Finding My Religion
Divine beings must be loved to be known
- Blaise Pascal


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Lord of Light
by Roger Zelazny (1967)


Earth is long since dead. On a colony planet, a band of men has gained control of technology, made themselves immortal, and now rule their world as the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Mind-transfers and cloning keep it all humming along nicely until a retired god throws a karmic dose of Buddhism into the mix... he who was once Siddhartha and is now Mahasamatman. Binder of Demons, Lord of Light.





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Dune Messiah [S2]
by Frank Herbert (1969)


This second installment explores new developments on the desert planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and its strange threatening environment. The book picks up the story of the man known as Muad'dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale... the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men.





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To Your Scattered Bodies Go
by Philip José Farmer (1971)


Famous adventurer, Sir Richard Francis Burton, dies and finds himself resurrected on a world where the central feature is a seemingly endless river. Everyone's basic needs - food, cigarettes, alcohol - are catered for. Burton and a dozen others set out to discover its source and find out more about their new existence, with a healthy dose of sex and violence thrown in along the way.





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Hyperion [S1]
by Dan Simmons (1989)


On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope... and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.





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Parable of the Sower [S1]
by Octavia E. Butler (1993)


In 2025, with the world descending into madness and anarchy, one woman begins a fateful journey toward a better future. Lauren struggles Olamina with hyperempathy, a condition that makes her extraordinarily sensitive to the pain of others. She sets out from her ravaged home and spreads the 'Earthseed' faith. The simple message that "God is change" strikes a chord with many others.





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The Sparrow [S1]
by Mary Doria Russell (1996)


Humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from the planet Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organises an eight-person scientific expedition of its own. Forty years later, the lone surviving Jesuit returns to explain how it all went wrong.





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The Dreaming Void [S1]
by Peter F. Hamilton (2007)


At the very heart of the galaxy is the Void, a self-contained microuniverse that steadily expands in all directions, consuming everything in its path. Inigo, an astrophysicist, begins dreaming of human beings who live within it. Inside the Void, he sees paradise. Inigo’s dreams are shared by hundreds of millions - and a religion, the Living Dream, is born, with Inigo as its prophet.





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The Book of Strange New Things
by Michel Faber (2014)


A devoted man of faith is called to a mission that takes him galaxies away from his wife. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC and the seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness. Back on Earth things are going bad and testing the limits of faith.


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