Religious Science Fiction Books

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A theme in science fiction just as much as it might be treated as a specialized subgenre (think Christian SF). Religion as a power force on mandkind has naturally been heavily explored by the science fiction genre. Religious science fiction tends to focus on how religion, either a made up one reflecting some or a combination of ideas from present religions or a straight out recognized religion, extrapolated into the future affects humanity. But religious science fiction is certainly not just limited to this use of "religion" in science fiction. It can be used to critique a religion in the form of a dystopia or ask deep questions about a religion when you take humanity out of the equation (alien regions).
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A Canticle For Leibowitz

by Walter M. Miller Jr.

4.75 avg rating
A \"religious\" science fiction work that\'s transcended the science fiction genre and widely hailed as literature. This is one book that treats religion in a positive light, not some will-crushing, soul stealing inimical force that many SF tales depict religion as.
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Dune

by Frank Herbert

4.19 avg rating
Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family--and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what it undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.

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The Sparrow

by Mary Doria Russell

3.71 avg rating
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Arthur C. Clarke
John W. Campbell
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Childhood\'s End

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Hyperion

by Dan Simmons

4.48 avg rating
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Locus Science Fiction
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Arthur C. Clarke
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Out Of The Silent Planet

by C. S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis\'s science fiction version of \"chronicles of Narnia\". Another allegorical portrayal of Christianity
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Stranger In A Strange Land

by Robert A. Heinlein

4.43 avg rating
Heinlein\'s musings on the whole messianic theme
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Lord Of Light

by Roger Zelazny

4.83 avg rating
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Behold The Man

by Michael Moorcock

Karl Glogauer is a disaffected modern professional casting about for meaning in a series of half-hearted relationships, a dead-end job, and a personal struggle. His questions of faith surrounding his father's run-of-the-mill Christianity and his mother's suppressed Judaism lead him to a bizarre obsession with the idea of the messiah. After the collapse of his latest affair and his introduction to a reclusive physics professor, Karl is given the opportunity to confront his obsession and take a journey that no man has taken before, and from which he knows he cannot return. Upon arriving in Palestine, A.D. 29, Glogauer finds that Jesus Christ is not the man that history and faith would like to believe, but that there is an opportunity for someone to change the course of history by making the ultimate sacrifice.

First published in 1969, Behold the Man broke through science fiction's genre boundaries to create a poignant reflection on faith, disillusion and self-sacrifice. This is the classic novel that established the career of perhaps contemporary science fiction’s most cerebral and innovative author.

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A Case Of Conscience

by James Blish

Father Ruiz-Sanchez is a dedicated man--a priest who is also a scientist, and a scientist who is also a human being. He has found no insoluble conflicts in his beliefs or his ethics . . . until he is sent to Lithia. There he comes upon a race of aliens who are admirable in every way except for their total reliance on cold reason; they are incapable of faith or belief.

Confronted with a profound scientific riddle and ethical quandary, Father Ruiz-Sanchez soon finds himself torn between the teachings of his faith, the teachings of his science, and the inner promptings of his humanity. There is only one solution: He must accept an ancient and unforgivable heresy--and risk the futures of both worlds . . .
Hugo
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Endymion

by DAN SIMMONS

5 avg rating
sequel to Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion Books. Religion is one of many themes explored. The religion is corrupted pseudo Catholicism that\'s used to control known space.
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Anathem

by Neal Stephenson

4 avg rating

A #1 New York Times Bestseller, Anathem is perhaps the most brilliant literary invention to date from the incomparable Neal Stephenson, who rocked the world with Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, and The Baroque Cycle. Now he imagines an alternate universe where scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians live in seclusion behind ancient monastery walls until they are called back into the world to deal with a crisis of astronomical proportions.

 

Anathem won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and the reviews for have been dazzling: “Brilliant” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel), “Daring” (Boston Globe), “Immensely entertaining” (New York Times Book Review), “A tour de force” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), while Time magazine proclaims, “The great novel of ideas…has morphed into science fiction, and Neal Stephenson is its foremost practitioner.”

Locus Science Fiction
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John W. Campbell
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Parable Of The Sower

by Octavia E. Butler

4 avg rating
Nebula
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Blue Earth

by Jeff Stover

4.5 avg rating
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Valis

by Philip K. Dick

5 avg rating
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Anonymous | 2014-11-26 03:35:09
I understand that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However, if you do not rank Dune, Hyperion, and Childhood's End, in that order as the best of the best you need to keep reading. They stand head and shoulders above the rest on this list. Behold The Man, A Year of Rice and Salt, seriously. Kim Stanley Robinson is a preachy, smug, and boring writer. I ask anyone to read all three of his Mars trilogy and then, be honest, NOT be glad when its over. Micheal Moorcock's book is a good entry, but when compared to my top three, it pales in comparison.

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