Mohs, Dann, Greeley/Cassutt, Bishop : Religious Anthologies


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The photo shows seven anthologies on religious themes, five of them compiled here (two on other pages). The most general of these are the volumes by Mohs and Warrick & Greenberg. Mohs' volume is subtitled "Adventures in Religious Science Fiction." His introduction sketches the various approaches SF has taken toward religion, considering the relationship an important one in that SF considers "the paramount questions," and he surveys various novels on the theme, by Lewis, Clarke, Heinlein, and others.

The others are explicitely partisan: Jack Dann's two are of Jewish fantasy and SF; Greeley & Cassutt's contains SF with Catholic themes; and Bishop's compiles stories "about the Christ."

Dann's two, with introductions by Isaac Asimov and contributions by Harlan Ellison and H.L. God, have a fair amount of humor. Andrew M. Greeley provides an introduction to his co-edited book, which is long enough to contain the original novella versions of famous novels by Blish and Miller, while Greeley identifies the Lafferty story, which ends the book, as one of two "of the greatest SF classics every published" (along with Miller's). Bishop's book, eclectic despite its subtitle, allows the authors to provide commentaries about their stories.

Only two stories, by Boucher and Kuttner, are in more than one of these books; Boucher is reprinted 3 times, another 11 authors twice each.

Two anthologies shown in the photo are compiled on other pages. Warrick & Greenberg's The New Awareness (on the Textbooks page) from 1975 includes Miller's story as well as classics by Moorcock, Silverberg, Harrison, and Clarke, and even includes Godwin's "The Cold Equations" for its theme of "moral behavior." Gardner Dozois's Galileo's Children (on Dozois's Themes page) isn't precisely on religious themes, but does include essential stories by Martin, Clarke ("The Star," not in any of the others here), Tiptree, and Egan, that explore religious ideas.

  • Other Worlds, Other Gods, Mayo Mohs, ed. (Doubleday, 1971) [isfdb]
  • Wandering Stars, Jack Dann (Harper & Row , 1974) [isfdb]
  • More Wandering Stars, Jack Dann, ed. (Doubleday, 1981) [isfdb]
  • Sacred Visions, Andrew M. Greeley & Michael Cassutt, eds. (Tor, 1991) [isfdb]
  • A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ, Michael Bishop, ed. (Thunder's Mouth, 2007) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Woody Allen
  • The Scrolls (The New Republic ) -- More Wandering Stars
  • Isaac Asimov
  • Unto the Fourth Generation (F&SF Apr 1959) -- Wandering Stars
  • Isaac Babel
  • The Sin of Jesus -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • Michael Bishop
  • Sequel on Skorpiós (Interzone Aug 1998) -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • James Blish
  • A Case of Conscience (If Sep 1953) -- Sacred Visions
  • Nelson S. Bond
  • The Cunning of the Beast (Blue Book Nov 1942) -- Other Worlds, Other Gods
  • Jorge Luis Borges
  • The Gospel According to Mark (New Yorker Oct 23 1971) -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • Anthony Boucher
  • Balaam (9 Tales of Space and Time, 1954) -- Other Worlds, Other Gods
  • The Quest for Saint Aquin (New Tales of Space and Time, 1951) -- Other Worlds, Other Gods
          -- Sacred Visions
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Christus Apollo (I Sing the Body Electric, 1969) -- Other Worlds, Other Gods
  • The Man (Thrilling Wonder Stories Feb 1949) -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • John Brunner
  • Judas (Dangerous Visions, 1967) -- Other Worlds, Other Gods
  • The Vitanuls (F&SF Jul 1967) -- Other Worlds, Other Gods
  • Carol Carr
  • Look, You Think You've Got Troubles (Orbit 5, 1969) -- Wandering Stars
  • Michael Cassutt
  • Curious Elation (F&SF Sep 1990) -- Sacred Visions
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Nine Billion Names of God (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1953) -- Other Worlds, Other Gods
  • Jack Dann
  • Camps (F&SF May 1979) -- More Wandering Stars
  • Slow Dancing with Jesus (by Gardner Dozois & JD) (Penthouse Jul 1983) -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • Avram Davidson
  • The Golem (F&SF Mar 1955) -- Wandering Stars
  • Goslin Day (Orbit 6, 1970) -- Wandering Stars
  • Lester del Rey
  • Evensong (Dangerous Visions, 1967) -- Other Worlds, Other Gods
  • Paul Di Filippo
  • Lignum Crucis -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Inquisitor General -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Disciples (Penthouse Dec 1981) -- More Wandering Stars
  • Slow Dancing with Jesus (by GD & Jack Dann) (Penthouse Jul 1983) -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • Jeff Duntemann
  • Our Lady of the Endless Sky (Nova 4, 1974) -- Sacred Visions
  • George Alec Effinger
  • Paradise Last -- Wandering Stars [original]
  • Harlan Ellison
  • I'm Looking for Kadak -- Wandering Stars [original]
  • Mom (Silver Foxes Aug 1976) -- More Wandering Stars
  • Philip Josť Farmer
  • Prometheus (F&SF Mar 1961) -- Other Worlds, Other Gods
  • Jeffrey Ford
  • On the Road to New Egypt (Aberrations #32 1995) -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • Karen Joy Fowler
  • Shimabara (Full Spectrum 5, 1995) -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • Gregory Frost
  • Touring Jesusworld (Pulphouse #18 1995) -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • Mel Gilden
  • A Lamed Wufnik (F&SF Dec 1975) -- More Wandering Stars
  • H. L. Gold
  • Trouble with Water (Unknown Mar 1939) -- Wandering Stars
  • Warm, Dark Places (Unknown Oct 1940) -- More Wandering Stars
  • Phyllis Gotlieb
  • Tauf Aleph -- More Wandering Stars [original]
  • Andrew M. Greeley
  • Xorinda the Witch (American Fantasy Sum 1987) -- Sacred Visions
  • Joe Haldeman
  • The Mazel Tov Revolution (Analog Sep 1974) -- More Wandering Stars
  • Harvey Jacobs
  • Dress Rehearsal (F&SF Jul 1974) -- More Wandering Stars
  • James Patrick Kelly
  • Saint Theresa of the Aliens (IASFM Jun 1984) -- Sacred Visions
  • Damon Knight
  • Shall the Dust Praise Thee? (Dangerous Visions, 1967) -- Other Worlds, Other Gods
  • Nancy Kress
  • Trinity (IASFM Oct 1984) -- Sacred Visions
  • Henry Kuttner
  • A Cross of Centuries (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1958) -- Other Worlds, Other Gods
          -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • R. A. Lafferty
  • And Walk Now Gently Through the Fire... (And Walk Now Gently Through the Fire, 1972) -- Sacred Visions
  • Romulus Linney
  • Early Marvels -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • Bernard Malamud
  • The Jewbird (The Reporter Apr 11 1963) -- Wandering Stars
  • Barry N. Malzberg
  • Isaiah (Fantastic Sep 1973) -- More Wandering Stars
  • Leviticus: In the Ark (Epoch, 1975) -- More Wandering Stars
  • Understanding Entropy (Science Fiction Age Jul 1994) -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • Jack McDevitt
  • Friends in High Places -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • Gus -- Sacred Visions [original]
  • Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz (F&SF Apr 1955) -- Sacred Visions
  • Michael Moorcock
  • Behold the Man (New Worlds #166 1966) -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • Hugh Nissenson
  • Forcing the End (In the Reign of Peace, 1969) -- More Wandering Stars
  • Cynthia Ozick
  • The Pagan Rabbi (The Hudson Review 1966) -- More Wandering Stars
  • Mike Resnick
  • The Pale Thin God (Xanadu, 1993) -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • Bruce Holland Rogers
  • Cross Carriers -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • Winston P. Sanders
  • The Word to Space (F&SF Sep 1960) -- Other Worlds, Other Gods
  • Pamela Sargent
  • Gather Blue Roses (F&SF Feb 1972) -- Wandering Stars
  • Howard Schwartz
  • The Celestial Orchestra -- More Wandering Stars
  • Robert Sheckley
  • Street of Dreams, Feet of Clay (Galaxy Feb 1968) -- Wandering Stars
  • Robert Silverberg
  • The Dybbuk of Mazel Tov IV -- Wandering Stars [original]
  • The Pope of the Chimps (Perpetual Light, 1982) -- Sacred Visions
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • Jachid and Jechidah -- Wandering Stars
  • The Last Demon (Short Friday, 1964) -- More Wandering Stars
  • Jack Slay, Jr.
  • Murmur's Laws (Talebones Win 2001) -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • Lee Sutton
  • Soul Mate (F&SF Jun 1959) -- Other Worlds, Other Gods
  • William Tenn
  • On Venus, Have We Got a Rabbi -- Wandering Stars [original]
  • Noni Tyent
  • Miriam -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • Walter Wangerin, Jr.
  • Ragman -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • Bud Webster
  • Christus Destitutus (Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic, 2004) -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • Oscar Wilde
  • The Selfish Giant (The Happy Prince and Other Tales, 1888) -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • John M. Williams
  • Passion -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • Gene Wolfe
  • The Detective of Dreams (Dark Forces, 1980) -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ
  • The Seraph from Its Sepulcher -- Sacred Visions [original]
  • George Zebrowski
  • The Coming of Christ the Joker (Envisioning the Future: Science Fiction and the Next Millennium, 2003) -- A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ

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