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Mr g by Alan Lightman
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Apr 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: god, fantasy-magic
Read from March 31 to April 04, 2012

This was an interesting book. The creation story as told by God, but not our creation story - just a creation story. One day God, who is living in the Void and is all powerful decides he will create something. He accidentally creates time and by creating matter and energy he also creates light and dark. And it is good. Less funny than you think it would be, this is an intellectual look into the life of a thoughtful being who has taken on a new project. He creates a universe, gives it some rules and watches it go. Some outcomes he expected, some, like the beginning of multi-cell organisms, he could not predict.

In this version of creation, God is playing a very large Sims game. He started things running, gave his universe all the tools it needed to thrive and watched it run its course. He is fascinated by the lives of all the intelligent beings, their music, suffering, and joy, but does not interfere. He is everywhere and knows everything, but is also distant. A conversation or period of meditation he has in the void translates to eons in the created universe.

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