Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny. Hardcover Bookclub edition
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny. Hugo winner for Best Novel in 1968. From the author of the Chronicles of Amber. On a far-off world in a far-off time, the gods of the Hindu pantheon rule Heaven and Earth. "His followers called him Mahasamatman and said he was a god. He 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...." Also contains one of the most infamous puns in the history of published science fiction. A high spot of classic science fiction, Lord of Light was the basis for a 1979 screenplay. As detailed in the movie Argo, about the rescue of six Americans from Tehran after the Iranian revolution, the CIA uses that screenplay of Lord of Light - renamed Argo - as part of the cover for a phony film crew scouting locations in Tehran. First printings of the trade edition of this title list for well over $1000. This is the much more affordable 1967 first edition of the Science Fiction Book Club edition with the same cover design, so identified by the "I43" gutter code on page 257. Near Fine hardcover, in a Very Good+ dust jacket. The DJ has some wear to lower right rear cover, visible in the photo.