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Contributor(s) Roger Zelazny
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Overview: Lord of Light

In the 1960s, Roger Zelazny dazzled the SF world with what seemed to be inexhaustible talent and inventiveness. Lord of Light, his third novel, is his finest book: a science fantasy in which the intricate, colorful mechanisms of Hindu religion, capricious gods, and repeated reincarnations are wittily underpinned by technology. "For six days he had offered many kilowatts of prayer, but the static kept him from being heard On High." The gods are a starship crew who subdued a colony world; developed godlike--though often machine-enhanced--powers during successive lifetimes of mind transfer to new, cloned bodies; and now lord it over descendants of the ship's mere passengers. Their tyranny is opposed by retired god Sam, who mocks the Celestial City, introduces Buddhism to subvert Hindu dogma, allies himself with the planet's native "demons" against Heaven, fights pyrotechnic battles with bizarre troops and weapons, plays dirty with politics and poison, and dies horribly but won't stay dead. It's a huge, lumbering, magical story, told largely in flashback, full of wonderfully ornate language (and one unforgivable pun) that builds up the luminous myth of trickster Sam, Lord of Light. Essential SF reading. --David Langford, Earth is long since dead. On a colony planet, a band of men has gained control of technology, made themselves immortal, and now rules their world as the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Only one dares oppose them: he who was once Siddhartha and is now Mahasamatman. Binder of Demons. Lord of Light.

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Language English
Publication Date March 30, 2010
Publisher Harper Voyager
Contributor(s) Roger Zelazny
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Page Count 304
ISBN 10 0060567236
ISBN 13 9780060567231
Dimensions and Weight
Product Weight 263.1 grams
Product Dimensions 13.5 cm x 1.7 cm x 20.3 cm
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  1.  Great 29 October, 2013 On
    I'd wager half my fingers that you would have read some or the other fantasy novel. I'd wager some of the leftover fingers that I still have, that you would have read some science fiction novel as well. If I still have my fingers, this is the right novel for you.

    Science fiction and fantasy, a blend which might appear to be an abomination of sorts, actually turns out to be one of the most sublime genres that I have ever come across. While fantasy has its own appeal of creating another world, to put it mildly, and science fiction has its own appeal, in the way, that if the author goes into some aspects of the development of this new world by means of a scientific hypothesis, it generates a new level of fantasy in itself. As you find yourself thinking about and linking up parts of the science that the author has woven and yet left out, in your own ways. To add to this, we have this godly character called Sam, whom I shall not describe, but I will go on to quote the first line of the book, which goes something like this.

    His followers called him Mahasamatman and said he was a god. He preferred to drop the Maha- and the -atman, however, and called himself Sam. He never claimed to be a god, but then he never claimed not to be a god.

    Through an ecstatic mix of gods, science and myth, the novel recreates the myth of Buddha in his unique and impeccable writing style, which is unparalleled, especially in terms of the usage of wit in the narrative style. Also, a portrayal of the past and the present and the elaborate passage from one to another has its own appeal from a reader's perspective.

    If, as I said, I still have my fingers, and you have liked fantasy and sci-fi as genres, this will be one hell of a read.
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