As the geeks among us know, in Robert Heinlein’s** Future History ** series, the United States becomes a religious dictatorship in the year 2012. Obviously that’s not far off, and though I doubt things would get nearly that bad that quickly, it occurs to me that, if it were to happen, we’d likely see an institution of censorship on a draconian level. Which makes me wonder: what books published since 1980 are likely to make such a list, and why?
My first nominee: Towing Jehovah by Thomas Morrow. God dies and falls bodily to Earth. While slowly dying of grief, the archangels tell the Vatican to hire a supertanker to inter the corpse in the Arctic. En route the crew of the supertanker falls prey to anomie and famine and, among other things, eat part of the corpse.