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Hugo Award 1968, Nebula Award nominee 1967.
SAM NEVER CLAIMED TO BE A GOD. BUT THEN, HE NEVER CLAIMED NOT TO BE...
The time: long after the death of Earth. A band of men on a colony planet have gained control of technology. With it, they have given themselves immortality and godlike powers. And they rule their world as the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Kali, Goddess of Destruction; Yama, Lord of Death; Krishna, God of Lust - all are opposed by he who was Siddartha, and is now Mahasamatman, Binder of Demons, Lord of Light...
"One of the five best SF novels ever written" – George R. R. Martin