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From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review
Lord of Light -- the 1968 Hugo Award–winning novel that is arguably Roger Zelazny's magnum opus -- has been unearthed by the editors at Eos so that science fiction neophytes can bask in the timeless illumination of this epic karmic classic.
Zelazny, an unparalleled master at analyzing and recreating mythologies (Egyptian deities in Creatures of Light and Darkness, the Tarot in his Amber Chronicles, etc.), focuses on Hinduism and the many aspects of reincarnation in Lord of Light. On a distant planet in a distant future, a small group of colonists from Earth have developed godlike abilities and, after countless bodily incarnations, rule as tyrants over a world of their luckless descendants. The gods have kept the mere mortals in a perpetual preindustrial age, supposedly protecting them from themselves, but one immortal opposes them -- Mahasamatman, also known as Siddhartha, or Sam for short. Over many lifetimes, and in many incarnations, Sam heroically fights to overthrow the egomaniacal gods and destroy their heavenly Celestial City. He introduces Buddhism to the Hindu masses, sets free an army of demons, and outwits even the most devious gods.
In a weird way, the character of Sam the Enlightened One, a.k.a. the Lord of Light, perfectly embodies Zelazny and his writing -- brilliant beyond description, unfathomably deep in substance and epic in scope, predictably unpredictable, and irreverent to the end. Lord of Light is just as powerful today as it was almost four decades ago: a sign of a true classic. Paul Goat Allen