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Old 09-13-2019, 01:28 PM
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One science fiction series I really enjoy is The Lost Fleet, by Jack Campbell. He does a lot with the issues of relativistic speeds and space battles.

But the one thing that really bugs me is that the hugely dominant religion is based around our ancestors going to be with "the living stars", and meditating to get guidance from the dead. I don't have an issue with characters believing in an afterlife, etc., but the idea that we would somehow shift from a primarily Christian/Hindu/Muslim/Atheist starting point and somehow end up with a uniform, mysticism-based, completely different religion from anything existing now is just baffling. That, and the amount of time spent on it, relative to its importance to the storyline, is just out of proportion.
Yeah, that's a fair complaint. It's like Campbell wanted to have his characters have a spiritual side but without any of the trappings of organized religion -- there are no chaplains in the Lost Fleet. His ancestor-worship religion as used in these books is all self-guided, and seems too "sterile" (for lack of a better term) to have developed normally.
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One science fiction series I really enjoy is The Lost Fleet, by Jack Campbell. He does a lot with the issues of relativistic speeds and space battles.

But the one thing that really bugs me is that the hugely dominant religion is based around our ancestors going to be with "the living stars", and meditating to get guidance from the dead. I don't have an issue with characters believing in an afterlife, etc., but the idea that we would somehow shift from a primarily Christian/Hindu/Muslim/Atheist starting point and somehow end up with a uniform, mysticism-based, completely different religion from anything existing now is just baffling. That, and the amount of time spent on it, relative to its importance to the storyline, is just out of proportion.
You should check out Herbert's Orange Catholic Bible.
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Also, L Ron Hubbard literally makes up a religion about aliens and people actually believe it. W. t. f.
The only Hubbard I read was Battlefield Earth. That was the book that convinced me it's not worth it to finish a terrible book.

I can totally see an author starting a religion, but why the crappiest author?
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