Regular Dear Reader Christina lives in a small town in western Canada, where there are “lots of nice rock art and arrowheads and Indians (though they don’t want to get excavated for political reasons) “. Here’s a cool snippet from a letter she sent me.
“Speaking about books and the local library, I’ve discovered that if you want to read about Old Norse religion, then you’ll have to look in the science fiction section. I guess I should have known, or what? Most likely, the reason is that I live in a town that used to be a really tiny place, but that’s grown into a major city in the past five years. The politics of the place, though, are still run as if the place was a hamlet, and everything is pretty much controlled by five Dutch families. All five are horse-and-buggy, dyed-in-the-wool Mennonites, so for them it’s of course inconceivable to discuss other religions as anything else than sci-fi…”
Well, I think these Mennonites are definitely onto something. All religions are escapist fiction, so why not science fiction? I hear L. Ron Hubbard wrote some rousing yarns in his day.