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December 4th, 2011, 09:28 PM
A human from a stellar empire, I think, becomes part of an alien power struggle about mythological god-like beings, and finds himself assuming divine powers. All is not as it seems. The story would be SF, or so I hope.

Ring a bell? A PKD story, perhaps?

December 7th, 2011, 08:10 AM
Zelazny's Isle of the Dead perhaps http://www.amazon.com/Isle-Dead-Roger-Zelazny/dp/0441374719 ?

December 7th, 2011, 10:31 AM
Looks like the one! Anyone read it?

December 7th, 2011, 12:53 PM
Looks like the one! Anyone read it?

Yes! I would say it is one of the best of Zelazny's books and that seemed to be the general view on the Amazon link that I posted. There was also a thread here http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17229 but it doesn't say very much about Isle of the Dead.

There seems to be a free copy at http://arthursbookshelf.com/sci-fi/zelazny/roger%20zelazny%20-%20isle%20of%20the%20dead.pdf. It enabled me to find a quote that you might remember as well:

I used to think of all the vicious things I was probably financing without realizing it. Then I came up with my Big Tree philosophy and decided the hell with the whole bit.

There is a Big Tree as old as human society, because that's what it is, and the sum total of its leaves, attached to all its branches and twigs, represents the amount of money that exists. There are names written on these leaves, and some fall off and new ones grow on, so that in a few seasons all the names have been changed. But the Tree stays pretty much the same: bigger, yes; and carrying on the same life functions as always, in pretty much the same way, too.

December 8th, 2011, 03:00 PM
I never read it, actually. The description, whenever I stumbled on it, has been interesting me for years. I told myself I'd try it out.

I bought the 1969 ACE first edition. No Mint (surprising? nope), so I settled for Fine; I don't want it to desintegrate as I read it, or through the years just sitting there on the shelf.