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Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
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Mar 27, 2011

it was amazing
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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