I vaguely remember someone telling me about this book. Unfortunately I can't remember who it was and I only remember vague details. The basic premise is that in a post apocalyptic or near apocalyptic future, someone (I think it was a woman) realizes that appeals to people's reason aren't enough to get people to work together to get off the planet, so the person starts creating a cult/religion/philosophy that encourages a focus on space colonization to ensure humanity's survival. That's about all I can remember.

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    – Null
    Nov 16, 2021 at 4:09
  • Was said woman the result of someone stored in cryogenic storage, maybe originally male?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Nov 16, 2021 at 4:14
  • Sounds similar to a really really basic rendering of "The Three-Body Problem" if also accounting for some memory drift of the plot
    – NKCampbell
    Nov 16, 2021 at 4:17

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This question is sufficiently vague that I expect multiple books could fit it. One of them is "Parable of the Sower" by Octavia E. Butler.

The book is told from the viewpoint of Lauren Olamina, a teenage girl who happens to be an empath. She lives in a small enclave, in the near future, but society is breaking down around her. Eventually violence comes to her neighborhood and she is forced to flee.

Although the world around is falling apart she maintains hope in an apocalyptic world. She is inspired by a new faith/religion/philosophy that she has invented and which she spreads. It is called Earthseed. Each chapter of the book starts with a quote from 'Earthseed: the Books of the Living' that Lauren writes or inspires.

One aspect of Earthseed is

The Destiny of Earthseed is to take root among the stars

So we have a near, but post-apocalyptic future, a female narrator, and a faith that preaches that humanity should focus on leaving the earth. So it fits the question. But I expect there could be other books that are equally good fits.

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