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Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
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Mar 27, 11

Read in March, 2011


This was one of the books that made me fall in love with Science Fiction at an early age.

Lord of Light was a Hugo-winner for Roger Zelazny. It's a wonderful commbination of Science Fiction written like Fantasy. Zelazny's novum is that psychic abilities can be developed and nourished through science to create a variety of godlike 'powers.'

It so happens that the 'powers' make individuals into gods, gods who fit the Hindu pantheon. Zelazny's main character, Mahasamatman, or "Sam" is one of a group of original colonists who settle on a planet and terraform it after battles with the native inhabitants, the Rakasha.

A Hindu-like culture develops on the world, encouraged by the development of reincarnation--a scientific process where one's memories are physcially transferred to newly-grown bodies. Sam enjoys a life as a minor prince. But when he comes for a new body at the end of his life, he discovers that the rules have been changed and that the 'gods,' his former colleagues, are now in control of a vast apparatus designed to keep the rest of the humans on the planet oppressed. Sam takes up arms against them, and the rest is an excellent read. Check it out.
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