|The Goddess Durga|
with her star nurseries
When I first started this self-publishing effort, I happened to make the acquaintance of an indie author who was a convinced atheist. This writer abjured fantasy in all forms because of the underlying premise of magic, which assumes a spiritual foundation not grounded in science. This writer would read science fiction, but only if it omitted all non-material assumptions. Since then, I've encountered other atheists who seem to feel the same way. The most convinced atheist is a fullblown materialist and simply can't allow for anything unexplainable by science.
However, I also investigate what might exist in the unexplored reaches of space. Could there be something unexplainable out there, something that might not want us entering its domain? Or is the entity only a figment of a disturbed mind? This is mostly developed much later in the book, but I do have one reader of my unfinished opus who really likes the book but who, as an atheist, has complained that he would perfer I stuck to the scientific, no matter how fanciful my science is, and omit anything spiritual. Well, I can't do that. The concept of the spiritual is deeply embedded in the psychology of the intelligent being, and much of the wonder that exists in our lives comes from things we can't explain.
|Virgin Mary, Folk Art, Peru|