Many science fiction and fantasy writers are "non-religious" (or, more accurately, their "religion" is writing science fiction and fantasy -- in the strictly sociological sense of what constitutes an important motivation or community for them). Many other SF/F authors have stated a preference for secular philosophies such as atheism, agnosticism, and in some cases humanism. Some writers have a highly individualized religiosity or belief system which doesn't fit into into a traditional classification (e.g. Philip K. Dick). English language science fiction and fantasy authors who are adherents of traditional religious faiths usually belong to a branch of Christianity (these include Catholics, Anglicans, Latter-day Saints, Protestants, etc.) or are Jews.
Religious adherents from other religions (Islam, Hindu, Baha'i, Tenrikyo, Wiccan) are listed here as well. We have been unable to identify any Sikh SF/F writers. Buddhist SF/F writers are very rare. (In Signposts in a Strange Land, Walker Percy discusses why there are no Zen Buddhist novelists.) Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest additional names, changes, or corrections for this list.
Authors have been listed in the table below, grouped by religious affiliation, based on their own statements in published interviews and biographies, information from the author's official website, or because they have written to us to ask to be listed on the page, and specified how and where they should be listed. An author's religious affiliation is never "assumed" or guessed at based on the religious affiliation of the characters in the author's writing or based on the themes and apparent point of view in their writing.
In the table below, representative works and awards are included for most authors, but these lists are not complete bibliographies.
[Episcopalian. Moon grew up in McAllen, TX. B.A. History, Rice Univ., 1968. B.A. Biology, U. of Texas at Austin, 1975. Graduate work in biology, U.T. San Antonio, 1975-77. She has been a Marine, paramedic, city alderman, and served as a choir director, Sunday School teacher and church youth leader.] Remnant Population (1997 Hugo nominee); Sheepfarmer's Daughter; Divided Allegiance; Oath of Gold; Sassinak (with Anne McCaffrey); Surrender None; Generation Warriors (with Anne McCaffrey); Liar's Oath; Hunting Party; Sporting Chance; Winning Colors; Once a Hero; Rules of Engagement
Brenda W. Clough
How Like a God; An Impossumble Summer; The Dragon of Mishbil; The Name of the Sun; The Realm Beneath
[Episcopalian.] Co-author of The Year of the Child (Alien Exchange Students series; YA, Christian); Also author of many religious/inspirational books, including Soul Moments: Times When Heaven Touches Earth and A Book of Blessings for Working Mothers.
Sarah A. Throop
[Episcopalian.] Co-author of The Year of the Child
The Cunning Man; Fifth Business; High Spirits; The Lyre of Orpheus; The Rebel Angels
[Adult convert to Episcopal Church; now inactive] Best known for her Newbery Honor book Enchantress from the Stars. Also author of Children of the Star (one-vol. compilation of a trilogy), which is, in part, about the value of religious faith. Many clergy and seminary students of various religions have written to the author to say how meaningful the books were to them.
A. Parra (y Fegueredo)
"Totenbuch"; other poems and short stories
All Hallows' Eve Pellagrini and Cudahy; Descent into Hell; The Greater Trumps; Many Dimensions; The Place of the Lion; Shadows of Ecstasy; War in Heaven
[Non-Christian, but raised in the Church of England.]
Secret of the Stolen Mandolin (Baha'i market MA, ages 8-13, book: "This exciting tale of exploration and intrigue follows the adventures of three children who answer a mysterious call for help and find themselves on a journey to another world.")
[Raised in a Conservative Protestant church; attended Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. Considered one of the most successful writers among the relatively few mainstream SF/F writers who are Evangelicals] Avalon; The Celtic Crusades series; Byzantium; The Songs of Albion series; Pendragon Cycle series; Dream Thief; Empyrion series; Dragon King trilogy; Howard Had a Spaceship. Non-fiction: Pilgrim's Guide to the New Age
[Southern Baptist] His mainstream s.f. (Pocket Books) includes: "The Eternal Warriors" series: The War in Heaven; The World in Shadow; The Wrath of Angels. Also: Rebel Moon. Some unpublished short stories. Co-designer of "The War In Heaven" computer game. Designer of games "Rebel Moon" and "Rebel Moon Rising" for GT Interactive. Author of two graphic novels for Evangelical market: Archangels: The Fall; Archangels: Legacy.
[Native of Enid, Oklahoma. He pastored a church in Omaha, Nebraska. He now teaches communication and preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.] Guardians of the Singreale; The Singer Trilogy ("The Finale", "The Singer", "The Song"); Walking With Saints
[Myers received a degree in applied management business administration from Dallas Baptist University] Mostly juvenile series: "McGee and Me!" series; Forbidden Doors series; Bloodhounds series; Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle series; Adult Evangelical market: Fire of Heaven
Mostly writes. young adult fiction, such as: Sports Mystery series; CyberQuest; The Ghost Rider; Winds of Light. Evangelical market: Wings of Dawn; The Weeping Chamber; Blood Ties; Double Helix; Magnus
[Former Baptist, from a very religious home. Her grandfather was a Baptist minister. She left the Baptists before her writing career, but writes extensively about spiritual, religious themes, from a feminist, more liberal perspective.] Parable of the Talents (1999 Nebula Award; read excerpt); Parable of the Sower (1994 Nebula Nominee); Xenogenesis Trilogy; Wild Seed; Mind of My Mind; Patternmaster; Clay's Ark; Survivor; Kindred; "Speech Sounds" (1983 Hugo); "Bloodchild" (1984 Nebula, 1985 Hugo)
[self-identified Catholic] Best known for his popular Berserker series, about a race of robots bent on destroying all humans in the galaxy. Books include: Berserker; Brother Assassin; Berserker's Planet; Berserker Man; The Ultimate Enemy; The Berserker Throne; Berserker Prime; Berserker's Star; Berserker Death; more. Also known for his Dracula/Vlad Tepes series (10 books so far). His other popular series are "Book of the Swords" (3 vol.), "Book of the Lost Swords" (8 vol.), "Empire of the East" (3 vol.), "Books of the Gods" (5 vol.). Other novel include: The Golden People; The Water of Thought; The Veils of Azlaroc; The Mask of the Sun; Specimens; Octagon; Earth Descended; Coils; A Century of Progress; The Frankenstein Papers; Pyramids; After the Fact; The White Bull; The Black Throne; Merlin's Bones; Dancing Bears; Pilgrim; The First Swords; A Coldness in the Blood. Nebula nomination for "Masque of the Red Shift." The "Dracula" series protagonist is a likable Catholic vampire. Other characters noted by Christian readers include Mark from "Book of Swords" and Michel Geulincx, an unnaturally born, half-human savior of humanity (Berserker Man). Regarded as a powerful pro-life novel, Love Conquers All is a "scathing science fictional indictment of our generation's most cherished shibboleths." The book contemplates a libertine future in which the culture of abortion has grown unchecked.
A Clockwork Orange; Man of Nazareth; Earthly Powers (Booker Prize nominee); plus dozens more novels, also short story collections; non-sf: Malayan trilogy
Robert Hugh Benson
[Converted from Anglican to Catholic] SF/F: Lord of the World (1907); The Dawn of All (1911); The Light Invisible (1903); A Mirror of Shalott (1907). Non-fiction: Confessions of a Convert (autobiography); The Religion of the Plain Man. Historical novels: By What Authority? (1904); The King's Achievement (1905). Wrote 27 books, incl. 17 novels
[Raised Catholic; lapsed] Anti-Ice; The Time Ships (Campbell Award; PKD Award; Hugo nominee); Voyage (Sidewise Award); Titan; Moonseed; The Web: Webcrash; Cilia-Of-Gold; Reality Dust; Omegatropic; Evolution; Ages in Chaos; Transcendent; Manifold: Space; Manifold: Time (British S.F. Award; Locus Award); Manifold: Origin; Coalescent; Exultant; Xeelee series; Behemoth series; "Moon Six" (Hugo nominee); etc.
"The Counterpoint of View"; Dearly Beloved
andrew j. offutt
"For Value Received"
James B. Hemesath
"Harry the Hare"; A Fortune in Dimes; The Minutes of the Night
"The Anomaly of the Empty Man"; "Balaam"; The Ghost of Me"; "A Kind of Madness"; "Mr. Lupescu"; "Q.U.R."; "The Quest for Saint Aquin"; A Shape in Time"; "Snulbug"; "The Star Dummy"; "They Bite"; The Compleat Werewolf and Other Tales of Fantasy and Science Fiction; Rocket to the Morgue
["In the 1960s, Clayton joined the Catholic Church, becoming a novice in a teaching order of nuns. At the request of the order, she moved to New Orleans, where she taught junior high school."] The Burning Ground; Crystal Heat; Dance Down the Stars; Dancer's Rise; Diadem from the Starts; Drinker of Soulds; Drum Calls; Drum Warning; Fire in the Sky; Ghosthunt; Irsud; Lamarchos; Maeve; Serpent Waltz; Skeen's Leap; Quester's Endgame: A Novel of the Diadem; Wild Magic
The Elephant Talks to God
Pleistocene Redemption (1998 preliminary Nebula nominee. This appears to be an amazingly controversial book, in that some people love it and others hate it.)
[Relig. affil. unverified. On panel discussion.] Planets of Whispers; Freedom Beach; Look into the Sun; Heroines; Wildlife; many stories and other works.
Watchers at the Strait Gate; "Balgrummo's Hell"; "Behind the Stumps"; "An Encounter by Mortstone Pond"; "Fate's Purse"; "The Invasion of the Church of the Holy Ghost"; "Lex Talionis"; World Fantasy Award for "There's a Long-Long Trail A-Winding"
[A religiously active and conservative Irish-American Catholic.] Alaric: The Day the World Ended; Argo; Cranky Old Man from Tulsa; The Devil is Dead; Dotty; East of Laughter; The Elliptical Grave; The Flame Is Green; Half a Sky; How Many Miles to Babylon; Iron Tears (1993 Philip K. Dick Award); many more works
Liberty Award in 1937 for "A Very Nice Family"; The Forgotten Planet; The Pirates of Zan; Planet Explorers; Quarantine World; "Exploration Team" (Hugo); "First Contact" (Hugo)
Receive the Gift; Sing the Light; Sing the Warmth
wrote the afterword in Lost Dorsai (1980), which combined two Gordon Dickson books; wrote an essay in Dickson's The Final Encyclopedia (1984); Wrote the story introductions in the 1984 World Science Fiction Convention commemorative book Dickson!
The Children's Hour; Exiles to Glory; Falkenberg's Legion; The Gripping Hand; High Justice; Higher Education; Inferno; Janissaries: Clan and Crown; King David's Spaceship; Beowulf's Children (1996 Nebula preliminary nominee)
The Anubis Gates; Dinner at Deviant's Palace; Earthquake Weather; Forsake the Sky; Last Call; On Stranger Tides; Expiration Date (1996 Nebula Nominee)
The Blood of the Lamb series; Samurai Cat series; Zorachus
Clifford D. Simak
All Flesh Is Grass; Catface; City; Cosmic Engineers; Enchanted Pilgrimage; The Goblin Reservation; A Heritage of Stars; Highway to Eternity; Off-Planet; Our Children's Children; Out of Their Minds; Ring Around the Sun; Shakespeare's Planet; So Bright the Vision; They Walked Like Men; Time Is the Simplest Thing; The Visitors; Way Station
A Company of Stars; Her Majesty's Wizard; Quicksilver's Knight; The Secular Wizard; To the Magic Born; A Wizard in Bedlam; The Warlock series
Soulsaver; Stories include: Thus Spake Marco Polo; The Birthday Boy; Syn; The Children's Circle; Emmett; This Faithful Soldier's Life; Cycles; Into That Good Night; It's Not How You Play the Game; Borboleta; etc.
W. R. Thompson
[William Roch Thompson. Catholic. Ogden, Utah resident] Sideshow (about telepaths, set in a near-future Los Angeles); Star Trek, the Next Generation #30: Debtor's Planet; Star Trek, the Next Generation: Infiltrator. Many stories. Winner of 1990 Analog Award.
[Raised Catholic; now agnostic] The Illuminatus Trilogy; Cosmic Trigger series; Illuminati Papers; Schrodinger's Cat Trilogy; Principia Discordia; more
Patricia C. Wrede
Book of Enchantments; Dealing with Dragons; Mairelon the Magician; The Seven Towers; Shadows Over Lyra; Snow White and Rose Red; Sorcery and Cecelia; Talking to Dragons
Apocalipsis; Elves, Wookies and Fanboys: Star Wars And Our Need For Stories
Michael D. O'Brien
Eclipse of the Sun; Father Elijah: An Apocalypse; Strangers and Sojourners (trilogy). Set in contemporary British Columbia, it's part of what one reviewer call "Catholic apocalyptic fiction." Published by Ignatius Press.
After the Darkness: A Catholic Novel on the Coming of the Antichrist and the End of the World (Queenship, 1997)
Bud McFarlane, Jr
[Catholic market.] Pierced By A Sword; Conceived Without Sin; Hsouse of Gold
[Phillip Jackson has a PhD degree in political science. Lives in Dallas, TX.] Christian novels pub. by AmErica House: Timeshift is a 25th century murder mystery that takes place among a swirl of political intrigue. Sequel: Between Two Worlds
[Canadian matushka] Stories include: Astronomical Odds; Father Vadim's Angel; It Must Be Some Place; Light One Candle; The Passing of the Eclipse; Wizards; Orthodox-themed works include: "Cold Hands, Warm Heart" and the poem "The Geography of Prayer"
[Raised Greek Orthodox] Over 10 published short stories; his novel Northern Gothic (2002) nominated for the Stoker Award; collection: 3000 MPH (Prime Books, 2003); novel: Move Under Ground (Night Shade Books, 2004); Greek Orthodoxy plays a major role in his story "Time Of Day" (published in 2002 by Strange Horizons)
[1884-1937. Son of Orthodox priest. Name also written Evgenii Ivanovich Zamiatin.] Russian novelist, playwright, short story writer, and essayist, whose famous anti-utopia My (1924, We) prefigured Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (1932), and inspired George Orwell's 1984 (1949). Among other works (mostly non-sf): Ostrovitiane; Lovets cheloveka; Uezdnoe; Na kulichkakh; Peshchere; Blokha
[Member of the Evangelical Free Church.] Crystal Witness; Firebird; Fusion Fire; One Mind's Eye; Shivering World; Star Wars: The Truce at Bakura; some stories in Star Wars anthologies [interview]
Rand and Robyn Miller
Myst (CD-ROM game and associated books)
The Culling Dark (about a group of explorers stranded on a planet similar to the American Southwest)
[Raised as a fundamentalist, but no longer is.] Clouds End; Mockingbird; The Night Watch; Nobody's Son; Passion Play (Sf thriller set in a near future where the U.S. is ruled by an out-of-control religious right); Resurrection Man; "Monsters Contemplate the Revolution"; "Puss at Play"; "The Shadow Wood"; "Swangard Palace"
David R. Beaucage
[Raised Catholic. Has attended Lutheran, Catholic, Baptist, Reformed, Church of God, Calvary Chapel, Messianic Jewish, and more. Now attends no church. Interview.] The Shiloh Project (Mathematician discovers formula for time travel. Travel backwards in time to meet Daniel, Herod, the wise men from the East, the Holy Family and God.)
[Professor of Mathematics and Computing Science at Trinity Western University, British Columbia. Attends a Baptist church; classifies himself as an Evangelical.] The Peace (Bookmice, 2000; republished Writers Exchange 2002); The Friends (Writers Exchange 2003, winner of the EPPIE for best SF novel of 2003); The Exile (Writers Exchange 2003, finalist for the EPPIE, best SF novel of 2003)
Part of: Worlds of the Timestream - Six earths with different histories
- Two are federated under Irish Kings
- What issues will hi-tech create?
- Can one unethical person cause mass destruction?
- Can a few ethical people preserve civilization?
[President and CEO of Christianity Today, Inc., publishers of the magazine.] Children of the Night series (Christian fantasy series set in a subterranean world. Published jointly by HarperCollins and Zondervan): Children of the Night; The Shining Face; Morning Child
Stephen W. Wise
Global One: The New World Government (co-author)
Global One: The New World Government (co-author)
Paul F. Crouch
Omega Code: Another Has Risen from the Dead (co-author)
Omega Code: Another Has Risen from the Dead (co-author)
Paul D. Meier
The Secret Code (co-author)
Robert L. Wise
The Secret Code (co-author); The Jerusalem Scroll (co-author)
The Jerusalem Scroll (co-author)
Grant R. Jeffrey
Dawn's Early Light (co-author)
Angela Elwell Hunt
Dawn's Early Light (co-author); Heirs of Cahira O'Conner series; plus many non-sf books
Academy award-nominated screenwriter and director of films: "Unbreakable" (2000); "Stuart Little" (1999); "The Sixth Sense" (1999; Nebula Award for Best Script); "Wide Awake" (1998); "Praying with Anger" (1992).
"John Marc DeMatteis is one of the best-known and most respected writers in the comic book world, with work ranging from classic Marvel and DC super-heroes like Spider-Man, Batman, the Silver Surfer, and Doctor Fate... to the creation of challenging adult graphic novels like Moonshadow, Brooklyn Dreams, and the nakedly Baba-influenced Seekers: Into The Mystery. DeMatteis has also written for film and television (most recently for the science-fiction series Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final conflict)."
[ISKCON member, a.k.a. Vipramukhya Swami. Wrote a Krishna Conscious science fiction novel.
Influential s.f. fan as well as part-time author; coined term "sci-fi"; Non-fiction books include: A Reference Guide to American Science Fiction Films; Forrest J Ackerman's World of Science Fiction; editor of anthologies, author of over 25 short stories
Alan A. Adler
"Forbidden Planet"; Mach 1: A Story of Planet Ionu (1957)
"What if Sadat Had Come to Jerusalem Under a Labor Government?" (What If? Explorations in Social-Science Fiction, edited by Nelson W. Polsby, Lewis, 1982)
Peter S. Beagle
The Last Unicorn; Lila, the Werewolf; The Lady and Her Tiger; The Folk of the Air; The Innkeeper's Song; etc. Screenplay for Star Trek: TNG ep. #71, "Sarek"
Widely regarded one of most important literary s.f. writers. A fore-runner of the Cyberpunk movement. The Stars, My Destination (a.k.a. Tiger! Tiger!) is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of s.f. Other novels: The Demolished Man (Hugo award); Who He? (aka The Rat Race); The Computer Connection (nominated for Hugo, Nebula); Golem 100; The Deceivers; Psychoshop. Stories include 3 Hugo nominees: The Men Who Murdered Mohammed; The Pi Man; The Four-Hour Fugue. Other stories include: Adam and No Eve; Hobson's Choice; Star Light, Star Bright; Fondly Fahrenheit; The Devil Without Glasses; Hell Is Forever. Also wrote for Marvel and DC comics.
Ilsa J. Bick
[Child and adult psychiatrist in private practice in Fairfax, Virginia.] "A Ribbon for Rosie," Star Trek: Strange New Worlds II (reprinted in Star Trek: Adventures in Time and Space); "The Quality of Wetness," Writers of the Future, Sept. 2000; Much non-fiction, including articles and essays on psychology, film, science fiction, Star Trek, Judaism, etc., incl. "Boys in Space: Star Trek, Latency, and the Neverending Story"; "The Sight of Difference" in Re-Viewing British Cinema, 1900-1992. Essay: The Token Jew
Prolific author of crime fiction, science fiction, and perhaps most influentially horror fiction. Recipient of Hugo Award, Bram Stoker Award, and the World Fantasy Award. Served a term as President of the Mystery Writers of America. Best known as author of novel Psycho (made into film by Alfred Hitchcock). Also wrote American Gothic; The Scarf
[Orthodox Jew] Winner, 1997 John Campbell Award for Best New Writer; Hugo nominations for: TeleAbsence, Broken Symmetry, Cosmic Corkscrew, Kaddish for the Last Survivor, Spaceships, Paying It Forward, Decisions, and Time Ablaze. Nebula nominations for: Reality Check, Kaddish for the Last Survivor; many other stories
Jack the Ripper; Ripper!; Many short stories, mainly for horror and dark fiction publications. "Betrayal"; "A Child of Darkness"; "Djinn and Tonic"; "The Haunting"; "Shadowman"
High Steel; The Man Who Melted (Nebula Award nominee); The Memory Cathedral; other works; frequent anthologer. Editor of Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction and More Wandering Stars: Outstanding Stories of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction
Novels Pilgrimage; Marin 2120 A.D.; stories incl: Star Train; Blind Man, Singing; Museum Piece
[ethnically Jewish; parents were devout Communists; atheist] Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town; Eastern Standard Tribe; A Place So Foreign and Eight More; Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (Nebula nominee); "0wnz0red" (Nebula nominee); "The Super Man and the Bugout" features adventures of a Jewish-Canadian superhero; Non-fiction: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Science Fiction; Essential Blogging
Dreyfuss, best known as a film actor, is the co-author with Harry Turtledove of the short story "The Two Georges" (based on an original idea by Dreyfuss). They later expanded the story into a novel which was nominated for a 1995 Sideways Award. The novel is now in its fourth printing.
"The Weather on Mars", "Altar Ego" (co-written with his wife, Phyllis Eisenstein)
Tales of Alaric the Minstrel: Born to Exile; In the Red Lord's Reach. Book of Elementals: Sorcerer's son; The Crystal Palace; The City in Stone. Also: Shadow of Earth; In the Hands of Glory. Stories include: "Attachment" (Nebula nom.); "In the Western Tradition" (Hugo/Nebula nom.); "Nightlife" (Hugo nom.); "The Island in the Lake" (Nebula nom.)
New York by Knight; Elf Defense; Sphynxes Wild; The Demon Series; The Majyk Series; Yesterday We Saw Mermaids; The Psalms of Herod; The Sword of Mary; Wishing Season; Warchild (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel); "Death and the Librarian" (1995 Nebula Nominee); "Jesus at the Bat" (1995 Nebula Nominee); "A Birthday" (1996 Nebula preliminary nominee); plus other novels and some short stories
"Agatha V"; "A Bone to Pick"; "Sea Change"; "Twelve Steps"
Best known as screenwriter ("Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", etc.); author of Princess Bride, as well as screenplay for its film adaptation
"Tauf Aleph" (Begelman, of Tau Ceti IV, is the last Jew in the universe. Until a very alien race starts converting to Judaism.); "Among You"; "Blue Apes"; "Body English"; Emperor, Swords, Pentacles; Flesh and Gold; Heart of Red Iron; The Kingdom of Cats
Nominations for a World Fantasy Award for Travellers in Magic (1994) and The Dream Years (1985). The Red Magician received the American Book Award for Best Paperback, 1982. "Alfred" (1993 Nebula Nominee), Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, December, 1992, was nominated for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. "Cassandra's Photographs", Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, August, 1987, was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards. "The Narcissus Plague" (1995 Nebula Nominee); "Fortune and Misfortune" (1998 Nebula preliminary nominee)
The Tsaddik of the Seven Wonders; Crystalworld; The Hand of Ganz; The Identity Plunderers; The Mutants Are Coming; Out of Sync; Specterworld
Jack C. Haldeman
Bill, the Galactic Hero on the Planet of the Zombie Vampires; The Fall of Winter; High Steel (with Jack M. Dann); Star Trek: Perry's Planet; Vector Analysis; many stories
Joe W. Haldeman
1968; All My Sins Remembered; Buying Time; Dealing in Futures; Forever War (Nebula and Hugo awards; Forever Peace; The Hemingway Hoax; The Long Habit of Living; many other works, including a large body of Star Trek novels
author of YA/children's novels "A Series of Unfortunate Events" under pseudonym "Lemony Snicket", adapted to a feature film in 2004
The Mouse and His Child; The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz; Kleinzeit; Turtle Diary; Riddley Walker (Cambell Award); Pilgermann; The Medusa Frequency; more.
"Borne on a River of Tears"; "Dochyel's Ride"; "Now Cracks a Noble Hear"; "Sambatyon"
[pseudonym of Rhoda Blecker]; Commencement; Commitment
Cyril M. Kornbluth
Stories incl: The Little Black Bag; The Marching Morons; The Altar at Midnight; Ms. Found in a Chinese Fortune Cookie; Gomez; The Advent on Channel 12; novels incl: Takeoff; The Syndic
St. Nicholas and the Valley Beyond; Swordspoint; Thomas the Rhymer; Large number of stories.
First and Final Rites; Interface Masque; Memento Mori; Angel at Apogee; Blind Justice; Cybernetic Jungle; Cyberstealth; Dancing Vac; Songs of Chaos; Star Trek Voyager: Cybersong; U.S.S.A. Book 2; U.S.S.A. Book 4
Renowned comic book writer, especially well known for his work on Superman. Novels include Kingdom Come; Superman: Last Son of Krypton; Miracle Monday; Generation X
Beyond Apollo; The Engines of the Night; Galaxies; The Remaking of Sigmund Freud
Tesseracts; "The Deep Down Dragon"; "The Lady Was a Tramp; "Peeping Tom"; "The Shrine of Temptation; "That Only a Mother"
"And Baby Makes Five"; "Another Brush with the Fuzz"; "The Circus Hand's Desertion"; "Cogitor, Ergo Sum"; "The Defenders of the Golden Tower" "Medizinmann"; other stories
Lost in Space: Probing Feminist Science Fiction and Beyond; Mars and Her Children: Poems; City of Darkness, City of Light; He, She, and It
The Ghost of Hannah Mendes
[Resnick writes frequently about religious themes, but is apparently an atheist. At MIT in 1998 he said: "I've given God speaking roles in seven or eight stories and I've always assumed that since it is blasphemous for a Christian or Jew to do it, it required an atheist to become his literary executor. But seriously, I find that in my serious stories I make many more references to God and to the Bible than to science. There are six billion people in this world and I would say that 4 to 5 billion believe devoutly in God. The writer that doesn't take that into account is making a terrible mistake." Resnick frequently writes about African settings, characters, cultures and religions.] An Alien Land; Inferno; Kikuyu; Ivory; The Branch; Bully!; Bwana & Bully!; also editor of many anthologies
[Convert to Judaism from Catholicism.] The Sparrow (Winner of the 1996 James Tiptree Award); Children of God. Russell received the Campbell Award in 1998.
Jewish doctor/author of Brazil [Source: John Clute and John Grant. The Encyclopedia of Fantasy New York: St.Martin's (1997), p. 844.]
[Shatner is famous not as an author, but as an actor, especially for his role as Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek. The books which bear his name have both enthusiasts and detractors, but his science fiction novels are best sellers and he may be the most famous, most recognizable person on this list. His novels are ghostwritten, however, which is why he is not on the "Famous Authors" page.]
Books include Star Trek novels (The Ashes of Eden; The Return; Spectre; etc.); In Alien Hands: Quest for Tomorrow; The Law of War; Man O'War; Tek novels (Tek Net; Tekwar; etc.); Beyond the Stars; Step into Chaos; author/director of film "Groom Lake"
[Shatner has publicly stated that he is Jewish, but that his religious beliefs are very individualized. He may be religious in his own way. We have conflicting reports that he is practicing Jew, and also a non-observant Jew.]
Russian/Slavic folklore (The Shining Falcon; The Horse of Flame); Celtic fantasy (A Strange and Ancient Name; King's Son, Magic's Son; The Shattered Oath); stories in the "Unicorn" shared world series; Once Upon a Galaxy (non-fiction). Anthologies Edited: A Sampler of Jewish-American Folklore; Rachel the Clever and Other Jewish Folktales; Orphans of the Night; Lammas Night
Janni Lee Simner
Stories: Alien Promises; The Amanda's Room; Beyond the Flames; Bra Melting; By the Oaks; Cherilly's Law; A Child's Adventures; Drawing the Moon; Exchange Student; Free Will, Baby; Learning Magic; Out of Sight; others
[Said in 1998 interview: "I'm a mystic. A very rational Orthodox Jewish Atheistic Mystic." Real name: Philip Klass (Tenn is pen name). Tenn is NOT "Philip J. Klass" who writes debunking books about UFOs.] Honored as Author Emeritus by Nebula Awards. Story collections include: Of All Possible Worlds; The Human Angle; stories incl.: "Down Among the Dead Men"; only full-length novel is Of Men and Monsters. Tenn's book collection of essays - Dancing Naked, a 2005 Hugo Nominee - includes "Interview with William Tenn: A Jew's-Eye View of the Universe" (first pub. in Paradoxa, July 2002).
Popular feminist author. After Long Silence; The Awakeners; Beauty; True Game series; The Family Tree; The Gate to Women's Country; Gibbon's Decline and Fall
To Die With Honor; The Medicine Men; The Uses of Adversity; Many stories, incl.: In re Glover; Experiment in Paradise; A Joyful Noise; The Chelmlins; The Worm Shamir; etc.
Joan D. Vinge
[Jewish/Native American] Snow Queen (1981 Hugo); The Summer Queen; World's End; Catspaw; Dreamfall; Psion; Heaven Chronicles; Movie novelizations (Ladyhawke; Lost in Space; Mad Max III: Beyond Thunderdome; Return to Oz; Santa Claus: The Movie; Willow)
Whiteout; "A Breath of Life" [Wild Cards]; "Indian Giving"; "Roadkill"; "Stealth and the Lady"
Stories: All Singing, All Dancing; Holding the Cross; The Hour of Their Need; Lady Agatha of Lolfland; The Lazarus Chronicle; Shoot to Kill
Deborah J. Wunder
Stories: Geniecon; A Prophet for Chanukah; Rock Band Conjures Satan as Manager--Group Claims 'Good Buisiness Move'; That Old Black Magic
[NOTE: Anderson is not famous as a SF/F writer, but as a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. He is an investigative reporter and journalist whose column appears in over 800 newspapers nationwide; his national radio show, "Watch on Washington" commands a large audience. He recently hosted four TV specials on investigative reporting.] Anderson's entry into the ranks of SF/F writers was Millennium (1994, Tom Doherty Associates), about an alien visitor, a government coverup, and the "hard-bitten journalist" who must save the world. Also: Conspiracy of Silence; Zero Point
Novels: The Alien (partially the basis for the Ridley Scott movie "Alien" featuring Sigourney Weaver); This Island Earth (made into a 1954 film by Universal Studios); The Cybernetic Brains; The King of Eolim; Man of Two Worlds (reprinted as Renaissance); Renegades of Time; The River and the Dream; The Secret People (The Deviates); Weeping May Tarry (co-written with Lester del Rey). Over 60 stories published in such classic sf periodicals as Astounding Science Fiction; Thrilling Wonder Stories; Fantastic Adventures; Amazing Stories; Analog Science Fact/Science Fiction; etc. Stories include "Rat Race" (1967 Hugo Nominee) and "Correspondence Course" (Hugo Nominee). Many Jones have been anthologized even after his death, such as The Person from Porlock". [See also: Selected R.F.Jones reviews page; more biographical info.]
Author of story or screenplay for films All Dogs Go to Heaven; Thumbelina and Secret of NIMH. Renowned animator/director of many popular films, including Titan A.E.; (nominated for a Saturn Award for Best S.F. Film; nominated for an Annie Award for best animated feature); Bartok the Magnificent; Anastasia; Pebble and the Penguin; Banjo the Woodpile Cat; The Small One; The Rescuers; A Troll in Central Park; Rock-A-Doodle; Dragon's Lair II: Timewarp; The Land Before Time; An American Tail; Space Ace; Dragon's Lair; Pete's Dragon; The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
[Masters of Arts from Penn State University, and an MFA from the University of Utah.]Writer of "Galaxy Quest" (starring Sigourney Weaver, Tim Allen; 2000 Hugo award for best film; 2000 Nebula award for best script; 2000 Phantastik--German s.f. awards--nominee for best film); Plays include Electric Roses; The Fast (successful five-week run at the Rose Theater in Venice, Cal.); and The Rite of Spring, produced by Second Stage in southern Cal.
[has used pen name: "M. Dalton Allred"] Comic book artist, sometimes a writer as well. Creator of "Madman"; Writer/artist of "The Golden Plates," graphic novel/comic book adaptations of the Book of Mormon; The Atomics; illustrator of popular comic series including Marvel's "X-Men" spinoff "X-Statix." The film "G-Men from Hell" (2000) was an adaptation of a comic series by Allred. He wrote and directed the s.f. feature film "Astroesque" (1996), a.k.a. "Beatific: The Twelfth Man".
Samuel W. Taylor
Story: "A Situation of Gravity"; Novel: Man With My Face (was made into a movie, 1951); Heaven Knows Why (1948); The Grinning Gismo (1951). Wrote story that was the basis for the movies: The Absent Minded Professor (1961, also TV version 1988); Flubber (1997, starring Robin Williams); Bait (1954). Literary critic Michael Austin called Heaven Knows Why one of the four greatest Latter-day Saint novels ever, regardless of genre. Also, many non-sf, incl: Family Kingdom, etc.
[Elizabeth Boyer grew up in rural Idaho. She is Scandinavian by descent and Tolkien's writings inspired her curiosity about Scandinavian folklore. She has a B.A. from Brigham Young University at Provo, Utah, in English literature. After spending several years in the Rocky Mountain wilderness of central Utah, she and her husband now live in Utah's Oquirrh mountains. Sharing their home are two daughters and an assortment of animals. Ms. Boyer enjoys horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and classical music. ] The Black Lynx; The Clan of the Warlord; The Curse of Slagfid; The Dragon's Carbuncle; The Elves and the Otterskin; Keeper of Cats; The Lord of Chaos; The Sword and the Satchel; The Thrall and the Dragon's Heart; The Troll's Grindstone; The Wizard and the Warlord; some short stories
[Also writes as Amanda Ashley] Her many romantic s.f. books, published by Leisure Books (New York), include: The Angel and the Outlaw; Beneath a Midnight Moon; Chase the Lightning; Feather in the Wind; The Spirit Path; Under a Prairie Moon; Unforgettable; Warrior's Lady; A Whisper in the Wind; The Captive; A Darker Dream; Deeper Than the Night; Embrace the Night; Midnight Embrace; Shades of Gray; Sunlight Moonlight
Has been a finalist and semifinalist many times for the Francis, Paranormal Excellence and Rita awards, among others. Received a Francis Award for Dark Fire; other romance s.f. novels include: Dark Challenge; Dark Desire; Dark Gold; Dark Guardian; Dark Legend; Dark Magic; Dark Prince; Dark Symphony; Lair of the Lion; The Scarletti Curse
Currently a consulting editor for Galaxy. "Mrs. Lincoln's China" (1995 Hugo nominee). Bell received an AML award for editorial excellence for the anthology, Washed by a Wave of Wind: Science Fiction from the Corridor (Signature Books, 1993). Poem "One Hundred Years of Russian Revolution, 7 November 1917 to 7 November 2017, Novaya Moskva, Mars" was a finalist for the 1990 Science Fiction Poetry Association Rhysling Award. First place in the Writers of the Future contest, 1987; "Romeo to Juliet, in Utah" (Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Jan. 1991)
Contributing author to Bright Angels and Familiars: Contemporary Mormon Stories; Future Earths: Under African Skies; Hotel Andromeda; Once Upon a Midnight; The Rhysling Anthology; Simulations: Fifteen Tales of Virtual Reality; Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium; War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches; Between the Darkness and the Fire, and 3 popular Star Wars anthologies: Tales from Jabba's Palace; Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina; and Tales of the Bounty Hunters.
Novels: Nicoji (New York: Baen, 1991); Inuit (first place in the 1997 Utah Original Writing Competition, novel category); "Moon Girl" (1998 Nebula preliminary nominee); "Lock Down" (1999 Nebula nominee); many other stories and poems
[Real name Anne Wingate, Salt Lake City. Also writes as Martha G. Webb.] Associated with the Reading for the Future Foundation, but most of her writing is mystery, not SF/F. Best known for the Deb Ralston mystery series, including Hacker (which may have cyberpunk themes) and Genealogy of Murder
Unified Worlds Saga (Ganwold's Child; Echoes of Issel; Dominion's Reach; Holy Wars); "A Distant Legacy"; "The Misplaced Space Case"; "Thunderbird's Egg" [More Info]
[Zindell's public bio doesn't identify religious affiliation, but he lived in Utah when writing and publishing his first sf novels, many of which are heavily informed by this background. In 1986 he was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer.] "Shanidar" (WotF winner; appeared in Best SF of the Year 15, 1986); "The Dreamer's Sleep"; "When the Rose is Dead"; "Caverns"; Neverness (nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award); "Requiem for Homo Sapiens" series (The Broken God, nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award; The Wild and War in Heaven)
Mayflower Trilogy (Co-written with Orson Scott Card): Lovelock (Tor, 1995); Rasputin. Kidd has written non-SF/F books, including Paradise View, Return to Paradise, The Alphabet Year, The Innkeepers Daughter; A Convert's Guide to Mormon Life
Rich is the director and/or producer of many major animated feature films, including "The King and I" (1999) and Disney's "The Fox and the Hound". He has written the stories or screenplays for many animated fantasy films, including "The Swan Princess" (1994); "The Swan Princess II: Escape from Castle Mountain" (1997); "The Swan Princess III" (1998) and Disney's "The Black Cauldron" (1985).
Christensen is primarily famous as one of the preeminent fantasy painters working today. But he is also the co-author of a fantasy book he illustrated: Voyage of the Basset, with Renwick St. James and Alan Dean Foster (Artisan, 1996).
I Hated Heaven (1998): A construction worker named Tom Waring finds out what heaven is like in Kenny Kemp's I Hated Heaven. Tom dies suddenly of pancreatic cancer in the midst of a full, more or less happy life. He goes to "Paradise," not a purgatory but a sort of staging area for Heaven--and where Kemp works out his rather imaginative theology. Trouble is, Waring left a lot of bills, a trusting young son, and a loving wife whose agnosticism is only strengthened by the sorrows thrust upon her. What kind of God, in other words, would call away a good man leading a worthwhile and vital life? Thus Tom spends his time in Paradise trying to return to Earth in this original, comic novel. [Won the "Ippy" Award for Inspirational Fiction, 1999 Independent Publishers' Association.] Sequel: Hell is 10,000 Cable Channels. Non-fiction: Dad was a Carpenter: Blueprints for a Meaningful Life. Director/screenwriter of award-winning films such as "Fedora," and "Wildest Dreams."
Poet-in-Residence at Seaver College of Pepperdine University from 1997-2000; Over 1,000 publications: books, articles, poems, stories, etc., including In the Image of God: Theme, Characterization, and Landscape in the Fiction of Orson Scott Card; editor and author of many scholarly works about and anthologies about authors such as Stephen King, Piers Anthony, Card, Peter Straub, Brian Aldiss, Dean Koontz, etc.; Nephiad; sf/f stories including "Dark Transformations".
[Writes fantasy, but most published books are not strictly classified as sf/f.] Young adult fiction: The Only Alien on the Planet [Awards and distinctions for this book include American Library Association Best Books list for 1994; Michigan Library Association's Best Book of the Year for 1996; California Young Readers' Medal]; On the Side of the Angels; Breaking Rank; The Morning Comes Singing; One Song for Two; Why Did Grandma Have to Die?
Weyland, a university physics profressor, is best known as one of the most popular authors of Latter-day Saint popular fiction. He has been honored by a special AML award for his contributions to Latter-day Saint fiction, for such works as Charly; Sam; Kimberly; On the Run; Peppertide; Reunion; A Small Light in the Darkness; many more. Author of two s.f. stories: "Ask Dr. Goodstate, Your Factory-Trained Quantum Mechanic" and "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood." Co-author of the mainstream market science/science fiction book Megapowers. Most of his novels are not SF, but A New Dawn could be classified as such, as it is about a physicist who discovers the unified field formula.
Gerald N. Lund
Lund is best known as the author of the Latter-day Saint historical fiction "The Work and the Glory" series. As such, he is one of the best-selling novelists in the Latter-day Saint market. More recently (April 2002) Lund was called as a Seventy. Less well known is his 1983 science fiction novel The Alliance. In 2000 Lund again published a science fiction novel, the alternative history The Freedom Factor (Bryce Sherwood, a young senatorial aide whose star is rising, is a key player in an attempt to pass an amendment that would eliminate the checks and balances built into the Constitution. When Nathaniel Gorham, one of the original Founding Fathers, appears to him, he is transported into a world where the Constitution was never ratified.)
Mainstream press: Ben Franklin and the Chamber of Time (Shadow Mountain: 1995); Heimerdinger is primarly known for fantasy/adventure/historical novels targeted at the Latter-day Saint youth market, including the "Tennis Shoes" series, "Eddie Fantastic" series; Daniel and Nephi and A Light in the Storm. Forthcoming films: "Summer of the Nephite"; "Return to Christmas"
[convert] Over a dozen short stories in LDSF; Leading Edge; Fantasy Book; Grue; Fungi. Stories include "Act of Faith"; "Millennial End", etc. "Mona" in Analog Science Fiction and Fact; "The Scarlet Batling" In Things That Go Bump in the Night, ed. Jane Yolen and Martin H. Greenberg, New York: Harper and Row, 1989; more; "Mormontage" (poem in Dialogue, 1998); Children's books: One, Two, and Three: What Does Each One See?; Just Not the Same; non-sf novel: The Fly on the Rose; over 20 non-fiction genealogical books incl. The Genealogist's Address Book; publisher of LDSF-2, LDSF-3, LDSF-4 (now accepting submissions) via her Parables imprint.
Eccentric Circles (Ace, 2001); Never After (Ace, 2002)
SF-related non-fiction: Make it So: Leadership Lessons from Star Trek The Next Generation; non-sf non-fiction: Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun; Victory Secrets of Attila the Hun; Protect Your Achilles Heel: Crafting Armor for the New Age at Work
[Physical therapist, novelist, graduate of Starling Medical College in Columbus, Ohio; remembered for his fantasies and science fiction. Born near Chillicothe, Ohio; worked as a physician in Salt Lake City, where he died in 1947. He is probably best known for his Jason Croft character. One of few s.f. writers who wrote in Esperanto. Rel. affil. unverified.] Stories: A Comedy of Terrors; The Compass in the Sky; The Green Goddess; A Hard-Boiled Tenderfoot; Her Free Fall; His Air-Minded Darling; The House in the Mist; The Ledger of Life; Poor Little Pigeon; The Woolly Dog; Ashes of Circumstance; dozens more. Novels: Palos of the Dog Star Pack; The Mouthpiece of Zitu; Jason, Son of Jason; Films: Playing with Fire (1921); Pink Tights (1920); The Kaiser's Shadow (1918); The Cabaret (1918); Eyes of Mystery (1918); The Matrimaniac (1916)
"The Führer You Know"; "Hymnal"; "For the Strength of the Hills" (awarded first-place in the 1997 Writers of the Future Contest; Writers of the Future Vol. XIII. Runner up in the 1997 Sideways Awards for Alternative History.) "The Greatest Danger" in Drakas! (New York: Baen, 2000). Allred has also written many critical essays and regular columns on science fiction and fantasy, as well as literature in general. Co-author of DC Comics Solo #7 (October 2005), for which his brother (Mike Allred) was the artist. [Reviews]
[Kroupa has lived on both the Hopi and Navajo Reservations. She has a degree in music and has worked as a music reviewer, columnist, and freelance journalist. She is the mother of seven children and currently resides in Orem, UT.] "Scapegoat" (1997 Nebula nominee); "The Healer" (First Place, Writers of the Future contest, 1993); "Walter's Christmas-Night Musik" (1998 Nebula preliminary nominee); "Harden Times"; "Counting Calories"; "Tricky Coyote"
[James L. Wright, Jr. lives in Portland, Oregon.] With his popular Delta Blues episode reviews, Wright has become one of Trekdom's most influential webmasters and commentators. Columnist for Starfleet Journal. Published work includes: "This is your Brain on Screensavers"; "Error: Incompatible File Format"; "Bad Moon Rising." Fan fiction includes: "For the Ship"; "Best of Both Girls"; "The Raven Redux"; "Hiroshi Haiku: Vis-a-Vis." Has had other fiction published in WordPerfect the Magazine, Galaxy, Echoes, and Latter-Day Digest. As an actor, Wright has had parts in "The Seventh Brother" and "One of These Days."
In the Computer Gaming Hall of Fame. Co-creator of influential and best-selling computer games: Doom, Doom 2, Quake, Call of Cthulhu, Civilization, Age of Empires, etc.
"Shannon's Flight" (in Washed by a Wave of Wind). Also Latter-day Saint market sf novels: The Millennium File; The Doomsday Factor. Non-sf screenplays include "Thanksgiving Promise" (Disney movie for television.)
[Lives in SLC.] Writes in a variety of genres, including non-fiction, poetry, and mainstream. One work of sf/f: Secrets Keep (Signature Books, 1995. Latter-day Saint investigative reporter who helped put a murderer behind bars finds she has a psychic link to the murder and discovers more of his secrets.) Winner of 3 AML Awards (for "New Voices, New Songs" (Dialogue 13.4, 1980); "Lullaby in the New Year" and "Demons"; and Sideways to the Sun) Also: Salamander; Windows on the Sea, and other works.
Scott R. Parkin
[Lives in Utah County.] "Within Limits", "Of Cats and Disease and Goodness", "Empty Every Night"; "Ratchet", "Standard Operating Procedure", "There Is a Season". 18 sales to small and regional markets. Parkin and his wife Marny are the authors of the Bibliography of Latter-day Saint Science Fiction and the sf/f editors of the Latter-day Saint literary magazine Irreantum.
Nancy Allen Campbell
Love Beyond Time [Review. Received the 1999 Francis award for best time travel romance novel.] No Time For Love; A Time for the Heart
Barriers (time travel epic); "Visit To Central Park"
Macy also writes about music. Example; Non-sf includes screenplays (e.g., "One Christmas Eve")
Thelma Hatch Wyss
[Author of young adult sf and non-sf novels.] Here at the Scenic-Vu Motel (HarperCollins, 1989); Show Me Your Rocky Mountains (Deseret, 1982); Star Girl (Viking, 1967); A Stranger Here (Harpercrest, 1993. Young-adult supernatural/fantasy romance about a teenage girl and the ghost of a boy killed in WWII.)
Overkill (Avon Flare (1994): Young-adult horror/psychic novel about a young girl who has visions of murders while they're happening.); "Satan's Shadow" (Night Terrors, Simon and Schuster, 1996); Stardust (Simon and Schuster, 1993); also non-sf/f novels published by Simon and Schuster: Cricket and the Crackerbox Kid; Poison; The Practical Joke War; Secrets; See You In September; Show Me the Evidence; Tumbleweed Christmas; Also: Mystery Solvers Series and National Park Mysteries (with Gloria Skurzynski)
Paul R. Fisher
The Ash Staff; The Hawks of Fellheath; Mont Cant Gold; The Princess and the Thorn
Grand Prize in the Writers of the Future contest in 1994 for "Sea of Chaos". Other stories include: Dome Walk; Granpa is Missing on the Mars Tranship; The Peachwood Flute; Weeds; Tyler's Garden
Teare lives in Providence, Utah. He has worked primarily as an illustrator (A Trucker's Night Before Christmas; Countdown to 2000: A Kid's Guide to the New Millenium; Dance, Pioneer, Dance; The Green Song; Will You Still Love Me?), but he is the author as well as the illustrator of the Washington Times-acclaimed graphic novel Cypher.
"Cinders of the Great War" in Writers of the Future Vol 9. (award winner); "Signs and Wonders" in Washed by a Wave of Wind; Magic: The Gathering: Distant Planes; "What the Gods Will" in Sword and Sorceress XIII (edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley); "The Smell of Magic" in Sword and Sorceress XV
Light Traveler: The Adventure Begins (Nominated for 1999 Golden Duck Award for Excellence in Children's SF. Also printed as My Body Fell Off); Two sequels in Light Traveler series: Silver Hawk's Revenge and Missing Children; also: Sting! (first in Sting Ray Fischer Adventure Series); Sixteen In No Time
[Thatcher lives in Orem, Utah. He has served as a Latter-day Saint bishop.] "By Other Windings", prize-winning story published in Writers of the Future Vol. XV(Sept. 1999); "Of Cabbages and Kings" (2nd place winner) in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (1998); "I Am Become Death" in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds II (1999); planetarium shows, including an authorized adaptation of a work by Isaac Asimov; a novel about the colonization of Mars. "Lightning Boy" (Talebones). "Luther and the Dragon" (Realms of Fantasy); more
Non-practicing Latter-day Saints and/or Utahns The following authors are Utah residents who have never been members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or they are non-practicing Latter-day Saints) who have written about Utah/Latter-day Saint themes:
[Lived in Cassia County, Idaho (which is a predominantly Latter-day Saint area), and for a time in Salt Lake City, Utah. He expressed admiration for Mormon pioneers and contemporary Latter-day Saints, but was not a Latter-day Saint himself. Based some of his writing on the Book of Mormon.] Famed author of dozens of Tarzan novels, Mars Series (A Princess of Mars; The Gods of Mars; etc.); Venus Series; Earth's Core series
L.E. Modesitt, Jr. was born in Denver, graduated from Williams College, has eight children, and has lived in Cedar City, Utah since 1993. He is best known for his best-selling "Recluse" series. Readers interested in both Latter-day Saint culture and science fiction may be interested in his latest novel: The Ghost of the Revelator (Tor Books, 1998) takes place in an alternate history in which the U.S. was never formed. Instead, Columbia, New France, Quebec, and the Latter-day Saint state of Deseret control North America. Much of the story takes place in "Great Salt Lake City." The novel provides an interesting mixture of real-life contemporary Latter-day Saint culture juxtaposed with alternative historical conjecture based on the premise that Latter-day Saint Deseret remained an independent and thriving theocratic state rather than being incorporated into the U.S.
The Parafaith War is also about Latter-day Saints, and also written from the perspective of an outsider learning about a very foreign and powerful religion. Other published novels: The Spellsong Cycle series (The Soprano Sorceress; etc.); The Saga of Recluse (The Magic of Recluse; The Magic Engineer; The Order War; Fall of Angels; etc.); The Ecolitan Matter series; The Forever Hero series; The Timegod; Timediver's Dawn; Of Tangible Ghosts; The Hammer of Darkness; Adiamante; Gravity Dreams; and more.
[Lived in Salt Lake City, Utah where she wrote Homestead Year, and taught at the University of Utah. She had previously lived in Pennsylvania and now lives in Ohio. She was the 1997 guest of honor at BYU's "Life, the Universe and Everything Symposium." She is not a Latter-day Saint, although there is much in her writing that echoes Latter-day Saint environmentalist themes (such as those of Terry Tempest Williams, M. Shayne Bell and many others).] Books include Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream (Christian main characters), Pennterra; The Ragged World, etc. Multiple-time Nebula nominee. Received Campbell Award in 1988. See entry under Quakers
[Now lives in western Washington.] Burn; Viravax; Jaguar; The Pandora Series (co-authored with Frank Herbert: The Jesus Incident; The Lazarus Effect; The Ascension Factor); Learning the Ropes: A Creative Autobiography (Utah State University Press). Also, has appeared in two films: An Officer and a Gentleman and The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (CBS).
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has won far too many awards to list here (see home page). Virtual War (Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association; Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers; New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age, 1997); Zero Gravity (National Science Teachers Association/Children's Book Council; Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children for 1995; Children's Book of the Year; Bank Street College Child Study Committee); What Happened in Hamelin; The Tempering; Manwolf; Cyberstorm; non-fiction as well.
W. R. Thompson
[William Roch Thompson. Catholic. Ogden, Utah resident. ] Sideshow (about telepaths, set in a near-future Los Angeles); Star Trek, the Next Generation #30: Debtor's Planet (Ferengi plan to enslave the people of Megara); Star Trek, TNG: Infiltrator (Picard and crew face off against followers of the genetically enhanced tyrant Khan Noonien Singh). Many stories, including "Ally", "Backlash", "Desperado", "The Efficiency Expert", "The Extremists", "Friendly Environment", "Ghost Dance", "Health Food", "Life Among the Immortals", "Second Contact". Winner of 1990 Analog Award.
Jack MacLane (Bill Crider)
Novels (published as Jack MacLane): Blood Dreams; Goodnight Moom; Just Before Dark; Rest in Peace. Numerous horror stories in anthologies and magazines, including: City of Darkness: Unseen; Dark Destiny; Pawn of Chaos; Truth Until Paradox; Dark at Heart; Obsessions; Once Upon a Crime; Werewolves; Urban Nightmares.
"I am Klingon" (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds anthology, 3rd place); "The Find" (Honorable Mention, 2000 Best of Soft SF competition); "Eye of the Assassin"; "A Breed Apart"; "Brass Bottle"; "Doubles"; "To See Clearly"; "Bridge Over Troubled Waters"; "The Eye"; "The Gods Perspire"; "Invasion of the Utah SF Writers" (Fantastic Worlds v1 #1 '96); "Read Directions"; "Snowflakes, One by One"; "Song of Mother Jungle"; "With Forked Tongue"; "Zero Dead"; many other stories and articles
"Sardines"; "Dealer"; "Professionals"; "Soulkeeper"; "Under the Tattoos"; "Rising Star"; "Corona Heat"; Co-author of Prehistoric Indians: their cultures, ruins, artifacts and rock art. Salt Lake City: Wasatch Publishers (1979).
[Born in Utah. Religious affiliation unknown.] "America's leading dinosaur illustrator." Author/illustrator of books such as The Dinosaurs - A Fantastic New View of a Lost Era; Ray Bradbury's Dinosaur Tales and The Little Blue Brontosaurus. Author of The Warrior and the Sorceress. Best known for his art and production design for films such as Conan; Men in Black, and Disney's Dinosaurs (2000)
[Born in Washington, D.C. area. Lived most of life in Rocky Mountains area, living in Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Nevada. Now teaches history and an s.f. class at Concord College, West Virginia. Published biographical information about Manzione does not mention religious affiliation here. He is listed here because he has lived in and written about Utah.] "Candle in a Cosmic Wind" (A Russian national, fleeing west across the U.S. after a nuclear exchange, runs into an alien landing party on the Utah border. Analog, Aug. 1987; The Year's Best Science Fiction vol. 5, 1988, St. Martin's Press); "Cold War" (Analog, July 1989); "Emperor Penguins" (Analog, July/Aug 1999); also non-fiction, incl. I Am Looking to the North for My Life: Sitting Bull, 1876-1881 (University of Utah Press)
Born in Utah, Rock is not a Latter-day Saint, but his breakout novel, This Is the Place (selected for Barnes and Noble's "Discover Great New Writers"), is primarily about Latter-day Saints and the stark differences between Utah and Nevada. He has been the recipient of a Henfield Award and a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. Also wrote Carnival Wolves. Rock's fiction is not classified as SF/F, but according to the Random House web site it does have fantastic and "supernatural" elements.
[A Utah resident during writing career (according to notes accompanying "Zombie Corps"), but not known to be a Latter-day Saint.] "An Arrow of Tempered Silver"; "Racing the Horseman"; "The Zombie Corps: Nine-Lives Charlie" (Writers of the Future award)
Author of many non-fiction astronomy and physics books. The best known, Black Holes and Time Warps, isn't science fiction, strictly speaking, but does have science fiction elements, apparently used for instructional/allegorical purposes, such as a robot named "Kolob."
[Playwrite, author of historical fiction as well as fantasy.] The Merlin of Saint Gilles' Well; Leaving Eden; Tamar; Sofia; The Sultan's Daughter; Reign of the Favored Women; The Merlin of the Oak Wood
David L. Burkhead
Stories in Analog Science Fiction & Fact: "The Future is Now"; "Match Point"; "EMT"; "Splitting Seconds." Also: "Jilka and the Evil Wizard" (Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine)
[Born in Bristol. Lives in London.] Mr. In-Between; Christendom
Principia Discordia, Or, How I Found Goddess and What I Did to Her When I Found Her: The Magnum Opiate of Malacypse the Younger; The Anarch Cookbook: A Friendly Guide to Vampire Politics; The Idle Warriors; Zenarchy
[Born in Los Angeles. Raised near SLC. Was a Latter-day Saint missionary in Canada.] "Synchronicity and the Single Girl"; "Stalin's Candy"; "Dance of the Yellow-Breasted Luddites"; "Celestial Mechanics"; "Rise Up, Ye Women That Are at Ease" (Washed by a Wave of Wind)
Mormon/atheist author. Fisher was an active Latter-day Saint as a young man, was baptized after he graduated from high school and married his devoutly Latter-day Saint high school sweetheart. His wife died after seven years of marriage, an event which would "haunt Fisher's work for forty years." He became strongly opposed to Christianity, and this opposition was the major theme of his writing during most of his life. Fisher mostly wrote historical fiction, but some of his novels, about prehistoric man, could easily be classified as speculative fiction (although they're considered among his weakest, most didactic work). Certainly Adam and the Serpent is classified as s.f. (specifically, the "shaggy god" sub-genre, to use the term coined by Brian Aldiss). His entire 12-volume "Testament" series is a "fictostenographic history of civilization" which occupies an unusual place between historical fiction and alternative history. His most famous novel, Children of God (1939), won the Harper Prize and is considered a classic work of Latter-day Saint fiction by Latter-day Saint and non-Latter-day Saint literary critics alike. Little of his work is now in print.
Star Trek, the Next Generation #38: Dragon1s Honor; stories include "Canine Intervention", "Fox Magic", "Last Dance at Dante's", more.
Michael P. Kube-McDowell
[Lapsed Lutheran.] Alternities; Empery; Emprise; Enigma; Exile; Isaac Asimov's Robot City Book 1: Odyssey; The Quiet Pools; Star Wars books (Before the Storm; Shield of Lies; The Black Fleet Crisis; Tyrant's Test); some short stories
[convert to Islam; http://www.naseeb.com/naseebvibes/prose-detail.php?aid=4162: Pamela Taylor is the Publications Officer of the Islamic Writers Alliance and co-chair of the Progressive Muslim Union.] s.f. stories include: "The Cathedral" in Citizen Culture Magazine, Feb 2005: "A futuristic look at a world where seminaries encourage multiculturalism and the quest for tolerance is taken a step too far."; "Hajar's Long Walk" (fable) and "First Impressions" (non-sf) in Many Voices, One Faith: Islamic Writers Alliance Anthology 1 (2004); vampire story "Peaceful Conclusions" in Beyond the Mundane anthology: Vampires, and Werewolves, and Monsters, Oh My! (2005)
[a.k.a. Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad] Stories: The 'Other' Spanish Inqusition; The Exile. Creator of the Islam in Sci-fi website.
influential fantasy novelist; Stone of Tears; Wizard's First Rule; Blood of the Fold; Naked Empire; Stone of Tears; etc.
[Ordained]; Brain Twister; The Gandalara Cycle I; The Gandalara Cycle II; Return to Eddarta; The River Wall; The Search for Ka
Alexandra E. Honigsberg
[In 1996 Honigsberg was a priest candidate in the Old Catholic Church at Union Theological Seminary. ] "Awakening: A Symphony"; "Borne on a River of Tears" (written with David M. Honigsberg, her Jewish rabbi husband); "Death's Doorstep"
[Active member in Old Catholic movement] The Cunning Blood. Many of his s.f. stories have Catholic themes, incl. "Guardian," which was on 1981 Hugo Awards ballot, as well as: Our Lady of the Endless Sky; Bathtub Mary; Drumlin Boiler. Other stories include: The Steel Sonnets; Inevitability Sphere; Cold Hands; Guardian; Ariel; Silicon Psalm; Marlowe; Borovsky's Hollow Woman; STORMY vs. the Tornadoes.
[Publishes largely in the lesbian market. Winner of 5 Lambda awards.] Ammonite (James Tiptree Jr. Award); Slow River (Nebula Award); The Blue Place; Bending the Landscape: Fantasy (World Fantasy award for Best Anthology); "Yaguara" (Nebula nominee)
The Left-Handed Hummingbird; Set Piece; Sleepy; Return of the Living Dad; The Room With No Doors; So Vile A Sin; Walking to Babylon; The Year of Intelligent Tigers; Vampire Science; Seeing I; Unnatural History (many are "Doctor Who" novels); plus many stories
[Raised LDS; bisexual transman; pagan minister through the Fellowship of the Spiral Path; former NAMBLA advocate] Mortal Companion: an erotic tale of love and vegeance (vampire); more than 20 non-sf books (primarily GLBT-themed)
Rosemary Edghill i.e., eluki bes shahar
Turkish Delight; Two of a Kind; The Ill-Bred Bride; Fleeting Fancy; Met by Moonlight; The Warslayer; Mad Maudlin; series: Bedlam's Bard; Carolus Rex; Twelve Treasures; Bast
[Gardnarian Wicca high priestess] Zollocco: A Novel of Another Universe (about a woman from a dying earth who finds herself on a planet governed by sentient forests, where she becomes a priestess of the forests); New Myths of the Feminine Divine
[Former Baha'i] "Slug Lizard" (in Xizquil Apr '91); translated "A Happening", by Sergey Strel'chenko (Xizquil #15 '96); Editor of Bardic Runes (Canada's Magazine of Traditional and High Fantasy. This publication, and McKenny as editor, were nominated for Best Fanzine in the 1997 Aurora Awards.)
Marion Zimmer Bradley
[identified with neo-paganism for a time, but became an active Episcopalian]
Immensely influential, widely regarded as the father of 20th century horror/weird fiction. Contemporary self-described pagans frequently find pagan themes and motifs in Lovecraft's work, but the author was not a pagan during his writing career. Lovecraft wrote in his autobiography that as an 8-year-old child he was a Greco-Roman pagan. As an adult writer he identified himself as an atheist. He was also a staunch materialist and nihilist. He wrote: "Now all my tales are based on the fundamental premise that common human laws and interests and emotions have no validity or significance in the vast cosmos-at-large... One must forget that such things as organic life, good and evil, love and hate, and all such local attributes of a negligible and temporary race called mankind, have any existence at all." More
Shatterworld (Young-adult SF novel. Puritans attempting to build a New Earth on another planet find friendly, crab-like aliens -- and an asteroid on a collision course with their new home.)
[A liberal Presbyterian minister.] Godric; The Hungering Dark; Listening to Your Life: Daily Meditations With Frederick Buechner; The Longing for Home: Reflections and Reflections; The Magnificent Defeat; Now and Then; On the Road With the Archangel: A Novel; The Son of Laughter; The Storm; Telling the Truth: The Gospel As Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale; Whistling in the Dark: A Doubter's Dictionary; Wishful Thinking: A Seeker's ABC
Children's books: sf/f: Runaway Ralph, Ralph S. Mouse; Mouse on a Motorcycle; also: Ramona Quimby series, Henry Huggins series
[minister considered a mentor by C.S. Lewis] Lilith; Phantastes; The Princess and the Goblin; The Princess and Curdie; The Golden Key; The Light Princess; The Wise Woman; The Gray Wolf
[Morrow is best known as a satirist, primarily about the topic of religion. He calls himself an atheist, but as a child his parents took him to Sunday School, although they themselves didn't have any particular religious convictions.] Wine of Violence; Continent of Lies; Towing Jehovah; Bible Stories for Adults; Only Begotten Daughter (1991 Campbell Award 3rd place); City of Truth; This Is the Way the World Ends (1987 Campbell Award 2nd place); Blameless in Abaddon; some short stories
[Slonczewski joined the Society of Friends (Quakers) as an adult. Quakerism is a major influence on her fiction. (Source.)] Still Forms on Foxfield; A Door Into Ocean; The Wall Around Eden; Daughter of Elysium; The Children Star; "Microbe"
[Morse is a convert to Quakerism.] The Iron Bridge (features a Quaker protagonist)
[lesbian; former minister of Dianic Wicca; convert to Quakerism] Dragonsword Trilogy (Dragonsword, Duel of Dragons, Dragon Death); Gossamer Axe; The Strands Series; Water!; The Bournes of Life; some stories
Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream; Pennterra (set on a Quaker-colonized world); The Ragged World (aliens insist that Earth clean up its ecosystem); many short stories, including "Surviving" (1986 Nebula Nominee); "The Hob" (1988 Nebula Nominee); "Tiny Tango" (1989 Nebula Nominee); Moffett received the Campbell Award in 1988.
[Member of the Baton Rouge Friends Meeting.] His experimental fiction has appeared in little press publications such as Back Porch, Paper Dance News, Satire, and 69 Flavors of Paranoia. Author of online serial sf novel The Virus and The Man Who Rowed Lake Pontchartrain. Also author of nonfiction.
Television writer, producer of "The Twilight Zone", winner of eight Emmy Awards
Edward Everett Hale
[1822-1909. Unitarian preacher. Famed abolitionist.] Prolific writer. Best known for the The Man without a Country and Other Tales. Wrote utopian fiction and alternative history, including Sybaris and Other Homes; Ten Times One is Ten: The Possible Reformation; "The Brick Moon"; "Life in the Brick Moon"
[Sunday Service Committee Chair in her UU congreg.] Bone Dance (Nominee for Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy; PKD Award 2nd honors); War for the Oaks; Falcon; Double Feature; Finder; The Princess and the Lord of Night; etc.
[Raised Unitarian. Now non-practicing.] Writes with such penetrating and balanced exploration of complex ethical and philosophical issues. Sawyer's insights and attention to detail will please both spiritually and scientifically oriented readers. Sawyer is one of Canada's most honest, and most politically incorrect, writers. Award-winning author of The Terminal Experiment; Calculating God; Far-Seer; Factoring Humanity and many other works
[Ellen Terris Brenner is Jewish and Unitarian-Universalist (convert to UU, and was once a UU minister); long-time GLBT activist] fantasy/parable: "The Mirror of Aelitz", "The Book of Permissions"; other stories incl: "God-King on the Hudson", "Changer's Blues"; sf/f poetry: "Home", "Gone"; collected short story anthology: Dreams and Heresies; novel: Tribe of Shamans
[Mother was a UU church secretary] Multi-volume series: Lords of Dus; War Surplus; Ethshar; Three Worlds; Obsidian Chronicles. Other novels incl.: The Chromosomal Code; Shining Steel; Denner's Wreck; Nightside City; The Rebirth of Wonder; Split Heirs; Touched by the Gods; Spirit Dump; Celestial Debris; Ithanalin's Restoration. Many stories, incl.: "Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburgers" (Hugo Award, Nebula nom.)
Click here for various other, unclassified religious sf/f authors an authors of religious sf/f.
* Baptists: Some Baptists on this list also consider themselves Evangelicals. Some authors listed in the Evangelicals section may be Baptists. It is interesting to note that Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein are both former Baptists.
* Jews: List includes religious as well as ethnic-only Jews who are not religiously observant. As with other groups on this page, many of the names listed are of authors who have written us to request inclusion on the list. Many other names on this list were obtained from Gary Bowen's "DeColores: A Bibliography of Speculative Fiction by People of Color" compiled by Gary Bowen.
* Latter-day Saints and/or Utahns: Nearly all of the people in this section are practicing members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Of the few who are not, some (e.g. Vardis Fisher, L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Peter Rock, etc.) have published more fiction about Latter-day Saint themes and culture than many others on this list.
Some major sources
Hundreds of sources have been consulted in order to compile the information presented on this page. Published print biographies have been an important resources. We have also received information via correspondence with authors. Some especially helpful online sources are listed below. Some other online sources are here.
Peter Edman's List of Christian Writers of Speculative Fiction - a list of many Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant science fiction/fantasy writers. Some names and affiliation information used in the table below came from the Edman list.
Jay Carper's "Science Fiction Writers of Christianity" - Another list of Christian science fiction authors. This list includes Protestants only. The list has no Catholic, Orthodox, or other non-Protestant Christian authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien, Gene Wolfe, Simak, Walter M. Miller Jr., Chesterton, Greeley, Card, etc.