I am writing a story about non-religious spirituality, and what that might look like 100 or 200 years from now; especially as altered states of consciousness and mindfulness are concerned.Who cares, if you can do it better?
Though I suppose I am curious to know what you mean by "spirituality" and "spiritual awakening." Do you mean a religious conversion, or something else?
Wasn't that Chasm City?I think science fiction explores spirituality quite well, but being what it is, it usually ends up debunking the notion as a psychological comfort blanket.
Greg Bear's Anvil of Stars had an interesting sub-plot involving religion.
Alistair Reynolds's Absolution Gap had another interesting take. The book makes mention of a religious virus that is used to infect non-believers. It was an interesting thought.
Wasn't that Chasm City?
Dune has already been mentioned but I think Frank primarily took a dim view on organised religion showing how it can be used to manipulate whole societies.
So, to wander back on, what constitutes a non-religious spiritual awakening? Best define it before we try to answer the original question of how well it has or will work in sci-fi.
I agree. Clarke was into his Teilhard de Chardan type spiritual transcendence.I tentatively suggest that Arthur C. Clarkes Childhood's End could qualify as 'spiritual' and SF.
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