Lord of Light is the international best-selling Hugo Award winning novel of science fantasy by Roger Zelazny.
Lord of Light is a novel about a future world after the destruction of Earth, conquered by men who, through ultra-technology, give themselves godlike powers and set themselves up as the old Hindu gods to rule the common people. Called The First, they have achieved a kind of immortality by transferring their identities from old bodies to new ones. These deicrats (as Zelazny calls them) through centuries of "divine" rule, have become corrupt, and only one among them will openly oppose their tyranny. He is the hero, "who was variously known as Mahasamatman, Kalkin, Manjusri, Siddhartha, Tathagatha, Binder, Maitreya, the Enlight-ened One, Buddha and Sam."
A "metaphysical" action adventure love story where the crew of a space ship colonize an ancient planet, their passengers become the populace, and they use their technology to turn themselves into powerful gods and goddesses. One man stands alone to fight his old colleagues and free mankind. The planet is called Earth.
Far into the future. Long after the Destruction of their home planet Urath.
On an earthlike planet, what remains of humankind's descendants are now subjugated by the First Colonists, the crew of the starship that brought them to their new home 1000 years before. They have taken control of ancient technologies and enhanced themselves with godlike psychic powers and virtual immortality. Adopting the panoply of the venerable Hindu religion—they live lives as its Gods, surrounded by super-electronic weaponry within the trappings of a primitive civilization. A story of the classic drama of power, love, honor, pride, and fantasy - erupting in an epic war of the Gods—and ultimate transcendence.
Our hero Sam, unready to battle the tyrannical forces of the Celestial City allied with his former wife, now the rapturous Kali: Goddess of Destruction. With her is her new love Yama, The Red Lord of Death. Behind them stands Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, and the vast Pantheon of gods and demigods of the City of Heaven.
Sam is the dreamer and master schemer. He is the strategist and cosmic trickster who becomes Siddhartha and then the Buddha to ward off the iron grasp of Heaven. Sam is the ancient renegade god Kalkin whose powers become ever-more revealed to him as he fights to change the course of an entire civilization—and upon whose shoulders rests the future of the entire world.
In the end he will be recognized by history as the true leader, the Binder of Destiny.
Limited Edition Prints, First Edition
The limited, first edition prints are fully restored and enhanced from the original print negatives that were produced from the 1978 original art, created for the Sothebys’ auction in 1993. The negatives were scanned in high-resolution then meticulously restored and digitally enhanced from 2013-2016 by master digital reconstructionist Tom Kraft to provide the best quality image—even better than the original images. The final, fully restored, high-resolution images are printed at full, 24" x 20" size as Giclée prints on Epson Hot Press Natural, Smooth Fine Art Heavy Weight (16mm) paper. This paper is archival, acid-free, 100% cotton fiber paper with no optical brighteners. Each print is preserved in high quality, archival mylar sleeves.
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