“His followers called him Mahasammatman and said he was a god.
He preferred to drop the Maha- and -atman, however and called himself Sam.
He never claimed to be a god. But then, he never claimed not to be a god.”
so opens Roger Zelazny‘s wonderful novel, Lord of Light; Sam is one of a group of humans in a colony planet. Earth is long gone, the natives are hostile; through chemistry, electronics, and other technologies the humans give themselves powers that makes them as if gods
Sam has rebelled against the other members of his group as he sees them dominate and control the native populations – and becomes a Siddhartha-like figure, calling for ways to bring enlightenment to all
Zelazny writes with a thorough understanding of the concepts of Hinduism and Buddhism, and uses several of these, such as reincarnation and the eternal cycle of birth, death and rebirth, but Lord of Light is not a retelling nor a primer to those religions. it is a fantastic read.