Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

The 10 Best Science Fiction Stories About Religion

by Rob - December 20th, 2007.
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Gabriel McKee’s blog “SF Gospel” has this fascinating list of The 10 Best Science Fiction Stories About Religion.

I’m particularly pleased to see him skipping such simplistic fare as Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Star” and “The Nine Billion Names of God,” and Isaac Asimov’s “The Last Question,” which usually choke such lists; and I’m delighted to see him including Michael Bishop’s unaccountably little known “The Gospel According to Gamaliel Crucis.”

(However, my own list would have included Michael Moorcock’s original short version of “Behold the Man,” which I think is a better, tighter work than the later novel; in a note at the end of the blog entry, McKee says he’s excluded it because of the existence of the novel, and that’s fair enough.)

McKee wrote the wonderful nonfiction book The Gospel According to Science Fiction — a fine choice to keep in mind for the “Best Related Book” Hugo Award as we gear up to nominating works from 2007 in the next few weeks.

(As for short work of my own about religion, has my “Come All Ye Faithful” and my short-short “The Abdication of Pope Mary III,” which Publishers Weekly called “gobsmacking.”)

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