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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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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 Stephen Goldin on March 10, 2010 at 5:38pm

The Eternity Brigade, Final Edition, is now available in paperback format for purchase online. This is the book many fans consider my best, most important stand-alone science fiction novel, the story of soldiers being resurrected over and over again to fight in war after war stretching into infinity. As a gift to my fans, if you follow the above link, you can enter the coupon code 7MZ8GBWR to save $2.00 off the book's retail list price.
Those of you who've read the earlier versions of the book know how good it is--and many of you have told me you've worn out your previous copies. Those of you unfamiliar with it, I hope you'll give it a chance to impress you--or at least to entertain you.
Comment by Mrina on March 9, 2010 at 2:52pm
John: I am not sure Edmund from the Count of Monte Cristo "gets religion" in the end at all. The film version ruined the end by the way, it wasn't even remotely similar to the book. In fact the film version angered me a lot in that it catered to the mass beliefs/desires of the general American public rather than sticking to the original story. You should read the book.
Comment by John B Hodges on March 9, 2010 at 2:30pm
Elsewhere on Atheist Nexus there is a discussion started by the question "What are your favorite atheist/rationalist characters in fiction?" Some mentioned Edmund Dantes, from THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO.

I replied:
Regarding Edmund Dantes- I have only seen the film version of "The Count of Monte Cristo". It is a great film, and I recommend it, but (as in many other portrayals of atheists in film) he apparently gets religion at the end. At least, the end shows a reason why he might, it doesn't show him doing it. I don't wish to spoil the story by telling the ending, but the end is a reference to something he says early in the film, before he loses his original faith.

I have been reading science-fiction and fantasy since I discovered it in my early teens... so many characters. If I had to pick a favorite atheist character, offhand I'd have to say Eleanor Arroway in Carl Sagan's novel CONTACT, played by Jodie Foster in the movie version. She (and Sagan) are more agnostic than atheist. CONTACT is Sagan's commentary on the relationship between science and religion.

Most of the novels I have read are not "about" religion or atheism. Either religion is not even mentioned, or it is a fantasy novel where some religion is actually true. For example, Anne McCaffrey has a series of novels set on a planet called Pern; besides the humans, there are dragons there who can fly and teleport and have limited telepathy, but otherwise Pern is an entirely natural place. The human society there has no religion; in the early novels it is simply absent, in some later novel it is explicitly mentioned that in human history there was an early period known as The Age of Religions, now thankfully OVER. So, all of Anne McCaffrey's characters in that series could be called atheist characters. But the topic never really comes up.

David Weber is one of my favorite authors these days; he's probably best known for his series of novels about an heroine named Honor Harrington (starting with ON BASILISK STATION). But he's started another series, the first of which is titled OFF ARMAGEDDON REEF, which is set on a planet, fully naturalistic, but ruled by a theocracy bolstered by many "miracles" that are actually done by very advanced science. The main protagonist in these novels is originally named Nimue Alban but is known by all as Merlin; he is a member of the original crew that colonized that planet, he knows the scientific worldview and has access to a cache of high-tech himself, and he sets himself to a long-term project of overthrowing the false theocracy. Weber writes large-sale, epic novels, the science-fiction equivalent of "War and Peace". Three novels in that series so far.
Comment by Leslee Love on March 7, 2010 at 11:48am
Got Herds! After my lit final I am going to start reading it!! I really need to get a Kindle!
Comment by Stephen Goldin on March 7, 2010 at 11:31am
That should be "are half off"! My fingers aren't awake yet this morning.
Comment by Stephen Goldin on March 7, 2010 at 11:29am
@Mrina--Well, I'm currently participating in Read An Ebook Week (March 7-13), so all my titles on Smashwords 143 half off during this interval. Does that help?
Comment by Little Name Atheist on March 7, 2010 at 10:15am
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Comment by Mrina on March 7, 2010 at 7:13am
Doh, I guess I am too late for your free ebook! -_- pooey
Comment by Mrina on March 7, 2010 at 6:35am
SGecko: thanks for that KSR video. 12 years ago, Red Mars inspired me to enter the career I am in!

Stephen, thanks you for the link to your book. I guess I know where to start now :)
Comment by Stephen Goldin on March 5, 2010 at 7:32pm
I wanted to let people know that I've just released my new 10-book space opera series called Agents of ISIS, and you can learn more about it at my Web site. The books won't start appearing in paper format for several months yet, but all 10 are currently available as ebooks through Smashwords for those who just can't wait...and if you buy them through my Parsina Press page, you can get coupon codes that let you save $2.00 on each book.
 

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