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 Sikhs. It is not necessarily a comprehensive list of such literature, but all Hugo- and Nebula-winning novels have been indexed, as have many other major works.
There are additional Sikh science fiction references in the main literature database which have not yet been added to this page.
This is a very short list. Sikhism is one of the world's largest religions: Of the twelve "classical" world religions, Sikhism is the fifth largest -- smaller only than Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Islam. There are more Sikhs than Jews in the world, yet Jews abound in science fiction, while Sikhs are almost entirely unheard of.
One of the main reasons why Sikhism is so infrequently referred to in science fiction is that it is a relatively new religion compared to longer-established Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism. Older religious groups are almost always more likely than newer ones to be mentioned in science fiction and historical fantasy.
Another reason why Sikhs are rarely referred to in science fiction is that they are comparatively geographically isolated. Most Sikhs live in India, while most science fiction is written in the West. Jews have long lived predominantly in Western countries. But Sikhs continue to live predominantly in an Asian country which produces little English-language science fiction. It is true that Canada and the United Kingdom now have impressively large Sikh populations, but Canadian and British s.f. writers have written less frequently about contemporary religious groups (other than Christianity) than their American counterparts.
Finally, there are no known English language science fiction writers who are Sikhs. Religious groups which are frequently mentioned in science fiction are often those which have many members as writers (e.g., Catholics, Jews, Latter-day Saints.)
The science fiction novels which most prominently feature Sikh characters and content are:
Greg Cox: Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh (2001)
Walter Jon Williams: Days of Atonement (1991)
Bruce Sterling: Islands in the Net (1988)
"I'm a Sikh!" Singh's voice was almost... "My grandparents were killed solely because they were Sikhs. As a consequence of this I have never ceased to work for the establishment of a Sikh homeland in the Punjab. My political activities put me at odds with the policies of the U.S. government, and the FBI's been all over my... for years, and I couldn't get a clearance."
- from Days of Atonement by Walter Jon Williams
Current number of novels, movies and stories on this page: 53.
Sample Quote and/or Description
Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson
"The Adventure of the Misplaced Hound" in Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) USA: Bluejay Books (1984)
"Bring me the big map of Toka, Rajat Singh," said Alex.
"At once, sahib," the servant bowed again and disappeared. Geoffrey looked his surprise.
"He's been reading Kipling," said Alex apologetically. It did not seem to clear away his guest's puzzlement.
"Well... the Hokas are unique. Only in the last few years have we really begun to probe their psychology. They're highly intelligent... and fantastically literal-minded. They have difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction, and since fiction is so much more colorful, they don't usually bother. Oh, my servant back at the office doesn't consciously believe he's a mysterious East Indian; but his subconscious has gone overboard for the role..."
The Business. New York: Simon & Schuster (1999)
The main foreigners' outfitters in Thulahn was the Wildness Emporium, a huge stone barn of a place, which smelled of kerosene and was full of very expensive Western hiking and climbing gear. It was run by two turbaned Sikhs who'd looked like they were fed up explaining that, no, it wasn't meant to read the Wilderness Emporium... The two Sikhs--brothers as it turned out, once we'd got talking--had happily relieved me of a brothersomely bulky wad of bills and urged me to come again anytime.
Voyager II: The Alien Within. New York: Tor (1986)
"We are members of a high civilization! Our religious teaching prevent us from tampering with the natural order of births. Even among a warrior race such as we Sikhs, we know better than to select a huge oversupply of male children."
A Knight of the Word. New York: Ballantine (1998)
...before the plane touched down at Sea-Tac... Her driver was Pakistani or East Indian, a Sikh perhaps, wearing one of those turbans, and he didn't have much to say.
Stand on Zanzibar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1968)
When a burly turbaned Sikh [reporter] got in his way he hit him with the side of his hand and stepped over his falling body.
In the Yatakang region of China, pg. 280:
He was the only Caucasian in sight. Almost everyone else was of Asian extraction: local-born, or Chinese, or Burmese. There were some Sikhs at Post One...
Interface. New York: Bantam (1994)
Dr. Radhakrishnan was looking around uneasily, hoping to make eye contact with someone who knew who this lady was, why she was here, how she had gotten in past all those Sikh commandos at the front gate, all of those .50-caliber machine-gun nests.
A couple of hours after Dr. Radhakrishnan arrived, a patient named Mohinder Singh was brought in. He was a lorry driver from Himachal Pradesh, way up north in the foothills of the Himalayas.
More about Singh, a character not explicitly identified as a Sikh, pages 124-125, 160, 212-213, 256, etc.
Orson Scott Card
Shadow of the Hegemon. New York: Tor (2001)
"Where will India make its move?" asked Peter. "The obvious thing would be war with Pakistan."
"Again?" said Bean. "Pakistan would be in indigestible lump. It would block India from further expansion, just trying to get the Muslims under control. A terrorist war that would make the old struggle with the Sikhs look like a child's birthday party."
"Maybe," said Sayagi, "we ought to disperse."
He was walking toward the door when it opened and Achilles came in, followed by six Sikhs carrying automatic weapons. "Have a seat, Sayagi," said Achilles. "I'm afraid we have a hostage situation here. Someone made some libelous assertions about me on the nets, and when I declined to be detained during the inquiry, shooting began. Fortunately, I have some friends and while we're waiting for them to provide me with transportation to a neutral location, you are my guarantors of safety."
...Immediately, the two Battle School grads who were Sikhs stood up and said, to Achilles' soldiers, "Are we under threat of death from you?"
"As long as you serve the oppressor," one of them answered.
"He is the oppressor!" one of the Sikh Battle Schoolers said, pointing to Achilles.
"Do you think the Chinese will be any kinder to our people than New Delhi has?" said the other.
"Remember how the Chinese treated Tibet and Taiwan! That is our future, because of him!"
The Sikh soldiers were obviously wavering.
Achilles drew a pistol from his back and shot the soldiers dead, one after the other. The last two had time to try to rush at him, but every shot he fired struck home.
The pistol shots still rang in the room when Sayagi said, "Why didn't they shoot you?"
"I had them unload their weapons before entering the room," Achilles said...
Orson Scott Card & Kathryn H. Kidd
Lovelock. New York: Tor (1994)
Aboard the "Ark", a massive colony ship en route to colonize a nearby star system. Pg. 50:
Those groups [aboard the colony ship] with too few practitioners to maintain villages of their own--Baha'i, for instance, and Sikh, animist, atheist, Mormon, Mithraist, Druse, native American tribal religions, Jehovah's Witnesses--were either thrown together in a couple of catch-all villages or were 'adopted' as minorities within fairly compatible or tolerant villages of other faiths.
[Referring to the reason for separating the colony ship into villages by faith group.] Pg. 51:
A man might be a brilliant scientist, but he was still a Hindu, and there was no hope of him living peacefully with a Sikh...
The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (2001)
Although Khan Noonien Singh is the title character of this novel, he is not mentioned by name until more than half-way through the book. The last third focuses primarily on Khan, who is explicitly identified as a Sikh character herein. Prior to the Khan scenes, there are scenes in India with Sikh guards. But the Sikh-related material that is most prominent is in a chapter set in 1984, when Khan is just fourteen years old and living in Delhi. The Indian military has brutally attacked Amritsar, at the command of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who has subsequently been assassinated by her Sikh guards. Khan gets caught in the middle of the resulting anti-Sikh violence, as he must flee an angry mob intent on killing him.
The Tank Lords. New York: Baen (1997)
Perhaps the first case of this occurred in 2414 when Monument equipped four thousand Sikh rebels from Ramadan and shipped them to Portales to take over that planet's tobacco trade, but there were many other examples.
Waking the Moon. New York: HarperPrism (1995)
Beneath its walls wandered a weird profusion of nuns and rabbis and sikhs and friars, and others...
George R. R. Martin
"From the Journal of Xavier Desmond" in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988)
...India... In this quasi-nation of Hindu and Moslem and Sikh, the vast majority of jokers seem to be Hindu, but given Islam's [anti-joker] attitudes, that can hardly be a surprise... today you find Hindu and Muslim and Sikh living side by side on the same street, and jokes and nats and even a few pathetic deuces sharing the same hideous slums. It does not seem to have made them love each other any more, alas.
Laura J. Mixon & Melinda M. Snodgrass
"A Dose of Reality" in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994)
The fat Sikh to Clara's let wore an expensive gray business suit and white turban, for instance, and had a black beard rolled tightly up into the folds of fat at his chin. He chain-smoked, smiled at her in a way that made her feel uncomfortable, and completely ignored his interpreter, a strikingly beautiful woman in a ruby-red sari, who whispered in his other ear. Clara gave him her most intimidating owl-eyed stare, and eventually he coughed, stabbed out his cigarette butt, and looked away.
Kim Stanley Robinson
Green Mars. New York: Bantam (1994)
India has been interested, and went through the program with Sikhs in the Punjab...
Kim Stanley Robinson
Blue Mars. New York: Bantam Books (1996)
Often the emigrants [to Mars] were members of ethnic or religious minorities who were dissatified with their lack of autonomy in their home countries, and so were happy to leave. In India the elevator cars of the cable that touched down at Suvadiva Atooll, south of the Maldives, were constantly at capacity, full of emigrants all day every day, a stream of Sikhs and Kashmiris and Muslims and also Hindus, ascending into space and moving to Mars.
Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985)
Organizations publicly claiming responsibility included the Earth-Firsters, the Red Army Faction, the Islamic Jihad..., the Sikh Separatists, Shining Path...
Robert J. Sawyer
The Terminal Experiment. New York: HarperCollins (1995)
Pg. 12 (year 1995, in Canada):
Next to Peter, the perfusionist, a Sikh wearing a large green cap over his turban, scanned a series of readouts...
Pg. 104 (year 2011, in Canada):
...Joginder Singh, his PR person, was adamant that this was the right approach...
In the first chapter an alien lands at a museum in Canada. A Sikh works there as a security guard and talks to the alien briefly.
The Rise of Endymion New York: Bantam (1997)
Two of the main characters met while working on the planet Amritsar, a planet peopled by Sikhs and Sufis, far away from the Catholic-run center of galactic civilization. Amritsar is mentioned in recollections only. Sikhs are mentioned just once.
The Hollow Man. New York: Bantam (1993)
Dr. Singh arrived about six P.M. and spoke to her softly, but Gail's attention was riveted on the doorway...
Four rows in front of the arguing drunks, a quiet man named Kushwat Singh sat reading a paperback by the light of the small reading light above him. Singh was not concentrating on the words of the book; he was thinking about the slaughter at the Golden Temple a few years before--the rampage of Indian government troops that had killed Singh's wife, twenty-three-year-old son, and his three best friends. The officials had said that the radical Sikhs had been planning to overthrow the government. The officials had been right... Now Kushwat Singh's mind, tired from twenty hours of traveling and sleepless nights before that, ran over the list of things he was going to buy at that certain warehouse near the Houston airport: Semtex plastic explosive, fragmentation grenades, Japanese electronic timing devices, and . . . with a little luck . . . several Stinger-type, shoulder-launched ground-to-air missiles. Enough material to level a police station, to cut down a gaggle of politicians like a sharp blade scything wheat . . . enough killing technology to bring down a fully loaded 747.
"Green Days in Brunei" in Future on Fire (Orson Scott Card, ed.) New York: Tor (1991)
Turner passed a library, and a billiards room where two wrinkled, turbaned Sikhs were racing up a game of snooker. Further down the hall, he glanced through an archway...
Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988)
Some major and minor characters are Sikhs. Only one example passage shown here. Pg. 219:
"Laura looked up, startled. It was a tall, tough-looking, turbanned Sikh in a khaki shirt and Gurkha shorts. He had a badge and shoulder patches and he carried a leather-wrapped lathi stick. "What are you doing, madams?"
"Uh . . ." Laura scrambled to her feet...
"Don't . . ." She couldn't think of anything to say.
The Sikh guard looked at her as if she'd dropped from Mars. "You are a tenant here, madam?"
"The riots," Laura said. "I thought there was shelter here."
"Tourist madam? A Yankee!" He stared at her, then pulled black-rimmed glasses from a shirt-pocket case and put them on. "Oh!" He had recognized her.
"All right... Arrest me, officer. Take me into custody."
The Sikh blushed. "Madam, I am only private security. Cannot arrest you... He sidestepped clumsily out of her way at the last moment. She wandered out into the hall...
"Thought you were looters," he said. "Very sorry."
Walter Jon Williams
Days of Atonement. New York: Tor (1991)
This novel has a major Sikh character and extensive references to Sihism. Only one example provided here. Pg. 129:
"Ah." Singh smiled again. "Too much of the work here is classified. I can't get a security clearance."
"Why not? You're a citizen now."
"I'm a Sikh!" Singh's voice was almost jolly. "My grandparents were killed solely because they were Sikhs. As a consequence of this I have never ceased to work for the establishment of a Sikh homeland in the Punjab. My political activities put me at odds with the policies of the U.S. government, and the FBI's been all over my ass for years, and I couldn't get a clearance."
Non-SF/F Books Featuring Sikhs
Sample Quote and/or Description
Bayonets in the Sun. New York: St. Martin's Press (1978; first pub. 1974)
There are many other references to Sikhs throughout this historical novel, which is about the Sikh war of 1848-49 in India. Nearly every page mentions Sikhs, although usually in reference to Sikhs as opponents in a war, not in reference to the religion. Example, pg. 34:
It was at about the time of the Spanish Armada--an event which made no impact on contemporary India--that the iron entered the soul of the Sikhs. Up to that time they had been a peaceful, devout Hindu sect following the teachings of devout gurus. But when the Muslim Emperor Jahangir tortured and executed their leader, his successor, Guru Hargobind, spurned the hereditary necklace symbol. In future, he announced, his sword belt would serve in its place. He proceeded to crreate a force resembling the Knights Templar and led them against the Mogul emperors until his death.
Arthur Conan Doyle
"The Sign of Four" in A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four. New York: Berkley/Penguin Putnam (1994; c. 1890)
Many references to Sikhs. Some examples are listd here. Pg. 232:
At Agra there were the Third Bengal Fusiliers, some Sikhs, two troops of horse, and a battery of artillery. A volunteer corps of clerks and merchants had been formed, and this I joined, wooden leg and all.
Two Sikh troopers were placed under my command, and I was instructed if anything went wrong to fire my musket, when I might rely upon help coming at once from the central guard.
No; Dost Akbar must have his share. We can tell the tale to you while we wait them. Do you stand at the gate, Mahomet Singh, and give notice of their coming. The thing stands thus, sahib, and I tell it to you because I know that an oath is binding upon a Feringhee, and that we may trust you. Had you been a lying Hindoo, though you had sworn by all the gods in their false temples, your blood would have been upon the knife and your body in the water. But the Sikh knows the Englishman, and the Englishman knows the Sikh. Hearken, then, to what I have to say.
"Star Trek" Books Which Mention Khan Noonien Singh, Who is Not Explicitly Identified as a Sikh
These books mention Khan Noonien Singh without explicitly mentioning Sikhism. But in The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh (2001, by Greg Cox), the early life of Khan is described, and he is explicitly identified as a Sikh. The novel discusses Sikh topics as they relate to the young Khan's life, including anti-Sikh prejudice in Delhi.
Sample Quote and/or Description
Vonda N. McIntyre
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. New York: Pocket Books (1982)
Interestingly enough, one of the best loved villians in the annals of science fiction may have been intended by his original author to be a Sikh. In the original "Star Trek" episode that introduced Khan Noonien Singh, an officer aboard the Enterprise wonders aloud if Khan is a Sikh, noting that the Sikhs were renowned for their prowess as warriors. Khan did indeed have a Sikh name, but nothing else about him seemed Sikh-like, and the writer clearly had little or no familiarity with actual Sikhs. Nevertheless, as portrayed by Ricardo Montalban, Khan captured the imagination of fans, and was eventually featured as the titual villain in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," considered by many to be the best "Star Trek" movie ever made. A large number of "Star Trek" novels refer Khan Singh by name, although he is never identified as a Sikh.
Chekov's breath sighed out in a soft, desperate moan.
"Khan. . . ."
The man had changed: he appeared far more than fifteen years older. His long hair was now white, streaked with iron gray. But the aura of power and self-assurance was undiminished; the changes meant nothing. Chekov recognized him instantly.
Khan Singh glanced toward him; only then did Chekov realize he had spoken the name aloud. Khan's dark, direct gaze made the blood drain from Chekov's face.
..."He's from . . . twentieth century.".... Khan Singh's only reaction to Chekov's statement was a slow smile.
Q-Strike (Star Trek: TNG / The Q Continuum: Book 3 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (1998)
Michael Jan Friedman
"James T. Kirk" in War Dragons (Star Trek; "The Captain's Table " Book 1 of 6). New York: Pocket Books (1998)
He returned to active duty in 2285 when Khan Noonien Singh hijacked the starship Reliant and stole the Genesis Device...
Doors into Chaos (Star Trek: TNG / Gateways: Book 3 of 7). New York: Pocket Books (2001)
Vonda N. McIntyre
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. New York: Pocket Books (1984)
This novel focuses on the repercussions of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Many references to Khan Singh, including pages 36, 111, etc.
Judith Reeves-Stevens & Garfield Reeves-Stevens. Dark Victory (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (2000; c. 1999)
Infiltrator (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1996)
Other Science Fiction/Fantasy with Characters named 'Singh', but not Explicitly Identified as Sikhs
Sample Quote and/or Description
Project Maldon. New York: Baen (1997)
"Singh, escort the Deputy Premier to his car if you would."
The SoCy equations of Drs. Singh and Hartley offered some certainty, in a cold way.
Mother of Storms. New York: Tor (1994)
And Admiral Singh on the Bush seems to think the carrier group can ride it out and still make it to Pearl.
"Scattershot" in The Wind from a Burning Woman. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House (1983; story copyright 1981)
I rolled over, nudging Sonok into grumbly half-waking, and shut my eyes and mind to everything, trying to find a peaceful glade and perhaps Jaghit Singh. But even in sleep all I found was snow and broken grey trees.
Suzy McKee Charnas
"Listening to Brahms" in Vanishing Acts (Ellen Datlow, ed.) New York: Tor (2000)
She works very hard with a whole team of Kondrai under Dr. Boleslav Singh, preparing a cultural surround for the babies she's developing. She comes in exhausted from long discussions with Dr. Boleslav Singh and Dr. Birgit Nilson...
Arthur C. Clarke
The Fountains of Paradise. New York: Ballantine (1980; 1st ed. 1978)
And even if his number was not known, the standard search program could usually find it fairly quickly, given the approximate date of his birth... (There were, however, problems if the name was Smith, or Singh, or Mohammed.)
Arthur C. Clarke
The Hammer of God. New York: Bantam (1993)
Captain Robert Singh enjoyed these walks through the forest with his little son, Toby... Another problem, though Singh. There were times when he pined for the simple life of his ancestors on the dusty plains of India, though he knew perfectly well that he would have been able to tolerate it only for milliseconds.
[Captain Robert Singh is the novel's main characters. Refs. throughout, of course, but no mention of Sikhism in novel. Other than his surname, there is nothing to overtly indicate that he is a Sikh or of Sikh ancestry. His wife and son do not have Sikh names.]
J. M. Dillard & Kathleen O'Malley
Possession (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1996)
"Janice's Academy roommate is on board," Beverly said... "She told me that Janice had made some technical blunder right after she'd been assigned here. The senior officer, Lieutenant Singh, handled it properly, but it was the first major error Janice had made in her career..."
"You're taking this very hard, sir. As hard as D. Crusher. As hard as Lieutenant Singh, Ensign Ito's senior officer..."
[Other refs. to Lt. Singh. He is not explicitly identified as a Sikh, but might be.]
J. R. Dunn
"Long Knives" in Writers of the Future: Volume III (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1987)
"Desertions. Somebody split from the Tokyo office yesterday." He looked them over, one by one. "I don't have to tell you that if anybody tried that here I'll track them down. You'll be sitting pu the line in a cell next to Singh, I guarantee it."...
The group filled the old elevator, and Keegan found himself standing next to Aytrigg. He turned to the man. "Is Singh really still in prison?"
Aytrigg nodded. "Yeah, but not the way that Fusco wants you to think. They've got him under house arrest at the Institute. He's too valuable to lock up." He loosened his tie. "Got him working on transfer mechanics, same as before. He's tracking down other lines now. He thinks you have to go directly from one to another, like rooms in a house. He'll be back here eventually, to set up another transfer point."
"Working with Einstein," Keegan said.
"Yeah," said Aytrigg, smiling. "working with Einstein."
See also pg. 166
Downtime. New York: Bluejay International (1985)
D'Omaha put his cape up before his face, and when he took it away, Singh was standing before them saluting.
"What news?" Calla asked.
"Aquae Solis is gone," Singh said dispassionately... "A terrible forest fire, sir. It took every building and all the contents. Nothing was saved."
It was according to plan, but D'Omaha was glad that Stairnon did not have to hear how well it had gone. Singh seemed to expect some kind of acknowledgment. D'Omaha nodded so that he would go on.
[Many other refs. to the character named Singh, not in DB. Other examples include pg. 161.]
Virtual Light. New York: Bantam (1993)
In California. Pg. 234:
...said that the manager, Benny Singh, was going to be showing up and they couldn't stay in there anymore...
"The Streets of Ashkelon" in Stainless Steel Visions. New York: Tor (1993)
"What are you doing here, Singh?" he shouted toward the mike. "Too crooked to find a planet of your own so you have to come here to steal an honest trader's profits?"... And what was behind that concealed hint of merriment in Singh's voice... The man turned toward him and Garth saw the clerical dog collar and knew just what it was that Singh had been chuckling about...
"Father Mark," he said...
[More refs. to Singh.]
Bill, the Galactic Hero. New York: Avon (1975; c. 1965)
"I bet you're hungry, darling. Why not try Giuseppe Singh's neo-Indian curried pizza? You're just a few steps from Singh's, directions are on the back of the card."
"C'mon down to Singh's where the food is good and cheap. Try Singh's yummy lasagna with dhal and lime sauce."
Bill went, not because he wanted some loathsome Bombay-Italian concoction, but because of the map and instructions on the back of the card... The food was incredibly expensive and far worse than he had ever imagined..."
Infinity Beach. New York: HarperCollins (2000)
Epigraph with faux quote. Pg. 355:
We value Truth, not because we are principled, but because we are curious. We like to believe we will not tolerate manipulation of the facts. But strict knowledge of what has occurred often inflicts more damage than benefit. Mystery and mythology are safer avenues of pursuit precisely because they are open to manipulation. Truth, ladies and gentlemen, is overrated.
--E. K. Whitlaw: Summary of the Impeachment Trial of Mason Singh, 2087 C.E.
H. Beam Piper
Little Fuzzy in Fuzzy Papers (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1962)
"People of the Colony of Baphomet versus Jamshar Singh, Deceased, charge of arson and sabotage, A.E. 604," the Honorable Gustavas... Brannhard interrupted.
Yes, you could find a precedent in colonial law for almost anything.
Mary Doria Russell
The Sparrow. New York: Ballantine (1996)
Father Singh is a Catholic clergyman, but, based on his name, possibly has a Sikh family background. He is an important character in the book. Example, pg. 44:
So the Society brough in Father Singh, an Indian craftsman known for his intricate braces and artificial limbs, who fabricated a pair of near-prostheses to strengthen and help control Sandoz's fingers.
Robert J. Sawyer
Golden Fleece. New York: Time Warner (1990)
...I paid little attention to what he was doing, busying myself instead with: a conversation with Bev Hooks... a bit of verbal sparring with Joginder Singh-Samagh, a cartographer who took great pleasure in devising little tests to prove that I wasn't "really"--he did that silly quotation marks gesture with his hands when he said it--intelligent...
Brother to Dragons. Riverdale, NY: Baen (1992)
Alan Singh was sitting at another little table about ten feet away. He saw Job's head movements and laid down the book he was reading.
'Look, when you are all through I'll give you a full tour if you want it.' His accent in chachara-calle was improving, but Job though that he would never fully lose his foreign twang. And when it came to difficult subjects or fast talking, Singh still preferred to switch to standard English.
[Many other references to the character named Singh.]
"Remembering Siri" in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1983)
...but we knew from Shipmaster Singh's briefings and the moans of our Shipmates that the only groundtime we had to look forward to...
Also pages 123, 138.
The Fall of Hyperion. New York: Bantam (1991; 1st ed. 1990)
"Admiral," she said, "is it pertinent that the Swarm waited until Task Force 87.2 translated in-system?"
Singh touched his beard. "Are you asking if it was a trap, CEO?"
The Admiral glanced at his colleagues and then at Gladstone...
"Can they do it?" asked Gladstone...
"No," said Admiral [Kushwant] Singh.
Many other references to this character, including pages 52, 472.