978-0-8398-2599-9 / 9780839825999

Messiah (The Gregg Press Science Fiction Series)


Publisher:Gregg Pr



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About the book:

"...a satirical fantasy of real brilliance: horribly relevant to our follies and dreadfully funny."Sunday Times (London)

"...a book thats not remotely had its due."Larry McMurtry

"...a prophetic novel."PBS

"The voice is very serious, Jamesian in its syntax and disarmingly candid....echoes many of the great dystopian novels of the century."The Lectern

The novel traces the collapse of Christianity and the rise of the next great religion of Western civilization: Cavism. Founded by undertaker John Cave, Cavism holds that it is a holy thing to die. Packaged by a marketing genius, the new religion conquers the world more quickly than any prior memeplex, but pockets of resistance remain. Eugene Luther, formerly an apostle of Cavism, now a hunted apostate, writes his memoirs as a last gesture of freedom while the noose of a totalitarian religious state tightens around him.

A blend of satire and secular prophecy first published in 1954, "Messiah" anticipates the rise of televangelism and engineered religions such as Scientology (Vidal met L. Ron Hubbard in the 1950s), and prefigures the great religio-dystopian novels of the era: Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land" and Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle".

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