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Lord of Light
Lord of Light
Author: Roger Zelazny
To be or not to be, a god. Earth is dead and a team of human colonists have settled another planet in which certain members are allowed to become their chosen "god", with all their tendencies and foibles--a few of them chosen from half-remembered fables from earth's former theology. Only of the "the gods" has chosen to oppose all the other gods...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780739416884
ISBN-10: 073941688X
Pages: 245
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Publisher: SFBC
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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I just reread this and I'm glad I did. This is one of those little books full of big ideas, wonderful language and some interesting characters. They're proud, fearful, smart (and stupid) and all around human, even though they are gods ...

For those that don't know, the book is set on a distant world in the far future when Earth is dead and the world was colonized by a starship called The Star of India. There, the crew helped tame the world by fighting against the bodiless Rakashas, the Mothers of the Glow and several other races. Then they set themselves up as Hindu gods using psionics and advanced technology.

As the book opens Tak, an ape, and Yama, a renegade god of death are trying to reincarnate the Buddha, who has been exiled to Nirvana. From there we are taken on a tour of Heaven (the city of the gods), treated to epic battles suitable for the Vedas and all around given a good story.

I'll say this much - I've read Zelazny's Amber series once. This I've read and re-read and will continue to do so.
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Zelazny provides an alternate world where colonists use the power of their technology to impersonate gods (in this case, Hindu gods) while a rebel impersonates Buddha to try to bring them down. Not the most original of plots (this was written in 1967, and reads that way - burn some incense while you read), but a solid contribution by a solid writer.
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To be or not to be, a god. Earth has died off and a team of human colonists have settled another planet that offers a few the chance to become a "god". Only one of the seeming gods (who chooses to call himself Sam) he opposes all the other gods in an attempt to free humans, once and for all, from the tyranny of their self-imposed Gods. This author writes with a truly unique perspective and flowing writing voice.