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The Race for God

(1990)
A novel by

 
 
Publisher's Weekly
After a promising start, Herbert's heavy-handed work rapidly disintegrates into uninspired philosophizing and potshots at organized religion. God uses an unlikely spokesman, Evander McMurtrey--who as a lark had founded the Interplanetary Church of Cosmic Chickenhood--to issue an unusual invitation to the people of the planet D'Urth: although he doesn't explain why, God would like them to race each other to visit him on his remote world of Tananius-Ofo, and provides a fleet of computer-piloted spaceships for transport. On McMurtrey's own ship are the embattled followers of various religions, such as Krassianism (read Christianity), Hoddism (Buddhism) and Middism (Judaism), who squabble their way toward God (even the computer is accused of blasphemy). McMurtrey is an engagingly eccentric character, but Herbert ( Prisoners of Arionn ) laces his meandering text with banal observations (''every experience in life is a lesson'') and tiresome irreverences, such as this attack on Catholic absolution: ''Confess to murder and rape, say you accept Krassos Christ and you get a ticket to Heaven. What a sick, sic e-vile religion!''

Library Journal
A self-made prophet and head of the Interplanetary Church of Cosmic Chickenhood receives a bona fide invitation from God to visit Him on His planet at the edge of the universe. In response, a flood of religious devotees flocks to the spaceships destined to deliver them, provided they can survive ''holy war'' in outer space. Herbert's (Prisoners of Arionn) flair for comedy is taken to extremes in this blatant and unsubtle spoof of an earth-like world fragmented by theology. For large libraries only.

Genre: Science Fiction

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