From: Charles R.L. Power
To: All Dec-12-93 12:10PM
Subject: Re: Atheism in Science fiction
Organization: Express Access Online Communications, Greenbelt, MD USA
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Charles R.L. Power)
I never read THE JESUS INCIDENT or the sequels, since I did manage to
figure out their connection to DESTINATION VOID, which I would rate as
Herbert's least readable novel (and when Herbert was bad, he was awful).
My favorite of Herbert's is that curious non-novelization which was
nonetheless inspired by a pseudo-fictional documentary, HELLSTROM'S HIVE.
But as to atheist science fiction, my recommendation, if anyone can find
it, is THE TIDES OF GOD by Ted Reynolds, which came out as an Ace Science
Fiction Special in Feb. 1989. It is posited that religious mania is
based on an astronomical event. A ship is sent to investigate the area
of space which seems to be involved, with highly ambiguous, but
Donald Kingsbury's COURTSHIP RITE gained more attention a few years ago.
It involves a planet of scientific creationists. Really. They can
demonstrate that they have no evolutionary relationship to other life
forms on the planet, ergo they must have been specially created. Not
exactly right, of course, but reasonable....
Stanley Schmidt's NEWTON AND THE QUASI-APPLE also sticks to my mind,
since it involves religionists who insist that gravity is "just a
theory," somewhat similar to attitudes toward "Darwinism...."