Book: Lord of Light
Author: Roger Zelazny
Read it recently, mid 30s. Been thinking about the whole 60s/70s counter-culture science fiction thing, and this seemed pretty much part of it. I'd ...
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Lord of Light
A god rebels to liberate the masses – and have a laugh along the way.
Part of the New Wave movement in science fiction - authors whose stories weren’t just about engineering, Zelazny's work shows keen interest in psychology, sociology, and linguistics. It's also strongly influenced by 1960s counterculture.
Lord of Light contains many elements from the history of Hinduism and Buddhism. An Earth colony in the distant future has developed extraordinary powers. An elite of the especially powerful dictates terms to everyone else. But Sam, one of the elite is not like the others.
A typical Zelazny hero, he's hip, rebellious and rude. Yet his quest to break the power of the gods is grounded in mythic history. As well as Hinduism, Sam can be linked to such legends as Prometheus or Coyote the Trickster.
Smart and often funny in style, Zelazny takes Sam through knockabout antics that add up to something that’s wise and rather insightful. The novel won teh 1968 Hugo Award.
Work nominated by gideonr.