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Science Fiction/Fantasy Atheists

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 Stephen Goldin on May 27, 2016 at 1:11pm

I'm excited to announce I have a new book about to be published--a science fiction adventure entitled Into the Out. Told through the eyes of a teenage girl, it concerns eleven high school students on a field trip in the desert who come across a long-buried starshi;p. The ship takes off with them aboard and whisks them away into interstellar space. They don't know where they're going or why, but they have to pool their resources to survive their mysterious journey into deep space.

The book is being considered by Kindle Scout, and this is where you come in. For those of you unfamiliar with it, Kindle Scout is a reader-driven program by Amazon. It's somewhat along the lines of Kickstarter, where the readers themselves choose what they'd like to see published. In this case, though, you don't have to put up any money, not a cent. You just visit the campaign site and read the opening section of the book, about 5,000 words. Then, if you like what you see and want to read more, you vote for it. If the book gets enough votes, Amazon will publish it as an ebook under their own imprint.

Oh, and as a thank-you gift for supporting it, you'll get a free copy of the final ebook

What can you do to help? Just a few simple things:

  1. During thee campaign period (May 15 through June 14, 2016), visit this Web page.
  2. Read the opening section of Into the Out.
  3. If you enjoy the book and want it to get published, nominate it. You can have up to 3 active nominations going at any one time.

That's all it takes. You'll be notified when the campaign period is over. If enough other people agree with you that the book should be published, you'll get an early ebook copy with my compliments.

And tell your space opera-loving friends. The more, the merrier.

I hope you'll enjoy the sample, and thank you for your support.

Pleasant reading!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 26, 2016 at 6:58pm

from cheezburger

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 6, 2015 at 10:55am

Some days it's hard to tell reality from sci-fi. (Nice use of gifs.)

#COP21gifs episode III – Revenge of the physics

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 4, 2015 at 5:40pm

Futurama fans, here's Hypno-Mudskipper!

Comment by sk8eycat on July 14, 2015 at 6:47pm

Have Space Suit - Will Travel Robert A. Heinlein

At least PART of Clyde Tombaugh got to fly by Pluto!

Comment by Hunter Byrd on May 11, 2015 at 10:03pm

If anyone is really interested in atheistic post-apocalyptic fiction, you might look at my book, The Road To Welkin (or here).  Not merely atheist, but polyamorous as well.  This book has not done well with sci-fi fans.

Comment by Robert Brown on May 11, 2015 at 9:00pm

Thank you Steph S. I hope you enjoy it.

Comment by Steph S. on May 11, 2015 at 8:42pm

I am interested - I will go and get it from Amazon - and thank you Robert.

Comment by Robert Brown on May 11, 2015 at 8:00pm

If anyone here is interested in Post Apocalyptic Thrillers, my first book The Last Blade of Grass was just published by Severed Press.

It isn't based on religion, but the lead character and his family are Atheists and religious arguments come up often in the survival setting. Basically it paints the Atheist in a good light versus what religious people are told about us.

Here is one of the five-star reviews: This book was gripping, believable, well thought out and engaging. I particularly loved the interplay between the main character and his wife. Well worth the read. I can't wait to read more! - Peltier

If you like the genre, please read it and leave a review.

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.


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