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I've been a professional science fiction and fantasy writer since 1965, with over 40 published books. Visit for more information.


My latest book is a religious satire called Polly!

Making up your own religion can be fun. Check out my blog PollyTheism.

Stephen Goldin's Polly! is an engaging novel, drawing the reader into humorous philosophical discussions about the various demands that people make regarding their deities.

--William Hampl
Editor, American Atheist magazine
All hands on Decalogue! A protagonist readers will find it easy to identify and empathize with, a classic journey story told with wit, wisdom and deceptive ease, and the most interesting guest star ever--what's not to like, here? Perhaps writers who attempt a book like Polly! wanna crack or two across the face for their audacity (to parrot conventional wisdom)--but not if they can manage to pull it off this entertainingly.
--Spider Robinson
co-author of Variable Star
by Robert A. Heinlein and Spider Robinson
Read some excerpted quotes from Polly!

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Stephen Goldin commented on Calla's group Nexus Book Club
"My county library sent an email reminding people that they can borrow ebooks and e-audiobooks online. I'll also offer a special gift for my atheist friends: You can get a free copy of my ebook Polly!: A comic novel of hope and blasphemy …"
Apr 14
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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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At 4:32pm on November 8, 2017, Tom B said…

Hi Stephen, if there is an occasion, it would be great to meet you in person. I am reading the "Into the Out" sample now. I started out doing some research on Artificial Intelligence thinking I would write a short story, it became , just a fun hobby.

At 2:26pm on April 19, 2012, Russell Pangborn said…

Strange story.  I did a Google search on my name to see if the general public see's my connection to Atheist Nexus and what level of detail is shown to a non member.

A link came up on the second page to a letter I had written on animalsincanada... I recognized it as a letter sent to the Toronto Star a couple of years ago that wasn't published.  A further Google search showed it actually was.

On re reading the letter I got all enraged again.  Since I've been posting stuff lately on atheist nexus I remembered your dog and cat discussion.  I love both my dog and cat - but have a little problem with all of our hypocrisy with treatment of other animals.  So I was going to post something to stir up a bunch of dog and cat lovers.  I've calmed down now.

These were the two links.  The Star one takes longer to load.

Here is the Star letter:


Here is the animals in Canada entry:

At 6:38am on February 20, 2012, Cane Kostovski said…

So...I did all that work for nothing. You still haven't used it. Why?

At 12:19am on December 16, 2011, Cane Kostovski said…
At 12:36pm on December 15, 2011, Cane Kostovski said…

Hey Stephen!!!!!

Check it out now:

At 3:47am on December 14, 2011, Cane Kostovski said…

This one is a good one too:

"Dedication to the Truth sometimes obscures the facts."

At 3:41am on December 14, 2011, Cane Kostovski said…

I was checking out your blog and this "golden rule" spoke to me:

"Children demand their rights; adults accept their responsibilities."

I must be an everlasting child. I have started 6 books in the past two months and haven't finished any of them. I would rather play on the computer.

At 3:30am on December 14, 2011, Cane Kostovski said…

Hey Stephen. I am unemployed and I have lots of time on my hands. I think I could do a slightly better job on your website Check me out at Anyway, I would like to do it for free. I just would like your permission to use the current pictures and text on your website right now.

Some details: I could publish it to my website and let you see it so that you could decide if you are even interested in using it, and if you are, we could work together to get it just the way you want it.

I get the benefit of keeping my skills fresh. You might get a website with more impact.

What do you say?

At 12:23pm on January 10, 2011, Jedi Wanderer said…
Thanks for the welcome. As cool as it would be to be able to swallow the moon and cause tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanoes, I'm afraid the name Wanderer actually comes from the title of another book, Taran Wanderer, the 4th out of 5 books by Lloyd Alexander in the Prydain Chronicles, a fantasy series I enjoyed reading as a boy and which I greatly identified with. It would be cool to be a living, breathing planet though, like Gaia (except a dude?).
At 6:54pm on January 9, 2011, 1311 said…
Thank you for the warm welcome Stephen.  I look forward to reading all the posts here!  :)

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How do I get that damn-blasted Tweets button off my screen? I don't want it there. I never asked for it. As far as I can see, the only thing it does is block the left side of my screen, covering other things that I do want to see. Not everyone is a tweetaholic. If this is an example of the "improvements" Brother Richard has been bragging about, I want no part of it. HOW DO I TURN THE FUCKING THING OFF?????



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