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Lord of Light (1967)

de Roger Zelazny

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Imagine a distant world where gods walk as men, but wield vast and hidden powers. Here they have made the stage on which they build a subtle pattern of alliance, love, and deadly enmity. Are they truly immortal? Who are these gods who rule the destiny of a teeming world? Their names include Brahma, Kali, Krishna and also he who was called Buddha, the Lord of Light, but who now prefers to be known simply as Sam. The gradual unfolding of the story -- how the colonization of another planet became a re-enactment of Eastern mythology -- is one of the great imaginative feats of modern science fiction.… (més)
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A zany and learned book that warns would-be gods about why people end up killing their gods, either philosophically or physically, and manages to capture some of the interpersonal reflections of peoples' intentions and responses that Zelazny was probably studying in his own life. A basic knowledge of hinduism and buddhism are suggested, as this book --smartly --is not presented as a course in hinduism for westerners.
In terms of reading this book as part of the transition from old-school, WWII sci-fi and the next generation, I think Zelazny's work fits neatly in with Delany, LeGuin, Dick and Tiptree as a study in how they all started out using older sci-fi tropes (which I personally find intolerably corny --laser guns and shit) to get people to read their much finer, next-level ideas. As others have mentioned, the book's structure is wheel-like and the writing is generally informed by literature and philology, using escapist sci-fi form but in no way bound to escapist sci-fi mentality. Dig it! ( )
  EugenioNegro | Mar 17, 2021 |
Has thoughts of being science fiction, but then goes all Xanthian and gives everyone a single magical talent. I mean totally science based, but sufficiently advanced talent. Where you can only have one and each is distinct.
  valhikes | Nov 26, 2020 |
Hindu & Buddhist mythology IN SPAAAACE is an okay plug. Not much else to recommend this.

Another Dimension discussion notes: http://positronchicago.blogspot.com/2016/03/another-dimension-lord-of-light.html ( )
  jakecasella | Sep 21, 2020 |
Zelazny, Roger. Lord of Light. 1967. Harper, 2010.
Roger Zelazny won a Hugo and was nominated for a Nebula for Lord of Light, a book that was well ahead of its time. I was reminded to reread it by reading Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials series in which quantum entangled particles connect multiple worlds. In Lord of Light consciousnesses can be transferred to an orbiting particle cloud, not unlike the Van Allen radiation belt discovered in 1958. In the middle of the Vietnam War, Zelazny has his hero Sam introduce a scientifically supported form of Buddhism to rebel against the Hindu caste system established by the survivors of the starship The Star of India. If you like a mash-up of science fiction and mythology, you can’t do better than revisiting Roger Zelazny. ( )
  Tom-e | Aug 17, 2020 |
Lord of Light is, to put it simply, one of the greatest Sci-fi books ever written. To describe the plot without spoiling is difficult however it contains a fantastically original merging of sci-fi tropes with Hindu and Buddhist mythology, has one of the greatest opening lines in fiction, and of course has one of the best puns. ( )
  Stephen.Whitehead | Apr 16, 2020 |
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As opening lines of novels go, Lord of Light's are among the best I've ever read, and based on how many people have quoted them to me in the last few weeks, the best a lot of you have ever read, too. In twenty-five words, they capture the best-loved aspects of the book — the seamless blend of antiquated cadence and insouciant modern vernacular, of modest sincerity and dry humor — and more, they tell us, in part, what the story is about.
afegit per lorax | editaio9, Josh Wimmer (May 9, 2010)
 
Fantasy disguised as science fiction disguised as fantasy: Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light
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Zelazny, Rogerautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Goodfellow, PeterAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Jensen, BruceAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Johnson, MichaelAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Martin, George R. R.Epílegautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Roberts, AdamIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Stone, StevenAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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I have many names, and none of them matter.
It is said that fifty-three years after his liberation he returned from the Golden Cloud, to take up once again the gauntlet of Heaven, to oppose the Order of Life and the gods who ordained it so. His followers had prayed for his return, though their prayers were sin. Prayer should not trouble one who has gone on to Nirvana, no matter what the circumstances of his going. The wearers of the saffron robe prayed, however, that He of the Sword, Manjusri, should come again among them, The Boddhisatva is said to have heard...
His followers called him Mahasamatman and said he was a god. He preferred to drop the Maha- and the -atman, and called himself Sam. He never claimed to be a god. But then, he never claimed not to be a god. Circumstances being what they were, neither admission could be of any benefit. Silence, though, could.
It was in the days of the rains that their prayers went up, not from the fingering of knotted prayer cords or the spinning of prayer wheels, but from the great pray-machine in the monastery of Ratri, goddess of the Night.
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Imagine a distant world where gods walk as men, but wield vast and hidden powers. Here they have made the stage on which they build a subtle pattern of alliance, love, and deadly enmity. Are they truly immortal? Who are these gods who rule the destiny of a teeming world? Their names include Brahma, Kali, Krishna and also he who was called Buddha, the Lord of Light, but who now prefers to be known simply as Sam. The gradual unfolding of the story -- how the colonization of another planet became a re-enactment of Eastern mythology -- is one of the great imaginative feats of modern science fiction.

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