Our Friends from Frolix 8

Frolix 8 cover

I was looking at the Wikipedia entry for the decade of the 2010s to see if anything interesting was going to happen in the next decade. This got my attention:

In the year 2012, conventional CPUs are expected to reach their maximum computing potential, according to Moore’s Law.

I always knew there had to be a limit. I just didn’t know it was going to happen so soon. I don’t think I’m ready for that.

Then further down in the article, in the section labeled “Widely known fictional references”, is this tidbit:

Philip K. Dick mentions the death of God in passing in his 1970 novel Our Friends from Frolix 8 :

“God is dead,” Nick said. “They found his carcass in 2019. Floating out in space near Alpha.”

Don’t you love good science fiction? (Alas, why does it have to be fiction?)

Anyway, I haven’t read this particular book, but it got me thinking. Do you guys know of any similar references in science fiction? Tell us in the comments section!


Update: I just remembered that in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, God disappears in a puff of logic (just as he did in real life for about 9% of Americans).

That makes two references from science fiction. Any others?

4 Responses to “Our Friends from Frolix 8”

  1. robin Says:

    Dude, have you really never heard of “Towing Jehova”?

    It’s pretty much the ultimate “God is dead” novel; see the author’s page on it at .


  2. robin Says:

    Sorry; link didn’t go through that time. The page is at “http://www.sff.net/people/jim.morrow/towing.html”.


  3. Ron Britton Says:

    I haven’t been following SF as much as I did in my younger, sordid days. That book looks pretty good. I’ll check it out!

  4. BrianE Says:

    You might also want to check out “The Jehovah Contract” by Victor Koman. A bitter televangelist contracts a hit on Jehovah, and the PI that takes the case eventually succeeds. The writing is OK, but the last chapter absolutely undercuts the entire thrust of the book. (Don’t worry, God is truly dead at the end).