|Submitted by Frank |
(Feb 02, 2005)
One of the all time classics of SciFi / Fantasy, a Hugo Award winner, and a great read; Lord of Light is arguably Zelazny's masterpiece. Set in a future far beyond the death of Earth (Urath). The crew of the "Star of India" and its passengers reach a new and strange world full of hostile inhabitants. The crew sets out to claim this new world and fight the many native energy beings who claim it. The passengers are left to fend for themselves and ultimately revert to a simple civilization based on "the ways of thier ancestors". Some of the crew, after subduing the planet, set themselves up as the Gods of a Hindu Pantheon. Thus, setting the stage for an extraordinary conflict between Heaven (those who would be Gods above men) and the Accelerationists (those who would see all men restored to their technological birthright).
Sam is an original crew member, a scoundrel, a warrior, and even though he never claims to be a God, he never denies it. He is also the last Accelerationist, as Heaven has almost wiped out all others opposed to its Divine Rule.
The chapters are laced with Hindu mythology, Buddist philosophy, Superhero action, love, pathos, jealosy, and gambling addiction. They unfold to tell a tale that is both intimate and cosmic in its scale.
Great battles, fantastic heros, astonishing monsters, and technology so far advanced it could be magic.
What more could a reader want?