Lord of Light Author:Roger Zelazny The novel takes place long after the death of Earth, on a planet settled by human colonists. There, the original settlers have recreated the ancient Hindu pantheon, bestowing upon themselves -- by means of mutation and the technology which they deny all others on the planet -- godlike powers and godlike immortality. And they rule their world wit... more »h godlike arrogance and caprice.
Only one opposes them, one of the few who rejected the perquisites of godhood, believing that the ordinary mortals should be freed from the tyranny of their self-appointed deities. He has many names -- Mahasamatman, Siddhartha, Binder of Demons, the Enlightened One, Buddha -- but he prefers to be called Sam.
Once before Sam had fought against the gods, a great battle...and he lost. To have him die would have made a martyr of him, so his enemies gave him Nirvana, projecting his atman -- his soul -- into the great magnetic cloud encircling the planet.
But now he has been reincarnated brought back by those who have kept the flames of revolution alight these long years. It can only be Sam who can lead the battle against the gods once more.
In the course of his struggle, Sam will find allies as well as enemies among the gods, will unleash the demons he had previously bound, and will be forced to confront his own fears and desires as he wrestles with the demands of his conscience.« less