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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, Amazon.co.uk
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.--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product Description
This story is one of my favourites from way long ago when it first came out and I was a hipppie college student who had graduated after doping out dropping acid and flashing... Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2012 by Omnimancer
Sorry but I just can't quite jump on the bandwagon behind this novel. I know I shouldn't be second-guessing a "classic" - and this book does deserve this consideration... Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by doomsdayer520
Zelasny walked the thin line between Fantasy and SF probably better that any one. This book shows this like no other. Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by Angel Rapallo
Lord of Light is without a doubt, one of the best things I've read (and I've read a LOT, believe me). Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by Kibosh
The other reviewers pretty much said it all about this book, which justly deserves its 5 out of 5 stars. Read morePublished on April 11 2004
I've always considered "Lord of Light" (1967) one of the hardest of Zelazny's SF novels to follow. The story line weaves and doubles back upon itself. Read morePublished on March 8 2004 by ealovitt
This book didn't grab me as much as I had expected. The description I got was of a thought-provoking look at religion from the perspective of technology; gods being simply highly... Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2004 by Drew M.
This Hugo award-winning science fiction classic turns the usual technological approach to the genre on its head. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2004 by Claude Avary
This book has an interesting premise. People have become Hindu gods. They can re-incarnate themselves. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2004 by Anne B.