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Atheists enjoy speculative stories as they *should* be enjoyed: for entertainment purposes only, not to be confused with reality. Members here can have fun discussiung the literature, movies, TV, etc.

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Welcome science fiction & fantasy fans!

As a science fiction/fantasy writer myself, I enjoy taking voyages into the unknown. Looking at the universe as it isn't often helps us put the real world into perspective. It's also fun to take an occasional vacation from the often-harsh reality around us. Unlike the theists, the religionists, the god-groupies who feel compelled to live in fantasy realms, we visit them and then come back home--and then go voyaging again.

I hope you'll all feel free to congregate here and compare your experiences in other worlds and times.

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Comment by Hunter Byrd on October 24, 2014 at 10:50pm

Thank you for the welcome.  I didn't join for this reason, but I'm just about to publish my own first science fiction book.  Only, um, it's erotic (I mean explicit), and it is more futurist/dystopian than true science fiction.  In other words, it will offend both sci-fi and erotica fans.  Oy.  But it's definitely atheist. as well as polyamorous.  

Here's the scene where the heroine and her medicine show are attacked by her former Elron "husband" and his thugs, but beaten back:

Austerity, panting, her heart pounding, dismounted and walked over to Righteous and stood over him. He was still alive, his breathing a rough, wet red wheeze, his hands clutching at the arrow in his throat. "I should leave you here to die slow, like you did my mama," she spat. "But I shall be merciful." She leaned over him and in one swift motion slashed his throat with her knife, and the blood spurted, soaking his beard.

The two unharmed men were on the ground, the massive dogs intimidating any movement. Gradually, everyone began to calm down, regaining their composure. Fidéle turned to Austerity. "What do you want done with these vermin?" She thought. "If we let them go, they'll likely head for Prince George. What can you do that lets folk know they are evildoers?" "There's only one punishment short of death for their kind in this valley," he said. "May I borrow your knife?" He approached one of the terrified men.

"It was religions like yours that ended the Old Times. Religions pouring superstitious fuel onto the flames of ignorance. The Bad Times were the poison fruit of their foul teachings. Having destroyed a civilization, they live, you live, in the fetid crannies of the earth; like roaches and flies you breed on filth.

"We will not prevent you from returning to your lair, but I shall make certain you will not find a welcome among decent people. I offer you your life at the cost of marking you forever as a zealot. Your choice: if you wish to live, be still while I do this. If you resist, I'll cut your throat."

The man held still, grimacing while Fidéle cut a cross into the skin of his forehead, the blood dripping down the man's face. Then he moved on and did the same to the other. They were allowed to keep their weapons. As the caravan resumed its way, they were rifling the belongings of the Elrons.

The only true science fiction is the discovery of the mythic city Welkin, which I may have made so Utopian as to challenge credulity.  It's not in the class of Atwood's Maddaddam series, but shares some of its assumptions.

In fact, I'm a fan of "hard" science fiction, which my book isn't, although my dystopia is more hopeful than Atwood's.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 17, 2014 at 2:00pm

Time Travel Cat. 8 1/2 minute story. Enjoy!

Comment by sk8eycat on May 6, 2014 at 11:37pm

Just for fun: http://www.sccs.swarthmore.edu/org/swil/FILKS/filkbook2.html

And especially for Loren:

Brush Up Your Heinlein

Words: Hildebaby, August 1989
Music: "Brush Up Your Shakespeare"

The fen in today's sci-fi crowd
Are big to hear reading out loud,
So to make a name for yourself,
There are books must be on the shelf
Old Asimov and Arthur Clarke
And Niven will give you a spark,
H.G. Wells to read after dark,
And Adams is just for a lark.
But the writer of them all
Who always wrote all those fine lines
In the one the fen all call
Dear old Robert Anson Heinlein.

Brush up your Heinlein, start quoting him now
Brush up your Heinlein, and the neos you will wow.
If you are looking for an openin' line,
Take one straight from ol' Mike Valentine
If your life is too much of a mystery
Take a peek at the future history.
If affairs give to you great distress
Remember The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
Brush up your Heinlein, and they'll listen how.

Brush up your Heinlein, start quoting him now
Brush up your Heinlein, and the neos you will wow.
If your neighbor is a pestering louse,
You just show him into the crooked house.
If truth in your words just fails to ring
Then say what Kip told the Mother Thing.
If this universe you do like the least
Try another of The Number of the Beast.
Brush up your Heinlein, and they'll listen how.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 6, 2014 at 2:29pm

Ahhhh...memories!  (Science fact and some speculation.)

http://www.current.org/2014/03/with-new-cosmos-on-horizon-makers-of...

I worked part-time on the KCET lot when "Cosmos" was in production...I wasn't involved in it, I was just a fundraiser, but it was exciting for everybody. 

(And now the lot has been sold to the Crutch of Scientology...the Elronners. Eww.)

Comment by Stephen Goldin on March 4, 2014 at 1:45pm

For those who read ebooks, a couple of my "Atheist Musings" are available free this week at Smashwords as part of Read an Ebook Week (3/2-3/8): "Creationism vs. the Lightbulb" and "The Fix Is In." People might also be interested in some of my science fiction and fantasy on sale; check out my blog for more details.

Comment by Stephen Goldin on December 8, 2013 at 7:22pm

On Dec 11 I'll be doing an Ask-Me-Anything session at http://reddit.com/r/sciencefiction, sort of like an online sf convention. Of course, you're all invited. Reddit memberships are free, so I hope people will participate.

Comment by Plinius on September 23, 2013 at 12:22am

I love that one, Sk8eycat!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 22, 2013 at 4:44pm

I'm still playing with book jackets on Cheezburger.  My latest:

TO SAIL BEYOND THE SUNSET Robert A. Heinlein

Comment by sk8eycat on September 21, 2013 at 12:32pm

Ruth, here's a link to JeffCatsBookClub...hidden in teh lie-berry at Cheez-town:

http://profile.cheezburger.com/JeffCatsBookClub/?utm_campaign=trans...

You kind of have to explore the different departments under FAVORITES.  I still haven't figured out WTF Ben Huh is doing with the entire site.  It's too effing complicated for me these days.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 20, 2013 at 2:51pm

Ruth, I have a lot of peeves with the credibility of Sci-fi, but haven't noticed that one.  I probably will now though.

 

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