Famous Atheists: Science Fiction Authors Edition

science fiction is a world of fantasy where creativity isn't bound by reality where the rules that bind us all can be broken and important questions on the meaning of existence and morality can be explored through metaphors the authors who expand our minds and emotions through this medium have influenced humanity in many ways and have set a benchmark for our own imaginations but it's important to note that these authors and their desire to tell their fantastical stories do you know the difference between reality and fiction here are just some of the better-known science fiction authors were also atheists Douglas Adams is best known for his Hitchhiker's Guide to the galaxy series as well as being a writer for the television series Doctor Who his surreal and offbeat humor was adored by many and was a unique venue for science fiction at the time which was generally very epic and frightening in the first book of his famous series he writes that in the beginning the universe was created this has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move he was also well known for asking why people need to assign supernatural properties to nature and that while he does find religion interesting but is confused at one major aspect of it Isaac Asimov is one of the major pioneers of science fiction and he wrote over 500 books in 1966 he won the Hugo Award for best series of all time for the foundation series which is one of many series that he wrote that would go on to inspire generations of writers to come Asimov was also a brilliant scientist writing at length on numerous topics related to chemistry astronomy and math he also served as president of the American Humanist Association and his successor was fellow atheist author Kurt Vonnegut Asimov understood and dived into morality and so much of his work and its own morality they saw a big problem with religions obsession with not practicing what they preach you arthur c clarke was a british writer would also won numerous awards and accolades for his monumental work in science fiction clark dreamed of exploring the stars starting when he was a young boy joining the British interplanetary society and would go on to become its chairman as an adult but his fascination also extended to the worlds underneath the waves becoming an avid scuba diver after relocating to Sri Lanka in 1956 he discovered the ruins of an underwater temple and also helped return a submerged naturally-occurring obelisk dedicated to the Hindu goddess Shiva a similar obelisk would be featured in the screenplay he wrote with fellow atheist and director Stanley Kubrick in the film 2001 a Space Odyssey morality was another key feature in much of his works and Clark would voice his displeasure with the entanglement of religion and morality in the real world HP Lovecraft wrote a ton of horror and science fiction stories he's definitely best known for his Cthulhu creation we talked about Lovecraft in our Godsmack video on Dagon and how he used this early story to influence his own later works the gods were actually aliens in his stories who either were indifferent or hostile towards humanity Lovecraft liked to tinker with human origins because he felt if religion could come up with ridiculous stories concerning their beginnings so could he he had no problem saying that religion itself was preposterous and said this about raising children to be religious Ursula kala Gwyn was a creative science fiction author who liked to subvert expectations in the genre such as non-white protagonists and political themes Labuan also subtly used balance and equilibrium as a general backdrop in much of her works being inspired by the teachings of Taoism she won the Hugo and nebula awards for best novel the first woman to do so for both award ceremonies authors such as Salman Rushdie and Neil Gaiman cited her as a major influence on them jadon irreverent sense of humor regarding her atheism saying that she was raised as irreligious as a jackrabbit as well as this terry pratchett is another science fiction author who utilized comedy in his works the 41 novel series Discworld is his most celebrated works and had several unique literary tools he would use such as non sequitur footnotes and dropping the use of chapters to break up the story much of his work hasn't been adapted into film or TV because of how protective he was of his work though he gave Neil Gaiman his blessing to have their collaborative Good Omens novel adapted if he wanted it to which it was this year Pratchett won humanist of the year in the UK in 2013 after passing away in 2015 at a humanist funeral service he used his humour when addressing religion as well saying this in regards to rumor of him finding faith phillipcoleman an author best known for his Dark Materials trilogy used his writing to skewer religion in many ways he also wrote a biography of Jesus Christ in which Jesus and Christ were two separate people with Jesus being a godly man and Christ wanting to use Jesus as work to build a powerful church his work is so despised by evangelicals that when the Golden Compass was made into a feature film it was boycotted across the u.s. but found success overseas Coleman believes that if the Christian god were real and is just like he is written as in the Christian Bible then he should be rebelled against and put down he later explained that this is true of all gods not just the Christian one and further elaborated with this statement fast forward to the present day and we have another atheist author who dives into the morality and the gods in his work Jason Aaron he's known for writing several comic book series such as Thor and Wolverine with religious themes running rampant and it works Aaron explained in an interview that this was because he was raised Southern Baptist but became an atheist as an adult this change in turn made him more fascinated with religion and faith more so but after the events of the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012 he took to Twitter and lamented on his lack of belief robert heinlein along with isaac asimov and arthur c clarke were referred to as the big three of science fiction writers Heinlein stressed the importance of scientific accuracy and popularized the space marine science fiction trope through his novel Starship Troopers he was also a pioneer in writing female characters who had just as much technological understanding as male characters dead and he depicted them as strong and independent Heinlein also used his writing to try and educate people on the importance of racial equality and would often create characters that people loved and later on mentioned their race was a color other than white and when it came to religion he was both articulate and devastating and saying what a huge mistake it was on the part of humanity which is why out of everyone we talked about we're going to leave on his words

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  1. Way too often I am shown to be wrong, but I generally figure anyone I meet, who is intelligent, is an atheist. So it doesn't surprise me at all that that you can create a list of accomplished people who are atheists.

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