 270.

York, J. Steven. Generation X: Crossroads. New York: Berkley (1998), pg. 55, 140, 149, 152-177, 192.

Panshin, Alexei. "Sky Blue" in Farewell To Yesterday's Tomorrow. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1975). [A main character is named "Mount Rushmore"]

Jonathan Moses Browninginventor of the Browning rifle3Ellison, Harlan. "A Boy and His Dog" in Nebula Award Stories Five (James Blish, ed.) New York: Pocket Books (1972; 1st ed. 1970; story c. 1969), pg. 22, 24, 29-30, 40.

Gotschalk, Felix C. "Vestibular Man" in Future on Fire (Orson Scott Card, ed.) New York: Tor (1991; story copyright 1985), pg. 303.

Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Ghost of the Revelator. New York: Tor (1998), pg. 142, 148-149.

Orson Scott Cardscience fiction writer2Lobdell, Scott & Elliot S. Maggin. Generation X. New York: Berkley (1997), pg. 161-162.

Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996), pg. 318, 327, 333-337.

Eldridge CleaverCivil Rights activist
Black Panther leader
2Williams, Walter Jon "Witness" in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986), pg. 138.

Bishop, Michael. No Enemy But Time. New York: Timescape (1982), pg. 253.

Philo Farnsworthinventor of television1Hickman, Tracy. The Immortals. New York: ROC/Penguin Books (1997; c. 1996), pg. 329
Jake Garnsenator; astronaut1Lobdell, Scott & Elliot S. Maggin. Generation X. New York: Berkley (1997), pg. 157
Gary Gilmoresubject of Executioner's Song1Cover, Arthur Byron. "Jesus Was an Ace" in Wild Cards V: Down and Dirty (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988), pg. 102, 107-108
Gordon B. Hinckley15th President of Church1Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996), pg. 281, elsewhere.
David ("Ab") Jenkins II
"The Mormon Meteor"
world record holder for fastest s speed1Rock, Peter. This Is the Place. New York: Doubleday (1997), pg. 21.
Larry KingCNN talk show host1[Note: King is not a Latter-day Saint, but attends Latter-day Saint church services with his wife.]
Fry, Stephen. Making History. New York: Random House (1996), pg. 359
J.W. Marriotthotelier1Martin, George R. R. & John J. Miller. Wild Cards VII: Dead Man's Hand. New York: Bantam Books (1990), pg. 189, 191, 213, 306.
Herbert Brown MawDemocratic governor of Utah
(1940 to 1948)
1Bell, M. Shayne. "Lock Down" in Starlight 2 (Patrick Nielsen Hayden, ed.). New York: Tor (1998), pg. 80, 84.
Mormon Tabernacle Choirchoir5King, Stephen (written as Richard Bachman). The Regulators. New York: Penguin Books (1996), pg. 64

Pendleton, Michaelene. "Dealer" in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993), pg. 278

Heinlein, Robert A. Friday. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1982), pg. 321

Hauman, Glenn. "On the Air" in The Ultimate X-Men (Stan Lee, ed.) New York: Berkley (1996), pg. 158-159

Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Ghost of the Revelator. New York: Tor (1998), pg. 148

The Osmondspop singers2King, Stephen. The Stand. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1978), pg. 224

Norden, Eric. "The Curse of Mhondoro Nkabele" in The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 24th Series (Edward L. Ferman, ed.) New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1982), pg. 171-172 (Donny only)

Thomas E. RicksBannock Stake president at the time Rick's College was founded; chairman of the school's first Board of Education1[Rick's College mentioned.]
Hickman, Tracy. The Immortals. New York: ROC/Penguin Books (1997; c. 1996), pg. 304
Joseph SmithProphet and founder
1st President of Church
15 Anthony, Piers. Vision of Tarot. New York: Berkley Books (1985; 1st ed. 1980), pg. 197, 232
Bear, Greg. Heads (fiction). New York: St. Martin's Press (1990), pg. 101-102
Boucher, Anthony. "The Quest for Saint Aquin" (first published 1951). Reprinted in Mayo Mohs (editor), Other Worlds: Other Gods: Adventures in Religious Science Fiction. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1971), pg. 207
Card, Orson Scott. Lost Boys. New York: HarperCollins (1992), pg. 232
Farmer, Philip Jose. Dayworld Rebel. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1987), pg. 53
Fogg, B. J. "Outside the Tabernacle" in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993), pg. 42, 48
Goldstone, Cynthia & Avram Davidson. "Pebble in Time" in Isaac Asimov (ed.) Laughing Space. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1982), pg. 334, 337
Heinlein, Robert A. "Concerning Stories Never Written: Postscript" in Revolt in 2100. New York: Baen (1981), pg. 212
Heinlein, Robert A. Citizen of the Galaxy. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1957), pg. 172. [Pg. 145 in Ballantine 1984 ed.]
Modesitt, Jr., L.E. Of Tangible Ghosts. New York: Tor (1994), pg. 88
Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Ghost of the Revelator. New York: Tor (1998), pg. 149, 240, 268, 277
Rock, Peter. This Is the Place. New York: Doubleday (1997), pg. 149, 227
Shunn, William. "Dance of the Yellow-Breasted Luddites" in Vanishing Acts (Ellen Datlow, ed.) New York: Tor (2000), pg. 204
Watson, Ian. God's World. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (this ed. 1990; copyright 1979), pg. 28-29
Williams, Walter Jon. Days of Atonement. New York: Tor (1991), pg. 14, 23-25, 334
John Taylor3rd President of Church2Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Ghost of the Revelator. New York: Tor (1998)

Turtledove, Harry. How Few Remain. New York: Ballantine (1997), 55-58, more.

Morris K. UdallU.S. congressman
(Democrat from Arizona)
2Williams, Walter Jon. "While Night's Black Agents to Their Preys Do Rouse" in Wild Cards IX: Jokertown Shuffle (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1991), pg. 193.

Leigh, Stephen. "Strings" in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986), pg. 360

Brigham Young2nd President of Church;
pioneer leader
20 Anthony, Piers. Vision of Tarot. New York: Berkley Books (1985; 1st ed. 1980), pg. 197, 230
Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. New York: Tor (1995), pg. 172
Bear, Greg. Heads (fiction). New York: St. Martin's Press (1990), 101-102
Boyer, Elizabeth H. "A Foreigner Comes to Reddyville" in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993), pg. 202
Card, Orson Scott. Lost Boys. New York: HarperCollins (1992), pg. 44
Clarke, Arthur C. The Fountains of Paradise. New York: Ballantine (1980; 1st ed. 1978), pg. 70
Fogg, B. J. "Outside the Tabernacle" in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993), pg. 42, 48
Goldstone, Cynthia & Avram Davidson. "Pebble in Time" in Isaac Asimov (ed.) Laughing Space. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1982), pg. 335-337
Harmon, Charlene C. "Pueblo de Sion" in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993), pg. 179-181
Modesitt, Jr., L.E. Of Tangible Ghosts. New York: Tor (1994), pg. 88
Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Ghost of the Revelator. New York: Tor (1998), pg. 141, 148-149, 175
Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996), pg. 222
Rock, Peter. This Is the Place. New York: Doubleday (1997), pg. 4, 149, 232
Shunn, D. William. "Rise Up, Ye Women that Are at Ease" in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993), pg. 104
Thornley, Diann. "Thunderbird's Egg" in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993), pg. 136
Turtledove, Harry. How Few Remain. New York: Ballantine (1997), pg. 55, 57
Turtledove, Harry. The Great War: American Front (alternate history novel). New York: Ballantine (1998), pg. 391-394
Williams, Walter Jon. Days of Atonement. New York: Tor (1991), pg. 8
Wolverton, Dave. "Wheatfields Beyond" in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993), pg. 24
Worthen, M. W. "You Can't Go Back" in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993), pg. 114-115



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