Lord of Light

Lord of Light Earth is long since dead On a colony planet a band of men has gained control of technology made themselves immortal and now rule their world as the gods of the Hindu pantheon Only one dares oppose

Earth is long since dead On a colony planet, a band of men has gained control of technology, made themselves immortal, and now rule 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.

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Lord of Light

  1. Roger Zelazny made his name with a group of novellas which demonstrated just how intense an emotional charge could be generated by the stock imagery of sf the most famous of these is A Rose for Ecclesiastes in which a poet struggles to convince dying and sterile Martians that life is worth continuing Zelazny continued to write excellent short stories throughout his career Most of his novels deal, one way or another, with tricksters and mythology, often with rogues who become gods, like Sam in Lord of Light, who reinvents Buddhism as a vehicle for political subversion on a colony planet.The fantasy sequence The Amber Chronicles, which started with Nine Princes in Amber, deals with the ruling family of a Platonic realm at the metaphysical heart of things, who can slide, trickster like through realities, and their wars with each other and the related ruling house of Chaos Zelazny never entirely fulfilled his early promise who could but he and his work were much loved, and a potent influence on such younger writers as George R R Martin and Neil Gaiman.He won the Nebula award three times out of 14 nominations and the Hugo award six times out of 14 nominations His papers are housed at the Albin O Khun Library of the University of Maryland, Balti County UMBC.enpedia wiki Roger_Ze

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  1. Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment at the foot of the Bodhi tree and became the Buddha his teachings swept across India, striking at the roots of decadent Brahmanism The Hindu priests were understandably alarmed, but were helpless against the doctrine of the eightfold path as the stale air inside a room against the tempest raging outside So they did the clever thing after the Buddha s passing, they assimilated him and made him an avatar of Vishnu in fact, they licked him by joining him Per [...]

  2. People left the dying Earth and found a habitable planet Thanks to their advanced technology they conquered or subdued local life forms and established themselves as dominant race The highly advanced technology allowed some of them literally play gods using Hindu mythology as the basis We all know the power corrupts, so the whole system became very corrupted very fast Enter a guy who decided to change the way things work His name is Mahasamatman, or Sam for short this is how he prefers to call h [...]

  3. I first read this book back in the late 60s, when it was brand new and nothing like it had appeared in SF before I found it brilliant and mysterious, the latter in part because back in my teens I knew so little about the Hindu and Buddhist religions and myths Zelazny was spinning off I am at least somewhat less ignorant nowadays, if not hugely so.I still think the book is brilliant, but not nearly so mysterious It s a bit like looking at faded pictures of your parents, and realizing you are now [...]

  4. 30Apr2014 ebook I m reading this with Sci fi Heroic Fantasy group topic show I like it better each time I read it It makes far sense after the first read, like so many of Zelazny s books, so I can concentrate on the variety of flavors Even knowing the ending doesn t hurt Super ending, too.Several have mentioned that the story is confusing If it s your first time reading it, be aware that he intended to publish it as a serial wrote it in 7 different sections to fit in the magazine Parts are wri [...]

  5. I don t even know where to start on this one Roger Zelazny solidified his position on my favorite authors list with Lord of Light It s the best writing of his that I ve come across so far The Plot Long story short, immortals from Earth set up shop on another world and assumed the guise of Hindu gods Sam, aka Buddha, Siddhartha, Kalkin, etc opposes them in each of his lifetimes, reviving Buddhism as a tool in his quest The final confrontation doesn t disappoint.As other reviewers have said, the s [...]

  6. Why could you not have left me as I was, in the sea of being Because the world has need of your humility, your piety, your great teaching and your Machiavellian scheming Zelazny je u Gospodaru svjetlosti odli no obradio temu kolonizacije drugog planeta generacijskim brodom Kolonisti sa umiru e Zemlje do li su na drugi planet, pobili ve inu lokalnog inteligentnog ivota, a ostatak pokorili, kolonizirali planet svojim potomcima, a sebe proglasili bogovima temeljenima na hinduisti koj religiji Oni k [...]

  7. How Lord of Light Didn t Get Written Rainy, black and white movie evening A 30s style cab pulls up next to a seedy entrance, where a hulking DOORMAN is on guard A FIGURE wearing a trenchcoat and a battered fedora emerges from the cab and hands the driver a bill FIGURE Bogart style growl Keep the change, kid Don t blow it all at once His trenchcoat falls open Underneath he is dressed like THE LORD BUDDHA Reaction shot of the wide eyed DRIVER DRIVER You re the Mahasamat FIGURE Call me Sam Bogart s [...]

  8. 6.0 stars On my list of All Time favorites An absolutely brilliant novel by one of the masters of science fiction This book is as good as SF gets and ranks up their with Dune and Ender s Game among the best ever Unlike those other two books, I do believe that this book is MUCH, MUCH better the second time around The reason for this is that the story jumps around and the background for the story is reavealed slowly so can be a bit confusing at the outset Therefore, my advice would be to read each [...]

  9. In my opinion, Lord of Light LOL called as science fiction because the author set the setting as far future, and using technology as the magic system But the story itself mainly influenced by Indian mythology But it was not a retelling of Indian myths The author had done the researched well, based on my very limited knowledge of Indian myth The author mixed the myths with his own story OK, in much harsher words the author was using Indian mythology for the story So please don t use LOL as a refe [...]

  10. I k Tanr s , imdiye dek okudu um hi bir eye benzemiyor ok farkl , bir o kadar da m thi bir deneyimdi Bittikten sonra ok sa lam bir kitap okumu olman n verdi i o hazz ya ad m resmen Ama s ylemeden olmaz, bu eser herkese g re de il Bilimkurgu kitab olarak ba layacaksan z e er olduk a a raca n z s yleyebilirim, zira bilimkurgu eleri yok denecek kadar az kitapta Fantastik a rl kl bir eser, ama tam olarak yle de de il Roman biraz iirsel bir dil kullan larak yaz lm , ama vuku bulan olaylar d nd m zde [...]

  11. There are several elements to this 1967 science fiction novel.One is Buddhism and Hinduism, about both of which I know little, but notice some influence The order of the chapters, with the first chapter dealing with events that occur much later in the narrative than the following couple of chapters, means that the story is structured as a wheel In the end is the beginning There could be a continual cycle of death and rebirth in this world with individuals moving through lives and patterns of eve [...]

  12. Bez obzira to okosnicu romana ine religija i njen odraz na dru tvo, kolonijalizam, priroda mitova i slobodno mi ljenje, da nije Sema, ovo ne bi bilo toliko ubedljivo koliko zapravo jeste Sna no napisan lik koji narativno udno konstruisanu pri u sprovodi bez imalo problema do kraja Sve funkcioni e bez ve ih problema i kao simpati no prepri an hinduisti ki mitos, ali jednostavno, ono to je ovde posebno, krije se u Semu, koji nikada nije rekao da je bog, ali nikada nije to i porekao, a koji je o it [...]

  13. Originally read July 30, 2010 August 8, 2010 I ve long been a fan of Zelazny s Amber series, and in the past, I ve heard that he once penned a story that could be even better Lord of Light I just finished Lord of Light, and I have to say I still give the title of Best Zelazny Story to the Amber series But it was a damn close race.I m not normally a science fiction type of guy fantasy and horror are to my liking , so I was a little worried going into this book Even though Zelazny is my favorite [...]

  14. 2.5I had a bit of a hard time following what was going on, at times, with this book Not because of the so called non linear nature of the story, but mostly just because there were a lot of characters, several of whom at multiple names, and some of which kept changing into other characters Also, the general writing style made it hard for me to visualize what was going on in the action sequences sometimes And there were long bits of dialogue where after the first two lines it doesn t say who s say [...]

  15. The Good So amazing Great characters, great setting, great ideas, epic scope, and so well written This is a science fiction story presented like mythology and it works Did I mention it s funny too The Bad The only thing really wrong with this is that the story races ahead of the reader, daring you to try and keep up It s not often that I think a book should be longer, but in the case of this one it needed exposition Friends character the protagonist is most like Sam is cynical, driven, and the [...]

  16. The front cover of this book labels Lord of Light The Legendary SF Classic, and the blurb on the back cover begins Earth is long since dead On a colony planet, a band of men has gained control of technology From these two data points, I was sure I was about to read a straight forward sci fi adventure, possibly in the vein of Robert A Heinlein or Ray Bradbury What I should have paid attention to was the gigantic fucking Buddha statue on the front cover, and the conclusion of the back cover blurb [...]

  17. Zelazny drops you right into the middle of this story, but if you refuse to be intimidated by the unknown names and tech magic confusion, you ll be richly repaid The book s nested layers of reality, paradigm and belief are challenging and beautifully baroque It s intelligent, wildly imaginative, and daring I already loved Zelazny, but now I love him even .

  18. Nutshell douchebags leave earth, acquire technological immortality, and then, completely reasonably and necessarily, re enact Hindu mythology.This concludes my reading of Zelazny, and confirms the general pattern of prior books chaotic presentation, no discipline, immortal protagonists, silly resolutions This one tries to do something with Hindu mythology and buddhist theology, much like Creatures of Light and Darkness messed with Egypt and This Immortal flirted with Greece Opening section has m [...]

  19. 4.5 5 Fantastik mi Bilim kurgu mu oldu unu anlayamad m bir kitap oldu ama emin oldu um tek ey zekice bir kurgu ve olay rg s ne sahipti.Tek s k nt s okurken benden kaynaklan yor Hindu mitolojisi ile pek bir alakam olmad ndan karakterleri tan yana kadar kafa kar t ran bir okuma oldu benim i in.Dikkatli okunmas gereken bir kitap oldu unu d n yorum nk baz yerlerde yap lan ge i leri yakalamak zor olabiliyor.Fantastik ve bilim kurgu sevenlere neririm.Yazar n slubunu be endim Amber Y ll klar serisini o [...]

  20. Oh wow I m not sure I can put into words how much I loved this book Elements of myth, humour and science fiction combine to make this a truly original novel Zelazny s use of language is sublimely poetic, and the twists and turns the story takes are breathtaking Just amazing.

  21. I m reading this with Sci fi Heroic Fantasy Group, although I know the book well enough that I probably don t need to My current paper lunch time read is a nonfiction book, The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011 It s good, but I need something lighter different This is certainly different Body changers pretending to be Hindu gods in a far future on a different planet complete with demons politics.It s definitely science fiction, but the tone of the story is fantasy, so I m shelving it [...]

  22. I k Tanr s na ba lamam n sebebi, KIRK K Bilim Kurgu Klasikleri Okuma Grubu nun her ay i erisinde ortak okumaya ald kitaplardan en sonuncusu olmas yd ki imdi okudu um S rg n Gezegeni o nvan ald Her ne kadar grubun h z na yeti emesem de bu kitab elime al p okumam sa lad klar i in te ekk r ederim Tabii onlar n benim bu abalar mdan daha haberleri yok ama ileride belli ba l ad mlar ataca m Ve sevgili I k Tanr s n n kelimelerime k vurmas n dileyerek kitap hakk ndaki d ncelerime ba l yorum.Bu kitaba ba [...]

  23. Original review date 17 March 2009 On page one of Lord of Light, Zelazny drops the reader smack into the middle of an epic and eternal struggle, taking place on a distant planet in the distant future It s an incredibly disorienting way to enter a story, especially one as bizarre and complicated as this one is The structure of the novel is no help, either it s divided into seven long and loosely connected chapters, presented out of chronological order with no way for the reader to know, at first, [...]

  24. No one I know of is writing like this today, and no book in recent memory has inspired so much envy in me It has novelty and nuance from its first to its final paragraphs For an hour after going to the porch to finish it, people saw my expressions and asked me what was wrong, because I was so preoccupied with what I d just read Lord of Light, published in 1967, is ahead of the Science Fiction of this time in 2012 If you missed it, Lord of Light is about a space colony in which those possessing t [...]

  25. Ova knjiga je dobila hrpu nagrada i smatra se najboljom u cijelom autorovom opusu.Meni ne.Jednostavno ne mogu vi e dati od troj ice jer me uop e nije privukla, ak sam je rastezao od nemila do nedraga.I ta troj ica je neka mr ava.Nekako mi se stalno ini da sam je itao prije jedno 30 40 godina no izmi e mi kao u magli, a opet ima naznaka da je poznata.O ito mi se nije ni tada svidjela.Kad poku am na i razloge nekako uvijek zavr im na indijskoj mitologiji koja je i osnova ove knjige, a koju ja ba n [...]

  26. I first read this book a good while ago, sometime in high school I m sure now that I didn t fully appreciate it I just used this book in my AP English class, and I think that I m closer to appreciating it now.Roger Zelazny is a writer who packs a lot into a story, yet makes it very easily readable Zelazny said in some interviews that he was usually reading 6 or 7 books at a time, in fields from history to the hard and social sciences to mythology or religion to literature and speculative fiction [...]

  27. His followers called him Mahasamatman and said he was a god He preferred to drop the Maha and the atman, however, and called himself Sam He never claimed to be a god, but then he never claimed not to be a god Enig ma noun something hard to understand or explain I have only read Lord of Light once, and I think a proper review would require a re read That being said, here goes First the good news I loved being dropped into the middle of Zelazny s incomprehensible world without so much as a compass [...]

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