Humans with God Complexes: Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light, Hindu Gods, Buddhism, and Enforced Karma

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Here at Tess 18’s blogsite, we’re still just gathering books and articles for you to read in your quest for understanding ways of making faith and religion a part of your science fiction or fantasy.

rz_lordoflightA nice review of Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light is over at Tethyan Books.  It highlights the problems inherent when someone uses religion or faith to keep power.  This time it’s Hinduism, but any religion will do as a billy club.  Not all faiths have to be ways of keeping power–but often they are.

From Allie McCarn’s review:

“A group of humans with impressive technology have colonized an alien planet.  With the ability to reincarnate into new bodies, the original colonists live long lives and populate the world with multitudes of their children. 

However, rather than raise these citizens of the new world to their standard of living, many of the powerful want to maintain their own dominance.  In the guise of shepherding an unready population, they impede the development of technology among their subjects, and tightly control the means of reincarnation. They model themselves after the Hindu pantheon, and manipulate the population through their enforcement of a system of ‘karma’.

A threat to their control comes from one of the first colonists, a man named Sam.  To many, he is a great religious leader and a legend—the Buddha of this new world—though others see him for a fraud.  For all of those who wish to bring down the Lords of Karma, though, he may be the only hope.” ~Allie

The rest of her thoughts on the book can be found here.

About jstueart

Jerome writes science fiction/ fantasy and LGBT fiction and has been published in many magazines and journals. His first novel, One Nation Under Gods, is forthcoming from ChiZine Publications in Nov 2016. He's co-editor of Wrestling with Gods: Tesseracts 18 from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing and of Imaginarium 4 from ChiZine Publications. He makes his home between the Yukon Territory and Ohio.

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