Sunday, 2 April 2017

Different Uses Of The Bible In Fiction

The Bible and Shakespeare are full of quotes. We know of Poul Anderson's involvement with the Bible (see here and here) and Shakespeare (see here).

Manse Everard of the Time Patrol meets Cyrus and also Hiram:

"Everard remembered how the Bible gloated (would gloat) over the wealth of Solomon and whence he got it. 'For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks -'"
-Poul Anderson, "Ivory, And Apes, And Peacocks" IN Anderson, Time Patrol (New York, 2006), pp. 229-331 AT p. 240.

I have written "1 Kings 10.22" in the margin. For another literary reference to ivory, apes and peacocks, see here.

Seeking fellow time travellers, Jack Havig visits Jerusalem for Passover in 33 AD. Havig describes crucifixions to Robert Anderson whose relative writes science fiction...

I want to mention the Bible in the works of a few other writers but first I need some breakfast.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

I've tried to think of other science fiction or fantasy writers who quote from the Bible as often as Poul Anderson did--but it's hard to think of any off the top of my head. I recall Asimov quoting the Bible in THE CAVES OF STEEL. And I think Walter Miller did so as well in A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWEITZ. And possibly Julian May did so as well in either her SAGA OF PLIOCENE EXILE or GALACTIC MILIEU series. And that's about it.