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Twenty Core Works of Religious Speculative Fiction Every True SF Fan Should Have on Their Shelves

As with the previous core lists, here are twenty religious Speculative Fiction Works chosen entirely on the basis of merit and significance to the field1. No implication is intended that these are the only twenty works you should consider2.

(sorry about the lack of links. running behind. will try to come back and add them)

  • The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

  • HWJN by Ibraheem Abbas & Yasser Bahjatt

  • A Fine and Private Place by Peter Beagle

  • Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold

  • Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler

  • This Star Shall Abide by Sylvia Louise Engdahl

  • The Sea Priestess by Dion Fortune

  • The Dazzle of Day by Molly Gloss

  • “St Ailbe’s Hall” by Naomi Kritzer

  • High Deryni by Katherine Kurtz

  • A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle

  • The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren

  • A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller

  • Pennterra by Judith Moffett

  • He, She and It by Marge Piercy

  • Godmother Night by Rachel Pollack

  • Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

  • The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

  • Still Forms on Foxfield by Joan Slonczewski

  • Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

Persons unfamiliar with one or two of the works, congratulations! You’re one of today’s Ten Thousand!

1: There are two filtering rules:

  • Only one work per author per list

  • Any given work by a particular author can appear on only one list. A given author may, however, have works on various lists but each instance of their work will be unique.

2: NO IMPLICATION IS INTENDED THAT THESE ARE THE ONLY TWENTY workS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER.


Comments

  • TSM_in_Toronto

    James, what the aitch-ee-double-hockey sticks is "Religious Speculative Fiction"?!?!?

    askingforafriend

  • James Nicoll

    SF with significant religious themes.

  • TSM_in_Toronto

    Thanks. :^)

  • Contrarius

    I understand that you can't include The Sparrow on this list, since it's been on a previous list -- which just makes me want to have its sequel, Children of God, on the list instead. Hmph.

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