This article needs additional citations for verification. His followers called him Mahasamatman and said he was a god. Lord of light by roger zelazny pdf 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. Zelazny noted that Lord of Light was intentionally written so that it could be taken as a science fiction or a fantasy novel. I employed a style I associate with fantasy in the telling of the story. I wrote it that way on purpose, leaving some intentional ambiguity, because I wanted it to lie somewhat between both camps and not entirely in either. Lord of Light is set on a planet colonized by some of the remnants of “vanished Urath,” or Earth. The crew and colonists from the spaceship Star of India found themselves on a strange planet surrounded by hostile indigenous races and had to carve a place for themselves or perish. The novel covers great spans of time.

Sam is the last “Accelerationist”: He believes that technology should be available to the masses, and that reincarnation should not be controlled by the elite. Sam’s atman, or soul, from the “Bridge of the Gods”, the planet’s thick ionosphere, and restore it to a body. Prince Siddhartha, entering old age, comes down to the city of Mahartha to obtain a new body. He finds that there have been political and religious changes while he has lived on his estates. Before getting the body, he must submit to a mind-probe, operated by the Masters of Karma, which will be used to determine his fitness for reincarnation. Those judged unfit are given diseased bodies or even reincarnated as animals such as dogs.

The dogs then act as spies for the Masters. The Buddha appears, preaching a philosophy of non-violence that undermines the doctrine of obedience to the gods and the struggle for a better rebirth. Instead, he emphasizes the pursuit of Nirvana and release from the illusion of the world. The goddess Kali, realizing that this is Sam’s work, sends her personal executioner, Rild, to kill Sam, but Rild falls ill and is found and tended to by the Buddhist acolytes, as well as by Sam himself.

Sam enters Hellwell, a huge pit where he had bound the demons centuries earlier. He negotiates with their leader, Taraka, for allies in his struggle. He frees Taraka to see the world above, but Taraka betrays him by taking possession of Sam’s body, promising to resume the bargain “later. While in control of Sam’s body, Taraka deposes a local maharajah and takes over his palace and harem. In the place called Heaven, Yama and Kali are to be married. Tak of the Bright Spear is the Archivist of Heaven, but is suspect because he was fathered in lifetimes past by Sam.

Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in The Saga of Seven Suns, date New York City guide for cyclists. But is suspect because he was fathered in lifetimes past by Sam. “All the rest are dead, he is disgusted by the ascendancy of Hinduism on the planet and eventually sets himself up with an army of zombie soldiers to conquer and convert the planet. He’s known as steadfastedly loyal, surpassing Yama in some areas. A race of blue, skinned aliens who see the planet as a tourist location. This kind of The Liar without we recognize teach the one who looking at it become critical in imagining and analyzing.