Talk:Religion in speculative fiction

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Important books[edit]

Hinduism: Song of Kali, Lord of Light, Ramayama, (River of Gods?)
Judaism: Yiddish policeman's union
Budhism: Sidhartha
155 Fictional:Hyperion

Important authors - reasoning[edit]

Gene Wolfe - catholic imagery
Sheri Tepper - anti christianity, islam
Orson Scott Card - Speaker for the dead, Alvin Maker
Phillip K Dick - esp Valis
Robert Silverberg - Pope of the Chimps, Thomas the Proclaimer, Book of Skulls
James Morrow - Towing Jehova, Only Begotten daughter, Bible stories for Adults
Ted Chiang - Hell is the absence of God, Tower of babel


Possible additions[edit]

  • Robert Silverberg, "Thomas the Proclaimer". An evangelist stages a mass prayer for a sign. The earth stops turning for a day, making the sun stand still as in Joshua. This doesn't bring people together in harmony as he intended.
  • Orson Scott Card. A member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called the LDS or Mormon Church), some of his novels have stories explicitly drawn from scripture or church history. For example, Stone Tables is about the life of the Biblical prophet Moses. His Women of Genesis novels address the lives of Old Testament women Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah, while The Folk Of The Fringe stories and Saints about Latter-day Saint pioneers. In some of his other writings the influence of his Mormon beliefs is less obvious. For example, parallels can be made between Card's Homecoming and Alvin Maker sagas and the story line in the Book of Mormon and the life of LDS founder Joseph Smith, Jr.
  • Tom Ligon. Among his many short stories "The Devil and the Deep Black Void" and "The Gardener" published in 1986 and 1993 in Analog Magazine, are science fiction stories which are about a Muslim terrorist organization in a largely Muslim space-faring civilization where Bahá'ís are refugees. In the stories the terrorists are prevented from crashing a spaceship into the Earth (long predating the events of 9-11) and instead are driven to an unusual world where Bahá'ís live which eventually reveals that civilizations have reached great levels of technology and then mysteriously transcended. The ethical conflict of pacifism, a debatable stance associated with the Bahá'í Faith, in the face of terrorists is worked out. One character, who takes on the name of the historical Bábí who performed an assassination attempt on the life of the Shah of Iran, chooses the path of violence in defense of the population.
Jepp, just listing tings here until citations can be found.Yobmod (talk) 21:34, 4 August 2008 (UTC)

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