Reading Thoughts, Long-Term Research Projects, Reader Feedback Request, and Inadvertent Spoilers!


‘Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves’ by Matthew Reilly


As with every book written by this man, all the time and sweat and fingertip blisters he puts into his writing leads to a book that is read in two days!  I am not sure if reading a book so quickly is a good or bad thing.  The story was exciting, the exclamation points flying thick and fast towards the end, and a few extremely unlikely escapes (what is called a ‘one-percenter’) has you calling bulls*** while you can’t put it down =)


‘Siege of Darkness’ by R.A.  Salvatore (Book 9 of the ‘Legend of Drizzt’ series)

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It took a very long time, but there is a bit of motivation for the big Project!  It is not in the writing, unfortunately, but in the research to make the world work.  The research can be fully accomplished by one extremely awesome website, called Accuweather.  Not a stretch to figure out what the research entails =)

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In a slightly annoying trend, my science fiction short story seems to keep stalling me.  The religion of the country that Barney is now in is predominantly Christian (80%).  The remaining 20% is split somewhat evenly between Islam and traditional religions.  I hope that the ‘traditional religion’ involves Shamanism, because that would be very handy.

Should religion be brought into a science fiction story?

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The plan for Post #151 seems to have been spoiled by a test run.  Well done to one of my very observant followers who realised what was happening and correctly put two and two together =)

By the way, Post #142.  We edge ever closer…


4 thoughts on “Reading Thoughts, Long-Term Research Projects, Reader Feedback Request, and Inadvertent Spoilers!

  1. Hi, there. As to whether religion ought to be brought into a science fiction story or not, have you heard the quote (I can’t call the exact quote or author to mind, but it goes something like this): “Nothing that is human is foreign to me”? Why should anything that’s human be foreign to a science fiction story, likewise? Do what you think best, but I see no reason why you can’t use religion (as long as you say nothing yourself that is prejudicial in the authorial voice, but leave all opinionizing to your characters).

    • Greetings Doc =)

      Due to the so-called impasse between science and religion, placing talk of ancient gods and the like in Science Fiction seemed peculiar. I realised later that is done very often, and usually in the guise of video games. A horror series called ‘Dead Space’ involves a religious cult worshiping an item called a ‘Marker’, which is the cause/creator of the bad guys in the series. There is allusion to religion in the popular ‘Mass Effect’ series, due to different races throughout the galaxy having their own religions and gods, though it is kept more as a sidenote and not discussed.

      I shall use a traditional religion to help advance the plot, though an idea I thought very useful to work with could prove a tad controversial. Eek…

      Thanks for reading. I look forward to your next post as always =)

  2. Going on the religion run, I played a game called Mage: The Ascension. The Technocracy was the primary bad guy and they basically used science in the same way others used magic. When I was able to read their book (table top game), I found religion did exist.

    In the game, religion was frowned upon. People who were religious had to work harder for promotion, they sat at their own tables (which made it worse because the religions would then segregate based on what their faith was), and overall it was a harder life. Science proves everything and religion is antiquated.

    Or you could be original! Allow science and faith to work hand in hand. There is a component of faith in science, even if they don’t recognize it, similar to the church during the Middle Ages seeing God as an absolute instead of something requiring faith. That was far more long winded than expected.

    • Good to hear from you Mr Davis =)

      The Technocracy definitely sounds like a ‘science as religion’ hybrid, which seems to be a more popular pairing these days. But to use the religion as a justification for discrimination is not the best way to go, unless there is harm being caused to others.

      ‘Science proves everything and religion is antiquated.’ That is very succinct way to put the relationship between the two trains of thought. Religion was for when our ability to justify the world around us was not possible, while science has helped justify our world. But neither has all the answers.

      Thanks for taking the time to type in =)

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